The Whitman wrestling team has started the season with an impressive 3-1 Dual meet record. The Vikings started off the season with an impressive 52-21 victory over the visiting Poolesville Falcons. The Falcons have a talented squad of many returning starters. Recording victories by fall for the Vikings were Stephen Sharbaugh(106), Will Baker(113), Kevin Cullinane(126), Jack Calder(152), Max Sessions(195), Jacob Shiman(220), and Josh Daroush(HWT). Also recording wins for the Vikes were Jacob Cutler(120), Lucas Roldos(138), and Bradley Taylor(182).

The Vikings then took their annual trip up to Derwood for the Mad Mats Tournamen hosted by Magruder High School. After winning Mad Mats twice and placing 2nd twice in previous years, Whitman brought a youthful and talented squad up to the tournament. The Vikes were lead by Senior Captain Josh Daryoush who won his weight class with an impressive win by fall at Heavyweight. Daryoush wrestled perhaps one of the more impressive and exciting matches in his semifinal bout. After giving up 5 early points, Josh battled back and won 10-9 on a takedown in the waning seconds. Max Sessions turned in an impessive performance at 195 placing 3rd. This was Max’s first placement on the podium in any varsity tournament. He went 4-1 on the weekend. Other placers for the Vikes include: Bradley Taylor placed 4th at 170, Stephen Sharbaugh placed 5th at 106, and both Jack Calder and Jacob Shiman placed 6th at 152 and 220, respectively. The Whitman grapplers placed a respectable 7th out of 19 teams.

Whitman continued it’s impressive start with an equally impressive 51-27 victory over the Gaithersburg Trojans. Whitman traveled to Gaithersburg and started the meet at 152 pounds for the second consecutive dual. Sophomore 152 Jack Calder got things rolling with a first period pin. Following his lead Junior Andrew Cullinane, Seniors Rafi Sayada and Bradley Taylor, Sophomore Max Sessions, Junior Jacob Shiman and Senior Captain Josh Daryoush all recorded first period falls. Each of them notched 6 team points for their efforts. Sophomore Harriet Symington kept things rolling with a 2nd period fall at 106. The lone other win for the Vikes was recorded by Freshmen Aidan Leighton at 132.

In their latest action the Whitman wrestlers wrestled to a 1-1 finish in Saturday’s(12-17) tri-meet with Sherwood and Churchill. In the first dual of the day the Whitman team dropped a close 4 point dual meet loss to Churchill. Winning wrestlers versus Churchill include Harriet Symington, Jack Calder, Rafi Sayada, Bradley Taylor, Max Sessions, and Josh Daryoush. Whitman got off to a fast start winning 6 of the first 7 bouts but could not hold on as they lost 37-33. The team got off to a similarly fast start against Sherwood just to see that lead disappear toward the end of the dual. Coming down to the last 2 bouts at 152 and 160, Whitman found itself down by 6 points. Junior Andrew Cullinane wrestled valiantly for 6 minutes to hold on to a slim 6-4 victory. Sophomore Jack Calder was handed the unenviable position of “win and the team wins, lose and the team loses”. Jack wrestled well and couldn’t secure a necessary fal l(or win by bonus points) in the first two periods. However, Jack’s conditioning and tenacity came through as he was able to sink a secure and deep half nelson and get the fall in the third period. Whitman won 39-36. Other wrestlers winning for Whitman were Aidan Leighton, Lucas Roldos, Rafi Sayada, Brad Taylor, Max Sessions, and Josh Daryoush.

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