Friday, March 4, 2011/lk
It wasn't the win either one of them wanted, but both Jordy Mallon and Kelby Broddie ended their senior seasons with a win Saturday afternoon.
Mallon took third at 160 pounds while Broddie took fifth at 152.
Aldo Lara advanced to the consolation finals at 119 pounds but lost to finish in fourth place.
"I was just glad I had a chance to come back and win," Broddie said after his final match, a 5-3 win over Charlie Morgan of South Albany.
Mallon and Lara both advanced to the championship semifinals Saturday morning, but both wound up losing tightly contested matches.
Lara lost 2-1 to Max Freund of Cleveland in the semifinals. Lara led the match 1-0 going into the final round, but Freund got a takedown at the edge of the mat when he just managed to keep his toes inbounds with 44 seconds left. Lara had one chance to tie or win in the last 10 seconds after Freund was warned for stalling, but could not get himself free of Freund's grip.
He advanced to the consolation finals with a thrilling comeback against Matt Perkey of Springfield in his first consolation match.
Trailing 6-1 entering the third round he quickly bounced back with a takedown and a near fall and wound up pinning him with 29 seconds left in the match.
"I was just mad," Lara said after bouncing back from his championship semifinal loss. "I just wanted to take it out on the next wrestler."
He ran out of gas in the consolation finals, though, and Brady Anderson of Dallas kept him on his stomach for most of the match and won 3-0.
Mallon was bounced in the championship semifinals by Ryker Smith of West Albany 10-8 in overtime.
In the consolation semifinals and finals, Mallon built big leads and then held on for the win. He led Joe Jones of Willamette 10-1 going into the third round and won 10-5 and then held on to beat Johnny Wilkerson of Eagle Point 6-3 in the finals.
"I just really had to focus hard on wrestling and what I was doing," Mallon said. "It was important ending the season with a win."
David Brunk won his first consolation round match but was eliminated in the second at 125 pounds, as was Alex Ayala at 130 pounds and Francisco Castro at 171 pounds.
Alex Matthews and Cesar Zarate were knocked out after the first consolation round at 171 and 140 pounds, respectively.
"They got the jitters out of the way of coming and wrestling at the big show," HRV coach Trent Kroll said of some of the younger wrestlers. "Now next year they'll be ready for the award stand."