Vikings Vanquish Trojans 70-12

 

Whitman Wrestling cut a wide swath through the Gaithersburg Trojans on February 2, winning twelve of fourteen matches with nine pins, one major decision, and two forfeits, to go 9-0 on the season. This dual meet, like the previous one with Wheaton, began at the 182 pound level, and senior Ezra Alexander again led off by putting his opponent away with a pin, this time in the second period. Sophomore John-Luke Iglesias followed at 195 pounds, achieving his pin in the exact same 41 seconds that it had taken him to pin his Wheaton counterpart. Senior Jacob Winch pinned his 220 pound adversary in the first period, and senior Tony Rangel enjoyed the benefit of a forfeit at 285 pounds. Whitman led 24-0.

At 106 pounds, senior Chris Habibian had a first period pin; 113 pound sophomore Clark Boinis overcame an early deficit to obtain a major decision, 14-5; and freshman Colby Fong won by forfeit at the 120 pound level. Freshman Max Gersch at 126 pounds was up against Gaithersburg senior Corey Scholl, fifth placer at the Grapple at the Brook tournament, and was pinned in the first round. The score was 40-6 in Whitman’s favor.

Sophomore James Mackall, wrestling in the 132 pound bracket, came from trailing on points to pin his adversary in the second period, and senior James Bamberger, wrestling at 138 pounds, pinned his opponent in the first period. Freshman Jackson Blanchard, competing at the 145 pound level, was pinned in the first round by a Gaithersburg junior. Whitman was ahead 52-12, and did not give up any more points.

Senior Mitch Fenton got a pin in the second period and senior Braedan McKee got his in the first period. Closing out the meet at 170 pounds, senior Marcos Solloso faced Gaithersburg’s Austin Stith, their most highly ranked wrestler. The match was tight through two periods, but Marcos broke it open, went ahead 5-1, and then pinned Stith in the third period. Final score, 70-12.

By Craig Bamberger

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