Rough Going at Sherwood
Whitman faced off against the Sherwood Warriors in a dual meet missing three varsity starters.
The first match of the dual was 126 with Caleb Brenner. Caleb gave up the first takedown and was bear hugged to a fall at 2:52.
Sean Mitchell suffered a similar fate in the first period of his bout at 1:39. Next, at 138, Mathew Lindstrom put up a good fight against Sam Ewing. He was trailing 3-7 after giving up 3 near fall after the 1st period. Mathew kept fighting, but eventually lost 11-7 to an experienced wrestler.
Colby Fong had a tough one at 145 but stayed tough through the 1st period scoring a badly needed escape at the buzzer. Colby tied it up at 7 with a switch for a two-point reversal in the 3rd period but ended up losing 7-10
The Vikings forfeited 152 to last year’s state runner-up Chris Sanchez. Viking Max Gersch gave Whitman its first win of the night with a major decision. Max took his opponent down quickly and rode him hard for most of the match with legs scoring back points with the power half.
Next u[ at 170 was John Mackall. Joh never stopped fighting scoring an escape in the first, a reversal in the 2nd and a takedown with a nice double leg in the third period, but ultimately fell 5-11.
Half Time Score: Sherwood 27, Walt
Thomas Santoro at 182 had a tough opponent with Yusef Higazi and trailed 0-2 after the first period. Gigazi reversed Thomas in the second and scored a Fall at 3:00. Whitman forfeited 195 and sent Yussef Zaki out at 220 to receive a n equalizing forfeit.
The Heavyweight match was close with no score in the first period. Tom Wilmarth rode his opponent for the first period until 1 minute in when his opponent, Jacob Rogers, scored an escape. Tom was not able to escape the third period, but Rogers got called for stalling, tying it up 1-1 and sending the match into overtime. Tom tried to headlock his opponent in overtime but didn’t successfully execute losing 1-3.
At 106, Freshman Peter Li fought hard off his back a couple of times but was pinned at 3:22. At 113, Issaac Besrot was pinned at 0:28 and Joseph Aron similarly at 0:50.
Sherwood had a solid squad and Whitman only won two matches in the varsity dual meet, Sherwood avenged last year’s loss to Whitman with a final score 58-10.
Next up was JV:
The up and coming JV team fared
better winning 5 out of 11 matches, scoring pins in 4 of those matches;
however, the Vikings gave up some key pins as well.
Ryan O’Connor faced a tough Sherwood opponent and was trailing in the first period 1-4 when he scored a solid escape with a standup at the end of the period. The first period was similar with Ryan trailing 1-7 going int the third when Ryan was turned and eventually pinned at 5:22.
Stephanie was taken down in her bout, but escaped and threw a fantastic headlock to pin her opponent at 1:31 and tie the dual meet score at 6-6.
Arthur Dehareng shot a beautiful double leg at the edge of the mat and would wrist and half his foe to a fall at 1:27 putting the Vikes up 12-6. Unfortunately, Eric Yuan was cradled to a pin in the next match at 0:51 putting the dual meet score at 12-12. Steven Canfield would suffer a similar fate at 0:54 putting Sherwood up 18-12.
Next up Jack Morris, who fought hard trailing 2-6 at the end of one, but succumbed to a fall at 2:47. In a barn burner, Mohammed was winning in the 1st period when he attempted an over the back cradle and trailed 4-7. Mohamed would fight back to 10-11 with one minute remaining, but could not escape. Sherwood led 27-12.
Will MacDonald scored a takedown in a hard-fought scramble of the first period of his match. Will opened the match in the third period even putting his opponent on his back with a suck-back and won the bout 7-1 changing the score to 33-15, Sherwood.
Next was Freshman Henry Sowels, whoimmediately threw the Sherwood wrestler with a headlock scoring a fall at 0:28putting the dual meet within reach: Sherwood 33-21. Making the meet excitingwas Logan Eure, who also headlocked and pinned a Warrior wrestler at 0:32moving the score up to 33-27, Sherwood. Unfortunately, Patrick Fletcher wouldbe pinned in the next match by the dreaded headlock at 1:54 giving Sherwood thedual meet victory 39-27.
By Chuck Canfield