Blackfoot grapplers stack up Hillcrest
AMMON — The Blackfoot wrestling team continued their significant roll through the 2010-11 season, taking down High Country Conference rival Hillcrest, in the dungeon, 60-7 on Wednesday evening.
"I thought that we had good spunk, good fire and we knew that we would be in for a hard fought battle and that is what Hillcrest gave us," Blackfoot head coach Brian Barlow said. "We don't like any of the young men too face defeat and thankfully we are winning more than we are losing."
Despite the lopsided score on the scoreboard, the duel was actually much closer on the mats as several wrestlers squared off in three period barn burners in front of a raucous crowd.
"This was a well contested match, we got a lot of our pins close to the end of the matches," coach Barlow said.
Coltin Hill opened the nights festivities with a third period pin for a quick 6-0 lead.
Conrad Jarmin then took to the mat in a rematch of Saturday's final at the Madison tournament and the match didn't fail to disappoint as the two wrestlers battled for the entirety, with Hillcrest gaining the slim 6-4 decision.
Blackfoot then reeled off 6 straight wins with 4 of those coming via pin to take a commanding 39-3 lead on the scoreboard.
Garrett Buck, Angel Dorantes, Chace Wasia and Jeremy Robbins each pushed their Hillcrest opponent flat too the mat during the run while Juan Navarro earned a forfeit and Matt Gallegos out pointed his foe 8-2.
At 130, Tate Hansen had a bloody showdown with a wily opponent, losing a hard fought contest 12-6 in a match that featured more twists and turns than an Idaho back country mountain road.
Blackfoot got back on track with Titus Robinson at 135 as he pulled away late for a 16-9 decision. Cody Cook followed with a dominating 10-2 major decision at 140 before Ruben Pulido and Jon Horak each got pins at 145 and 152.
In the match of the night, the finale was won in thrilling fashion as Stetson Jorgensen emerged triumphant in a 3-1 contest for the duels final 60-7 tally.
"We had some grudge matches with finals from the Madison tournament," coach Barlow said. "They were able to turn the tables on us in the Conrad match which was a tough pill too swallow but Stetson kept his ranking with a hard fought victory tonight."
Next up for Blackfoot is the prestigious Tiger/Grizz beginning on Friday and running through Saturday.
"The Tiger/Grizz is a showcase of southeastern Idaho," coach Barlow said. "It's a top ten rated tournament in the United States and is just a fabulous tournament. You won't find better wrestling anywhere in the state."