The Brookings-Harbor High School wrestling team hosted Sutherlin High School and Del Norte High School in a double dual meet on Tuesday night and claimed two team victories.
The Bruins started the night facing off against their Far West League rival Bulldogs and claimed a narrow margin of win as a critical pin by Johnny Feuerborn in the final four seconds of his match provided the much-needed six team points to secure a 36-33 win over the Bulldogs.
The match began with two exhibition matches as each team had two forfeits in the four lightest weight classes.
After claiming the six points per forfeit awarded, 106-pounder Conrad Dethlefsen defeated 113-pounder Marco Gutierrez-Benitez, by pin, early in the first round.
In the evening’s second exhibition match, 120-pounder Bubba Spencer defeated 126-pounder Brandon Carrillo by pin with 18 seconds remaining in the second round.
Sophomore Matt Sanders defeated Devon Barott in the 132-pound weight class.
138-pounder Shane Mercer lost by pin to AJ Anderson in 1:29.
Senior Cole Hannan defeated Jack Spencer with a pin in 45 seconds in the 145-pound weight class.
Wrestling up a class at 152 pounds, senior Brandon Holteen lost by points, 8-11 to Jonah Delacruz.
160-pounder Eddie Yeager defeated Justin Crum, 9-7.
Ethan Williams, wrestling at 170 pounds was defeated, 3-7, by Dylan Dawson.
182-pounder Christian Hooper was defeated by Bradyn Fitzpatrick, 8-10.
Senior C.J. Paxton was able to capture a 4-2 victory over Nicholas Baning.
In the 285-pound match, Tristan Lawson was defeated by pin with 13 seconds remaining in the first two-minute period.
Bruins defeats Del Norte 57-21 for second victory
In their second meet of the night the Bruins claimed eight wins – out of 14 bouts – by pin, including multiple pins in under one minute.
Dethlefsen (106), Spencer (120), Mercer (138), Holteen (145), Hannan (152), Yeager (160), Paxton (195), and Feuerborn (220) all pinned their opponents.
In what seemed to be the most exciting match of the evening, Sanders faced Skylar Haddad for three full rounds and the winner wasn’t decided until the last four seconds.
As the bout began Sanders looked out-matched as he got taken down and manhandled for the first minute and a half.
Sanders was able to record an escape and tie up the match at 3-3 with a reversal but with just over a minute left in the third period he got taken down and was down 3-5.
With 20 seconds remaining Sanders appeared to take a reversal, but the referee only awarded him one point; indicating the wrestlers were out of bounds.
Both wrestlers came to center mat in the neutral position with Sanders needing a take down in just four seconds to win the match.
Sanders did just that, claiming a 6-5 victory over Haddad.
The Bruins forfeited two matches; the 113- and 126-pound weight classes, while the Warriors gave up the 182-pound weight class to forfeit.
Junior Tyler Marrington and Lawson were the Bruins lone loses for the evening with 285-pounder Lawson losing by pin and 170-pounder Marrington losing 4-9 in a match that Head Coach Dave Freeman said was probably one of the best wrestled matches he’d seen all season.
“Marrington wrestled really well tonight,” he said. “I think we improved from our first dual meet to our second. We looked like we knew how to wrestle in our second. I’m really proud of these guys for accomplishing what they came out to do.”
The Bruins honored 11 seniors Tuesday night including five of their stat keepers and six wrestlers.