Any time Jordan Beaver goes out on the mat to wrestle, Corbin Shakely is always nearby watching and rooting. Nothing changes when the positions are reversed because Beaver is always there to watch Shakely.
The two Bear River seniors are best friends who always there for each other, and fittingly, they will compete together at least one more time this weekend at the small schools sub-section tournament in Roseville. The tournament begins Friday morning at Oakmont High School.
Shakely placed second in the 152-pound weight class this past Friday at the Pioneer Valley League Tournament in Colfax, and Beaver placed third at 173 pounds.
It’s only fitting they’re wrestling together at least one more time. After all, Beaver was the one who talked Shakely into coming out for wrestling in the first place.
“It took some persuading,” Beaver said, flashing a smile. “The first year, he talked about it. Then he decided to come out and give it a try.”
He’s certainly glad to see Shakely out on the mat now.
“I’m thrilled,” Beaver said. “My best friend is my teammate.”
Shakely won the PVL 160-pound junior varsity title last year, and this season, he dropped one weight class and stepped up to become a finalist at the varsity level.
“I’m proud of myself,” he said. “For only my second year, I’ve accomplished more than I thought I would.”
Shakely (17-8) was in position to bring home the gold when he used a single-leg takedown to grab a 2-0 lead in the PVL finals against Oakmont’s Mike Migliore. The score was still tied with less than a minute left in regulation when he was turned by Migliore for a pin.
Last year, Beaver (13-4) placed fourth at the league tournament as a 215-pounder. He came back this season with a new focus to accomplish more with less – less weight that is.
“I worked hard to get my weight down,” Beaver said. “I wanted to see how low I could get.”
This senior season still didn’t go completely as planned due to a sprained ankle – while playing basketball – that kept him out of action for a little more than a month.
“I’m proud of him,” Shakely said of his teammate. “He’s only been back three weeks now and he’s doing really well.”
And if all goes well, they’ll be able to extend their season to the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships on Feb. 24-25 in Folsom.
“I plan on going to sections,” he said. “I plan on winning my first two matches, then I’ll be in. I don’t want to be overconfident – if you are, that’s when you can get knocked off – but I want to at least have it in my mind that I’m a winner.
“Corbin’s going to make it, too.”
Beaver has also set some very lofty goals for his wrestling future – but don’t put it past him.
“I want to go to Sierra College for two years, and I definitely want to wrestle,” he said. “After that, I want to go to Iowa State or Oklahoma State.”
Shakely isn’t so sure about his future.
“I’m thinking about it, but I’ve only wrestled two years. I think it might depend on how I do at subs and sections,” Shakely said.
Don’t discount Beaver when he says he wants to have his friend along for the ride.
“I’ll convince him to do that, too,” Beaver said, flashing a smile.
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New season. New co-head coaches. Same expectations.