6th Ranked Bulldogs Escape Upset bid With Tie-Breaker
December 13, 2018
Well technically it was won on the mat, but after Colton Bellew won the final match by pin in the last period the Bulldogs 6 point lead was erased. That’s when the controversy began. Tied at 33 with no more matches set to happen the crowd was left wondering a tie? But after looking at all the stats for this dual there was one man in the building who wasn’t confused, Bulldog coach Gary Adamson. He told Marcus Hill of the Pueblo Chieftan, “The team having the greater number of total match points (first match points) shall be declared the winner.”
The whole night wasn’t filled with controversy as the ‘Dogs jumped out to a huge 27-3 lead over the Indians winning five of the first six matches. In that time three of those five wins by the Bulldogs came by way of pinfall. There were two matches that had people on the edge of their feet. The first came at the 120-pound match, Dayne Herrera and Jake Antonio of Cheyenne Mountain. Dayne was in control leading 8-2 going into the 3rd period when Jake Antonio would just not give up. He battled back to make it an 8-6 match and as time winded down Antonio was in the perfect position to get two if not more points to possibly tie or win this match. But Dayne held strong and was able to avoid letting Antonio get a single point. Herrera held on for his second Varsity win 8-6.
Now came the big ranked matchup, Bulldog own 152: #4 ranked Cole Hernandez against #3 Kevin Hooks. Hooks was looking for revenge in this matchup as less than a week ago Hernandez beat him 17-3 on his way to winning the East Classic. Hernandez led 2-1 after the first period, the 2nd period saw no scoring for either competitor. The 3rd period was all Hernandez, he ran away with a 7-2 victory in this one to stay unbeaten on the season. This Dual was not one you wanted to miss. All the action and Controversy made this one special, but in the end, due to a 14-10 win on the 8th tiebreaker, the sixth-ranked Bulldogs escaped the upset bid 34-33.