The Whitman Vikings participated in the highly touted Patriot Classic Wrestling Tournament this past weekend and performed well as a team, finishing a strong third overall. The Vikings didn’t send a 220 pound wrestler but had someone in all other divisions. At 106, 113 and 120, Chris Habibian, Clark Boinis and James Mackall respectively all wrestled well facing a full slate of opponents but did not place. At 126, Freshman standout Andrew Shiman pinned all of his opponents on the way to the finals and finished with tournament in first place with a decision over his opponent. At 132, James Bamberger wrestled what appeared to be his two best matches of his career in the semi-final and final rounds and took home a well-deserved first place finish, too. Wrestling at 138 after missing a couple of duals, Cyrus Sobhani fought his way into the tournament winning his “pig-tail” match but did not place. Captain Mitch Fenton wrestled at 145 and faced a very tall, defensively oriented opponent in the finals and came up on the wrong side of a 3 – 2 decision taking home the second place medal. Hamoon Shokoohinia wrestled at 152 and finished with a very respectable 5th place. Braeden McKee wrestled well at 160 in place of injured Captain Evan Smith but did not place. At 170, Marcos Solloso continued to shine. In the match of the tournament and comeback of the tournament, in the third / fourth place match, Marcos was down 6 – 1 late in the third period when his opponent was hit with a 1 point stalling call. Still down by a significant margin, Marcos needed a “five point” move to take the lead and he accomplished just that with guile and determination taking his opponent to mat and scoring back points in the process and taking a 7 – 6 lead as time expired. It was undoubtedly the biggest win of his career. At 182, Ezra Alexander wrestled in place of injured Captain Matthew McClanahan with excellent results finishing a strong 6th. Rounding out the competition for the Vikings was Zach Salem-Mackall who placed 6th at 195 and John Vipulis who wrestled in the heavyweight division. Both young Vikings wrestled well recording a couple of wins but did not place in the tournament.
Next up on the schedule is Grapple at the Brook where the Vikings will likely face a number wrestlers from “in region” teams. Also expected in attendance will be teams from Howard County and Virginia. There will be a number of very interesting match ups for the Vikings at every weight class but particularly at the 126, 132, 145, 152, 170, 195 and at the heavyweight levels. Good luck!