Whitman competed in their first of three Tri-Meets of the season at Poolesville High School. At this contest the Vikings sat out the first meet as the County’s 6th ranked Poolesville Falcons easily handled the Magruder Colonels 48- 31. The Vikes then wrestled second against the Poolesville Falcons and last against the Magruder Colonels.
The Vikings-Falcons meet would prove to be a difficult battle for our team as we faced off against the deep and talented Falcons on their home turf. The contest started at 152 and Whitman quickly fell behind 0-6. John Mackall was up next at 160 and faced off against the second ranked wrestler in the county. John held his own and battled for the full 6 minutes before losing on points. Despite his loss John’s confidence and reputation continues to build as he has now proven he can wrestle with any 160 pounder in the county.
With his team down by 10 points it was now Sebastian Turkewitz’s turn to wrestle another county ranked opponent (HM). Seb came out very strong and at the end of both the first and second periods the score remained knotted up at 2-2. Seb was in a tough match but managed to scrape up another 2 points in the 3rd and hold on for his well deserved victory. Whitman was now on the scoreboard with 3. Thomas Santora was up next against yet another HM ranked opponent. Thomas battled through 2 periods avoiding being pinned several times but eventually lost by a Technical Fall pushing the Poolesville lead to 3-15, but by doing so saved his team a critical point.
It was now time for our ”bigs” to show Poolsville a thing or two about the depth of our lineup. Yussef at 195 faced another HM ranked Poolsville grappler and won the match on points. John Luke Iglesias was up next at 220. John Luke did what we have come to expect and dominated his opponent from the onset and recorded a first period pin. The match now stood at 12-15. Tom Wilmarth then stepped onto the mat and locked horns with a much larger opponent. Tom once again used his speed and technique to fall the Poolesville grappler in the first period, pushing Whitman ahead for the first time 18-15!
The contest then shifted back to the lighter weight classes with Poolesville winning 106 by fall and then sending out their number 1 ranked county wrestler at 113 to face Sean Fleming. Sean would not back down and held his own for a while but eventually was defeated pushing the score to 18-27. Peyton Casamento then hit the mat skillfully outwrestling and shutting out his opponent 4-0. It was now Caleb Brenner’s turn at 126 in a match that would prove to be a pivotal one. Caleb and his opponent wrestled fairly evenly through the first six minutes and were all tied up a 2-2 at the end of regulation. As the one minute overtime began Caleb went on the offensive and within the first 30 seconds he scored a takedown winning the match and the valuable 3 points. This brought the score to 24-27.
Clark Boinis was up next at the much anticipated 132 pound weight class. For this contest the Poolesville 3rd ranked county wrestler at 145 pounds had dropped down two weight classes to battle Clark. This strategy did not turn out so well for Poolseville as Clark dominated his opponent almost pinning him on two separate occasions and eventually winning by a Major 11-3. This 4 point victory turned out to be crucial as Whitman now led by one point 28-27. At 138 pounds however Whitman faced the 4th ranked county wrestler who we lost to by fall, pushing Poolesville ahead by 5 points going into the final contest at 145 pounds.
The final match at 145 would fall to sophomore Aiden Carter. This was Aiden’s first ever varsity match and he came out onto the mat with fire in his eyes. The instant the whistle blew Aiden mauled his opponent driving him to the edge the of the mat and pinning him in 18 seconds just inches from the Poolesville bench. This fall pushed the Vikes ahead by one point, 34-33, and secured their upset victory! There was much celebration and for a moment the crowd was treated to some gymnastic back flips that reminded us all of Simone Biles in the 2016 Olympics……..never a dull moment!
Immediately following our Poolesville victory our meet against the Magruder Colonels began. When we faced off against the Colonels last year, we won a relatively close contest which ended at 42-34. Whitman’s hopes were high for a repeat performance this year. The first match against Magruder was to be at 160. The Colonels had some holes in their middle weights and were forced to forfeit at 160, 170, and 182. It was not until 195 that Magruder was able to field a wrestler who would face Yussef Zaki. Yussef promptly pinned his opponent in the first period bringing the score to 24-0. John luke Iglesias then followed Yuseff’s lead by pinning in the first period also. Whitman then went on to lose at 285 and the score was 30-6 when 106 rolled around.
Unfortunately the Vikings lost at both 106 and 113 and it was not until Peyton Casamento stepped onto the mat at 120 that victory would be ours again. Peyton expertly shut his opponent out 5-0 and won on points increasing our lead to 33-18. Magruder then chose to forfeit both the 126 and 132 pound matches despite fielding a state ranked wrestler at 132 against Poolesville. Colby Fong was up next at 138 and turned in a nice second period pin. Luke Cullinane and Sang Hanna at 145 and 152 respectively both pinned their Magruder opponents in the second period resulting in Whitman’s lopsided 57-24 victory over the Colonels. Two big victories in one day……..well done Vikings!
It was somewhat difficult to keep track of all the JV action as the JV matches were occurring at the same time as the varsity matches on an adjacent mat. There were 14 JV matches held against Poolesville. The JV Vikes were able to come out on top in 9 of the 14 contests which resulted in a impressive 49-24 JV win for Whitman over a quality program. Only 9 JV matches were contested against the Colonels with Whitman winning 7 of them. The final JV score of the Magruder match was also impressive at 36-9. Great work by our JV Squad who continue to win big!
By Goerge Boinis