It was a brutal night for the Brookings-Harbor High School wrestling team as they traveled to Marshfield High School in Coos Bay for a five-team dual wrestling meet and won only three out of 14 matches.
"It was embarrassing," Head Coach Dave Freeman said of the losses. "It looked like we've never wrestled before."
Senior Johnny Feuerborn andndash; one of the victorious Bruins andndash; agreed with his coach.
"It's just that it takes commitment from everyone," Feuerborn said. "We've got to work as a team to make everyone better both physically and mentally."
The Bruins were missing a number of wrestlers due to illness and injury and were forced to forfeit a large number of matches because they couldn't field wrestlers at each of the weight classes.
The Bruins faced the Springfield High School Millers andndash; a 5A school in the OSAA classifications andndash; in their first dual match and while Senior Eddie Yeager was able to win the first match of the night, it was a junior varsity match and didn't count for team points.
Five straight loses followed for the Bruins with Kevin Brambila losing the only other JV match by pin.
One of the losses for the Bruins included the pin of previously undefeated senior Cole Hannan who was pinned by Springfield High School's Sebastian Lopez in the first period.
After tying up, Lopez threw Hannan over his hip and caught him in a tight head and arm that Hannan was unable to escape before being pinned.
It wasn't until Feuerborn won his match by pin that the Bruins were able to get any team points on the board.
Adan Brambila was the only other varsity wrestler to score points for the Bruins when he defeated his opponent 9-6 for three team points.
"It feels good," Brambila said. "He was really tough and I was nervous at first. But, once I got into it, I tried to just keep going and win."
The final team scores against the Millers were 9-59.
The Bruins' second match of the evening was against a combination of North Bend and Marshfield due to those two teams not being able to fill the weight classes.
The Bruins' only victory in that dual match was taken by Tyler Marrington who was leading 11-2 in a dominating performance when his opponent attempted to elbow him in the back of the head and was disqualified for a flagrant misconduct call.
"I didn't even feel it," Marrington said after the match, "I don't think he made contact with me at all."
The Bruins were able to collect a couple of forfeits in weights where the opponent had no wrestlers and the final team score was 18-54.
The Bruins will travel to South Umpqua on Thursday for their final dual match before the district tournament begins on Friday, Feb. 8.
Wrestlers who place in the top four at the district tournament will qualify for the regional tournament the following weekend where state qualifiers will be determined.
Bruins take eighth in 14-team Eagle Point Invitational
The Brookings-Harbor High School wrestling team scored 80.5 team points to take eighth at the Eagle Point Invitational on Saturday.
The Bruins were able to place three wrestlers in the top three of the tournament, including Conrad Dethlefsen, 106-pound class, third place; C.J. Paxton, 182-pound class, second place; and Cole Hannan, 145-pound class, first place.
Hannan defeated 2011 4A state champion Trevor Anderson of Mazama to win the Eagle Point title.