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Successful Tri-Meet against Poolesville & Magruder, January 20

Whitman competed in their first of three Tri-Meets of the season at Poolesville High School.  At this contest the Vikings sat out the first meet as the County’s 6th  ranked Poolesville Falcons easily handled the Magruder Colonels 48- 31.  The Vikes then wrestled second against the Poolesville Falcons and last against the Magruder Colonels.

Poolesville Falcons

The Vikings-Falcons meet would prove to be a difficult battle for our team as we faced off against the deep and talented Falcons on their home turf.  The contest started at 152 and Whitman quickly fell behind 0-6.  John Mackall was up next at 160 and faced off against the second ranked wrestler in the county.  John held his own and battled for the full 6 minutes before losing on points.  Despite his loss John’s confidence and reputation continues to build as he has now proven he can wrestle with any 160 pounder in the county.

With his team down by 10 points it was now Sebastian Turkewitz’s turn to wrestle another county ranked opponent (HM).  Seb came out very strong and at the end of both the first and second periods the score remained knotted up at 2-2.  Seb was in a tough match but managed to scrape up another 2 points in the 3rd and hold on for his well deserved victory.  Whitman was now on the scoreboard with 3.  Thomas Santora was up next against yet another HM ranked opponent.  Thomas battled through 2 periods avoiding being pinned several times but eventually lost by a Technical Fall pushing the Poolesville lead to 3-15, but by doing so saved his team a critical point.

It was now time for our ”bigs” to show Poolsville a thing or two about the depth of our lineup.   Yussef at 195 faced another HM ranked Poolsville grappler and won the match on points.  John Luke Iglesias was up next at 220.  John Luke did what we have come to expect and dominated his opponent from the onset and recorded a first period pin.  The match now stood at 12-15.  Tom Wilmarth then stepped onto the mat and locked horns with a much larger opponent.  Tom once again used his speed and technique to fall the Poolesville grappler in the first period, pushing Whitman ahead for the first time 18-15!

The contest then shifted back to the lighter weight classes with Poolesville winning 106 by fall and then sending out their number 1 ranked county wrestler at 113 to face Sean Fleming.  Sean would not back down and held his own for a while but eventually was defeated pushing the score to 18-27.  Peyton Casamento then hit the mat skillfully outwrestling and shutting out his opponent 4-0.  It was now Caleb Brenner’s turn at 126 in a match that would prove to be a pivotal one.  Caleb and his opponent wrestled fairly evenly through the first six minutes and were all tied up a 2-2 at the end of regulation.  As the one minute overtime began Caleb went on the offensive and within the first 30 seconds he scored a takedown winning the match and the valuable 3 points. This brought the score to 24-27.

Clark Boinis was up next at the much anticipated 132 pound weight class.  For this contest the Poolesville 3rd ranked county wrestler at 145 pounds had dropped down two weight classes to battle Clark.  This strategy did not turn out so well for Poolseville as Clark dominated his opponent almost pinning him on two separate occasions and eventually winning by a Major 11-3.  This 4 point victory turned out to be crucial as Whitman now led by one point 28-27.  At 138 pounds however Whitman faced the 4th ranked county wrestler who we lost to by fall, pushing Poolesville ahead by 5 points going into the final contest at 145 pounds.

The final match at 145 would fall to sophomore Aiden Carter.  This was Aiden’s first ever varsity match and he came out onto the mat with fire in his eyes.  The instant the whistle blew Aiden mauled his opponent driving him to the edge the of the mat and pinning him in 18 seconds just inches from the Poolesville bench.   This fall pushed the Vikes ahead by one point, 34-33, and secured their upset victory!  There was much celebration and for a moment the crowd was treated to some gymnastic back flips that reminded us all of Simone Biles in the 2016 Olympics……..never a dull moment!

Magruder Colonels

Immediately following our Poolesville victory our meet against the Magruder Colonels began.  When we faced off against the Colonels last year, we won a relatively close contest which ended at 42-34.  Whitman’s hopes were high for a repeat performance this year.  The first match against Magruder was to be at 160.  The Colonels had some holes in their middle weights and were forced to forfeit at 160, 170, and 182.  It was not until 195 that Magruder was able to field a wrestler who would face Yussef Zaki.  Yussef promptly pinned his opponent in the first period bringing the score to 24-0.  John luke Iglesias then followed Yuseff’s lead by pinning in the first period also.  Whitman then went on to lose at 285 and the score was 30-6 when 106 rolled around.

Unfortunately the Vikings lost at both 106 and 113 and it was not until Peyton Casamento stepped onto the mat at 120 that victory would be ours again.  Peyton expertly shut his opponent out 5-0 and won on points increasing our lead to 33-18.  Magruder then chose to forfeit both the 126 and 132 pound matches despite fielding a state ranked wrestler at 132 against Poolesville.  Colby Fong was up next at 138 and turned in a nice second period pin.  Luke Cullinane and Sang Hanna at 145 and 152 respectively both pinned their Magruder opponents in the second period resulting in Whitman’s lopsided 57-24 victory over the Colonels.  Two big victories in one day……..well done Vikings!

JV Action

It was somewhat difficult to keep track of all the JV action as the JV matches were occurring at the same time as the varsity matches on an adjacent mat.  There were 14 JV matches held against Poolesville.   The JV Vikes were able to come out on top in 9 of the 14 contests which resulted in a impressive 49-24 JV win for Whitman over a quality program.  Only 9 JV matches were contested against the Colonels with Whitman winning 7 of them.  The final JV score of the Magruder match was also impressive  at 36-9.  Great work by our JV Squad who continue to win big!

By Goerge Boinis

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Whitman Beats Kennedy 78-6

On Thursday 1/18/18, the Whitman Vikings traveled to Kennedy High School for a meet one day later than scheduled due to a snow day on 1/17/18.  The Vikings soundly defeated the Kennedy Cavaliers by a score of 78-6.  Our only loss of the night was due to the need to forfeit the 106 match to our opponent.

Kennedy has a very small wrestling team so the meet concluded in record time by 6:45pm!  Seven Whitman wrestlers received forfeits: Sean Fleming at 113, Caleb Brenner at 126, Clark Boinis at 132,  John Mackall at 160, Yussef Zaki at 195, John Luke Iglesias at 220, and Tom Wilmarth at 285.

The six Vikings that did wrestle matches were all able to successfully pin their opponents: Seb Turkewitz at 170 with a first period pin, Thomas Santora at 182 with a second period pin, Peyton Casamento at 120 with a first period pin, Colby Fong at 138 with a pin 16 seconds into the third period, Luke Cullinane at 145 with a first period pin, and Sang Hanna at 152 with a first period pin.  Congratuations to all!  And a shout out to Luke Cullinane with the fastest pin of the evening…18 seconds!

GO VIKES!

Outstanding Showing for Vikes at the 2018 Grapple

The Vikings Varsity squad competed in the Grapple at the Brook on January 12 and 13 at nearby Springbrook High School.   This was the Vikes third and final regular season tournament of the year.  Fortunately there were no late night escapades like in 2017 when the tournament was condensed into one day and went well past 1:00 am.   Last year Whitman came in 11th with 76 total team points in a field comprised of 16 teams.  In that contest Whitman had only four placers which included Clark Boinis, Max Gersch, John Luke Iglesias, and Yussuf Zaki.

The 2018 field also included 16 teams hailing from several Mid-Atlantic States which included Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware.  Entering this tournament the Vikings were coming off a very successful tournament performance at the Patriot Classic last weekend where they placed 4th in team rankings and had seven wrestlers in the top six.  Fortunately this year’s Grapple would turn out even better than last week for the hardworking Whitman Varsity Squad.

At this year’s Grapple Whitman took their swagger to another level amassing 153 Team Points for a strong 3rd place finish.  The Vikings placed eight wrestlers in the top six positions including 3 undefeated wrestlers who all took first place gold medals.  Our trio of champions tied with Plymouth White Marsh as the only two teams to have three tournament champions.  The eight Viking Varsity grapplers who placed in this year’s Grapple were:

  • 120 – Peyton Casamento 3rd  Peyton had a great tournament going 3-1.  As a result of his performance at the Grapple, Peyton now has honorable mention in the county rankings!
  • 132 – Clark Boinis 1st, Clark ran the table at the Grapple pinning 2 of his 3 opponents and climbed back to the top of the podium for his second career tournament win.  This was also Clark’s third straight placement at the Grapple.  Great job Clark!
  • 152 – Sang Hanna 4th, Sang had a gritty breakout performance going 4-2 despite being seeded 9th in his bracket.   Sang recorded his first varsity tournament placement at the Grapple.  Great wrestling Sang!
  • 160 – John Mackall 6th, John turned in another gutsy performance going 3-3 and placing in his second straight tournament.
  • 170 – Sebastian Turkewitz 6th, Seb wrestled 6 matches winning 3 and placed in his second straight tournament.
  • 195 – Yussef Zaki 1st, Yussef upped his game at the Grapple going 3-0 and climbed to the top of the podium by pinning Drew Brenowitz from Clarksburg who was the 11th ranked wrestler in the state.  Congratulations Yussef!
  • 220 – John Luke Iglesias 1st, John Luke turned in another command performance running the table once again and claiming the top podium spot for the second straight year in row at the Grapple.  This was also John Luke’s third straight placement at the Grapple!
  • 285 Tom Wilmarth 5th, Tom went 3-2 at the Grapple and placed at his first varsity tournament. Whitman’s last minute team points surge past Cape Henlopen for third place was made possible by Tom’s  third period pin in his final match of the tournament.  Great work Tom!

Earning the Grapple third place team trophy was a great accomplishment for the Vikes who continue to improve as each week passes.  The only negative from the tournament was the ear splitting and ridiculously long buzzer that had all our ears ringing…….thankfully we will be wrestling Springbrook later this season at Richard Montgomery and not in the Springbrook gym.

Vikings Travel to Wootton for a Team Win

The Walt Whitman Vikings visited the Wootton Patriots for our fifth county match of the year.  The evening did not start off so well as the bus that was supposed to transport our team to Wootton did not show up on time.  In fact, the bus did not show up at Whitman until around 5:45.  To make things worse when the team finally did arrive at Wootton the fire alarm was pulled and everybody had to be evacuated from the school.  It was not until past 7:00pm, after the Fire Department gave the all clear and we were treated to a live rendition of the National Anthem, that the wrestling match finally got underway.

The contest against the Patriots began at 120 with Peyton Casamento who recorded a dominant pin over his opponent in the first period.  The Patriots then sent senior Jake Warner out at 126 who evened the score at 6-6.  Next up was Clark Boinis at 132 who, for the second county match in a row, was wrestled around and was forced to settle for a forfeit.  Matt Lindstrom then extended Whitman’s lead to 15-6 with a close 8-7 decision at 138.

The Viking then lost the next two contests at 145 and 152 and it was now up to John Mackall at 160 to break the 15-15 tie.  John answered the call nicely in the first period and won by a fall with 39 seconds left.  Seb Turkowitz and Thomas Santora then extended our lead with a 12-1 major by Seb and a first period pin by Thomas swinging the match back into Whitman’s favor by 31-15.

The next two matches were forfeited by Wootton at both 195 and 220.  It was then time for the much anticipated heavyweight matchup.  The Vikings chose to wrestle up John Luke Iglesias for this match as Tom Wilmarth had already taken a forfeit at 220.  John Luke answered the call with a pin in the second period over an opponent that easily outweighed him by 40 pounds or more.  Whitman then lost the following two matches at 106 and 113 by falls to the ranked Liau brothers.  The final score of the evening’s contest was Whitman 48 and Wootton 24.  This win moved the Vikings regular season record to 2-3 in county action.

The JV matches that followed were equally as impressive as our Varsity win.  Whitman won 6 of the 7 contests with wins by Logan Glazier (pin in 27 seconds), Colby Fong (10-0 major), Bennet Goeke (pin in 1st period), Arthur Dehareng, Stepanie Solloso (pin in 1st period)  and Sean Mitchell (pin in 27 seconds).  The final JV score was a dominant 31-6!

Vikings Breakout Performance at Patriot Classic

Walt Whitman participated in the 25th Annual Patriots Classic Tournament at Northern High on January 6th.  This tournament seems to be cursed as the weather once again forced this two day tournament format to be held in just one day.  Last year the tournament started Friday afternoon and continued on until well past midnight as a snowstorm was bearing down on the area.  This resulted in an abbreviated format which eliminated some of our wrestlers prematurely.  This year the weather was also a factor as Friday’s wrestling was cancelled which resulted in the entire tournament being held on Saturday.

Despite another condensed format the Vikings made a very strong statement at this silver anniversary tournament, amassing 155 team points and coming in at 4th place in a field of 17 teams.   Whitman Varsity wrestlers placed in 9 of the 14 tournament brackets this year as opposed to only 3 brackets last year.  In 2017 we came in 13th out of 19 teams with only 58.5 points.  This team is definitely moving in the right direction!

The Viking grapplers that placed in the Patriot Classic this year were as follows:

113 – Sean Fleming 5th place with a tournament record of 2-2.  This was the first tournament placement for Sean…..well done Sean!…..I suspect this will be the norm for Sean going forward.

120 – Peyton Casamento 5th place with tournament record of 2-2.  Peyton wrestled well throughout day and faced perhaps the best wrestler in the gym in his second match who was the #2 ranked wrestler in the entire state.

132 Clark Boinis 3rd place with a tournament record of 3-1.  Clark turned in a gutsy performance losing only to the bracket winner from Spalding who pinned all of his opponents except Clark.  Clark also unseated the #2 ranked wrestler in the county from Sherwood beating him twice with a second period pin in his second match up.

138 Matthew Lindstrom 6th place with a tournament record of 1-3.   Matthew faced some tough competition but wrestled well and took his last opponent to the final seconds before losing on points to take 6th place.

160 John Mackall 4th place with a tournament record of 4-1.  Although John placed 4th he was never given the opportunity to wrestle for the 3-4 spot.  This was because according to Maryland Wrestling a wrestler is only allowed a maximum of 5 matches per day, and at that point in the tournament John had already had 5 matches.   Great showing John!

170 Sebastian Turkewitz, 3rd, 4-1.  This was also Seb’s first tournament placement.  Seb competed in one of the largest brackets with a total of 14 wrestlers.  Seb’s only loss was to the eventual 2nd place finisher on points…congratulations Seb!

195 Yussef Zaki, 2nd, 2-1.  Yussef continued to impress the field with his grit and determination losing only to the state ranked bracket champion who pinned all his other opponents but had to settle for a points win against Yussef.

220 John Luke Iglesias, 1st, 3-0.  John Luke once again ran the table and was never seriously challenged in any of his matches.  John Luke has now won the Patriot Classic for the second year in a row and did so this year with three falls!

285 Tom Wilmarth 3rd, 3-1.  Throughout the day Tom was giving up a significant amount of weight to many of his opponents.  However Tom used his experience and speed to get his first tournament medal and capture a 3rd place finish…great job Tom!

Thank you to all our drivers and fans who cheered the Vikings on throughout the day.  The day was certainly a long one as we left Whitman at 7:15am and did not leave the Northern Gym until 9:00pm.  The fans were constantly up and down racing from one gym to the other to cheer our team on.  A big thank you is also in order for Coaches Manon, Sharbaugh and Dolstrom who were kept busy all day preparing our squad for matches and coaching them throughout.

The Viking’s results were exciting and impressive at this year’s Patriot Classic.  All the hard work, practice and preparation time spent by this team paid off nicely and made the day a memorable one …….and the crab soup and our own Lindstrom Barrista certainly helped keep us going during this long day.

By Goerge Boinis

Vikings Face Off Against Churchill Bulldogs

On Wednesday January 3rd Whitman hosted Churchill for a dual meet.  Churchill came into the contest boasting the number 2 seed in county team ranking, behind only Damascus.

Our first match against the Bulldogs started at 145 which ended in a Bulldog pin.  That was followed by two more losses at 152 and 160 bringing the score to 0-13.   Our first win of the evening was turned in by Sebastian Turkewitz at 170.  Seb never trailed his opponent and outlasted him for the full 6 minutes in 4-2 contest.  Seb’s win was followed by two more losses at 180 and 195 before senior captain John Luke Iglesias was up at 220.  John Luke had another convincing performance that resulted in a pin in the second period.  This brought the score to 9-22.

The Vikes lost a 285 but freshman Isaac Beserat won a convincing 7-2 decision at 106 to bring the score back to 12-28.  The Vikings then lost at 113, 120 and 126. Although Sean Fleming at 113 battled ferociously against a much more experienced opponent and avoided being pinned.  The tide turned again when Matthew Lindstrom’s time came at 132.  Matthew battled a ranked opponent and was trailing him over the first two periods and was down 3 to 4 going into the third. Matt fought back in the final period and bested his opponent with an 8-6 decision.  Well done Matt!

The final match of the evening was senior captain Clark Boinis at 138.  For this match Churchill chose not to send a wrestler out to face Clark and forfeited the match, even though they had several grapplers at his weight class and one warmed up and ready to go.   This tactic of forteiting a match when you have a wrestler able to go and thus denying the opposing wrestler a match is often frowned upon and is not endorsed by most coaches and teams.

After the varsity matches concluded, a lengthy JV battle ensued consisting of 16 contests.  Whitman dominated the Bulldogs winning 10 matches with a final JV score of 45 to 23.  The following JV wrestlers won their matches:  Jack Kelly (who recorded his first pin), Colby Fong, Jack Morris, Will McDonald (with an OT pin), Eric Yuan, Charlie Imperial (with a 30 second pin), Bennett Goeke (with a 50 second pin), Neil Parikh (with a 1st period pin), Jay Gatten and Danylo Hartzler.  Congratulations to our JV squad for a big win against Churchill!

By George Boinis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Away Meet at QO

Whitman traveled to Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg for our first away wrestling tournament.   The big surprise of the evening was the scale at QO, which unfortunately seemed to be delivering weights over a pound heavier than our home scale at Whitman.  This resulted in four of our Varsity grapplers not being able to make weight which caused us to shift weight classes and our strategy around a bit.

This contest started at 220 with Yussef Zaki who quickly pinned his opponent in the first period.  Tom Wilmarth was up next at 285.  Tom’s match proved to be a lot tougher as he was giving up 30 to 40 pounds to his opponent.  However Tom managed to grind away at his much larger opponent and the match ended up with Tom on top with a commanding 7-3 win.  We then had to forfeit the 106 weight class.  Following the forfeit we then lost the next three battles at 113, 120, and 126 (to a first ranked opponent) bringing the score to a 9-24 deficit.

Things looked bleak until Matthew Lindstrom made his presence felt at 132 with a first period pin. Clark Boinis then followed suit with a punishing performance at 138 as he dragged his fleeing opponent back onto the mat and pinned him in the first period with a barbed wire.  Colby Fong was up next at 145 and lost to a fall in the second period to another first ranked opponent.    Sang Hanna then stepped up at 152 and turned in a gutsy 4-0 win that went the distance.   It was then John Mackall’s turn at 160 who overpowered his opponent and carded a second period pin to bring the score back to all even at 30-30.

John’s points turned out to the last of the evening for the Vikes as we then lost the 170, 182 and 195 matches.  The final score was Whitman 30 and QO 45.  Although this was a loss the result was more favorable than last year when we faced off against the Cougars and lost 20-47.

The JV matches that followed showed the type of depth our Varsity team has behind it.  There were 11 JV matches in all with Whitman winning all 11 of them for a final JV score of 47-0.  The victorious JV wrestlers were Nick Roy, Logan Glazier, Charlie Imperial, Fernando Karamanoglu, Stephanie Solloso, Jack Morris, Danylo Hartzler, Ben Mickum, Sean Mitchell, Will Macdonald and Neil Parikh.  Great effort by all the JV wrestlers who sent a message to QO with their shut-out victory!

By Goerge Boinis