They are four-year student managers, Micaela Murragarra and Alexa Hoover, and senior wrestlers Peyton Casamento (Captain), Luke Cullinane (Captain), John Mackall (Captain), Stephanie Solloso (State Champion), and Seb Turkewitz (Captain). The team will miss the four years of leadership each of these students has provided, but looks forward to seeing the exciting crew of underclassmen continue to grow and contribute.
The Vikings honored seven seniors between bouts on Saturday, then proceeded to wallop Walter Johnson before losing to a very strong B-CC team.
Vikings Dominate W-J
Walter Johnson spotted the Vikings 18 points in the first three matches with forfeits to Luke Cullinane (195), Robert Marshall (220), and Tom Alvaro (285).
Conrad Randall then kept the streak rolling. Tied 2-2 after the first, the wrestlers started neutral in the second. Conrad got under his opponent’s arms for a takedown and 3-point near fall to go up 7-2. After an escape, takedown, escape sequence, Conrad used a hug for a takedown just before the buzzer to go up 11-4. Starting up in the third, Conrad cut his opponent, then scored a quick takedown for 13-5 lead. Using strong wrist control, Conrad finished strong with a three-point near fall and a final decision of 16-5. With the major, Vikes up 22-0.
Kevin Zarin then lost a heartbreaker in overtime. Kevin was up 5-2 after one, scoring the first takedown with a nice snap, but then giving up a reversal with failed tilt attempt before escaping and using a hug for another takedown. In the second, Kevin scored a reversal before being reversed on another failed tilt attempt. Kevin escaped then yielded a takedown to end the period up 8-6. Kevin started up in the third, but surrendered a reversal and was unable to escape to end regulation in an 8-8 tie. In overtime, Kevin’s opponent shot into his midsection and scored a takedown for the 8-10 decision. 22-3, Vikings.
Isaac Besrat put the Vikings back in the win column with an 11-2 major. A double-leg in the first put Isaac up 2-0. In the second, Isaac reversed after starting down, allowed an escape, then turned a nice sprawl against a single leg shot into a takedown for a 6-1 lead. Isaac allowed an escape early in the third, before a takedown and near fall secured the win. 26-3, Vikings.
Alex Ibrahim then wrestled at 126 and secured another major decision. Up 2-0 and starting neutral in the second, Alex sprawled against a takedown shot, pushed the head, and spun for the takedown and a 4-0 lead. A two-point near fall followed by a cradle that nearly won the pin put Alex up 9-0. After an escape, Alex scored another takedown and two-point near fall to start the third up 13-1. Alex was caught in a cradle for a near fall early in the third before escaping then landing a double leg with 0:33 remaining to finish a 16-3 major. Vikings up 30-3.
Peyton Casamento then continued his season of dominance wrestling up at 132. Peyton beat a whizzed against his takedown shot, then used an arm bar for a three-point near fall to end the first up 5-0. Starting down in second, Peyton used a sit-spin move to gain the quick reversal then a barbed wire to nail the pin with 1:46 remaining. 36-3, Vikings.
W-J scored pins against Jimmy Ostler (138) and Sam Mindell (145) before Ryan O’Connor put the Vikes back in the win column with a tough 4-2 decision. Arm control allowed Ryan to pull his opponent off balance and slide by for a take down and 2-0 lead, before riding tightly to end the period. Starting up in the second, Ryan allowed an escape, scored a single leg, then allowed another escape to enter the third up 4-2. With a neutral start in the third, each wrestler took and fended off shots, with Ryan ending the match in a 20-second sprawl against a last gasp take down attempt. Vikings up 39-15.
Will MacDonald took a 2-2 tie into the second, where he started down. A quick reversal put him up 4-2 before he used an arm bar to flip his opponent and secure the second-period pin. 45-15 Vikings.
After a forfeit to Logan Glazier put the Vikes up 51-15, Sebastian Turkewitz added to the lead. Seb used a headlock to put his opponent straight to his back for a five-point lead then ran up around the clock with a half for another near fall, just missing a pin before the buzzer. In the second, Seb allowed a takedown before taking a reversal then securing his opponent’s arm underneath his body and flipping him to his back. This time he nailed the pin with 0:13 remaining. 57-15 Vikings.
With a forfeit at 182 to Patrick Fletcher, the Vikes prevailed 63-15.
Vikes Lose to B-CC
B-CC may be the best team in the county this year and showed their prowess top-to-bottom defeating the Vikes 12-58. Two Viking seniors shined, however, in their last regular season bouts.
Peyton Casamento wrestled back at 126 against the Barons. Peyton beat a shot against him with a chin-and-wing that put his opponent straight to the mat on his back. Peyton locked on for the pin with 56 seconds remaining the first. The bout was never in doubt.
Seb Turkewitz took a much more thrilling path to his victory. Seb was down 1-4 after the first, giving up two takedowns. Starting down in the second, Seb scored a quick escape. Having learned from his opponent in the first, Seb made a quick level change and secured a leg for a takedown at 1:15 on the clock, then rode out the period to a 4-4 tie. Third period started neutral, and Seb ended up on the down-side of an intense grapple-and-roll sequence. Seb quickly escaped, however, and faced an exhausted opponent trying to stretch out a decision. With Seb moving forward, his opponent kept backing away resulting first in a stall warning then in a stall point with about 7 seconds remaining that tied up the match. In overtime, with the crowd on its feet, Seb got under the arms of his opponent and put him to the mat. The takedown alone would have won the sudden death, but because Seb put his man straight to his back, he had the opportunity to secure the pin, which he did to a standing ovation from the Viking crowd.
The Battle of Bethesda tri-meet ends the regular season for the Vikings. The JV County tournament is this weekend, starting at 7:00 am Saturday, February 15 at Gaithersburg High School. Varsity Counties begin at 4:30 pm at Gaithersburg High School on Friday, February 21. Let’s all come out and support our wrestlers in the post-season. Go Vikes!
By: Tom Mackall
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