GWHS Wrestlers headed for perfection!

 
 

Wrestlers practice before their win. Photo by Tim Penglase, Class of 2012.

By Sharif Jones, Class of 2010

  The undefeated Washington Eagles had the biggest match of their season on Friday, January 15, 2010 going against the also undefeated Northeast Vikings. The Eagles lost to Northeast last year, so the team already had a bad taste in their mouths and wasn’t going to let history repeat itself.  You could feel the tension between the two teams during the weigh – in.  Both teams staring at each other like hawks –  both saying in their heads, I’m not going to lose. 

To start it off was Darell Bailey for the Eagles going out and doing what he was trained to do –  pin the opponent.  The Eagles came out strong with three early pins by Darell Bailey, Giuseppe Marrero, and Albert Hellmig.  This was an intense battle all the way to the end.  The defending champs, Northeast Vikings, were not going to fall without a fight.  It was win for win, back and forth, but the biggest matches were yet to come.  Nariman Lomidze, the undefeated 215 pounder, was up for the Eagles.  He went out with one game plan and that was to make sure his hand was raised at the end of the match. He did just that with his pin and put the Eagles up by six going into the last two matches of the day.  But the Vikings weren’t going down without a fight.  Sergey Neroda, 285 pounder for the Eagles, came up a little short and wasn’t able to produce the same results; he was pinned and this tied the match at 30-30.  Both team’s chance at an undefeated season and their chance to have home field advantage was riding on the last match between ex-Viking-now an Eagle Luis Colon vs. Vikings Joseph Bruno.  Their match was pretty even all the way through, but Luis Colon, being the experienced wrestler he is (and most would say the best 103 pounder in the public league) was able to get his opponent in a head lock in the second period and take him to the ground where he stayed until the pin.  The Eagles bench went bananas knowing that their undefeated reign in the public league would continue for another week moving them one step closer to the championship.

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