“We lost to them (Rhea County) by 23 pins over there (Dayton) last week and then today we won the total pin fall count, but dropped the team total by one,” explained Bear coach Don Burke. “We still have one match left (at Silverdale on Wednesday), but this (Thursday’s match) was for third place in the district tournament (seeding).”
Despite Bradley winning the total pin fall tally by a 2,872-2,740 margin, Rhea County was able to win 10-of-18 heads-up battles and capture a 14-13 victory for the higher seed.
Although the teams split the opening round with three wins apiece in the heads-up matches, the Eagles claimed the pin fall bonus points by 41 pins. Bradley bounced back to roll its best round of the season with an 1,118 tally and four individual victories to take a 9-7 lead going into the final game.
Rhea County answered back to take five of the six games in the final round and claim the pin fall points, giving them the victory.
Alec Norwood led the Bear attack with a 598 series, including a match-high 247 game, plus a 200 total as well. Ryan Chapman helped out the Black-and-Gold cause with a 532 three-game total, with a 203 high game.
Coach Burke’s boys also got strong totals from Mitchell Baker (497), Tanner Ratcliff (480, including a 201 game) and Kile Grady (440).
The Bears blasted East Ridge 25-2 on Wednesday, running away with the pin fall count by a 2,565-1,760 margin.
Norwood once again paced Bradley with a 490 series, while Chapman had a team-high 181 game. Ratcliff helped out with a 454 series.
The Bradley girls suffered a 26-1 loss to Rhea County Thursday, with senior Alia Rester notching the lone Bearette point.
Kealey Collins rolled a 416 series, while Alex Choat added a 402 to the Bradley tally.
“We had Senior Night ceremonies as well (Thursday),” related Coach Burke. “These senior shave been important to our program and have been a joy to work with.”
The Bradley seniors include Alex Choat, Alia Rester, Kristin Davis, Johnna Cartwright, Travis Duke and Mitchell Baker.