Walt Whitman Defeats Winston Churchill in Close Match

The Vikings traveled to Potomac and beat a stout Bulldog team, maintaining their unblemished team dual record winning 37 – 33.  There were also a number of very good matchups during the evening including a number of interesting JV matches that took place after the varsity match.  The JV matches went decidedly in favor of the Vikings with a number of kids experiencing their first win ever.  Congrats to those young Vikings and keep up the hard work!

The Varsity matches started at the heavyweight class with John Vipulis losing a close bout 3–1.  The highly anticipated debut of Clark Boinis was worth the wait as he pinned his opponent early in the match after a nice scramble.  At 113, probably giving up too much weight, Chris Habibian lost 9-2.  James Mackall (120) lost by pin to the highly touted Freshman Jack Connelly.  Down 12–6, the Vikings turned up the intensity.  At 126, Freshman sensation Andrew Shiman won his match by pin and then James Bamberger (132) scored a major decision over his opponent after appearing to pin him a number of times.  Unfortunately, 138, Cyrus Sobhani ended up on the wrong side of a pin but the Vikings quickly put themselves back on top with a win by Hamoon Skakoonia at 145.  Team Captain and State Place finisher Junior Mitch Fenton wrestled at 152 and pinned his opponent giving the Vikings some breathing room.  At 160, Senior Captain Evan Smith had to default to injury after leading 2–0 in his match.  Junior Marcos Solloso and Senior Captain Matthew McClanahan got things moving back in a positive direction with pins of their opponents.   Making his Varsity debut, Ezra Alexander faced state title contended Groce.  He fought hard but was pinned.  Rounding out the competition was Zach Salem-Mackall (225) who lost 12–6.

The Vikings next opponent is Richard Montgomery on Saturday and then face a tough Wootton team next Tuesday.  Good luck Vikings!

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