Whitman qualified four wrestlers for this weekend’s Region tournament held at Sherwood High School. 152 pound Sophomore Jack Calder was joined by a trio of Whitman Seniors. They were 160 pound Bradley Taylor, 170 pound Rafi Sayada, and heavyweight Josh Daryoush.
Calder qualified for regions in his first year of varsity wrestling and completed his season with currently a team leading 26 wins. Rafi Sayada also qualified for regions in his first year in the varsity lineup and finished his season with 21 wins. Both wrestlers wrestled with heart, determination, and pride. Congratulations to Jack and Rafi for turning in amazing results all season long.
Whitman’s Region tournament was headlined by Bradley Taylor’s and Josh Daryoush’s weight class championships. Each wrestler wrestled aggressively and offensively to win their respective weight classes. Taylor was able to improve upon a disappointing outcome at the county tournament by winning his second consecutive Region title. Taylor won the Region title at 171 pounds last year. He beat Magruder’s Kamen Barnes in the finals by a score of 5-3. Daryoush was solid and controlling in his three victories as well. Daryoush wrestled two out of county opponents in his semifinal and finals match to win his title. After beating South Hagerstown’s Aaron Rowland in the semifinals he then went on to beat North Hagerstown’s Dylan Dopson in the finals by a score of 3-1.
Both Taylor and Daryoush will compete at this coming weekend’s State Tournament at University of Maryland’s Cole Field House. Taylor will take a 23-6 record to Cole. Daryoush will take a 26-1 record into States. Each wrestler is looking to get on the podium at states for the first time. Weigh-ins are at 12:30 on Friday and 8:00 A.M. on Saturday. Wrestling will begin at 2:30 P.M. on Friday afternoon and 9:30 on Saturday morning. I hope to see you all out at Cole to cheer on Bradley and Josh.