On Saturday January 27th Whitman participated in their second Tri Meet of the season against Springbrook and Richard Montgomery. The Vikes wrestled the first match against the Springbrook Blue Devils and then the second match against the RM Rockets.
Our first match proved to be a difficult one for the Vikings. The contest started out at 126 and the Blue Devils quickly built a sizable lead winning the first six matches. The score was a lopsided 0-33 when the Sebastian Turkewitz hit the mat at 170 pounds. Seb got Whitman on the board with a hard fought 4-2 decision. Thomas Santora and Yussef Zaki then followed Seb’s lead and pinned both of their opponents giving the Vikings a total of 15 points. John Luke was up next at 220 and turned in a 10-1 major decision over his opponent to bring the score to 19-33.
That was the high water mark as the tide then turned again in Springbrook’s favor with the Blue Devils winning at 285, 106, 113 and 120. This resulted in a final score of 19-54. It seemed that the Vikings were very close in several key matches throughout the contest but could not get the breaks they needed to get the wins.
Next up was our hosts the RM Rockets. RM has historically been one of the weaker teams in the county and the Vikings were looking for a repeat performance of last year when they trounced the Rockets by a convincing 66-9 margin. This second meet started at 132 with both Clark and Colby taking forfeits. Whitman then lost a decision at 145 bringing the score to 12-3. The Vikings then went on a pinning tear starting at 152 with Sang Hanna. Sang was followed by pins at 160 by John Mackall, 170 by Sebastian Turkewitz, 182 by Thomas Santora, 195 by Yussef Zaki, and 220 by John Luke Iglesias. This rocketed the score up to 48-3.
The Viking then lost at 285 before Isaac Besrat at 106 was locked in battle with his RM opponent. Isaac was down the entire match but managed to climb his way into a 7-7 tie at the conclusion of the third period. When OT rolled around young Isaac was ready and recorded a takedown as the one minute OT period was drawing to a close to win the match. Great job Isaac! Isaac’s victory was followed by a loss at 113 and an unusual win by default by Peyton Casamento at 120. Peyton was dominating his match when his opponent was repeatedly called for stalling. After the 4th stalling penalty the match was won by default and Whitman was awarded 6 points. The last match of the evening was a 126 and was Sean Mitchell’s first varsity contest. The Rockets did not send out a grappler to face Sean so Whitman’s final margin of victory was an impressive 63-15.
This win brought the Viking’s team record to an impressive 7-4 and garnered them the 10th ranked team position in the county standings.
By George Boinis