Vikings Pull Away From Magruder
In a match marked with several forfeits and some close bouts, the Vikings handled a talented Magruder team, pulling away through the middle weights for a 47-20 victory. Next up is the Grapple at the Brook on Friday and Saturday.
The first bout of the night was at heavyweight, with Tom Wilmarth taking on Caleb Taylor, who was a Maplewood football teammate of several boys at Whitman. This match started with the Vikings up 12-6 after Magruder forfeits at 182 (Thomas Santora) and 195 (Yussef Zaki), and a Vikings forfeit at 220. The first period was full of snaps, but no points. Wilmarth rode Taylor the entire second period and scored a quick escape in the third. That point was the margin of victory, 1-0, and put the Vikings up 15-6.
Magruder then won three in a row. Peter Li lost by technical fall, 0-15. Isaac Besrat shot, was tied up in a whizzer, then rolled for a takedown as the boys hit the mat for a 2-0 lead at the end of the second, but surrendered a last-minute near fall to lose 2-3. Joseph Aron (120) was pinned by Iqbal, ranked second in the county. At this point, the Vikes trailed 15-20.
Peyton Casamento wrestled up at 126 and stemmed the tide. He battled through whizzers against his takedown shots in the first and second to go up 4-0 after two, then did a sit-turn for a reversal in the third to win 6-0. After a forfeit at 132 (Sean Mitchel), the Vikings were back on top 24-20.
Matthew Lindstrom (138) then won a major decision. Matthew scored a single leg takedown in the first minute, cut his opponent, then scored another takedown with an ankle sweep and flipped his opponent to his back for a two-point near fall and a 6-1 lead. An illegal hold put him up 7-1 in the second. Starting the third down, he switched quickly for a reversal and finally rolled for a near fall with thirty seconds remaining and an 11-1 victory. Vikings up 28-20.
Colby Fong continued his streak of strong wrestling. Colby went up 2-0 with the first takedown, then scored a near fall, but gave up a reversal just before the buzzer for a 4-2 lead. After being reversed, Colby’s opponent tried to defeat his escape attempt by lifting and throwing him to the mat, but Colby turned into him and took him to the mat for a reversal and a two-point near fall. A late stall call put the score at 8-5. Colby’s opponent ceded neutral to start the third, Colby then defeated a shot and won the take down, before scoring a two-point near fall for a 13-5 lead. The major was not to be, however, as his opponent scored a reversal and near fall at the end of the period, bringing the final to 13-10. After a forfeit at 152 (Charlie Imperial), the Vikes led 37-20.
John Mackall then won a major decision. Up 4-1 at the end of the first with two takedowns, John rode his opponent the entire second period and scored a near-fall at the buzzer for a 6-1 lead. Starting down in the third, John was ceded an escape, then scored another takedown for a 9-1 lead and the major decision. Seng Bobbitt Hanna won by forfeit at 170, making the final score 47-20.
Six JV Vikes got on the mat next. Ryan Darby (106) used a half to flip his opponent to his back for a first-minute pin. Kevin Zarin was up 4-1 at the end of the first, then used a cradle for a near fall and a 6-1 lead before using a half to pin his opponent at the 0:55 mark in the second. Sam Mindell turned into his opponent for a reversal to narrow the gap to 2-4, but gave up a reversal to lose a 2-6 decision. Will Macdonald led 5-0 after one with a double-leg takedown and a near fall when he could not secure the pin before the buzzer. In the second, he scored a quick escape, then turned a fine sprawl and cross-face into a takedown, and secured a pin at the 0:53 mark. Danylo Hartzler wrestled at larger opponent at 220, gave up a second period pin. Ben Mickum then served up a low-scoring overtime win to end the evening. After a scoreless first, Ben gave up an escape and was down 1-0 after the second. Ben evened the match with his own escape in the third. Three overtime periods passed with no scoring, but in the fourth overtime Ben’s work to escape forced an illegal hold, which he overcame with an escape in any event, and a final score of 2-1.
The Grapple at the Brook is another classic double-elimination tournament and will feature teams from within and outside the region. Qualifying rounds begin at 4:00 pm on Friday at Springbrook High School. Quarterfinals are scheduled to start at 6:00 and first round consolations at 8:00 pm. On Saturday, championship semis start at 9:30 am, followed by five consolation rounds before the championship round scheduled for 3:30 pm. Go Vikes!
By Tom Mackall