On Saturday January 28th Whitman participated in a Tri Meet against Springbrook and Gaithersburg. The Vikes sat out the first match and wrestled second against the Trojans and then again last against the Blue Devils.
Our first meet was against a thinned out Gaithersburg team and started at 220 and 285 with the Trojans forfeiting both weight classes. Next up was Sean Fleming who was winning convincingly in the 2nd period when his opponent was forced to forfeit with an injury. Peyton Casamento and Caleb Brenner then pinned both their opponents at 113 and 120 bringing the score up to 30-0. The Trojans then forfeited the next three contests at 126, 132 and 138 and it was not until 145 that we were wrestling again. San Hanna won this match pushing the lopsided score up to 51-0. The Trojans did however manage to win the next three matches at 152, 160, and 170 with Whitman taking the final two weight classes with a forfeit at 182 and a pin by Yussuf Zaki at 195. The final score was a convincing 63-12 victory for the Vikes.
The Gaithersburg JV match featured only three contests with Jay Gatten recording an 11-2 major win and Lucas Bravo pinning his opponent in the first period. The final JV score was 10-6 Whitman.
The Varsity Vikings second meet of the afternoon proved to be more difficult than the first. Starting at 285 the Vikings were initially overwhelmed by a very deep and senior laden Blue Devils squad which resulted in losses by falls in all of the first four matches. It was not until Clark Boinis entered the fray at 126 that Whitman scored with Clark posting a technical fall 15-0 in the second period. That brought the team score to 5-24. The Vikings lost again at 132 but Max Gersch turned in a convincing 7-2 victory at 138. Whitman then lost the next five matches at 145, 152, 160, 170 and 182. The contest ended with Yussuf Zaki taking a forfeit at 195 and with John Luke Iglesias pinning his 220 Blue Devil in the first period. The final score was a disappointing 20-55 loss for the Vikes.
The Blue Devils JV match was a long one with 14 contests. Whitman won nine of those contests with 8 pins and one decision. Two JV falls each came from Matt Cauley and Aiden Carter with others coming from Stephanie Solloso, Steven Canfield, James Mackall and Matthew Lindstrom who also carded a second win. The final JV score was on impressive 51-30 victory over the Blue Devils.
By George Boinis