Photo by Tamie Meck Bruin Peter Williamson puts Hotchkiss’ Hank Edwards away last Thursday night to win the 132-pound class in dual action. The Bruins won for the first time in 15 years over Hotchkiss, 46-36.It's been a long time coming, but last Thursday the Cedaredge Bruins claimed the dual win against the visiting Hotchkiss Bulldogs. Despite winning six matches by pin, Hotchkiss was unable to overcome four forfeits in the 46-36 loss.
"This one hurt," said Bulldog coach Glen Suppes. "This is the first time Hotchkiss has been beat by Cedaredge in 15 years."
Hotchkiss spotted the Bruins 18 points with four open weight classes — one a failure to make weight, one a case of pinkeye, and two — 195 and 220 pounds — that the Bulldogs will likely not fill for the season, said Suppes.
"Even though we got a lot of forfeits tonight, I knew it was going to be really close," said Bruin head coach Ted Schanen. "Some of our leaders that needed to step up, stepped up," despite only two days in the training room following winter break. "They've got their eye on the prize this year. They want to do big things."
Mario Madaleno (220), Beau Hebert (126) and Peter Williamson (132) all scored pins for the Bruins.
With the exception of one match, it was pin or be pinned.
At 106-pounds, Bruin freshman Austin Todd defeated Garrett Toothaker, 15-2. Round one ended in a 2-2 tie, and Todd demonstrated why he is ranked fourth in state 3A competition, dominating the mat throughout the remainder of the match. Todd earned six of his points on near falls to end both the second and third periods.
At 160, Bulldog Tony Ibarra opened the dual with a 54-second pin over Isaiah Surber.
Bruin Brian Leahy had a 3-2 lead at 170 when he was caught off guard in the second round and eventually pinned by Eric Steckel.
In his first match of the season, Hotchkiss senior heavyweight Zach Taylor pinned Tim Montano just shy of one minute into the match.
Mario Madaleno (220) pinned Bulldog Trenton Ballard in 1:07 to put the Bruins ahead, 18-12.
Hotchkiss won the final three matches of the evening. At 138, Jesse Head pinned Mickey Madaleno in 1:38, and Dustin Head put Xander Camp's shoulders to the mat to end the match in 38 seconds.
"We took our beatings from them since I started," said Schanen. "It's kind of been that big match I wanted to win. It's a big match that our kids wanted to win."
"I congratulate Ted (Schanen) for building an outstanding program," said Suppes. "He's put the time and effort to do great things, and they earned the win tonight."