The tri-meet at Wootton High School with Wootton and Damascus, originally scheduled for January 23 but postponed because of snow conditions, was held February 3. Whitman defeated Wootton 50-21 but lost 58-14 to defending State Champion Damascus, which now is undefeated in its last 97 dual matches.
The Wootton Match
The first dual match was between Whitman and Wootton. The match began at the 120 pound level, with freshman Colby Fong being pinned in the first period by a Wootton junior. Sophomore James Mackall followed at 126 pounds, pinning his Wootton adversary in the first round. Senior James Bamberger, against 19th ranked Jack Cohen in the 132 pound class, had a tight match but prevailed 3-2. Whitman forfeited at 138 pounds to 21st ranked Wootton wrestler Riley Smart, and trailed 9-12.
At 145 pounds, senior Hamoon Shokoohinia decisioned his opponent 10-7, tying the score; senior Mitch Fenton scored an 18-3 technical fall; and there followed a series of first round pins by Whitman seniors Braedan McKee, Marcos Solloso and Ezra Alexander at the 160, 170 and 182 pound levels respectively. Wootton forfeited to sophomore John-Luke Iglesias at 195 pounds, giving Whitman a 41-12 advantage.
Senior Tony Rangel, up against Wootton’s Pat Bernardo, 4th ranked in the State at 220 pounds, wrestled aggressively but was pinned in the first round. Wootton forfeited to senior Jacob Winch, wrestling up to the 285 pound level. Reverting to the top of the order, senior Chris Habibian controlled his opponent and won 8-1. In the last match, sophomore Clark Boinis put up a good fight but lost 4-2. Final score, Whitman 50, Wootton 21.
The Damascus Match
This match followed immediately after Whitman’s match with Wootton. Damascus dominated it from the outset. The high points for Whitman included the first period pin of Damascus’ Davey Creegan by undefeated Whitman 152 pound wrestler Mitch Fenton; an impressive 3-1 victory by senior Jacob Winch over Damascus’ 285 pound wrestler Michael Bradshaw; a near-win by Marcos Solloso at 170 pounds against Damascus’ Colin McLaughlin, 5th ranked in the State at 160 pounds; and the determined, albeit unsuccessful, efforts by 220 pound Tony Rangel, that had his teammates appreciatively cheering.
The match began at 126 pounds, with James Mackall being pinned in the first period. Next, senior James Bamberger was pinned in the third period by the 2015 State Champion at 126 pounds, Scott Obendorfer. Whitman again forfeited at the 138 pound level, this time to Damascus’ Ryan Lawrence, 9th ranked in the State. At 145 pounds senior Hamoon Shokoohinia lost to Allan Furgeson, son of Damascus’ head coach, 9-0. Whitman was behind 22-0, and it was here that Mitch Fenton got his quick pin, narrowing the gap to 22-6.
Senior Braedan McKee at 160 pounds was pinned in the second period by Damascus’ Brendon Parent, 10th ranked at 152 pounds. Next up at 170 pounds was the Solloso-McLaughlin bout, which Marcos lost 5-4, and seemed to be on the verge of winning as the clock ran out. Senior Ezra Alexander fought hard against Damascus’ 182 pounder Ben Lokos, 9th ranked in the State, but was pinned in the third period. John-Luke Iglesias got off to a lead against Damascus’ 195 pound Elijah Baisden, who just a couple of
days earlier had beaten the 9th ranked wrestler in the State at that weight level, but ultimately John-Luke lost 9-5. Then came Jacob Winch’s exciting victory over Michael Bradshaw, making the score 46-9.
Damascus forfeited to senior Chris Habibian at 106 pounds. Closing out the match, sophomore Clark Boinis was pinned in the first round by John McLaughlin, 7th ranked in the State, and freshman Colby Fong was pinned in the first round by T.J.Macklin, 21st ranked in the State. Final score, Damascus 58, Whitman 14.
An article about the tri-meet in the Sentinel Newspaper can be found at: http://www.thesentinel.com/mont/sports/item/3061-damascus-winning-streak-reaches-97-straight
The match originally scheduled for February 4 at Clarksburg has been cancelled because, due to the rescheduling that resulted from the snow emergency, it would have resulted in Whitman’s exceeding the maximum number of matches allowed to be wrestled in one week.
Whitman’s final regular season wrestling is scheduled for February 6 at 2:30 pm, when Whitman, now 10-1, will be at home to 11-1 Bethesda-Chevy Chase and 6-3 Walter Johnson High Schools for a tri-meet.
By Craig Bamberger