BEAR RIVER HIGH – By Mark Hirschi, Headliner Sports Writer, January 9, 2022
The boys wrestling team looked tough on Thursday, January 6, as they traveled to Ridgeline High School to wrestle the Riverhawks. The Bears dominated the night winning 11 of the 14 varsity matches with a final score of 57-11.
The Bears started out the night with seven straight wins. Zach Gunderson (144), first on the mat for Bear River, had a tech fall. Dustin Douglas (150) followed up with a major decision and sophomore Kyle Detwiler (157) secured the first pin of the night.
Kwade Kosoff (165) had a quick opponent, but his skills and strength won the day. River Smith (175) continued the momentum with a quick pin followed by another quick pin from senior Kaeson Burn (190). Max Anderson (215) was able to turn his match around and secured the pin.
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Leading 35 – 0 at this point, Ridgeline was able to scrap their first win from Bear River’s Carson Pond (285) when his late shot attempt was unsuccessful in a closely fought match. The ridgling momentum was short lived as the Bears got pins from freshman Daxton Bingham (106), Kaden Ward (113) and Max Miller (120).
Ty Hawkes (126) battled in a close match but was not able to overcome an early deficit and Tyson Hirschi (132) dominated his match and secured a major decision. In the final match of the night, Braegger Richards drew the best wrestler Ridgeline had to offer and after a long hard-fought match ended up losing by fall.
The Bears wrestled tough from top to bottom and dominated over one of the top teams in 4A this year putting them in good position to make great things happen as the start the new year.
The Bear River High boys’ wrestling team took to the mat Friday and Saturday at the Richardson Memorial in Brigham City at Box Elder High School. Check back with BRVNEWS.com for coverage from that tournament.
Photos by Melanie Smith