Brad Sweet did his best to ensure the Bear River wrestling team’s home dual with Pioneer Valley League foe Mesa Verde (Citrus Heights) started on the right foot Thursday.
The senior 103-pounder opened the match with pin, but the smiles on the faces of home crowd quickly turned upside down as the Bruins were tripped up by forfeits coupled with some youthful mistakes in a 44-25 loss.
“We had three forfeits (for 18 points) and there’s pretty much your difference right there,” first-year Bruin head coach Robert Nebeker said. “We’ve also had a lot of young guys get caught on things that a wrestler with two or three years’ experience would have avoided.”
Sweet, a rookie to high school wrestling this season, improved to 10-3 with the win.
“I’m (pretty glad) I came out. I’ve never been able to get up to 103 pounds before, but this year I finally go up to the weight,” he said. “I’m pretty happy (with my performance) so far. I think I have a chance to go far and help the team.”
Clay Reason, a senior 215-pounder, posted Bear River’s (1-1 overall, 1-1 PVL) other six-pointer with a pin with 57 seconds left in the first period.
“Clay is probably one of our strongest guys and it was really good to see him come out and just take it to a guy who was bigger and taller,” Nebeker said.
Bruin seniors Blake Caravelli and Josh Jacquier each out-pointed their opponents to grab individual wins.
Caravelli (5-2) took an early lead in his 130-pound weight class match and never looked back. He won 8-2.
Jacquier upped his record to 10-1 in style with a 19-5 major-decision victory in the 140-pound weight class.
” I was really proud of Blake. The guy he beat was ranked (in the Sac-Joaquin Section). He really showed why he’s one of our captains,” Nebeker said. “And Josh controlled his guy (from start to finish). He was really fast on his feet and it showed by the score.”
Bear River’s Sean Belnap (275) won by forfeit.
“The forfeits hurt today, but we’re a really young team and we’re continuing to improve,” Nebeker said. “We’ve got freshman and junior varsity tournaments over the next two weekends and we’re going to get better.”
In the junior varsity match, Bear River’s Nolan Gale (112) and Heath Bentley (152) each won by pins in a 12-12 tie.
The Bruins’ next league match will be at Colfax 6 p.m. Jan. 22.
Mesa Verde (Mesa Verde) 44, Bear River 25
103 – Sweet (BR) pinned Mussro (MV), 5:36
112 – Furmuza (MV) pinned Lazalier (BR), :51
119 – Thompson (MV) pinned Wheeler (BR), :53
125 – Holyfield (MV) won by forfeit
130 – Llanoa (MV) won by forfeit
135 – Caravelli (BR) def. Seuharine (MV), 8-2
140 – Jacquier (BR) def. Sheppard (MV), 19-5
145 – Lobo (MV) pinned Taylor (BR), 1:39
152 – Dominguez (MV) def Freisen (BR), 8-5
160 – Frank (MV) pinned Sciacca (BR), 1:57
171 – Meyer (MV) won by forfeit
189 – Silva (MV) pinned Beaver (BR), 1:01
215 – Reason (BR) pinned Hildebrand (MV), :57
275 – Belnap (BR) won by forfeit
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