Blaine’s high school wrestlers made a dominant showing at home last Wednesday against Nooksack Valley as the Borderites won their first meet of the New Year, 43-26.
The meet started on an up tick for the Borderites with Blaine’s Kyle Gonzales and Aiden Jackson securing wins against Nooksack’s Michael Kipling and Paul Newell.
Gonzales was nearly pinned in the final period of his match against Kipling but held on to win the match by an 8-7 decision.
Nooksack’s Tanner Klemann and Bonzai Billings slowed Blaine’s momentum a bit, winning their matches by 8-0 and 13-1 decisions, respectively, and shortening Blaine’s team score lead to 9-8 with eight wrestlers left to compete.
A win from Blaine’s Tony Sharpe and a forfeit in Blaine’s favor brought the team score to 21-8, Blaine, with half of the meet still to go.
Nooksack Valley battled back to within one team point with key decision victories until Blaine’s Sheldon Hicks, wrestling at 189 pounds, started the Borderite heavyweight ball rolling. Hicks pinned Nooksack’s Robert Bobo at 1 minute, 48 seconds in the first period of the eleventh match of the meet, making the team score 31-26, Blaine.
Caleb Johnson at 215 pounds and Michael Antczak at 285 both pinned their Nooksack opponents: Shane Heeringa and Nicholas Bourassa, respectively.
Johnson slowly built up his score against Heeringa in the first and second periods of the second-to-last match of the night and finally pinned Heeringa 42 seconds into the third period.
Johnson’s win put the Borderites’ team score lead out of Nooksack’s reach at 37-26. Antczak was able to pin Bourassa at 1:21 in the second period of the last match, securing the meet win for Blaine with a 43-26 team score.
The Borderites next head to Bellingham for the Northwest Conference Tournament on Saturday, January 15, following a seventh place finish in the Snohomish Invitational on Saturday.
Photo by Jeremy Schwartz