The Walt Whitman Vikings visited the Wootton Patriots for our fifth county match of the year. The evening did not start off so well as the bus that was supposed to transport our team to Wootton did not show up on time. In fact, the bus did not show up at Whitman until around 5:45. To make things worse when the team finally did arrive at Wootton the fire alarm was pulled and everybody had to be evacuated from the school. It was not until past 7:00pm, after the Fire Department gave the all clear and we were treated to a live rendition of the National Anthem, that the wrestling match finally got underway.
The contest against the Patriots began at 120 with Peyton Casamento who recorded a dominant pin over his opponent in the first period. The Patriots then sent senior Jake Warner out at 126 who evened the score at 6-6. Next up was Clark Boinis at 132 who, for the second county match in a row, was wrestled around and was forced to settle for a forfeit. Matt Lindstrom then extended Whitman’s lead to 15-6 with a close 8-7 decision at 138.
The Viking then lost the next two contests at 145 and 152 and it was now up to John Mackall at 160 to break the 15-15 tie. John answered the call nicely in the first period and won by a fall with 39 seconds left. Seb Turkowitz and Thomas Santora then extended our lead with a 12-1 major by Seb and a first period pin by Thomas swinging the match back into Whitman’s favor by 31-15.
The next two matches were forfeited by Wootton at both 195 and 220. It was then time for the much anticipated heavyweight matchup. The Vikings chose to wrestle up John Luke Iglesias for this match as Tom Wilmarth had already taken a forfeit at 220. John Luke answered the call with a pin in the second period over an opponent that easily outweighed him by 40 pounds or more. Whitman then lost the following two matches at 106 and 113 by falls to the ranked Liau brothers. The final score of the evening’s contest was Whitman 48 and Wootton 24. This win moved the Vikings regular season record to 2-3 in county action.
The JV matches that followed were equally as impressive as our Varsity win. Whitman won 6 of the 7 contests with wins by Logan Glazier (pin in 27 seconds), Colby Fong (10-0 major), Bennet Goeke (pin in 1st period), Arthur Dehareng, Stepanie Solloso (pin in 1st period) and Sean Mitchell (pin in 27 seconds). The final JV score was a dominant 31-6!