Exhausted Vikings Succumb to Northwest and Damascus in Tri-Meet

The schedule and injury/illness certainly has done no favors for the Viking wrestling team as they enter the back end of their heretofore successful season. The Vikings weren’t able to wrestle at the level they needed to against an excellent Northwest team and lost 47–19. Try as they might, there just didn’t seem to be enough fuel in the tank to win the close matches that were necessary to win as a team. The matches started at 182 where Captain Matthew McClanahan won a major decision 12–4, highlighted by a textbook switch in the second period. Up next was Zach Salem Mackall facing a wrestler that he beat at the Grapple. The match was tied 1–1 until the final seconds of the third period when Zach was taken down for two points the other way. Weighing a solid 180 but wrestling at 225, Jonah Brain was just giving up too much weight to the number one ranked 225 in the county and got pinned in the first period. At heavyweight, John Vipulis lost another close match 1–0 after not being able to escape from the bottom position in third period. With the exception of their 225 powerhouse, it is the lighter weights where Northwest really shines and they showed that against the Vikings. Northwest recorded five out of six wins, 3 by pin and 1 by major decision. The exception to the run was James Bamberger at 132 who shocked his opponent with a first period pin. A matchup on note was Freshman Andrew Shiman against Senior Dell Ngonga which Dell who won 4–0. Even though he wrestled up in weight, Dell’s experience against our talented young freshman was the difference in the match.   At 145, Hamoon Shokoohinia wrestled well performing a nice tilt at the end of the first period against his opponent and then pinning him in the third. At 152, Kevin Cullinane wrestled in place of Captain Mitch Fenton out due to illness and put up a heck of a fight against his opponent but lost by major decision 10–2. Marcos Solloso faced the same Northwest wrestler that he “majored” at the Grapple but rode a little too high after a take down and was caught with a head dump and ultimately pinned early in his match. Rounding out the competition against Northwest was Ezra Alexander at 170 who manhandled his opponent for a 4–0 win. The Vikings had their chances but injury, illness and lack of rest seemed to have caught up with them against Northwest resulting in a disappointing loss.

After losing to Northwest, the Vikings had the unenviable task of facing possibly the most talented team from top to bottom in the state – the Hornets of Damascus. The Hornets boast top county contenders at 12 of the 14 weight classes. The Hornets did not disappoint their home crowd winning every single match against the Vikings finishing the day was a score of 68–0. This was the first time in recent memory that the Vikings failed to score a single point in a dual or Tri-Meet competition. The matches started at 195 and as expected, the Vikings (Zach Salem Mackall, Jonah Brain and John Vipulus) wrestled tough but lost on points for the first three matched.   When the light weight classes took the mat, the crowd was witness to an impressively strong lineup of county, regional and state champions and placers. At 106, Freshman Clark Boinis was pinned in the first period by the #2 106 in the county – Macklin. At 113, Chris Habibian was pinned in the first period by stamp champion Macklin (older brother). At 120, Freshman James Mackall was pinned in the first period by defending County Champion Scott Obendorfer.   At 126, Freshman Andrew Shiman lost by major decision to the third place finisher at counties. At 132, James Bamberger lost by pin to the #4 wrestler at States last year, Wilkerson. At 138, Cyrus Sobhani lost by pin in the second period to Brendan Parent, #5 in the state last year. At 145, Hamoon Shokoohinia was tech falled by Cory Obendorfer winner of over 135 matches in his career and a multi-state placer. At 152, Kevin Cullinane was pinned in the second period by McLaughlin, #5 in the states last year. At 160, Marcos Solloso lost 14–0 to Fischer who was #6 at states last year. At 170, Ezra Alexander was pinned in under a minute by Owen Brooks, multi-state placer. And finally at 182, Captain Matthew McClanahan lost a decision 4–0 to defending County Champion Ari Cacapardo

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