The Walt Whitman Vikings competed December 11-12 at a wrestling tournament held at North County High School in Glen Burnie, Maryland, attended also by fourteen other schools from Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, Calvert County and Arundel County. The unusual format for this event was for two groups of schools each to hold a “round robin” dual meet in which every school in its group wrestled ever other school in its group, after which the three highest scoring individual wrestlers from each group for every particular weight class had a “round robin” competition with the three highest scorers for that weight class from the other group.
The team championship was won by St. Paul’s, a private school in Baltimore County. Whitman finished in second place, despite having to forfeit at three weight classes due to the absence of two varsity wrestlers the first day, and three varsity wrestlers the second day, to compete in those brackets.
In the individual competition, three Whitman wrestlers — Clark Boinis, James Bamberger and Mitch Fenton — went undefeated in ten matches, capturing first place in their weight classes. The coaches voted Mitch Fenton the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler in the upper weight classes. The following is a list of all eight Whitman wrestlers who placed among the top four in their weight brackets, with an indication of their weight brackets, school class levels, and tournament win-loss records:
106 – Chris Habibian, senior, second place, 8-2
113 – Clark Boinis, sophomore, first place, 10-0
138 – James Bamberger, senior, first place, 10-0
152 – Mitch Fenton, senior, first place, 10-0
160 – Hamoon Shokoohinia, senior, fourth place, 7-3
170 – Marcos Solloso, senior, second place, 8-2
182 – Ezra Alexander, senior, third place, 7-3
195 – John-Luke Iglesias, sophomore, second place, 9-1
The success of the two Whitman sophomores is an encouraging sign for the future, and it should be noted that while sophomore James Mackall (132, 3-4) did not place, he did achieve not only his first pin in varsity wrestling, but indeed his first three pins in varsity wrestling. Further contributing to optimism for the future of Whitman wrestling were the efforts of Whitman’s two freshman varsity wrestlers, Colby Fong (120, 2-3) and Max Gersch (126, 3-4), who performed admirably in their first varsity tournament.
By Craig Bamberger