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Bear River wrestling nabs team silver at No Guts, No Glory Tourney

By: Ike Dodson of the Auburn Journal
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The Bear River High wrestling team showed experience and poise at the No Guts, No Glory tournament Tuesday and Wednesday in Rocklin, nabbing seven top-six varsity medals, a junior varsity gold (Angelo Hall) and a runner-up finish in varsity team scoring.

It was an impressive feat for a group of mostly youngsters. Of the medal winners, only Reid Johnson (third at 145 pounds) is a senior.

Junior Noah Danieli finished second at 113 while sophomore Jacob Rivett ended fifth at 132. Freshman Clayton Anderson (120), junior Nate Araiza (126), sophomore Drew Engberson (152) and sophomore Justin Kilgore (220) all finished sixth in their weight classes.

The Bruins were pitted against 47 other teams at Rocklin’s Hardwood Palace, normally a basketball venue. Heading into the medal round, the Bruins held a four-point lead for the team championship. Union Mine overcame this deficit with a strong tourney finish, while Bear River went 2 for 7.

Bruin coach Kevin Figeroa has plenty to build on.

“The athletes wrestled well and are starting to gel as a team,” Figeroa said. “We had four athletes in the championship rounds after day one, and five in the consolation rounds fighting for their tournament life and having to win to stay in the tournament and gaining valuable points for the team.

“This was a total team effort, because it takes the whole team.”  

Bear River begins its quest for the Pioneer Valley League championship Jan. 6 at 6 p.m., facing visiting Center of Antelope.