After suffering back to back losses against Damascus and Northwest at this past weekend’s Tri-Meet, the Vikings bounced back with a nice win over Blake 64 – 15 on Monday. Once again, the Vikings wrestled on just one days rest due to an oddly, some would say, unfairly “back loaded” schedule. The Vikings ranks are being quickly depleted due to injury and illness but they stood strong and took down the Tigers showing great resiliency.
The matches opened up at 145 pitting two county ranked wrestlers against one another. Hamoon Shokoohinia lost a close decision to Tyler Nine 7–5. After the close decision, the Vikings went on a rampage and recorded 9 straight wins. At 152, Kevin Cullinane recorded a decisive 9–1 major decision. Then, Marcos Solloso, Ezra Alexander and Captain Matthew McClanahan each recoded wins by pin. Making his varsity debut at 195, freshman John Luc Iglesias wrestling for Zach Salem Mackall who suffered a chest injury against Damascus won his first match by forfeit. Jonah Brain back from his injury also won by forfeit. Jacob Winch, wrestling at heavyweight in place of John Vipulis who suffered a season ending knee injury against Damascus, won by pin in the third period. Nice job Jacob! At 106 and 113, Chris Habibian and Clark Boinis both won by pin. James Mackall continued improving but lost by pin in the 3rd period after putting up a fierce battle. Freshman Andrew Shiman bounced back from a disappointing showing at the Tri-Meet with a nice pin in the second period. At 132, James Bamberger took a win by forfeit. Rounding out the afternoon was Cyrus Sobhani who lost by pin in the second period.
Unfortunately injuries and illnesses are mounting for the Vikings and going into the latter part of their season, they are missing a significant number of starters from their lineup. Let’s hope for speedy recoveries in time for counties and regional competitions.