Brother Rivalry in Battle of Bridge Dual Meet

Jacob Olson, Staff reporter

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Thursday night two undefeated teams, the Kamaikin Braves wrestling and Chiawana Riverhawks held a  dual meet.  The meet was hosted at Chiawana High School and the gym was packed with excited spectators.  Jack and Jordan Anderson are brothers and head coaches of these rival teams.   For the first time in the history of Jordan Anderson’s career as the Kamiakin wrestling coach, the Braves beat the Riverhawks.

The Braves wrestlers came out strong taking the first three matchups at 170, 182 and 195 pounds.  Junior Zach Borisch at 170 pounds won over Chiawana’s Cory Johnson.  Luke Eskelsen pulled off a head-and-arm throw to pin his opponent in the 182 pound matchup. Senior Nick Little wrestling at 285 pounds took the second Brave pin of the evening, racking six team points. Freshman Austin Almaguer dominated his opponent at 113 pounds, racking up a 15 point match lead, to win by technical decision. Sophomore Riley Gurr followed at 120 pounds to pin his opponent. Senior Franky Garcia battled out his match at 138 and pulled out a win in the last period. Freshman Sione Halo did some fast-paced scrambling and came out the winner at 152 pounds.  The Braves came out the winners of the meet with a score of 35 team points to the Riverhawks’ 27.

Years ago the father of the two Anderson brothers made up a plaque for the winner of the rivalry dual meet between Kamaikin and Chiawana.  This matchup has been dubbed the Battle of the Bridge.  This year Mr. Anderson of the Kamiakin Braves wrestling gets to take home the plaque for the Battle of the Bridge.

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