The Whitman wrestling team won their third straight Patriot Classic at Northern High in Owings, MD. Paced by individual champions Mike Harder at 140 lbs. and Eric Harder at 130 lbs. the Vikes were able to comeback and then hold off second place team Hammond.
The Viking wrestlers used a multitude of pins to climb back to the lead on Saturday after being down over 30 points in the team race. Whitman had 204.5 total points to 200 by Hammond High School.
Other placers include Ned Daryoush (2nd place), Brad Taylor(171 lbs) and Will Bouten(135 lbs) both placed in 3rd place, Josh Daryoush (215 lbs), Andrew Follmann (152 lbs), and Alex Hysong (152 lbs) all placing 4th place in their weight class, and Jacob Rosenblum(112 lbs) placed 6th.
Congrats to Jacob Rosenblum for placing in a tournament for the first time in his varsity wrestling career. Jacob was the team’s 103 lb’er last year. Eric Harder won each of his matches by bonus points including a major decision in the final. Will Bouten capped his tournament by pinning the only wrestler who beat him in the 3rd place match. Mike Harder pinned all three of his opponents including a first period pin in the finals. Alex Hysong came back with four wins on Saturday. Alex’s best win was winning a match 9-8 after he was down 7-1 with one minute left. Great job by Alex wrestling for six minutes! Brad Taylor turned in one of the most impressive performances at the tournament winning five matches all by pin!! Brad capped off a great tournament by winning in the third place match with a thrilling 3 second pin!! Josh Daryoush had four wins in the tournament and Ned Daryoush had three pins in the tournament. This was a total team effort. Each of the wrestlers did a great job and wrestled with pride in each of their matches.
Photo courtesy Abby Fisher.