Bruins edge Hillmen in grudge match

By: Journal Sports Staff
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The Bear River High wrestling team conquered rival Placer Wednesday night by the slimmest of margins and now controls its destiny in the Pioneer Valley League title race. Michael Merrell needed a pin in the heavyweight bout and the Bear River senior came up with it to give the Bruins a 36-35 win over the Hillmen at Lake of the Pines. Placer raced out to a 23-0 lead thanks to its lightweights. Anthony Wong started it off with a pin at 106. Josh Mason had a major decision, followed by pins from Justin Mason and Juan Medrano. Bear River battled back. Nick Sauers won by decision. Dallen Stone got a key pin and Sam Aguilar won a decision. Harley Sauers won a thriller over Placer standout Will Thornton and Bradley Bothelio won by pin. Placer’s Mason Lenover got a pin at 173 before Jake Jarmin won a decision and Travis McKnight had a pin for the Bruins. Ryan Talley’s pin at 220 give the Hillmen a 35-30 lead before Merrell got the deciding victory. “We knew it would come down to Placer and us again,” Bear River coach Kevin Figueroa said. “We’ve never beaten them, so it was extremely exciting.” Bear River (4-0 PVL) will look to close out a perfect PVL campaign next Tuesday at home against Center. The Hillmen (2-1 PVL) will host the Placer Duals on Saturday.