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Arlington Eagles win Crosstown Showdown | SLIDESHOW
Arlington faced Granite Falls in their opener before battling Lakewood in the Crosstown Showdown, the historic rivalry series between the Eagles and the Cougars. Lakewood’s first match was against Getchell.
“Let’s make a statement of who we are, right now,” Lakewood coach Tom O’Hara told his wrestlers before the matches began. “Leave it all on the mat.”
Arlington traded points in both matches but came out on top, 39-33 over Granite Falls and 45-36 over Lakewood, to finish the night undefeated and win the Crosstown Showdown trophy. Lakewood finished the night 0-2.
“Our heavyweight and our 126-pounder were out,” Arlington coach Rick Iversen said. “We gave up 12 points in that match (against the Cougars). Our 170-pounder (senior) Brandon Chase was the wrestler of the night.”
Logan Corbin of Granite Falls pinned Eagle freshman Clayton Hunter after 1:30, GF’s Chris Jenkins pinned Arlington sophomore Wes Conley after 40 seconds and GF’s Adam Groff pinned Eagle sophomore Conner Holdoway after 2:46. Ethan Short gave Granite Falls its fourth pin by downing Eagle freshman Jared Brock-Anderson after 2:54. Moses Sun of Glacier Falls outscored senior Blake Thuline, 8-4, and Nathan Woldstad pinned Eagle freshman Erik Davis after 24 seconds.
But Arlington sophomore Bryce Thomas scored a technical fall over GF’s Riley Hanson by a score of 22-5 and sophomore Scotty Bardell outlasted Tysen Campbell in three rounds, 6-4. Eagle senior Shawn Berg beat Tommy Eadie 11-1, Chase felled Granite Falls’ Andrew Jackson, 3-2, and sophomore Jake Ferro pinned Mike Poyner after 1:52. Arlington senior Blake McPherson, and freshmen Gareth Henderson and Tanner Gaskin won via forfeit because Glacier Falls had no opponents available for the bouts.
Lakewood’s Drake Mosteller pinned Getchell’s Kyle Espinoza and Cougars Beau Wells, Alex Norton, John Westercamp, Dan Brower and Jeff Harrison all won decisions, but Getchell’s five pins, two decisions and a forfeit win gave the Chargers the win.
The Crosstown Showdown, the night’s main event, was a pin-fest.
Conley pinned Lakewood’s Hunter Olsen after 1:04. Cougar Sawyer Almasi pinned Eagle sophomore Conner Holdoway after 3:27. Lakewood’s Tanner Stewart pinned Brock-Anderson after 1:02. Eagle sophomore Scotty Bardell pinned Jeremy Peterson after 18 seconds. Cougar Nolan Bingaman pinned Thuline after 3:47 and Cougar Waylon Gwyther pinned Davis after 1:16. Berg pinned Lakewood’s Nick Kragseth 1:52. Chase pinned Dan Brower after 5:11. Ferro pinned Brandon Kilham after 1:29. McPherson pinned Jeff Harris 3:54. Lakewood’s Tug Giorgio pinned Henderson after 1:26. Cougar Tristan Nelson pinned Gaskin after 1:39.
Hunter received a forfeit victory and sophomore Bryce Thomas outlasted Lakewood’s Drake Mosteller, 8-5.
“We had some guys out and (Arlington) had some guys out,” O’Hara said. “It was a tough night, but a good one. I thought we wrestled our best in the second match. We fought hard and didn’t give up, but what we didn’t do is the moves we worked on in practice.”