Bellingham’s boys’ wrestling team defeated Meridian 60-18 on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Bellingham High School.
The Red Raiders’ Ben Donnelly pinned his opponent in the 132 weight class, Riley Takemura pinned in the 138 weight class and Blair Bennett got a pin at the 195 weight class.
“All three of those guys are some of our better guys and wrestled well tonight,” Bellingham coach Tom Hinz said in a phone interview. “I thought Ben looked really sharp getting ready for postseason and Riley controlled his match well.”
Bellingham takes on Burlington-Edison in a team dual next at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, at Burlington-Edison High School. Meridian wrestles Nooksack Valley next at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at home.
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Bellingham 60, Meridian 18
106: Jake Cheney (Meridian) pin. Indy Casas 0:25; 113: Martin Pfannenstiel (Meridian) pin. Pew Olivier 1:15; 120: Vaughn McMamara (Bellingham) forfeit; 126: Simeon Murphy (Bellingham) forfeit; 132: Ben Donnelly (Bellingham) pin. Taylor Johnson 1:34; 138: Riley Takemura (Bellingham) pin. Kenny Barnes 3:27; 145: Romeo Mendez (Bellingham) forfeit; 152: Brahm Van Woerden (Bellingham) forfeit; 160: Alden Roberts (Bellingham) forfeit; 170: Manuel Sabalza (Meridian) pin. Trent Helming 1:55; 182: Spencer Marshall (Bellingham) forfeit; 195: Blair Bennett (Bellingham) pin. Jackson Day 1:20; 220: Chance Poasa (Bellingham) forfeit; 285: double forfeit.