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West comes back to defeat East 40-39

By KTVA Sports 6:47 AM December 5, 2013

The Thunderbirds fell down five points to the Eagles after giving up five pins coming down the stretch.

ANCHORAGE – In the final match of the night, East High School’s 126-pound Brennan Girard was left with the task of having to at least win by  technical fall over West’s Jejomar Briones.

The Thunderbirds fell down five points to the Eagles after giving up five pins coming down the stretch.

Briones was 106 pounds when he took second at last year’s state meet. The West High School junior took this past summer off from freestyle to instead focus on gaining in the weight room.

“I went to the gym almost every day to try and get big,”  Briones said. “I should have wrestled in the summer, I don’t know, I kind of made a mistake.”

Girard wrestled brilliantly to a 19-8 major decision, falling one point short of a technical fall and a Thunderbird win.

Although the loss is tough, East still has plenty of top wrestlers and a good chance of placing in February. The 152-pound Anthony Sierra looked great Wednesday after pinning Teddy Shangin. Although unable to wrestle half the season last year, Sierra took third at the state championship.

“This year I’m planning on being a state champ,” Sierra said. “I’m just going to wrestle my hardest, wrestle my match and not worry about my opponents.”

In the meantime, Bartlett High School is celebrating a 41-35 win over Service. The Golden Bears had four straight pins from 195 pounds to 98.

As if the night couldn’t get any closer in score, Dimond High School got by Eagle River 45-39 even after getting handed four forfeits from the Wolves.  In fact, the Lynx only had one decision that night. Eagle River wrestled to win two more matches than Dimond, but couldn’t get a victory.

South and Chugiak rescheduled their dual for Jan. 4.

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