The January 13 dual meet started at the 170 pound level, with senior Marcos Solloso getting a first period pin, followed by first period pins by senior Ezra Alexander at 182 pounds and sophomore John-Luke Iglesias at 195 pounds. Senior Jacob Winch at 220 pounds won a 3-1 decision, and then Whitman elected to forfeit to 285 pound Sherwood wrestler Charlie Siarkas, seventh ranked in the State at that weight. Whitman led 21-6.
Senior Chris Habibian (106 pounds) lost 6-4 in overtime to the Warriors’ Hunter Mueck, who had finished second in the previous weekend’s Patriot tournament. Sophomore Clark Boinis (113 pounds), fourth place finisher at the Patriot, beat the second place Patriot finisher, Tristan McKneely, 7-0. Wrestling at 120 pounds, Whitman freshman Colby Fong was pinned by a Sherwood junior; freshman Max Gersch lost his bout 7-0 at the 126 pound level; and sophomore James Mackall (132 pounds) came up short in a close match, 10-8. Whitman’s lead was now reduced to 24-21.
But Whitman won the last four matches to close the door on Sherwood. James Bamberger at 138 pounds pinned his opponent in the first period, senior Hamoon Shokoohinia at 145 pounds got a second period pin, senior Mitch Fenton, wrestling at 152, pinned his adversary in the second period, and senior Braedan McKee at 160 pounds, earned a 10-2 major decision. Final score, Whitman 46, Sherwood 21.
The 7-0 Vikings will take fourteen wrestlers to the weekend Grapple at the Brook tournament at Springbrook High School.
By Craig Bamberger