WEISER — With the Weiser wrestling team down five team points to Fruitland heading into the last match (126 pounds), Kooper von Brethorst needed a pinfall victory over Ray Florez.

Going into the third period, holding a 5-1 lead and unable to turn Florez for any near fall points, von Brethorst switched gears. Opening the period with an escape, von Brethorst hit six takedowns and was awarded three more points on stalling calls before getting a 21-6 technical fall win with just moments to spare.

One problem: the team score was tied at 33-33.

Weiser coach Drew Dickerson walked to the head table asking if the tie-breaker would be on most matches won (Weiser won eight of 14 matches in the dual meet).

Fruitland coach Isaac MacKenzie walked to the head table asking if the tie-breaker would be on most pinfall wins (Fruitland had four pins, Weiser had two).

The referees pulled out the official rule book, which said the team with the most wins would be awarded the tie-breaker point, giving Weiser a 34-33 win over the Grizzlies.

The gamble turned out in the Wolverines’ favor as Weiser picked up a 34-33 win over the Grizzlies in Wednesday night’s dual meet.

A sophomore, von Brethorst said Dickerson originally told him to work for the pin against Florez. But when that wasn’t possible after two minutes, von Brethrost said his coaches decided to go for the team points tie.

“Coach told me to go out and get the pin,” von Brethorst said. “But later in the match, coach called out to get two more takedowns so I kept taking him down.”

The Wolverines also got key performances out of several wrestlers who lost their matches Wednesday night. Matthew Morris lost 10-3 to Corey Eckhart in the third match of the night. With just seconds to go, Morris was able to hit a reversal at the edge of the mat but wasn’t able to hold onto Eckhart. The referee awarded Morris the reversal and gave Eckhart the one escape point, switching Eckhart’s win from a major decision (four team points) to a decision (three team points).

Weiser’s Mason Strong (106) and Conor Marsh (113) were both also able to cut their losses to fewer than eight points as well.

At 170 pounds, Trae Gluch was able to come back from a 6-2 deficit to Skyler MacKenzie (with the assistance of four points from stalling in the third period) to get a 10-6 decision win.

The Grizzlies were able to pull ahead to a 27-16 lead after their gauntlet of Greg Gissel (182), Jonathon Fagen (195) and Brisyn Cutberth (220) each came out with first-round pins.

There were no forfeits between the two teams.

Full results:

132: Sylais York (Weiser) over Brandon Stowe (Fruitland): Dec, 9-5

138: Dalton Arnzen (Fruitland) over Robert Sudderth (Weiser): Fall, 5:11

145: Corey Eckhart (Fruitland) over Matthew Morris (Weiser): Dec, 10-3

152: Clayton Beesley (Weiser) over Diego Carbajal (Fruitland): MD, 8-0

160: Brody von Brethorst (Weiser) over Nick Nunez (Fruitland): Fall, 3:32

170: Trae Gluch (Weiser) over Skyler MacKenzie (Fruitland): Dec, 10-6

182: Greg Gissel (Fruitland) over Jesse Lockett (Weiser): Fall, 1:28

195: Jonathon Fagen (Fruitland) over Paul Crawford (Weiser): Fall, 1:00

220: Brisyn Cutburth (Fruitland) over Rylee Willet (Weiser): Fall, 1:17

285: Darrian Hoobery (Weiser) over Ty Bahem (Fruitland): Dec, 6-3

98: Jace Buescher (Weiser) over Brady Skeen (Fruitland): Fall, 0:41

106: Miguel Medrano (Fruitland) over Mason Strong (Weiser): Dec, 8-2

113: Harley Skelly (Fruitland) over Conor Marsh (Weiser): Dec, 6-3

120: Seth Harris (Weiser) over Kaden Smith (Fruitland): Dec, 4-3

126: Kooper von Brethorst (Weiser) over Ray Florez (Fruitland): TF, 21-6, 5:59


Nik Streng is the sports reporter for the Argus Observer. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a master's degree in journalism, after graduating from Pacific University in 2013 with a degree in creative writing.

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