B-b-b-b-bad to the bone wrestlers from Central Valley and University are beginning a new tradition for their annual match.
Next Wednesday’s meeting at U-Hi will henceforth be called the Battle of the Bone.
Befitting the bone-tough image of wrestling and in a takeoff on basketball’s spirit games, CV and U-Hi will grapple over rights to the Bone, an animal femur painted in respective school colors and mounted on a plaque.
Winning score of the match between the once-beaten teams will be inscribed on the appropriately-colored end.
The idea for the Bone came from U-Hi’s warmup theme song, “Bad to the Bone” by George Thoroughgood and the Destroyers.
Speaking of battles, last week’s Titan and Bear matches featured the battle of unbeatens and battle of brothers.
Central Valley wrestled Gonzaga Prep for undisputed first place on Thursday, losing 33-28, in a match that was in doubt until the end.
It was, admitted disappointed CV coach Dale Ethridge, all that could be expected from first match to last.
“It went back and forth,” he said. “The first match set the tone for the evening.”
Despite losing, freshman Tyree Clowe performed admirably. Subbing for injured John Jolley, he opened eyes with a five-point standing cradle move against favored Dave Rucker.
“It was about as close as you could come without slapping the mat,” said Ethridge.
He earned a reversal as time ran out in the second period and a takedown with 1:20 to go for a stunning 13-8 lead.
But Rucker somehow managed to avoid upset and pinned with 50 seconds left. It loomed large later.
Trailing 9-0 after two matches, CV won four straight times, including a spectacular throw for a pin by Bob Perkes at 275, an upset pin victory by freshman Matt Applegate at 101 and pin by Shane Cunanan with 43 seconds left at 115.
In a battle of unbeatens, John Reese scored a second-round takedown and near fall to lead 6-1 and held on for a 7-5 victory over Prep’s Chris Montgomery.
That win helped CV take things to the final match which was won by Gonzaga by a mere point on an escape with 1:48 to go.
“I knew coming in it was going to the last match,” said Ethridge. “Both teams stepped up to the occasion.”
A night earlier, University manhandled Ferris 44-18, Titan coach Don Owen getting the better of his brother Tim.
Among the highlights, Gordon Bash at 101 gave Xung Lam his first league loss, by pin.
Additionally, 178-pound Mike Clark and 215-pound Jeff Schmedding were victorious.
“Both have dominated their (recent) matches,” said Don Owen. “Early in the year it looked as if they’d have some tough matches but they definitely dominated tonight.”
The most entertaining contest came at 275 where first-year competitor Jeff Hollenbach lost 21-20.
The score was 12-7 after a period and 16-13 after two. Hollenbach outscored Chris Cleuver 7-4 in the final period only to run out of time.
Knights, Eagles chase Colville
Both East Valley and West Valley have started the wrestling season unbeaten. But they’ll have their hands full with Colville.
The Indians, league champions two years ago, have started quickly with three straight wins, including by 32 points over a Cheney team EV beat by 2. James Plumb’s pin in the night’s final match was the difference.
Both EV and West Valley are 2-0, the Eagles building leads of 22-0 and 28-4 during its 43-25 win over Riverside. Included was Quinn Sharpe’s 7-3 win over Adrian Bojorquez in a match between state veterans.
The three league leaders square off against each other in a series of contests on Jan. 18, 23 and 25.
Titan gymnasts sweep Bears
University’s unbeaten gymnastics team earned a clean sweep of Central Valley and next Thursday can earn a sweep of the GSL season.
With two matches remaining, the Titans have one last obstacle, Ferris, to a second straight perfect league season and repeat title.
Thursday night the Titans outscored the Bears 167.25 to 159.0 and had the top two all-around performances.
Kim Meyers won or shared all four events and scored 36.45, her third straight meet over 36 points and second-highest total of the year.
Not far behind her was Kalie Cossette who scored 34.4 and was second second twice and third once during individual events.
Titan Tara Hulbert shared first on bars with Meyers at 9.2 and was second on balance beam.