Vikings Pull Away for Convincing Win over Richard Montgomery
After spotting the Richard Montgomery Rockets to a 12-point lead through the lower weights, the Vikings turned the tables and dominated the upper weights to register a 54-21 victory. With a grueling weekend at the Musselman Duals and three victories in three days this week, the Vikes will get some much needed rest over the holiday break before getting back on the mat to practice for their home match against a strong Springbrook team on Wednesday, January 2.
Peter Li led off the match facing Montgomery County’s fourth-ranked 106-pound wrestler. After a close first period ended with Peter down 0-2, RM scored a quick reversal in the second and finished with a pin. Vikings down 0-6.
Isaac Besrat (113) took a tough opponent the distance. Down 1-4 after the first period, he rode top the entire second period and had the bout within reach at 2-4 when he scored an escape at 1:48 in the third. After being taken down and escaping with 30 seconds remaining, Isaac was unable to close the gap and lost 3-6. Vikings down 0-9.
Peyton Casamento (120) continued his strong return to the mat, scoring a single-leg takedown in the first five seconds, then using a barb wire move to pin his opponent at 0:49. Gap closed to 6-9.
Caleb Brenner (126), back from injury, went up 4-1 after two periods, very nearly pinning his opponent with a roll at 1:40 in the second. He got caught with a move in the third period, however, and gave up a pin. Vikings down 6-15.
Sean Mitchell (132) fell short after an exciting third period. Down 2-4, Sean reversed to tie at 1:54. After a reversal, a 2-point near fall, and another reversal, Sean was on top but down two points with 38 seconds remaining. He nearly missed several attempts at back points, however, and fell short 6-8. Vikings down 6-18.
Next to wrestle was Colby Fong (145) following a forfeit to Matthew Lindstrom at 138. Colby wrestled aggressively, taking his opponent down in 15 seconds then using a half to a pin at 1:06. With Colby’s pin, the Vikes tied the match 18-18.
Charlie Imperial (152) then gave the Vikes the lead, which they would hold the rest of the match. Charlie was up 7-1 at the end of the first period, just missing a pin at the buzzer. He rode from the up position in the second period, and scored a pin at 0:36. Vikes up 24-18.
RM moved their 152-lb. county-ranked wrestler up to wrestle Max Gersch at 160. Max was caught with a bear hug take down and near fall at about 0:35 in the first and was down 1-4 after an escape near the end of the period. With a reversal at 1:34, Max was down 3-4, but could not quite secure back points on several tilt attempts before RM escaped at 0:58. Wrestling up in the third, Max again fell short on tilts. A reversal, escape, and take down in the last 25 seconds resulted in a 4-9 loss. Vikes up 24-21.
John Mackall (170) ended the first period up 2-0 and escaped from down at 1:48 in the second for a 3-0 lead. A successful chin and wing took his opponent down and nailed a pin at 1:10. 30-21 Vikes.
Will Macdonald (182) followed suit. With a 2-0 lead going into the second, he started up, scored a near fall at 1:22, and then secured the pin. Vikings 36-21.
Danylo Hartzler turned in the most exciting bout of the afternoon. Down quickly 0-5 from a headlock takedown and near fall, Danylo wriggled off his back and scored a reversal and a barbed wire for a near fall. All this happened in the first minute of the bout. Nearly reversed again, Danylo defeated a switch attempt, then secured his opponent’s head and arm and laid the pin with 48 seconds remaining in the first.
Thomas Santora then continued the team streak of the day and his personal streak at 220. Up 5-0 at the end of the first after using a reverse half for a near fall, Thomas used a bear hug for a takedown at 1:37 of the second. An arm bar then rolled his opponent over, resulting in a pin about 25 seconds later. Tom Wilmarth then won by forfeit. Vikings win 54-21.
Once again, the JV Vikings followed up the varsity Vikings with a strong outing of their own, winning 30-11. After Rian O’Connor lost his opening bout 2-10, Jack Morris used a headlock for a takedown in the first five seconds, then never relinquished his hold and scored the pin at 1:19. Anh Le then won a decision 8-6, ceding an escape and going down one to start the third, but then landing two takedowns for the win. Kevin Zarin just missed a first-period pin, and ceded an escape to start the third and go down 2-3. From there, he took his opponent down and used a half to a pin at 0:14. Joseph Aron nearly escaped a pin in the first period, and fought his way back steadily from a 2-6 deficit and ran a half to a three-point near fall in the third to win 7-6. Sam Mindell took his opponent the distance again, but lost a decision. Stephanie Solloso continued her strong year, taking down her opponent and then cradling for a pin at 1:10 in the first. Jimmy Ostler fell just short, losing a 4-7 decision. Henry Sowells ended the evening using a half to pin his opponent midway through the second in a match where both wrestlers’ head gear popped off at the same time at one point. Two Vikings, Mohamed Diallo and Logan Eure, wrestled an exhibition against each other, with Logan pinning Mohamed with one second left in the second.
Wishing everyone a very relaxing, joyful, and safe holiday break. Be ready to come out and support the team AT HOME against Springbrook on January 2 at 6:15 pm.
By Tom Mackall