The Whitman Vikings took on the (3-3) Montgomery Blair Blazers at home on January 6 and maintained their undefeated (now 6-0) record.
The match did not start propitiously, with the random starting weight draw of 120 pounds pitting Whitman freshman Colby Fong against the undefeated Blair junior Nauman Funyas, first place finisher at the Mad Mats tournament. Colby fought his way into the second period, where he was pinned. His fellow freshman Max Gersch, wrestling at 126, next lost a close match, 4-1, to a Blair upperclassman. And then sophomore James Mackall succumbed 8-2 to a Blair senior. Blair led 12-0. But these were the last points Blair would score.
Senior James Bamberger at 138 pounds started Whitman’s run with a 15-7 major decision. There followed a series of eight Whitman pins: the quickest at 145 pounds by senior Hamoon Shokoohinia in 38 seconds; at 152, a pin by Mitch Fenton in the second period; a first period pin by senior Braedan McKee at 160 pounds; a pin at 170 pounds by senior Marcos Solloso in the second period; and a pin by senior Ezra Alexander at 182 pounds in the first period.
Now, in the 195 pound category, came Chris Greenberg, a Whitman junior in his first year of wrestling, and in his first varsity match, who aggressively dominated his Blair senior opponent and achieved a pin in the second period. Sophomore John-Luke Iglesias followed, wrestling above his weight at 220, with a first period pin, and Jacob Winch, likewise wrestling above his weight in the 285 pound bracket, pinned his guy in the second period.
Senior Chris Habibian controlled his 106 pound opponent and motored to a 7-2 victory, and then, somewhat anti-climactically, Blair forfeited to undefeated sophomore Clark Boinis at 113 pounds.
Whitman Wrestling goes off to Northern High School in Calvert County this weekend for the Patriot Classic Tournament, which expects twenty-one schools to attend. Whitman’s next scheduled dual meet is with (2-4) Sherwood High School at home on Wednesday, January 13.
By Craig Bamberger