COLUMBIA — Despite winning in dominating fashion, Rock Bridge wrestler Josh Braselton was still frustrated with his match Wednesday night against visiting Warrenton.
Rock Bridge trailed by 11 points heading into the final two matches, meaning the Bruins needed two pins to win the dual. Braselton, who wrestled next to last, defeated his opponent, Will Filipek, 7-0, but was unable to get the pin that Rock Bridge needed. Warrenton won the meet 38-24.
“He was a solid, tough kid,” Braselton said. “I just wanted to wrestle a smart match and get the win. It’s frustrating when you’re riding him, but you can’t turn him over.”
Braselton got a takedown in the opening period then took control of the match. After Braselton took down Filipek again in the third period, he had just under 1:30 left on the clock to pin Filipek, but couldn't, clinching the victory for Warrenton.
“When you wrestle 215, you have a ton of big, strong kids that can defend well,” Rock Bridge coach Travis Craig said. “That kid was never really in the match, but Josh was never really in a position where he could pin him either."
Craig said that while Braselton is wrestling tough right now, he wants Braselton to peak in February for the district and state tournaments because he feels Braselton has a great chance of qualifying for state this season.
“I just need to work hard and wrestle smart,” Braselton said. “Last season, I peaked too early, and when that happens, you just go down.”
Rock Bridge fell to an early 20-0 deficit after a technical-fall loss at 103 pounds, forfeits at 112 and 119 and a 9-6 loss at 125.
“Any match we have that’s tough like tonight was, it’s good for us," Craig said. "Our kids wrestled tough, but we lost a couple of close matches. It’s tough for us to win dual meets when we forfeit three weights, 18 points. So we’re not really looking at dual meet scores right now, we’re looking at how our guys are performing.”
Rock Bridge competes next on Friday and Saturday at the Hickman Varsity Tournament.