The Vikings hosted a tri-meet last Saturday the 21st against the Quince Orchard Cougars and the Magruder Colonels. The first match was against the Cougars and started at the 145 weight class. The Cougars squad turned out to be very competitive and was able to take the first 5 matches from the Vikings until Yussuf Zaki and John Luke Iglesias stepped onto the mat. Both of these heavies were successful and pushed the scored back to a more manageable 27-10 deficit. The next four wrestlers did not fare so well and it was not until Clark Boinis at 126 trotted out that Whitman gained additional team points. The Cougars chose to forfeit and wrestle around Clark pushing the team score to 16-51. Whitman then split the final two matches with Luke Cullinane winning a 9 to 1 decision resulting in a final score of 20-57.
After watching QO win a very tight match against Magruder, the Vikings were back on the mat to face the Colonels. After suffering their earlier loss, the Vikings regrouped and came back strong. The match started off with John Mackall at 160 who set the tone for the rest of team with an impressive 2nd period pin. Following John were two forfeits at 170 and 182. For the next three matches the coaches bumped up Mason Austin-Brantley to 195, Yussuf Zaki to 220 and John Luke Iglesias to 285. The results were impressive with both Yussuf and John Luke recording pins which brought the team score up to 30-3. As the match moved to the lighter weights, the tide shifted yet again with the Colonels taking the 106, 113, and 120 weights and narrowing the score to 30-21. Then once again when Clark Boinis stepped onto the mat at 126 the opponent chose to wrestle around him and forfeit, bringing the team score back up to 36-21. Next up was Luke Cullinane at 132 who turned in a gutsy performance only to come up 1 point short at the end of the 3rd period. Max Gersch at 138 then proceeded overwhelm his opponent and pin him in the 1st period, bringing the score back up to 42-24 and ensuring a Whitman team victory. Max was followed by a loss at 145 and a major decision loss at 152 bringing the score to 42-34 for a Viking victory.
By George Boinis