The Vikings Varsity squad competed in the Grapple at the Brook on January 12 and 13 at nearby Springbrook High School. This was the Vikes third and final regular season tournament of the year. Fortunately there were no late night escapades like in 2017 when the tournament was condensed into one day and went well past 1:00 am. Last year Whitman came in 11th with 76 total team points in a field comprised of 16 teams. In that contest Whitman had only four placers which included Clark Boinis, Max Gersch, John Luke Iglesias, and Yussuf Zaki.
The 2018 field also included 16 teams hailing from several Mid-Atlantic States which included Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Entering this tournament the Vikings were coming off a very successful tournament performance at the Patriot Classic last weekend where they placed 4th in team rankings and had seven wrestlers in the top six. Fortunately this year’s Grapple would turn out even better than last week for the hardworking Whitman Varsity Squad.
At this year’s Grapple Whitman took their swagger to another level amassing 153 Team Points for a strong 3rd place finish. The Vikings placed eight wrestlers in the top six positions including 3 undefeated wrestlers who all took first place gold medals. Our trio of champions tied with Plymouth White Marsh as the only two teams to have three tournament champions. The eight Viking Varsity grapplers who placed in this year’s Grapple were:
- 120 – Peyton Casamento 3rd Peyton had a great tournament going 3-1. As a result of his performance at the Grapple, Peyton now has honorable mention in the county rankings!
- 132 – Clark Boinis 1st, Clark ran the table at the Grapple pinning 2 of his 3 opponents and climbed back to the top of the podium for his second career tournament win. This was also Clark’s third straight placement at the Grapple. Great job Clark!
- 152 – Sang Hanna 4th, Sang had a gritty breakout performance going 4-2 despite being seeded 9th in his bracket. Sang recorded his first varsity tournament placement at the Grapple. Great wrestling Sang!
- 160 – John Mackall 6th, John turned in another gutsy performance going 3-3 and placing in his second straight tournament.
- 170 – Sebastian Turkewitz 6th, Seb wrestled 6 matches winning 3 and placed in his second straight tournament.
- 195 – Yussef Zaki 1st, Yussef upped his game at the Grapple going 3-0 and climbed to the top of the podium by pinning Drew Brenowitz from Clarksburg who was the 11th ranked wrestler in the state. Congratulations Yussef!
- 220 – John Luke Iglesias 1st, John Luke turned in another command performance running the table once again and claiming the top podium spot for the second straight year in row at the Grapple. This was also John Luke’s third straight placement at the Grapple!
- 285 Tom Wilmarth 5th, Tom went 3-2 at the Grapple and placed at his first varsity tournament. Whitman’s last minute team points surge past Cape Henlopen for third place was made possible by Tom’s third period pin in his final match of the tournament. Great work Tom!
Earning the Grapple third place team trophy was a great accomplishment for the Vikes who continue to improve as each week passes. The only negative from the tournament was the ear splitting and ridiculously long buzzer that had all our ears ringing…….thankfully we will be wrestling Springbrook later this season at Richard Montgomery and not in the Springbrook gym.