By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
With the help of nine forfeits, the Brookings-Harbor High School wrestling team wiped out the Siuslaw Vikings 63-24 in league dual meet action Wednesday.
The Vikings were only able to field five varsity wrestlers for the dual meet, handing over the meet before it even began.
Receiving forfeits for the Bruins were Aaron Miller (112), Ray Mazyck (119), Erik Olsen (125), Brock Bristow (130), Dustin Paradis (135), Willie Bennett (140), Joel Mitts (189) and Mike Althof (215).
In the five actual matches, the Bruins took home two wins while the Vikings captured three.
"Overall, we wrestled pretty well," Coach Dave Freeman said. "I was pleased with the fact that the kids were much more aggressive on their feet. They showed much improvement in that area."
At 145 pounds,Tyler Drafahl used a third period reversal to secure an 11-8 decision over Cameron Earle.
Drafahl used a pair of takedowns in the first period to take an early 4-1 lead and then extended his lead to 9-5 after two periods.
In the 152-pound division, Cody Miller started the second period on the bottom and used a reversal to take control of Michael Bradley and pinned him in 3:48.
Wrestling up a weight class at 160 pounds, Ron Hunt had trouble containing Aaron Bernhardt of Siuslaw and got pinned in 3:03.
At 171 pounds, Evan Peterson also moved up a weight class but got pinned by Denver Conrad, who took fourth place at state last year, in 1:45.
The final match of the dual meet saw the Bruins' Mike Klein get stuck underneath the much heavier Devin White as Klein was pinned in 1:58 of the heavyweight bout.
The dual meet win evened the Bruins league record at 1-1 for the year.
In non-league action, the Bruins also defeated the Myrtle Point Bobcats 51-32 to complete the sweep for the evening.
Numbers once again favored the Bruins against the Bobcats as they had five forfeits in their favor: Bennett (140), Drafahl (145), Mitts (189), Althof (215) and Klein (275).
At 112 pounds, Miller had to wrestle undefeated Johnny Campbell, who is ranked No. 2 in the state at the 3A level.
Miller fought off Campbell for the first period, but then got caught and pinned in 2:41 of the second.
In the 119-pound division, Mazyck could only score one takedown on Travis Martin in the opening period, but then used his position on top at the start of the second period to turn and pin Martin in 3:22.
Olsen trailed Myrtle Point's Karl Smith 2-0 after the second period in their 125-pound match.
In the third period, Olsen used a takedown and three nearfall points to take a 5-2 lead before pinning Smith in 5:45.
At 130 pounds, Bristow couldn't contain Tony Moran, scoring his only two points on escapes as he struggled to produce any offense in his 17-2 loss.
In a match full of takedowns and escapes, Paradis got the best of Cory Miller at 135 pounds.
Paradis led 9-6 after the first two periods and then used two more takedowns in the final period to latch on to a 13-8 decision.
The Bruins' 152-pounder, Miller, got beat by Casey Cagley, the No. 5 ranked wrestler in 3A, in a very technical match that saw Miller fall in a 6-0 decision.
Hunt and Peterson both got pinned in the second period in their 160 and 171 pound matches, rounding out the wrestling for the second dual meet of the night.
The Bruins get the weekend off to rest up and try to heal some nagging injuries before continuing league action at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17 at North Bend.