BR Bruins fall on the mats, but Grimm shines through |

BR Bruins fall on the mats, but Grimm shines through

Matt Grimm got just what the doctor ordered in the Bear River wrestling team’s Sierra Foothill League dual with visiting Woodcreek of Roseville Tuesday.

The Bruins (3-4 SFL) lost 51-12, but Grimm, who had been feeling under the weather lately, came out on top for his 16th win of the season.

The sophomore 152-pounder trailed 1-0 after two periods, but scored on a reversal, a three-point near fall and on an escape in the final minute to win 6-3.

“I felt pretty good about my match because I’m just coming out of a little slump. I’ve been kinda sick and stuff,” Grimm said. “I hit some nice shots, which felt pretty good. I felt had a real solid match.”

Bruin first year head coach Josh Holiday agreed,

“He had a tough kid and he wrestled great,” Holiday said. “He had a smart match all the way through. He was in control the whole way.”

Josh Jacquier tallied the hosts first win with a 3-1 decision at 130 pounds. Jon Cummings (140 pounds) dropped a heartbreaker in overtime, then Ryan Baxley followed with a thriller at 145 pounds.

The lead changed hands three times in two and a half periods before Baxley, who was down by a point, took a one point lead on a reversal with 21 seconds left in regulation. Baxley held on for an 8-7 win.

Patrick O’Neal, who’s rated third at 215 pounds in an area poll, scored on a takedown and a three-point near fall in the third period for his 12-8 come-from-behind win.

The Bruins will compete at the Natomas Sections Saturday. Match time TBA.

Bear River – 103 – Jesse Ruth, pinned; 112 – forfeit; 119 – Rudy Merrill, pinned; 125 – Blake Caravelli, pinned; 130 – Josh Jacquier, won by decision (3-1); 135 -Kevin Gregory, pinned; 140 – Jon Cummings, lost in overtime (15-14); 145 – Ryan Baxley, won by decision (8-7); 152 – Matt Grimm, won by decision (6-3); 160 – forfeit; 186 – Clay Reason, pinned; 215 – Pat O’Neal, won by decision (12-8); 275 – Alex Wolosov, pinned.

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