The Blaine boys’ wrestling team, in spite of winning six of nine head-to-head matches, suffered a 35-31 Northwest Conference loss to Burlington-Edison on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Blaine High School.
The Borderites won each match from 132 to 170, but Blaine took costly forfeits at 106, 195, 220 and 285.
Blaine’s Gage Lott (138 pounds) and Derreck Camba (132) each recorded pins. Lott pinned Burlington-Edison’s Chris Sharp in 1 minute, 14 seconds, and Camba pinned Erick Montiel in 5:19. Billy Dodd (145), Riley Fritsch (152), Mathew Macauley (160) and Isaac Avena (170) won their matches by decision.
“Some of our kids wrestled pretty good,” Blaine coach Craig Foster said, “it’s just hard to win duals with so many forfeits. We just don’t have upper weights in our room.”
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Foster praised Camba for the work he did in his match, grinding it out before taking a sizable lead and getting a third-period pin. The Blaine coach also said he liked the aggressiveness Lott wrestled with.
Blaine competes in the prestigious two-day Tri State Tournament Friday-Saturday, Dec. 19-20, in Northern Idaho.
Burlington-Edison 35, Blaine 31
106: double forfeit; 113: Ty Peth (BE) pin. Garrison Folk (Bla) 0:56; 120: Hugo Diaz (BE) dec. Stuey Rasar (Bla) 16-1; 126: Colton Economy (Bla) forfeit; 132: Derreck Camba (Bla) pin Erick Montiel (BE) 5:19; 138: Gage Lott (Bla) pin. Chris Sharp (BE) 1:14; 145: Billy Dodd (Bla) dec. Miles Askvig (BE) 15-3; 152: Riley Fritsch (Bla) dec. Anthony Cook (BE) 6-3; 160: Mathew Macauley (Bla) dec. Feilipe Maldon (BE) 18-11; 170: Isaac Avena (Bla) dec. Donovan Towell (BE) 9-7; 182: Matt Goss (BE) pin. Collin Nielson (Bla) 1:47; 195: Sean Ferbig (BE) forfeit; 220: Wes Fluery (BE) forfeit; 285: Michael Huscusson (BE) forfeit.