By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
The Brookings-Harbor High School wrestling team won three of four duals to tie for first place at the Eagle Point Dual Meet Tournament Saturday.
"We had good success," Coach Dave Freeman said. "Especially when you can beat a couple quality 5A schools."
The Bruins and the South Umpqua Lancers both finished 3-1 on the day while the Marshfield Pirates and Eagle Point Eagles went 2-2 and the North Valley Knights finished 0-4.
"A lot of the kids did a lot of really good things," Freeman said. "We have a pretty solid lineup as soon as we get everyone sorted out. We should do fine at our dual meets as long as we can stay healthy."
Several varsity wrestlers were missing Saturday because of injuries and some of the younger athletes on the team had to step up into varsity spots.
Erik Olsen (125 pounds) and Joel Mitts (189) both missed the tournament with injuries and the Bruins lost Thomas Gilstrap (130) for the season with a broken leg suffered at the Del Norte tournament.
On Saturday, the Bruins started out by beating Marshfield 51-18 in their first dual of the day.
The Bruins then defeated North Valley 48-27 before losing to a strong South Umpqua team 43-34.
In their final competition of the day, the Bruins narrowly defeated Eagle Point, who gave South Umpqua their only loss of the day, with a team score of 39-36.
Ray Mazyck (119) and Willie Bennett (140) won all four of their matches for the Bruins on the day.
Mazyck continued to have an impressive start to the season as he pinned all four of his opponents in the first or second period.
Bennett also had an excellent showing as he pinned three of his opponents and beat Danny Farmer of South Umpqua 13-5 to go undefeated on the day.
At 125 pounds, Ian Mjelde, who was stepping in for the injured Olsen, pinned wrestlers from Marshfield and North Valley before he got injured and was unable to wrestle his final two matches.
In the 112-pound weight class, Aaron Miller went 3-1 on the day, receiving two forfeit wins and then going 1-1 on the mat, pinning his man from Marshfield in 1:31.
After losing his first match of the day to Marshfield's Eric Stout, the Bruins' Denny Davis pinned his next three opponents to finish 3-1 for the tournament.
The Bruin big men, Mike Althof (215) and Mike Klein (275), both consistently earned points for the team as they each went 3-1 in the duals.
Mike Schabeck (135), Tyler Drafahl (145) and Cody Miller each won a pair and lost a pair of matches on the day.
Also winning matches for the Bruins was Evan Peterson (160) and Cody Brooks (189) who had tough draws on the day and went 1-3.
The next action for the Bruins will be the Gold Beach Tournament, which starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15.