Vikings Edge Paint Branch
Sparked by three pins and a timely victory by Thomas Santora wrestling up at 220, the Vikings held off a good Paint Branch team and prevailed 36-33.
After a Paint Branch pin of Peter Li at 106, Isaac Besrat battled up from a 1-9 deficit in the third to avoid the major, but the Vikes were down 0-9.
Peyton Casamento (120) came out very strong, taking his opponent down with a double leg and putting him right onto his back and into a pin at 1:35 to put the Vikes on the board at 6-9.
Caleb Brenner (126) fell just short of turning several shots into takedowns and was decisioned 5-12 before Matthew Lindstrom was awarded a forfeit at 132, to tie the score at 12-12.
Colby Fong (138) wasted little time taking down his opponent and using a cradle for near fall and 5-0 lead, then using a half for a pin at 1:00. Vikings up 18-12.
At 145, Arthur Dehareng made the best of his varsity debut. Twice in the first period he shot a single leg then grabbed the second leg for takedowns. He defeated a switch attempt after the second takedown to hold a 4-1 lead at the end of the first. He cut his opponent free after starting up in the second, then after a single-leg shot stepped back for another takedown and a 6-2 lead. His opponent fought back to 6-5 with an escape and take down before Arthur reversed with five seconds remaining for an 8-5 lead. Starting down in the third, Arthur fought off several attempts to flip him with a half, and scored an escape at 1:33 for a 9-5 lead that Arthur maintained to the end. Vikings up 21-12.
Charlie Imperial (152) dropped a 3-10 decision, before Will Macdonald took the mat at 160. After surrendering the first take down, Will tied it up with a reversal in the first. After another reversal to start the second, Will used a power half for a pin at 1:27. Vikes up 27-15.
Paint Branch surprisingly did not put a wrestler on the mat at 170 against John Mackall. After that forfeit, the crowd was pleased to see Sang Bobbitt Hanna on the mat for his first bout of the season after a knee injury, but Sang succumbed to a pin from his county-ranked opponent at 0:42 in the first. When Danylo Hartzler was also pinned in the first period, the score stood at 33-27 with two bouts remaining.
Thomas Santora delivered in the clutch. Thomas got behind his opponent, lifted and took him to the mat then surrendered a quick escape at the end of the first for a 2-1 lead. Starting up in the second, he gave up an escape, but then slid behind his opponent for another takedown at 0:50 and rode top to the buzzer for a 4-2 lead. Another similar takedown in the third gave Thomas a 6-2 lead and a cushion that a final-second reversal could not overcome. With the 6-4 victory, the Vikes were up 36-27 and clinched the win. The final score was 36-33 after Tom Wilmarth was pinned by Paint Branch’s third county-ranked wrestler.
The JV Vikes wrestled simultaneously, so their performances weren’t covered, but the respective weight distributions of the teams apparently resulted in a number of intra-squad matches.
Next up, the Vikings travel Wednesday to Magruder for a 6:15 dual, followed by the Grapple at the Brook tourney at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring on Friday and Saturday. Go Vikes!
By Tom Mackall