Yesterday afternoon the Vikings continued their winning ways by defeating a tough Wootton Patriot team 42 – 25. Wootton’s roster includes a number of top ranked wrestlers but the Vikings have a number of top wrestlers too and overall, a more talented squad. Matches began at 138 with Cyrus Sobhani getting pinned by Riley Smart. The Vikings responded with three wins in a row. First Hamoon Shokoohinia scored a decision, then Captain Mitch Fenton and Braeden McKee pinned their opponents for a 15 – 6 lead. In one of the two most exciting matches of the day, Junior Marcos Solloso lost by decision to Wootton’s top ranked wrestler, Garrett Ruderman. If the match would have gone on another minute or so, many in the crowd thought Marcos would have pulled off a big upset. Next up was Ezra Alexander at 182 who wowed the crowd with a definitive first period pin. Captain Matthew McClanahan was visibly pumped after Ezra’s match and also recorded a dominating pin giving the Vikings a 27 – 9 lead. Zach Salem Mackall faced off against Pat Bernardo and went the distance but lost by one point. After John Vipulis received a win by forfeit, the matches went to the lighter weights. Wootton won three matches in succession with Clark Boinis, Chris Habibian and James Mackall all suffering defeats. With the score now only 33 – 25 in favor of the Vikings, the next two matches would determine the winner of the dual. In the match of the day, at 126 Andrew Shiman was up to the challenge. Although he was behind on points early in the match, the young freshman demonstrated great composure and tenacity ultimately winning his match in OT. The icing on the cake was a pin by James Bamberger to finish the dual 42 – 25.
A rare Saturday afternoon dual took place on December 20th between the Vikings of Walt Whitman and the Rockets of Richard Montgomery. The Vikings were coming off a big win against cross town rival Winston Churchill and kept their undefeated streak alive as they cruised past the Rockets. Our boys opened up a commanding lead and never looked back. The matches started at the 152 weight class with Captain Mitch Fenton scoring a pin early in the 2nd period. At 160, Junior Braeden McKee stepped in quite capably for injured Senior Captain Evan Smith and scored a decisive major decision. Next up was Marcos Solloso at 170 who pinned his opponent. At 182, Coach Manon sent out Junior Ezra Alexander in place of Captain Matthew McClanahan who would wrestle at 195. Matt wrestled in place of Jonah Brain who suffered a shoulder injury during practice and looks to be out 2 – 4 weeks. Ezra was totally up to the challenge and recorded another Viking victory by pin. This pinning festival continued with Matthew McClanahan, Zach Salem Mackall, heavyweight John Vipulis and Clark Boinis all recording pins. The Vikings opened up a 44 – 0 lead on the visiting Rockets. At 113, Junior Chris Habibian put up a heck of a fight but lost by pin late in the third period. Newcomer freshman James Mackall also suffered a loss by pin but freshman standout Andrew Shiman righted the ship with a hard earned tech fall victory at 126. At 132, James Bamberger faced one of the Rockets’ toughest wrestlers and suffered a defeat by decision. Wrestling at 138, Cyrus Sobhani came very close to pinning his opponent only to lose by a pin himself. Rounding out the competition was Hamoon Shokoohinia who pinned his opponent for the final victory. After the varsity match, JV took to the mat and dominated the competition. Strong performances were registered by Kevin Cullinane, Mason Austin Brantley, John Luke Iglesias and Conner Barrett.