Vikings Suffer First Team Loss of Season Against North Hagerstown But Beat Digital Harbor Decisively

To help prepare for their matches, Coach Manon chose to scout the competition during the first round of the Tri-Meet between Whitman, North Hagerstown and Digital Harbor.   What he saw between North Hagerstown and Digital Harbor was two deep and talented teams, particularly in the light and middle weight classes. Although Digital Harbor wrestled tough, they were no match for one of the best teams in the state, North Hagerstown, losing by a wide margin.

Up next was the match between the Vikings and Digital Harbor. The action started at the 170 pound weight class with Ezra Alexander getting the ball rolling winning his match in the first period by pin. Then in quick succession, Captain Matthew McClanahan, Zach Salem Mackall and John Vipulus each pinned their opponents for a quick 24 – 0 lead. Welcome back Matt! The Vikings forfeited the heavyweight slot and now it was the Viking light weight wrestlers turn to show what they could do. At 106, Freshman Clark Boinis won by pin in an exciting back and forth match. Then at 113, Chris Habibian held on for a close 6 – 4 win. Wrestling at 120, Freshman James Mackall had one of his best matches to date against a tough opponent but eventually lost on points. In one of the two “highlight” matchups, Freshman Andrew Shiman lost 5 – 7 to one of Digital Harbor’s best wrestlers. Down 5 – 7 entering the third period, Andrew, a cradle expert, chose bottom and was unable to escape. In the other highlight matchup, James Bamberger lost by pin late in the third period against another excellent Digital Harbor wrestler. At 138, Cyrus Sobhani scored the fastest pin of the night with a 15 second pin over his opponent. Out due to illness, Captain Mitch Fenton was ably replaced in the lineup by Kevin Cullinane who took a major decision over his opponent to seal the team victory taking the score to 43 – 18. At 152, Hamoon Shokoohinia registered a quick pin too with a one minute win. Rounding out the competition against Digital Harbor was Marcos Solloso at 160 who took a forfeit. The final score was 55 – 18.

The main event of the evening was Whitman against North Hagerstown. The Hubs have talented, tough wrestlers in every single weight class so this was a big test for the young (the Vikings only had two seniors that dressed for the match) Viking team. In front of a crowded gym with a number of other team scouts in attendance, the Vikings put up a good fight but were on the wrong side of a 52 – 15 final score. Uncharacteristically, the Vikings gave up five pins and two forfeits, otherwise the score would have been closer. The matches began at the 182 weight class. Captain Matthew McClanahan won a 7 – 5 decision followed by Zach Salem Mackall who also won a close decision, 9 – 5. Both Matt and Zach were undefeated for the evening. John Vipulus wrestled at 225 and gave it everything he had but lost 3 -2. The Vikings minimal lead of 6 – 3 quickly disappeared and they trailed the rest of the match after forfeiting the heavyweight slot. At 106, Clark Boinis wrestled well but lost 8 – 5. At 113, Chris Habibian was pinned and the Vikings forfeited at 120. The Vikings trailed 24 – 6 with Andrew Shiman taking the mat. Andrew showed a great deal of poise and character for a young wrestler bouncing back from his earlier defeat to beat his North Hagerstown opponent by pin with, you guessed it, another cradle. The Brooks brothers and Hunter Faith of the Hubs were as advertised (phenomenal wrestlers) – each recording pins against James Bamberger, Cyrus Sobhani and Kevin Cullinane. Hamoon Shokoohinia recorded the Vikings final win of the night with a 4 – 3 decision. Hamoon, too, was undefeated for the evening.   Rounding out the competition was Marcos Solloso at 160 and Ezra Alexander at 170. Marcos wrestled hard but was unable to taken down his opponent and lost 13 – 5. Ezra was pinned.

Up next for the Vikings after just one day off is another Tri-Meet against Montgomery County powerhouses Damascus and Northwest. Good luck Vikings!

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