Vikings Dominate Rockville 54-22

On Tuesday December 19, 2017, the Rockville Rams visited Whitman for our second home match of the year.  The Rams snuck by us last year by a score of 32-42 but things were going to be very different this year.  As the Vikings entered the gym to the throbbing beat of the 300 Violin Orchestra they were visibly pumped up and ready to settle the score.  Several former Whitman Varsity grapplers, home from college on Christmas Break, were there to cheer on their former teammates.  These alumni included Max Sessions (2014), Christopher Boinis (2015), Marcos Solloso (2016), Mitch Fenton (2016), Chris Habibian (2016) and James Bamberger (2016).

The contest started at 195 with Yussef Zaki who pinned his opponent in the first 24 seconds.  Next up was Tom Wilmarth at 220 who followed suit and pinned his opponent in 16 seconds.  Way to go Yussef and Tom with two fantastic pins in the opening seconds of your matches!   Ben Mickum was penciled in at 285 and wrestled the first period to a 0-0 draw before getting caught in 2nd period and pinned.  This brought the score to 12-6.

Up next, wrestling his first varsity match was freshman Isaac Beserat at 106.   Isaac bested his opponent with an impressive pin in the first period, (great way to start your Varsity career, Isaac).   Sean Fleming then took a forfeit at 113 and Caleb Brenner pinned his opponent in the first period extending Whitman’s lead to 30-6.  Great match Caleb!

Next up was Peyton Casamento facing Nate Eig who was coming off a 9-0 run and first place finish over the weekend at the Parkside Holiday Tournament in Salisbury, Maryland.  Peyton had no problem with Eig and ended up with a Major victory winning 9-0.  Matthew Lindstrom followed at 132 and showed why he deserves to be in the Varsity lineup this year with a third period pin.  Next up was Clark Boinis at 138, who like Peyton, was facing an opponent (Tito Nunez) who was also coming off a 9-0 run and first place finish over the weekend at the Parkside Holiday Tournament.  Clark dominated his opponent and carded a Technical Fall in the second period pushing Whitman’s lead to 45-6.

Unfortunately the Vikings dropped the next two matches at 145 and 152.  It was not until Sang Hanna stepped on the mat at 160 that Whitman scored again, with Sang winning a close 9-8 decision.  Whitman then lost the 170 match but Jack Ryan showed true grit and refused to be pinned and carried the contest to the end.  The last match of the evening was left to Sophomore Sebastian Turkewitz at 182.  This was Seb’s first Varsity match of the year and he came through for the team with a pin in the 3rd period after leading 3-1 in the second.  This concluded the contest with Whitman dominating the Rams with a final score of 54 to 22.

The JV wrestlers also had a good showing, besting Rockville with 4 pins by Logan Glazier, Will McDonald, Jay Gatten and Danylo Hartzler with a final score of 24-12.

By George Boinis

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Musselman Duals 2017 Summary

On December 15th, Whitman traveled to Inwood, West Virginia (located just south of Martinsburg) to participate in the two day Musselman Duals Tournament.  This was the Vikings first appearance at this event which included 18 teams from West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia.  The format of this duals tournament was  such that each team wrestled their entire 14 member lineup against another team’s lineup.  The Vikings had 4 duals on Friday and 5 more on Saturday for nine meets total.  Needless to say this was a lot of wrestling compressed into two days.

Going into this tournament we had not previously wrestled any of the nine teams we were to face.  On Friday we squared off against Hedgesville (WV), South Garrett (MD), Spring Valley (WV) and Berkley Springs (WV) on Friday.   We then went up against Clarke County (WV), Linganore (MD), Buckhannon Upshur (WV), Hampshire (WV) and Winfield (WV) on Saturday.  The competition was top notch and the depth of our Varsity line up was tested over and over throughout both days.  On an individual level, the Vikings performed relatively well with an individual win loss record of 53 and 67.  However, 13 of those losses were forfeits so when you eliminate those we actually went 53 and 54.  Unfortunately, the team score was a bit disappointing with the Vikings winning only 3 of their dual matches (Spring Valley 34-30, Clarke County 51-12 & Buckhannon Upshur 42-21) and dropping the other 6.

Shown below are the individual wrestler “unofficial” results from the tournament:

Weight Class 106                              We forfeited all 9 matches

Sean Fleming 113                             4 wins (4 pins) and 5 losses

Caleb Brenner 120                           4 wins (1 pin) and 5 losses

Peyton Casamento 126                 5 wins (4 pins) and 4 losses

Matt Lindstrom 132                         6 wins (2 pins, 1 Major) and 3 losses

Clark Boinis 138                                 7 wins (3 pins, 1 Tech Fall, & 1 Major) and 2 losses

Luke Cullinane 145                           4 wins (1 pin) and 5 losses

Sang Hanna 152                                2 wins and 7 losses

John Mackall 160                              2 wins (2 pins) and 6 losses

Jack Ryan 170                                     2 wins (1 pin) and 7 losses

Jay Gatten 182                                  2 losses

Carlos Richardson 182                    1 win and 1 loss

Yussef Zaki 195                                  5 wins (4 pins) and 3 losses

John Luke Iglesias 220                    6 wins (2 pins)

Tom Wilmarth 285                           5 wins (4 pins) and 4 losses

By Goerge Boinis

Vikings Home Opener vs. Northwest

The varsity lineup is taking shape and hopes are high for another great Vikings wrestling season.  This year’s team is stacked with talent and returning wrestlers as Whitman only graduated two seniors last year.   In addition we have one of largest freshman classes ever, with the team now reaching 43 total members.  In order to accommodate all this talent, Whitman practices have been split up into a JV session and Varsity session for the first time ever.  This provides each wrestler with more individual instruction and mat time to help grow their skills.  And speaking of skills, we have the good fortune of adding Mike Dahlstrom to our coaching staff.  Mike is a recent graduate of American University where he was a Division I wrestler.  Coach Dahlstrom brings a wealth of knowledge and energy to this team and  we are delighted to have him.

With wrestling comes injuries and unfortunately prior to our first contest the team already has sustained several inquiries to key contributors.  At the moment Christian Beske, Thomas Santora and James Mackall are all injured, but all are expected to be back on the mat within weeks.

The season started against Northwest with Senior Captain Clark Boinis at 138 pounds.  Clark started the team in the right direction with an impressive 18-4 margin of victory for 4 points.   Next up was Junior Captain Max Gersch at 145.  This contest proved to be costly as Max was locked in a very physical battle when he sustained an elbow injury midway through the 3rd period.  This injury not only resulted in a forfeit but also may have sidelined Max for part of the season while he recovers.  With Max’s competitive spirit I know he will do everything he can to get back on the mat with his teammates as soon as possible.

Whitman then dropped the 152 match but John Mackall scored an impressive pin in the 2nd period with 55 seconds on the clock in the 160 match bringing the team score to 10 to 13.  Whitman then lost the 170 and 182 matches and it was not until Junior Captain Yussuf Zaki stepped onto the map that the bleeding stopped with a pin in the beginning of the 2nd period to bring the score to 16-19.  Then Senior Captain John Luke Iglesias pinned his opponent in the 2nd period to bring the lead back to Whitman by three points at 22 to 19.

That proved to be the high water mark for the Vikes as we then lost the 285, forfeited at 106 and lost weight classes 113 and 120.  Peyton Casamento was another bright spot in the lineup for the Vikings when he topped his opponent 8 to 1 in dominant performance at 126.  Whitman then lost at 132 and the final score was 26 to 42.  Although the Viking lost this match they showed much better than last year against the powerful Northwest when they were defeated by a score of 6 to 67.

The JV squad did very well and almost everybody was able to get a match.  By my count there were 21 JV matches with Whitman winning 12 of them.  The final JV score was Whitman 56 and Northwest 42.

By George Boinis

Vikes Dominate in JV Viking Quest 12/9/17

On Saturday December 9th, Whitman hosted the first JV tournament of the year, which was our annual Viking Quest.   This year’s tournament was the largest in recent memory with over 200 grapplers participating from 13 schools in Maryland.  The field this year featured Whitman, BCC, QO, WJ, Churchill, Oakdale (Ijamsville), Northwest, Sherwood, St. Vincent Pallotti (Laurel), Watkins Mill, Richard Montgomery, Einstein and Springbrook.

The Whitman JV Squad did exceptionally well with 7 first place finishes versus only 5 in last year’s tournament.   This year’s Whitman first place winners were:

  • Colby Fong
  • Luke Cullinane
  • Sang Hanna (with a repeat performance from last year)
  • Jack Kelly
  • Sebastian Turkewitz
  • Arthur Dehareng (first year wrestler)
  • Sean Mitchell

Congratulations to all our wrestlers for turning in solid results!

By George Boinis

Maryland Regional and State Tournaments

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Two Vikings advanced to the West Regional 4A/3A MPSSAA tournament held February 24-25 this year.   Whitman’s big guys once again made a good showing at the Regionals with both John Luke Iglesias and Yussef Zaki making it onto the podium.  John Luke was crowned champion for the second week in a row with his final round victory over senior Damascus wrestler Mikey Bradshaw.  His Regional Championship victory gained him one of the four number one seeds at the State Tournament.  Yussef also wrestled well in the Regionals and brought home a 3rd place finish, improving his lot by one place from the County Tournament the week before.  This qualified him to advance to the State Tournament at Showplace Area in Upper Marlboro, MD.

The State 4A/3A Tournament was held on March 3-4 and has entrants from all four Maryland Regions, North, South, East and our own West Region.  John Luke went 2-2 at the tournament and made it to the consolation quarter finals, and again beat out Bradshaw of Damascus to get there.  Yussef faced some tough opponents but managed to go 1-2 at the tournament.  Congratulations to both our “bigs” for great seasons!

Whitman Places 2 Varsity Wrestlers on County Podium

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The 2017 Montgomery County Varsity Tournament was also held at Gaithersburg HS spanning two days over February 17th and 18th.  Just eight rather than fourteen of our Whitman Varsity entered the tournament this year because some of our Varsity wrestlers had chosen to participate in the JV Tournament the week before.

When the tournament seeding came out for our 8 Varsity participants, many of them did not receive seeding commensurate with their grappling abilities.  This is because the seedings are based on a point accumulation system that is, in large part, tied to the number of wins a wrestler obtains during his regular season and tournament action.  As most are aware, the Vikings were prohibited from participating in the Keaser Classic Tournament this year due to a scheduling error.  This was a devastating development for the entire team from a point system accumulation perspective.   Each Whitman grappler could have had as many as 10 matches at the Keaser, thus enabling them to accumulate the valuable match points necessary to be on par with the rest of the county teams.  As a result of having lighter overall individual records, three of our eight wrestlers were forced to wrestle into their brackets via a pigtail (which they did so successfully) and some other Whitman wrestlers were ranked potentially lower than their true abilities.

Of the eight wrestlers that entered the Varsity tournament, two Vikings were placed on the podium.   Congratulations are in order to John Luke Iglesias who was crowned the Montgomery County Champion at 220lbs and Yussef Zaki who came home with a nice 4th place finish at 195lbs.  John Luke’s path to victory was arguably the most exciting one of the entire tournament.  Both his semifinal and championship matches went into overtime.  In both instances, John Luke kicked into high gear scoring a takedown in the semifinal OT match followed by a takedown and a pin in the OT of the championship match.  His championship victory was made all the more sweet by the fact that John Luke was able to avenge his only loss of the year by beating Junior Pimentel of the Rockville Rams for the crown.  Good luck to both our big guys Yussef and John Luke in the Regional Tournament next weekend! GO VIKES!

By George Boinis

Great Showing at 2017 County JV Tournament

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The Montgomery County JV Tournament was held on Saturday, February 11th at Gaithersburg High School.  The Vikings showed up with one of the largest JV squads in the entire county.  In fact, we had 26 grapplers wrestling in the tournament.  We had the second highest number of participants, next only to Churchill who had 27.

The results were impressive with Whitman placing seven wrestlers on the podium.  Among those placing were Colby Fong  4th at 120, Matthew Lindstrom 6th at 126, Aiden Carter 4th at 132, Luke Cullinane 6th at 138, Sang Hanna 3rd at 145, Ben Mickum 3rd at 285 and Tom Wilmarth 2nd at 285.  Congratulations to all our JV wrestlers on a job well done!  We are looking forward to seeing more of you in the Varsity matches next year.

By George Boinis