SHELLEY — The Blackfoot Broncos picked up their third duel win in two days time as they took advantage of a short handed Shelley Russet squad with a convincing 69-12 team win on Thursday evening.
The win came on the heels of a tri-match sweep over Century and Pocatello on Wednesday night where they pounded the Diamondbacks 61-22 and then closed out a game Indian squad 40-27.
At Shelley, the Russets got on the board early with a Chase Call pin of Tate Hansen at 132. The match features the top two High Country Conference wrestlers at that weight and is more than likely a preview of the championship match which will commence on February 17.
Ruben Pulido then got the Broncos even on the scoreboard with a pin at 138 before Blackfoot was awarded 18 straight points via forfeits.
All told, Blackfoot picked up 8 free passes on the night. Those, coupled with a trio of pins provided the final margin of victory.
The Thursday win was just icing on the cake after Wednesday nights highlights. Blackfoot controlled the Century match from start to finish.
"We had great performances from Lane Houston and Chance Jensen," Blackfoot head coach Thain Cashmore said. "We got good solid performances from our entire line up and I also thought that Bryant Sargent at 152 did a good job of stepping up and showcasing his talents."
In the night cap, the duel was as close as a razors edge as the two teams traded blows both on the mats, and on the score board.
With Blackfoot leading by one point, Pocatello opted to move their 160 wrestler to 170 in a move where they thought that they could pick up a win due to an injury to Blackfoot's 170 wrestler in the Century match.
Blackfoot is a deep team however and they pulled Conner Henderson in at the last possible second and the normal 152 pound Henderson came up aces with a big pin to push the Blackfoot lead out to seven.
"Conner made a big difference in the match that's for sure," Coach Cashmore said. "They're move kind of back fired on them and Conner really stepped up big for us."
"We also got a huge win from Chase Wasia at 120 when he beat a defending state champion in Taylor Higbee," Coach Cashmore continued. "That was a big match as well."
Blackfoot will continue a very busy week as they head right back down to Pocatello for the two day Dick Fleishman Invitational tournament today and Saturday.