The Vikings of Walt Whitman hung tough against a very determined Rockville Ram wrestling team and came away with another victory by a score of 37 – 24. The Vikings head to Northern High School for the Patriot Classic Tournament with high expectations for top team and individual results.
The dual against Rockville began at the 106 weight class. Freshman Clark Boinis scored a major decision in a “topsy-turvy” match. At 113, wrestling up a weight class, Chris Habibian lost a very close match 5-4. James Mackall took the mat at 120 and came close to pinning his opponent with a cradle but eventually lost by pin. Coach Manon took a forfeit at 126 which gave the Rams a 15 – 4 lead early in the action. Both Andrew Shiman and James Bamberger wrestled up a weight class with mixed results. Andrew recorded a pin in the first period with another cradle and James suffered a 6 -0 loss against a very strong 138 pounder. After James’ loss, the Vikings took 18 straight points from the Rams, with two matches won by pin and one by forfeit. Hamoon Shokoohinia (145) pinned his opponent in the third period and Kevin Cullinane (152) recorded his pin in the first period. The Rams forfeited a match to team Captain Mitch Fenton (160). With a solid 28 – 19 lead, the a number of wrestlers took to the mat at higher than usual weight classes again with mixed results. Braeden McKee lost his match 12 -5 at 170 while Marcos Solloso continued his very impressive season with a 9 – 5 win at 182. Captain Matthew McClanahan was out resting a back injury. Wrestling at 195, in the match of the day, Ezra Alexander was reversed in the final seconds of his match and lost 10 – 8. In another close match, wrestling at 225, Zach Salem-Mackall scored a decision 3 – 1. The Rams had one team point deducted for unsportsmanlike behavior after the match. Completing the action was John Vipulis at heavyweight who also recorded a victory for the Vikings ending the score for the dual 37 – 24.
Check out the Gazette’s coverage of the match at http://www.gazette.net/article/20150107/SPORTS/150109579/1021/whitman-defeats-rising-rockville&template=gazette