Bruins overcome Cougars

Broadneck uses edge in middle weights for win

Wrestling

February 02, 2000|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Broadneck's simple recipe for success this season has been hard work and sound technical wrestling throughout the lineup.

Last night, the No. 10-ranked Bruins were able to counter visiting Chesapeake's dominating lighter weights with a strong performance from their middle weights and beyond to come away with a 32-27 win over the No. 12 Cougars.

Trailing 18-0 after three bouts, the Bruins (10-1) rattled off six straight wins that started with Ricky Boulay's first-period pin of Adam Necessary.

Just about everything from that point on went the Bruins' way, which has been the case since an early-season loss to No. 5 Old Mill.

"As a team, we went in knowing they were strong at the lower weights. We know our strength is in the middle, but it was a team effort. Everyone came out and wrestled hard and everything fell into place," said Boulay (18-1).

Brad Willard (135) scored a first-period pin over James Schultz with Steve Schall (130) and Ben Cefaratti (145) both claiming major decisions to lead the Bruins' effort.

Then with the Bruins leading 23-18 at 152, Jordan Rathlev won by default when Mike Slichter had to retire in the second period with a chest injury. Rathlev, leading 5-0 at the time, landed hard on Slichter, who couldn't continue, pushing the lead to 29-18.

Pins from Steve Yaruta (103), Matt Eveleth (112) and Jeff Eveleth (119) started off the Cougars.

"[Broadneck] wrestled better than us. There were a lot of close matches," said Cougars coach Tom Slichter.

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