Vikings Land Seven Medals at County JV Tourney
A horde of Vikings descended on Gaithersburg for the JV County Tournament Saturday, February 9, and the team sailed away with riches of gold, silver, and bronze. Eighteen wrestlers participated and seven earned medals, led by Ben Mickum (285) and Arthur Dehareng (138) who won their respective weight classes. Logan Glazier (2nd, 160), Gage Konrad (3rd, 160), Patrick Fletcher (4th, 160), Danylo Hartzler (4th, 182), and Isaac Besrat (4th, 106) also medaled. Overall, the JV Vikes combined for 33 wins on the day for a very strong finish to the JV season.
Ben Mickum Wins Gold at 285
Senior Ben Mickum concluded the day’s wrestling and his high school wrestling career with a 5-1 decision over a Churchill opponent for first place in the heaviest weight class. After a scoreless first period, Ben escaped in the first ten seconds of the second, then slipped his head out of a headlock attempt and landed the takedown for a 3-0 lead. Ben allowed an escape in the third, but then turned the tables and used a headlock for a takedown to secure the win.
Ben’s path to the finals traveled through Watkins Mill and Blair. In the quarterfinals, Ben scored a takedown in the first, then went up 4-0 with a reversal in the second and ended the period with a 5-0 lead after a stall call against his opponent. A double stall call, then a stall call against Ben in the third, resulted in a 6-2 lead before Ben gave up a last second escape to win 6-3. The semifinal match against his Blair opponent was not nearly as close. After a scoreless first, Ben escaped immediately to start the second, then hugged his opponent for a takedown and the pin at the 1:20 mark.
Arthur Dehareng Wins Gold at 138
Arthur Dehareng fought back from behind to pin his Gaithersburg opponent and win his weight class. Arthur was surprised with a quick double leg takedown in the first, but then tied the score with a reversal after starting down in the second. Arthur seized the advantage immediately upon reversing, caught his opponent on his back, and then worked through multiple adjustments before securing the pin with less than five seconds remaining.
Arthur began the day with a pin of his Poolesville opponent 19 seconds into the second period. Arthur followed that with a pin against Gaithersburg. Arthur was up 7-1 at the end of the second, after turning a whizzer against a shot into a takedown. In the third, Arthur started up, and used a half for the pin at the 1:07 mark. Next up was Northwest. Though Arthur did not get the pin, he secured a major decision. A double-leg takedown and two near falls had Arthur up 6-0 after two. He reversed for two more to start the third before trading reversals and scoring a two-point near fall for the 12-2 major.
Logan Glazier, Gage Konrad, and Patrick Fletcher Take Three of Top Four Spots at 160
Led by Logan Glazier’s second-place finish, the Vikings dominated the 24-person field at 162, landing three of the four medal spots.
Logan faced off against a Sherwood opponent in the finals. After giving up a takedown, Logan reversed to tie with 20 seconds left in the first. He allowed an escape then gave up a takedown to drop behind 2-5 after two. Logan’s escape attempts were thwarted in the third, and a two-point near fall resulted in the 2-7 decision and a silver medal for Logan. At the same time Logan was wrestling for first, Gage Konrad and Patrick Fletcher were wrestling each other for third. After a tight first, Gage wrapped Patrick’s head and shoulders and turned him for the pin.
All three Whitman wrestlers had previously made the semifinals. In the semifinals, Logan and Gage faced off against each other. Gage won the first period, going up 2-0 with a takedown. The match tightened in the second as two wrestlers familiar with each other sought the advantage. Gage was up 4-1 before Logan reversed him and scored two back points to go up 5-4 after two. In the third, Logan caught Gage and secured the pin with 1:20 remaining. Simultaneously, Patrick Fletcher was wrestling the Sherwood opponent who won the weight class, and was pinned at the 1:29 mark in the third. Gage won an 11-5 decision over a Blair wrestler, and Patrick pinned his Quince Orchard opponent in the second, to advance to the 3-4 medal round.
Danylo Hartzler Places 4th at 182
Senior Danylo Hartzler capped a fine season with a fourth-place finish. Up against a Clarksburg opponent in the medal round, the bout went into the third period tied 2-2. Danylo tried a headlock move to gain back points, but was flipped for the reversal and pin.
In the quarterfinals against his Paint Branch opponent, Danylo just missed a pin at the buzzer to end the first, but the near-fall netted him a 5-0 lead. Danylo rolled his man for a reversal and a 7-0 lead before using a ball-and-chain for the pin at the 1:21 mark. Danylo then fell just short in the semis against Walter Johnson. Down 2-3 after two, Danylo got caught in a takedown attempt and ended up dropping a close 5-8 decision.
Danylo’s next opponent was teammate Logan Eure. Logan had advanced to the second consolation round with a first-period pin against a Blair opponent, a spirited and close 4-5 loss to a Blair opponent (the eventual 1st-place finisher), and a third-period pin of a Seneca Valley opponent. Danylo pinned Logan with ten seconds remaining in the first.
Isaac Besrat Places 4th at 106
Isaac Besrat met a Richard Montgomery opponent in the medal round to whom he had lost 4-11 in the quarterfinals. This time was closer. Isaac was down 0-2 after a single-leg takedown with 12 seconds remaining in the first. In the second, Isaac gave up a reversal and went down 0-4. Neutral to start the third, Isaac took shot after shot and finally landed a takedown with about 10 seconds remaining to narrow to 2-4, but did not have enough time to close the gap.
Isaac advanced to the medal round by defeating a Winston Churchill opponent 4-1, taking him down in the second then reversing for two more points in the third. In the first round of consolations, Isaac met his teammate, Ryan Darby. Ryan had pinned opponents from Magruder and Watkins Mill before losing by pin to a Northwest wrestler. Isaac and Ryan battled into overtime, tied 4-4 after regulation. In overtime, Isaac secured a takedown and near fall for the win. To get to his match against Ryan, Isaac had pinned a B-CC opponent. Following the match with Ryan, Isaac defeated a Churchill opponent 4-1. Isaac went down 0-1 after an escape to start the second, but fought back with a takedown in the second, then a reversal in the third.
Ryan O’Connor Advances to Semi-Finals
Ryan O’Connor (120) advanced to the championship semi-finals but could not get over the hump to the medal rounds. Ryan pinned opponents from Richard Montgomery and Watkins Mill before facing up against a tough man from Sherwood in the quarterfinals. Down 1-3 after two, Ryan started the third with an escape, then used a slide-by for a takedown and 5-4 lead. After an escape tied the match, Ryan fought off a shot with a good sprawl and cross face and secured the takedown before allowing an escape but winning 6-5. Ryan dropped a 4-7 decision to a Churchill opponent in the semis before ceding a 1-12 major against another Churchill opponent in the consolations.
Other Vikes Make the Quarter-FInals
In addition to the wrestlers mentioned above, some other Vikes deserve mention. Henry Sowells (170) advanced to the quarterfinals with a second-period pin over his Seneca Valley opponent, but then dropped a difficult 8-10 decision to move into the consolations. Joseph Aron (120) advanced to the quarters with a 16-6 major over Watkins Mill and a second-period pin over B-CC, before losing by fall in the quarters.
Overall, the JV Vikes showed very well at the County Tournament, and showed plenty of basis for optimism about how the Varsity will fill the gaps from departing seniors next year and drive the current Varsity wrestlers to get better or lose their spots.
Congratulations to the medal winners and all the JV Vikes for a very successful season. Go Vikes!
By: Tom Mackall