BLACKFOOT — Like Bigfoot sightings in the Plaza home duel wrestling losses for the Blackfoot Broncos are extremely rare. In the first time in a long time that is exactly what happened on Wednesday evening however as High Country Conference foe Bonneville came into Blackfoot and left town with a 36-34 victory.
"We were at a deficit of 12 points right off the bat which had us fighting out of a hole all night long," Blackfoot head coach Thain Cashmore said. "Bonneville matches up well with us in a lot of weight classes though. We wrestled well and if we could have swung one more of the close matches to our side we could have pulled this one out."
Indeed the forfeits at 126 and 195 certainly hurt the Broncos chances but despite that, they came out firing early with pins by Hyatt Henderson and Lane Hunt in the opening two matches for a quick 12-0 advantage.
A close 2-0 decision by Justin Holman at 113 got the Bees on the board but Blackfoot's Devon Schoonover picked up a pin at 120 for an 18-3 Blackfoot lead.
After the forfeit at 126 Blackfoot picked up decisions in three of the next four matches to build a 28-15 lead but Bonneville came roaring back, winning the next five matches and despite a thrilling third period pin by Blackfoot's heavyweight, Jonathan Littlejohn, the fate was sealed with the rare 36-34 duel loss.
"We saw great heart from each and everyone of our kids tonight," Coach Cashmore said. "We will take the positives that we saw tonight along with what we see that we need to improve upon and we will continue to work. It's a continuing, evolving process and we will need to continue to learn and improve if we want to stay competitive."
Blackfoot will continue that process when they head to Minico over the weekend for the Minico Invitational tournament. It will be the last individual tournament of the regular season before the district tournament which will be held in February. Wrestling begins at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and will continue on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.
BONNEVILLE 36, BLACKFOOT 34
98 Hyatt Henderson (BL) pin Bryson McGuire (BN) 4:35
106 Lane Hunt (BL) pin Zarron McGuire (BN) 3:33
113 Justin Holman (BN) 2-0 dec Kohl Bingham (BL)
120 Devon Schoonover (BL) pin Jony Rojo (BN) 4:59
126 Brady Robinson (BN) forfeit
132 Tate Hansen (BL) 3-2 dec Donavan Banks (BN)
138 Chase Lemons (BN) pin Brian Goodwin 0:59
145 Tucker Leavitt (BL) 11-0 maj dec tanner Gustaves (BN)
152 Ruben Pulido (BL) 6-1 dec Jacom Stacey (BN)
160 Jared Bird (BN) 7-0 dec Conner Hendersen (BL)
170 Daniel Quiroz (BN) 9-7 dec Bryant Sargent (BL)
182 Jackson Cook 11-8 dec Shawn Walters (BL)
195 Jordan Vielma (BN) forfeit
220 Spencer Moreau (BN) pin Michael Monore (BL) 0:48
285 Jonathan Littlejohn (BL) pin Carrick Smith (BN) 5:03