Spartans wrestlers defeated by O'Dea

Spartan wrestler Chaney Weaver puts a hold on O
Spartan wrestler Chaney Weaver puts a hold on O'Dea's Markel Green in the 138-pound match Tuesday, Jan. 7. Weaver would go on to win the match 18-3, though BHS would ultimately lose the event 45-26 O'Dea.
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BAINBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL - The Spartan varsity wrestling team lost the war even after having won more battles at the home match against O'Dea Tuesday, Jan. 7.

The final score was 45-26 O'Dea.

O'Dea technically won eight of the 14 matches, but five of those were wins through a BHS forfeit. Thus, despite a superior physical performance by Spartans, the deck was stacked against them from the start.

BHS was forced to forfeit the 106-, 113-, 182-, 220- and 285-pound classes. O'Dea claimed victories in the 120-, 126- and 132-pound classes.

Bainbridge's Chaney Weaver brought home the first Spartan win of the night in the 138-pound class when he successfully beat O'Dea's Markel Green with a match score of 18-3.

Jack Miller also won a round for BHS in the 145-pound class and pinned his opponent in just 55 seconds.

Aaron Jumpa delivered one of the most exciting matches of the evening in the 152-pound class. He went the distance against O'Dea's Marcus Phillips and was ultimately awarded the match with a final score of 9-3.

Spartan 160-pound representative Dylan Read pinned his opponent in 2:33.

Bainbridge dominated competition in the heavy weight classes.

In the 170-pound class match, Joaquin Gurza claimed a victory with a final score of 5-3.

Spartan heavyweight Mike Grant delivered what may very well be the highlight match of the night in the 195-pound class. He was awarded an epic 9-2 victory over O'Dea's Joey Richards.

Bainbridge will wrestle again on the road at Chief Sealth High School at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9.

The Spartans will also host the 31st Island Invitational Tournament in the BHS gymnasium at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11.

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