Tri Meet 1/27/18 against Springbrook and Richard Montgomery

On Saturday January 27th Whitman participated in their second Tri Meet of the season against Springbrook and Richard Montgomery.  The Vikes wrestled the first match against the Springbrook Blue Devils and then the second match against the RM Rockets.

Our first match proved to be a difficult one for the Vikings.  The contest started out at 126 and the Blue Devils quickly built a sizable lead winning the first six matches.  The score was a lopsided 0-33 when the Sebastian Turkewitz hit the mat at 170 pounds.  Seb got Whitman on the board with a hard fought 4-2 decision.  Thomas Santora and Yussef Zaki then followed Seb’s lead and pinned both of their opponents giving the Vikings a total of 15 points.  John Luke was up next at 220 and turned in a 10-1 major decision over his opponent to bring the score to 19-33.

That was the high water mark as the tide then turned again in Springbrook’s favor with the Blue Devils winning at 285, 106, 113 and 120.  This resulted in a final score of 19-54.  It seemed that the Vikings were very close in several key matches throughout the contest but could not get the breaks they needed to get the wins.

Next up was our hosts the RM Rockets.  RM has historically been one of the weaker teams in the county and the Vikings were looking for a repeat performance of last year when they trounced the Rockets by a convincing 66-9 margin.  This second meet started at 132 with both Clark and Colby taking forfeits.  Whitman then lost a decision at 145 bringing the score to 12-3.  The Vikings then went on a pinning tear starting at 152 with Sang Hanna.  Sang was followed by pins at 160 by John Mackall, 170 by Sebastian Turkewitz, 182 by Thomas Santora, 195 by Yussef Zaki, and 220 by John Luke Iglesias.  This rocketed the score up to 48-3.

The Viking then lost at 285 before Isaac Besrat at 106 was locked in battle with his RM opponent.  Isaac was down the entire match but managed to climb his way into a 7-7 tie at the conclusion of the third period.  When OT rolled around young Isaac was ready and recorded a takedown as the one minute OT period was drawing to a close to win the match.  Great job Isaac!  Isaac’s victory was followed by a loss at 113 and an unusual win by default by Peyton Casamento at 120.  Peyton was dominating his match when his opponent was repeatedly called for stalling.  After the  4th stalling penalty the match was won by default and Whitman was awarded 6 points.  The last match of the evening was a 126 and was Sean Mitchell’s first varsity contest.  The Rockets did not send out a grappler to face Sean so Whitman’s final margin of victory was an impressive 63-15.

This win brought the Viking’s team record to an impressive 7-4 and garnered them the 10th ranked team position in the county standings.

By George Boinis


Vikes Win 66-6 Against Wheaton

On Wednesday January 24, 2018, Whitman hosted Wheaton High School in a home dual meet.  The Vikes were looking to keep their team winning streak alive and they did just that by soundly beating Wheaton 66-6 for their fifth straight team victory.  This home win brought their County team meet record to 6-3.

Our winning score included 5 pins by Whitman wrestlers.  Up first, John Luke Iglesias faced one of Wheaton’s two wrestlers with honorable mention in the rankings.   The Wheaton wrestler went two periods with John Luke with a score of 9-1 but Iglesias pinned him in the first 30 seconds of the third.  At 285, Tom Wilmarth then took to the mat and pinned his opponent in 47 seconds.  John Mackall at 160 and Yussef Zaki at 195 also followed suit with pins in the first and second periods respectively.

The return of Max Gersch (145) to the mat after an early season injury led to Whitman’s other pin of the evening.  Max came out blazing and had a takedown in the first seconds of the match and then finished his opponent off with a pin in the first period. Welcome back Max and congratulations!

Our other wins of the evening included Peyton Casamento at 120 versus Wheaton’s other HM ranked wrestler.  Peyton held him off in a tough match and never let him score, winning 4-0.   Caleb Brenner (126), Colby Fong (138), and Thomas Santora (182) also all held off their opponents and recorded wins.  Lastly, Seb Turkewitz (170) had an impressive match scoring a multitude of back points and came away with a 4 point Major decision score of 19-5.

The other 18 team points were added by Wheaton forfeits to Issac Besrat (106), Clark Boinis (132), and Sang Hanna (152)

There were only JV two matches against Wheaton and Whitman won by a score of 12-0.   Arthur Dehareng and Will MacDonald were both able to score pins on their opponents!






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

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!


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