Whitman Wrestling Wins Twice at Tri-Meet

Whitman attended a tri-meet at Richard Montgomery High School December 19 and defeated both the Rockets and the Poolesville Falcons.  Coach Manon continued in this meet to place some of his team in weight brackets above their usual ones.

Their first match was with Richard Montgomery, and it opened at the 152 pound weight level, with senior Hamoon Shokoohinia receiving a victory by forfeit.  Next came senior Braedan Mckee at 160, pinning his opponent in the first period,  senior Mitch Fenton being given a win by forfeit, senior Marcos Sollonos  earning a pin in the first period, senior Ezra Alexander getting a pin in the second period, and sophomore John-Luke  Iglesias pinning his man in the first period.  The Vikings were off to a roaring 36-0 start and the Whitman crowd, which included former Whitman wrestlers home from college for the holidays, was cheering them on.

Senior Jacob Winch, wrestling in the 285 pound bracket, had a defensive match with little scoring by either wrestler, as is often seen at the heavyweight level.  The regular three rounds ended with the score 2-2, and neither wrestler scored in overtime.  At that point the referee called for a one minute tie breaker, in two 30 second segments, whereupon Jacob aggressively powered to a 10-2 victory.   106 pound senior Chris Habibian then pinned his adversary in the first period and sophomore Clark Boinis at 113 likewise got a first round pin.  Whitman led 52-0, but it gave up some ground in the final stages of the match.

Freshman Colby Fong in the 120 pound bracket, despite fighting hard, was pinned in the first period by a Richard Montgomery junior.   Freshman Max Gersch at 126 twice came close to getting a take-down and lasted into the second period, but then was pinned by his rival, another Richard Montgomery junior.  Whitman sophomore James Mackall was up against Rockets senior Luis Orellana, who placed fifth in last year’s regional tournament, and James went down in the first period.  Then, in a tough match, senior James Bamberger at 138 suffered his first loss of the year, 7-4, to the Rockets’ Edgar Cruz, who finished fourth in last year’s regional tournament.  In the last contest of the dual, at 145 pounds, freshman Jackson Blanchard, in his second varsity match, wrestled well but was pinned in the second round.  Final score, Whitman 52, Richard Montgomery 27.

Whitman’s second dual, against Poolesville, commenced at the 160 pound level, with senior Braedan Mckee strongly controlling his opponent and achieving a 15-0 technical fall, worth 5 points.  Mitch Fenton, wrestling at 170, had no trouble pinning the Falcons’ wrestler in the first period.  The score was 11-0 in Whitman’s favor.

Then, at the 182 pound level, came one of the most exciting wrestling matches of our season so far, pitting senior Marcos Solloso against Poolesville senior Justin Budd, currently 8th ranked in the State.  The non-stop action was fast and furious , with one wrestler and then the other seemingly on the verge of achieving a pin, and in the end it was Marcos who got the pin with 8 seconds left in the match.  Senior Ezra Alexander followed with a pin in the second round in his 195 pound bout, and at 220 pounds, sophomore John-Luke Iglesias continued his winning ways with a pin in just 25 seconds.  At this point Whitman led 29-0.

Coach Manon elected to forfeit at the 285 pound level to Poolesville wrestler Kyle Wilkins, presently ranked 3rd in the State at that weight.  Next up, in the 106 weight class, senior Chris Habibian had a difficult time with another State-ranked Poolesville wrestler, Alex Carbonell, losing 9-1.  But sophomore Clark Boinis, at 113 pounds, extended his undefeated record to 14-0, besting his opponent by 4-0.  Whitman’s two freshmen wrestlers at 120 and 126, Colby Fong and Max Gersch, were pinned by Poolesville juniors, putting the score at 32-22.

At the 132 pound level, James Mackall pinned his Poolesville junior opponent in the first round.  This was an important decision, since it meant that Poolesville now could not win the match unless their wrestlers pinned all of the last three Whitman wrestlers.  And, in the event, Whitman won two of the three remaining matches. Senior James Bamberger pushed his opponent around the floor to a technical fall of 15-0.  At 145, freshman Jackson Blanchard had a good bout with his sophomore adversary, but lost 11-1.  Winding the contest up, senior Hamoon Shokoohinia at the 152 pound level outpointed his Poolesville adversary 17-6.  Final score, Whitman 47, Poolesville 26.

Next Tuesday, December 22, the Whitman varsity wrestling team  (4-0)  will have its first home match, against  Quince Orchard (4-1).

By Craig Bamberger

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