Ferndale’s Ben Broselle was well aware of how highly touted his quarterfinal opponent was.
But the way the Golden Eagles sophomore wrestled Friday, Feb. 20, at the Tacoma Dome, rankings didn’t matter.
In fact, during Saturday’s medal rounds, Broselle will be out to prove he’s the top Class 3A 160-pound wrestler in the state.
“This is one of the best feelings of my life right here,” said Broselle after beating Auburn Mountainview’s David Boone with an 8-4 decision. “I knew he was good coming into the match. He is rated second in state. He liked to do a lot of things that I’m good at defending, so I went into that match confident and ready to win.”
Broselle served as a vivid highlight for a Ferndale team that had mixed results day one of Mat Classic XXVII. All seven Golden Eagles won at least one match, but besides Broselle, only 195-pounder Patrick Condon advanced to day two.
“It was nice seeing everyone get a win,” Ferndale coach Caleb Schlack said. “It didn’t end up how we wanted it for a lot of guys, but it is what it is.”
Broselle was the only Ferndale wrestler to win his first match. He pinned North Central’s Chance LeBlanc in 2:22 before putting together a dominating performance against Boone.
Broselle led the entire way, taking an early 2-0 lead before extending the advantage to 4-2 heading into the second period. Broselle earned a reversal with 30 seconds left in the second period to take a 6-2 lead, but he had to overcome a late shoulder injury to hold on for the win.
Broselle led 6-4 before his arm was cranked awkwardly, prompting an official’s timeout with 1:51 left in the third period. Even nursing a bum shoulder, Broselle earned a reversal with 1:03 left to take a 8-4 lead.
Friday’s result was warmly welcomed after he went two-and-out during last year’s Mat Classic.
“Just more conditioning,” said Broselle when asked what made the difference this time. “Conditioning is everything. If you’re more conditioned than the other person, you’ll beat them most likely.”
Broselle is set to face Arlington’s Ruben Crew at 10:50 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, for the right to wrestle for a state championship.
“My semifinal match I know who it is,” Broselle said. “I think I’ve wrestled him before. I beat him last time, so just go in there and be ready to win.”
Besides Condon’s 2-1 record, Broc Graves (106), Devon Bennett (120), Braiden Klimp (152), Taylor Bellefuielle (152) and Sam Cleary (182) ended their tournaments 1-2.