BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot and Shelley took to the mats for their inaugural meeting in the 4A High Country Conference. After the dust had settled, Blackfoot showed their County brethren what the competition will be like as they pounded the Russets 69-9.
"The team unity, the team numbers, the team spirit and just the whole feeling that you get from running out on the first night, in our home for the start of the season is just a pretty special feeling," Blackfoot head coach Brian Barlow said. "You've got to love being a Blackfoot Bronco."
Blackfoot opened the night with a forfeit at 145 as Ruben Pulido made the obligatory walk to the center of the mat. All told, Blackfoot benefited from five Shelley forfeits for 30 team points.
The first match of the evening was at 152 where Jon Horak of Blackfoot and Eli Sutherin of Shelley squared off for what turned out to be a barn burner.
After a scoreless two-periods of wrestling, Horak took the instruction from the Blackfoot bench to turn Sutherin loose from the bottom position.
That gave Sutherin a 1-0 lead with :40 remaining.
Needing a take down for the win, Horak was able to make a good shot, got the take down and then 2-near fall points for the dramatic 4-1 victory.
After 27 straight points by the Broncos, the Russets were able to get on the board when Vince Landon came from behind for a 7-5 victory over Garrett Buck at 215.
Any momentum garnered from that win was quickly doused however when Angel Dorantes pinned Kolton Cowley in the next match which was followed by forfeits at 103 and 112 and then another Bronco pin at 119 when Mathew Gallegos got the best of Kade France.
"The first week of the season we've had ten matches so far and it's been pretty illuminating," coach Barlow said. "We still have work to do. I am proud and happy but in the back of my mind we need to work on this and work on that so we are a work in progress."
Chase Call got a pin on the board for the Russets at 125. Leading 4-0 entering the second period Call got Jeremy Robbins in a hold that he couldn't escape, eventually leading to a pin with :46 remaining in the period.
Blackfoot got those points right back in the 130 match however, when Tate Hansen earned a first period pin over Eric Montswillo.
Titus Robinson turned in one of the best moves of the night in the 135 match, throwing Jace Ottley in a figure four head lock to the head for the pin at :53 of the first period.
"That was a pretty tight move," coach Barlow said.
Koty Cook rounded out the evening with a third period pin over Spencer Barney.
Both squads will battle it out at the Bonneville Duels Friday and Saturday.
103 (B)Chace Wasia forfeit
112 (B)Kohl Bingham forfeit
119 (B)Mathew Gallegos pin
125 (S)Chase Call pin
130 (B)Tate Hansen pin
135 (B)Titus Robinson pin
140 (B)Koty Cook pin
145 (B)Ruben Pulido forfeit
152 (B)Jon Horak dec 4-1
160 (B)Stetson Jorgensen forfeit
171 (B)Coltin Hill pin
189 (B)Conrad Jarmin forfeit
215 (S)Vince Landon dec 7-5
HWT (B)Angel Dorantes pin