Vikings Defeat QO 53-21 In Season Opener
Sparked by four consecutive wins in the middle weights and three consecutive wins at the lightest weights to close out the match, the Wrestling Vikings downed a tough Quince Orchard team 53-21 to win its season opener. The win avenged a disappointing 30-45 loss last season.
Caleb Brenner (Jr. 126) opened the wrestling and portended what would follow. Caleb took a quick lead with a take down in the first 30 seconds and finished the first period using an armbar to score a near fall and take the score to 6-1. He never relinquished the up position in the second period and took a half to a pin at 1:10. The Vikes were up 6-0.
Sean Mitchell (Sr. 132) and Matthew Lindstrom (Sr. Capt. 138) drew two of QO’s strongest wrestlers. Sean wrestled hard but lost by pin in the second period. Matthew opened with a quick single-leg take-down, but ultimately lost 2-10. The Vikes trailed 6-10.
Colby Fong (Jr. 145), who missed most of last year with injuries, then turned in a shutout to start a run of Viking victories. Colby scored a single-leg take-down with a high crotch in the first 30 seconds of the match, a near fall using a power half in the second period, and a reversal at 0:59 in the third to win the decision 6-0. Vikes down 9-10.
Charlie Imperial (So. 152) kept the pressure on, taking down his opponent within the first 10 seconds. Up 6-2 in the second period, Charlie pinned his opponent by grabbing his wrist and turning him over with a half at 0:26. Vikes went up 15-10 and never trailed after this.
Max Gersch (Sr. Capt. 160) followed up with a quick pin. After a double-leg take-down within 20 seconds, Max allowed an escape, scored another takedown, then finished the match with a pin. 21-10 Vikings.
John Mackall (Jr. 170) won a tough decision. John led 5-2 after the first period, scoring first with a double-leg take down and a near fall, but then was reversed and narrowly avoided back points before escaping. In the second period he escaped from the down position, but then was taken down at :05. When his opponent escaped at 1:40 in the third period, the match stood at 6-5 and the crowd was on edge. When John scored a takedown at about 0:35 he led 8-5, and then remained on top until the final buzzer. 24-10 Vikings.
Thomas Santora (Sr. 180) next faced off against the second-ranked wrestler at 180 in Montgomery County. Thomas wrestled a tough match, nearly pinning his opponent in the second period, but eventually ceded a technical fall 8-23 at 1:03 in the third period. 24-15 Vikings.
Yussef Zaki (Sr. Capt. 195) then pinned his opponent with 1:03 in the second period. The first period ended with Yussef leading only 2-1, but he quickly rolled into an escape from the down position at 1:48in the second, and scored the pin at 1:03. 30-15 Vikings.
After a Vikings forfeit at 220, Tom Wilmarth (Sr. Hwt.) wasted no time getting points back. He took his opponent down at 1:25 then pinned him using a barbed-wire move with 0:16 remaining in the first.
At this point, the Vikings were ahead 36-21 with two freshmen and a sophomore left to wrestle at the three lightest weights. The team was on edge, but the young wrestlers put on a show.
Peter Li (Fr. 106) was first up. Peter went down 1-4 when his opponent scored a reversal at 1:40 in the second period. Then Peter turned on the juice. He scored an escape, then a take-down at 0:57, and with 0:14 in the period took a half to a pin. Peter’s teammates greeted him gleefully and hoisted his 106-pound-frame into the air as his pin took the score to 42-21 and clinched the win with only two matches left.
Not to be outdone, Isaac Besrat (So. 113) stepped into the circle and nailed a double-leg take-down at 1:35 and a minute later ran a half into a pin. Vikings up 48-21.
Joseph Aron then punctuated the win with a gutsy match. He went down 0-2 at1:06 but then scored 13 unanswered points that included 4 near falls through the second period. He continued his onslaught into the third period, giving up only technical points for illegal holds, and finally going up 19-4 with a near fall. The 15-point lead finished the meet with a5-point technical fall for the Vikings. Final score: 53-21.
Congratulations to the WrestlingVikes for coming strongly out of the gates for the 2018-19 season. Fasten your seat belts. It is going to be a fun ride.
JV Vikings Show Strength Again
The JV Viking Wrestlers built on their success at the Viking Quest tourney to down QO 52-15, winning 10 of their 15 matches.
Jimmy Ostler (132) led off with a first-period cradle-to-pin at 1:15. Stephanie Solloso (126) followed with her own first-period pin, converting a half at 1:09. Arthur Dehareng (145), who had four first-period pins over the weekend, nearly cradled his opponent to a pin in the first minute, but then dominated on points, prevailing 14-2. Will Macdonald (170) led his opponent 8-0 in the second period before securing a pin. Mohamed Diallo (152) wrestled a tough back-and-forth match where all the points were scored in the first period, but fell 5-7. Anh Le (106) started quickly with a take-down at 1:35, then took a 6-2 lead with a near fall at the end of the second period, before winning an 8-5 decision. Kevin Zarin (113) started with a quick double-leg take-down before pinning his opponent at 0:34 in the first. Eric Yuan (145) fought back from a 0-2 deficit to secure a 4-3 decision with an escape in the third period. Logan Eure (170) had a quick take-down, then took a half to a pin at 1:14 in the first. Ben Mickum had a tough heavyweight opponent and lost a heart-breaker 2-4 when his opponent scored a near fall at the second-period buzzer. Sam Mindell (120) showed grit taking the lead with a takedown at 1:22, but finally conceding a tough 2-6 decision-Ryan O’Connor (132) nailed a takedown at 1:49, then used a cradle for the pin at 1:13. Patrick Fletcher (152) encountered a tough opponent, losing a 1-7 decision. Henry Sowells (170) continued his strong run, taking a headlock to a pin at 0:23 in the second. Steven Canfield encountered perhaps the strongest JV wrestler pound-for-pound for QO in the last match of the night, losing a tough decision.
Overall the JV Vikings continued to show strong skill development and toughness.
By Tom Mackall