The Vikings Varsity squad participated in another late night escapade at the Grapple at the Brook at Springbrook High School on Friday the 13th. This 16 team tournament featured teams from several mid-Atlantic states including Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Due to the impeding ice storm, this two day tournament was also condensed into a one day event (just like the Patriot Classic the week before). It was a very late night with several Whitman grapplers wrestling well past 1:00 am into Saturday morning. Despite the consolidated format, several of our wrestlers placed in the Grapple with John Luke Iglesias capturing 1st place at 220. Clark Boinis (126) and Yussuf Zaki (195) both took home 5th place while Max Gersch (138) took home 6th place. Congratulations to Whitman’s squad for placing in 4 of the 14 weight classes.
On January 18th, the Vikings were back in action with a home dual meet against the Richard Montgomery Rockets. After a few days off, the Vikings came ready to wrestle and turned in their most dominate performance of the year. The Rockets managed to win only 2 of the 14 matches with the Vikings recording 8 pins, 2 wins on points and 2 forfeits for an impressive final team score of 66-9! Congratulations are in order to Caleb Brenner (120) who recorded his first varsity win with a fall in the first period. Also recording pins were Mason Austin-Brantly, Yussuf Zaki, Tom Wilmarth, Steven Canfield, Clark Boinis, Max Gersch and James Mackall. Peyton Casamento and Sebastian Turkewitz also won on points with John Luke-Iglesias and Luke Cullinane collecting forfeits.
After the varsity match, our JV squad took to the mat and also did quite well winning 7 of their 10 contests, all by falls. Our winners included Thomas Santora, Matthew Lindstrom, Sean Fleming, Matt Cauley, Jerry Zhao, Ethan Gilman and Stephanie Solloso with a dramatic pin with .1 seconds left in the first period.
Next up, a home tri-meet on Saturday January 21 vs. Magruder and Quince Orchard.
By George Boinis