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Bear River seniors win final matches

On the scoreboard, Bear River came out on the short end of a 38-30 score Thursday night in its Pioneer Valley League wrestling dual meet at home against Mesa Verde.

It was a more memorable ending for Bear River seniors Corbin Shakely and Jordan Beaver, however, as they posted impressive victories that enabled the Bruins to nearly pull out their dual on Senior Night at Jack R. McCrory Gymnasium. Shakely rallied for an 11-8 win against Adam Halicki in the 154-pound bout and Beaver scored a 7-2 decision against Sheldon Paz to give Bear River a 30-21 lead.

Those wins still weren’t enough on a night when the Bruins gave away 24 points on forfeits and in the end saw six points awarded to Mesa Verde after heavyweight Chase Duncan was disqualified for an illegal throw with 48 seconds left in the match. Despite the heart breaking loss, Bear River coach Robert Nebeker wasn’t disappointed with the team’s effort.



“I’m proud of these boys,” Nebeker said. “They have improved so much the last two weeks. We outwrestled Colfax last week and lost; and tonight, I think everybody in the gym knows who wrestled better.”

The Bruins won six of the nine matches contested, including pins by Alex Loza at 105 pounds and Derek Julian at 127 pounds. And regardless of the team score, the wins by Shakely and Beaver were truly special. The two were recognized, along with Jeremy Newton, as the team’s graduating seniors during a brief pre-meet ceremony.




“I’m very proud of this team,” Shakely said. “We wrestled well tonight. This was the best effort I’ve seen all year, and it just goes to show how hard everyone has been working.”

Beaver, who was sidelined for more than a month until late January due to an ankle injury, was excited as well.

“I’ve been wrestling for three years, and the whole time I’ve been working hard because I wanted to go out a winner,” he said.

Individually speaking, Beaver went out a winner in his final home match. He took a 3-2 lead on an escape in the final five seconds of the second period, then iced the win with a reversal and near fall in the third.

“That was a great win,” Nebeker said. “Paz was a league champion last year.”

Shakely trailed 5-2 after a near fall in the first round and was down 7-4 before he tipped Halicki to pull off a five-point move on the edge of the mat late in the second period. All of a sudden, Shakely led 9-7 and was in control of the match.

“I just tried to remember that it was my last night here,” Shakely said.

Johnny Lascoe also staged a big comeback as he got up off his back twice in the second period and rallied for a 9-7 win at 142 pounds against Nick Bricco. Lascoe trailed 3-2 and 5-4 after near falls, but turned the tables and took a 7-5 lead with a near fall of his own late in the second period.

Another comeback was turned in by Julian, who trailed 4-0 before he caught Nick Bricco in a cradle for a pin midway through the second period.

“We’ve been working on that front headlock cradle,” Nebeker said. “Johnny’s won his last four league matches and he’s used that move each time. It’s his signature move. And, it’s a Bear River move.”

Garrett Bentley won his 162-pound match by a 6-2 decision and Loza won the 105-pound match by fall in the second period, giving both momentum coming into the PVL Tournament next Friday at Colfax.

” Everyone has been stepping it up in practice, so we’re ready,” Beaver said. “I can’t wait to wrestle at league.”

Mesa Verde 38, Bear River 30

105: Alex Loza (BR) p. Anthony Torres 2:38

114: Bruce Arndt (MV) by forfeit

121: Devin LaPlant (MV) by forfeit

127: Derek Julian (BR) p. Curtis Cadilini 2:55

132: Nolan Gail (BR) by forfeit

137: Davis (MV) by forfeit

142: Johnny Lascoe (BR) d. Nick Bricco 9-7

147: Brad Finerty (MV) d. Matt Belnap 4-3

154: Corbin Shakely (BR) d. Adam Halicki 11-8

162: Garrett Bentley (BR) d. Dewey Hildebrand 6-2

173: Jordan Beaver (BR) Sheldon Paz 7-2

191: Cameron Lopez (MV) tf. Gary Schmidt 20-5

217: Jesse Hernandez (MV) by forfeit

275: Cody Hildebrand (MV) DQ over Chase Duncan

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To contact sports editor Dave Price, e-mail davidp@theunion.com or call 477-4240.


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