Vikings Down Rockets
In a match that stayed close through most of the night, Senior Peyton Casamento’s pin with one match remaining put the Vikings ahead by 11 and clinched a final 41-36 victory over home team Richard Montgomery on Wednesday night. The JV Vikes also prevailed, winning 43-25.
Ryan O’Connor led off with a decision for the Vikes. Ryan switched from a single-leg shot to a double-leg and scored first with the takedown at 0:20 in the first. Ryan used strong wrist and ankle control to ride his opponent through the second. Starting from down in the third, he escaped quickly then sprawled on a takedown shot, pushed the head, and spun for a takedown. Ryan won 5-0 and the Vikes were up 3-0.
After Saul Remick (So-145) was pinned, Will MacDonald (Jr-152) put the Vikes back in the win column. A double-leg and almost immediate near fall put Will up 4-0. With 0:17 remaining, he caught his opponent attempting a sit-turn, and pulled him to the mat for a pin. Vikes up 9-6.
Logan Glazier’s (Jr. 160) pin in the second round was then avenged by Seb Turkewitz at 170. A quick level-change-and-high-crotch shot put Seb in control. Showing great mat awareness, Seb lifted his man to keep him in bounds and land the takedown for a 2-0 lead after one. From the down position in the second, Seb escaped in less than 10 seconds then used a headlock for a takedown that put his opponent on his back. After several seconds of micro-adjustments, the ref whistled the pin. Vikes up 15-12.
Charlie Imperial (180) and Luke Cullinane (195) then gave the Vikes some breathing room. Charlie shot a single-leg takedown in the first minute, then stayed in the up position through the remainder of the three-period bout. During that time, he scored five three-point near falls with tilts to gain the tech fall. Just back from illness, Luke wasted no time, shooting a single-leg and moving quickly to a half to pin his opponent at the 1:32 mark. Vikes go up 26-12.
After Sophomore Robert Marshall (220) and Freshman Tom Alvaro (Hwt) were each pinned to put the Rockets back in the match at 26-24, Ryan Darby came back with a pin at 107. Ryan beat an attempted headlock and slid by for a first-period takedown. Up in the second, Ryan defeated his opponent’s attempted sit-and-spin at the starting whistle, then cradled him for a two-point near fall. Starting up again in the third, Ryan used a half to pin at the 1:40 mark. Vikes are up 32-24 with four matches remaining.
After Kevin Zarin (So. 113) was pinned, and the score closed to 32-30, Isaac Besrat (Jr. 120) won a decision. Isaac pulled and ducked under his opponent for a first-period takedown and 2-0 lead. In the second, Isaac allowed an escape, then beat a headlock attempt for another takedown. After allowing an escape at 0:17, Isaac led 4-2. In the third, wrestling from the down position, Isaac was awarded a point for an illegal hold before reversing with 33 seconds left and riding out the 7-2 decision.
Going into Peyton Casamento’s bout at 126, the Vikes led 35-30 with two matches remaining. Peyton sealed the win in less than 40 seconds. He scored a single-leg takedown in 10 seconds, then found the right leverage for a near-side cradle to a pin at 1:24. After Sam Mindell (So. 132) was pinned, the teams shook hands with the Vikings downing the Rockets 41-36.
The JV Vikes had several competitive bouts. Sully Kadnar (So.) took a 5-1 decision. Joseph Aron used two takedowns and two near falls to score a 10-0 major. Patrick Fletcher used a headlock for a takedown and pin at 1:113. Robert LeBlanc slid underneath and behind for a takedown then took an armbar to a pin. Peter Li sprawled against a shot, pushed down the head and spun for a takedown before using a barbed wire for a near fall in the first. Up in the second, Peter gained leverage with an armbar then ran a half for a pin at 0:08. After surrendering a double-leg takedown then reversing for a 2-2 tie after one, Henry Sowells used a barbed wire to nail a pin in the second. Cole Wharton shot a single leg, then scored a pin just before the end of the first. Azi Schwartz ended the evening gamely, fighting back from a 2-6 deficit after the first. In the second, he beat a headlock attempt and through several rolls the wrestlers alternated advantage without gaining control until Azi caught his opponent on his back and nailed the pin at 0:23.
The win takes the Varsity Vikes dual meet record to 3-2. On Saturday, January 11th, they travel to North Hagerstown for match against a tough Hubs squad at 2:00 pm (JV wrestles at 1:00pm just before Varsity). The Vikes are idle during the week next week, enabling them to prepare for the Grapple at the Brook at Springbrook HS on Friday and Saturday, January 17 and 18. Go Vikes!
Also, glad to see Colby Fong, Yussef Zaki, Max Gersch, Matthew Lindstrom, Tom Wilmarth, Thomas Santora, and several alums’ parents make the trip to RM to cheer on the Vikes last night. Thank you!
By: Tom Mackall