Fresh off a victory over Blake and one day of rest, the Vikings faced a tough but shorthanded Wheaton squad winning again to improve their record to 9 – 3. This was the last home meet for the Vikings and as tradition dictates, it was senior appreciation night. Recognized for their achievements and dedication were seniors Conner Barrett, Grant Beske, Jonah Brain, Chris Boinis, Kevin Cullinane, Captain Matthew McClanahan, Nick Panlibuton, Shabnam Parsa, Cyrus Sobhani and Captain Evan Smith. We wish them good luck and good health as they enter the next phase of their young lives.
The matches started at 113 with Chris Habibian losing 10 – 6 after and an exhausting back and forth match. Chris scored a reversal at the end of the match but was unable to turn his opponent. At 120, James Mackall fought off two pinning attempts but eventually lost 14 – 0. Andrew Shiman was out of the lineup due to illness so in his place was Shabnam Parsa wrestling her first varsity match. Shabnam was pinned in the first period. James Bamberger once again had to face a very tough wrestler in second ranked Xavier Howard. James was pinned in the second period. The Vikings were now down 0 – 19 going into the 138 weight class. Cyrus Sobhani wrestled well taking a 20 – 5 tech fall decision but appeared exhausted after the match and excused himself due to illness. Way to hang in there Cyrus! We needed that win. Hamoon Shokoohinia made quick work of his opponent pinning him in just 23 seconds. The momentum was beginning to turn until Kevin Cullinane suffered a surprising pin in the second period wrestling at 152. At 160, Marcos Solloso got things back on track with a pin of his own in less than one minute. The Vikings were now trailing by a score of 17 – 25 but received four consecutive forfeits from Wheaton. Comfortably ahead now 41 – 25, Jacob Winch took the mat in the heavyweight division and handily pinned his opponent in the first period. The final match of the day pitted Freshman Clark Boinis against another young Wheaton wrestler. Clark won by pin ending the scoring at 53 – 25. It bears noting that even without the forfeits, the Vikings would have won the dual. This is important considering how many starters were absent from the typical lineup due to sickness or injury.