Pioneers show technical prowess in win over Bellingham


The Nooksack Valley boys' wrestling team defeated Bellingham 57-21 on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Nooksack Valley High School.

The performance, in the words of the Pioneers' coach, Chad Parson, was exactly "what a coach could ask for."

"The team really wrestled up to their potential tonight," he said in a phone interview. "They pulled no stops and just wrestled really, really well."

Felix Rojas (113-pound division), Hunter Whittern (145), Taylor Gardner (152) and Hayden Sorensen (195) all won their respective bouts by way of pin.

Of that group, the matchup between Gardner and Bellingham's Babak Abedsaidi pitted two wrestlers with contrasting styles against one another making for an interesting matchup.

"Technique versus muscle," said Parson, noting that the solid technique of Gardner led to his first-round pin of Abedsaidi. "Hunter didn't give him anything."

Bellingham's Ben Donnelly secured a pin over Elijah Rohde, and Sergio Torres pulled out a hard-fought win, 11-7, over Michael O'Bryan.

Both Nooksack Valley and Bellingham will next wrestle at the Northwest Conference Championships starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Sehome High School.


106: Emmett Dekoekkoek (NV) win by forfeit. 113: Felix Rojas (NV) pin. Anders Mittet (Bellingham). 120: Ben Donnelly (Bellingham) pin. Elijah Rohde (NV) def. 126: Paul Newell (NV) def. Riley Takemura (Bellingham) 10-4. 132: Sergio Torres (Bellingham) def. Michael O'Bryan (NV) 11-7. 138: Alex McLaurin (NV) win by forfeit. 145: Hunter Whittern (NV) pin. Babak Abedsaidi (Bellingham). 152: Taylor Gardner (NV) pin James Langen (Bellingham). 160: Jared Parson (NV) win by forfeit. 170: Kalub Cude (NV) win by forfeit. 182: Blair Bennet (Bellingham) pin Eric Avilia (NV). 195: Hayden Sorensen (NV) pin. Spencer Marshall (Bellingham). 220: Nick Hanks (Bellingham) win by forfeit. 285: Tyson Mergil (NV) win by injury default against Melvin Deal (Bellingham).

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