The Brookings-Harbor High School wrestling team lost its second dual meet in a row on its first road trip of the season to Eureka, Calif.
The Bruins, hobbled by sickness and injuries, ended up forfeiting seven matches, lopsiding the score 63-18 in the Loggers’ favor.
But the meet showed the Bruins have more promise than their first dual of the season against Illinois Valley hinted. Three Bruin wrestlers — Matt Sanders, Tyson Manion,Tyler Marrington — pinned their opponents. Brookings-Harbor won only two matches at its last dual.
Head Coach Jef Hatch said the team did really well at the meet and the team is starting to fall into its weight classes.
“It was a 100 percent improvement over the first meet,” Hatch said. “The weights are evening out and we aren’t giving up as much weight as we did against Illinois Valley.”
Hatch said the pummeling BHHS received against Illinois Valley was due to nerves from it being the first match of the year and, with a team loaded with freshmen and many new to wrestling, the meet was a new experience.
Hatch is in his first year as head coach and is looking forward to the Coast Classic Invitational in North Bend this weekend, the first tournament of the year for the team.
“It’s a big event and a first for many of the wrestlers,” Hatch said. “It should be a really good chance for the team to see some great wrestlers.”