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Vikings begin their 2009-2010 Season!

The Vikings have had a successful start to their 2010 campaign with dual meet wins over Watkins Mill and Churchill. The Whitman grapplers came away with a 79-0 victory against Watkins Mill. Garnering victories for the Vikes were Juniors Andrew Follmann, Alex Hysong, Ned Daryoush, and Sophomore Brad Taylor. Also winning in his first Varsity match was Senior Thomas Oudinot at 171. Follmann, Hysong, and Daryoush were able to secure falls in each of their matches. The rest of the Viking starting lineup received forfeits. One week later the Vikings took on a talented Churchill Bulldog team. Whitman wrestled well and earned a hard fought 49-16 wins. Earning wins for the Vikes were Seniors Sawyer and Dylan Symington, Jordan Tritell, Taylor Leighton, and Danny Lee. Also winning were Ben D’Elia, Eric Harder, Mike Harder, Andrew Follmann, and Ned Daryoush. Earning pins for the Vikes were Mike Harder, Leighton, Lee, and Daryoush.

Sandwiched in between those two duals was the annual trip up to Derwood for Magruder’s Mad Mats tournament. The Vikings had an impressive run, albeit a bit of a disappointing ending, in the tough 17 team tournament. The Whitman wrestlers each earned at least one win to contribute to a total of 217 team points and a 2nd place finish. Whitman placed nine total wrestlers in the top three of their respective weight class and ten wrestlers in the top five overall. Whitman also advanced six wrestlers to the finals, however only came away with one victory. That lone victory in the finals was an impressive performance by Senior Taylor Leighton with a first period pin. Coming up just short in the finals were Seniors Danny Lee and Sawyer Symington as well as Juniors Andrew Follmann, Mike Harder, and Ned Daryoush. All of the Viking grapplers wrestled admirably all weekend long and each individual contributed to the total team effort.

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View photographs on SmugMug (thanks to Russ and Dick Leighton for taking these photos)

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The Whitman Vikings won this past weekend’s tournament at Magruder with a a total of 232 points, beating out Quince Orchard, Magruder, and Northwest who placed 2nd through 4th respectively. Whitman ties a team record (according to former coach Andy Wetzel) with 7 finalists in the tournament.

Both Eric Harder and Steven Fisher took home second place, losing very close decisions in the finals. Winning in the finals were Eric Beverly and Taylor Leighton who both won exciting matches in overtime. This was Leighton’s second consecutive Mad Mats tournament title. Danny Lee also won his second consecutive Mad Mats title with an impressive pin in the final. Heavyweight J.D. Hamilton, in only his first year of wrestling, secured a pin in only 44 seconds to win his weight class. Aaron Norris won the 189 pound weight class wrestling aggressively for 6 minutes, winning by a major decision. Aaron was also voted the tournaments “Most Outstanding Wrestler. This is a prestigious honor because it is voted on by the all the coaches at the tournament.

Also placing among the top five were 4th place finishers Andrew Follmann and Jordan Tritell, and fifth place finisher Sawyer Symington.

A special thanks to the Fisher family for recording the matches at the tournament and to the Leighton family for continuing to take fantastic pictures of all the wrestlers!!


Above is a link to an article on digital sports about the tournament.

Photos of the tournament