Bruin wrestler Cole Hannan, top, uses an ankle pick to try and put his opponents’ head through the mat during Thursday’s dual meet. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
The Brookings-Harbor High School wrestling team began Thursday night’s match by recognizing senior Isaac Sanders final wrestling match in front of home fans.
They ended the night applauding his victory by pin over Thomas Smalley of Sutherlin at 3:49 in the 220-pound match.
“It meant everything,” Sanders said when asked how it felt to win at home for the last time. “I mean, it’s my last time here, I figured I might as well go out with a bang.”
Sanders was one of five Bruins who scored points for their team, either with pins or point victories.
Tyler Marrington, 152-pound weight class, and Ethan Williams, 160, also won by pin.
Marrington took his victory early in the third period, and Williams in the second.
“It felt pretty good to win by pin,” Marrington said after the meet. “I was a little nervous, but you always get that feeling right before a match.
“You look at the guy and get a little intimidated. You just have to stay focused.”
Williams was worried as well because he had gone up a weight class to wrestle at 160-pounds.
“I expected to get worked a bit,” he said, “but I managed to pull through. I’ve been working hard in practice, and I managed to come out on top.”
Cole Hannan, wrestling at 138 pounds, claimed a major decision, 15-7, to get four points for the Bruins, while Brandon Holteen claimed a 7-5 victory for three team points.
Justin Schultz, 138-pound JV; Sam Strom, 113; Adan Brambilla, 120; David Joyce, 126; and John Joyce, 132, all lost by pin to their opponents. The remaining matches were all forfeits due to the Bruins not being able to fill the class.
“We’re at where we’re at overall,” Head Coach Dave Freeman said. “The kids that struggled tonight are the ones that haven’t been regulars at practice. It was pretty apparent. We’re just going to keep plugging away.”
“I was proud of Marrington, thought he wrestled a good match, Freeman said. “Ethan did a nice job, was calm, and Isaac; I was happy that he won his last home match of his life.”
“Cole wrestled good,” he added. “The kid was just long. Most kids, when they wrestle Cole will back away and try to not get pinned, and it can be frustrating.”
The Bruins head to the Far West League district tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11 and 12. The top four wrestlers at district qualify for the regional tournament.