Broughton jumped all over Sanderson early, using the later rounds to get some much needed reps in after returning to the mat for the first time since the Christmas break.
The Caps defeated the Spartans 47-18 in Cap-8 Conference wrestling Wednesday night, getting enough early victories to wrap things up with a few more matches on the schedule. However, Broughton coach Stan Chambers would hear no talk of cruising in the later rounds with the victory already in hand.
“We had it wrapped up but we still had to just keep pushing,” Chambers said. “We had the match wrapped up, but I was looking at individual stuff for the conference tournament and regionals. To me, wrapping up is nothing, we have to win the matches we are suppose to win. The ones we aren’t going to win we need to figure out how to win them.”
Winning matches wasn’t a problem for Broughton.
The Caps won the opening 152 match on points and got the first of many pins when Quadeek Hines took down Bryan Gomez, one of six consecutive pins for Broughton. Christian Hite (170), Andrew Maxwell (195), Jasper Lassiter (220), Dominic Ashford (120) and Nic Valdespino (126) all got pins, Valdespino taking out his opponent, Woodson Wisz, in 57 seconds.
Sanderson’s early points came from forfeit, but the Spartans got on the board when Aaron Geter defeated Jack Elliott. Sanderson got two in a row when Adrian Davenport followed up Geter’s win with a points win of his own over Michael Knott.
The final match of the night was the most intense, with Broughton’s Nash Philbeck getting the late win over Marquise Bowens in the 145 class. Bowens and Philbeck went back and forth, with Philbeck leading by one in the final minutes, holding off Bowens as time expired.
“I thought a couple guys gutted it out,” Spartans coach Nick Shriner said. “We didn’t have our full lineup tonight, we had a couple of freshmen start, but I thought they really fought. I knew going in it was going to be tough. I expected a little closer match coming down to the end. It didn’t happen to go that way, but I’m proud of my team.”
Shriner may not have been the only coach who was shocked by how one-sided the match was.
Chambers got some surprise victories in unexpected spots from his Capitals in their first match in two weeks.
“We got some wins that I didn’t know we were going to get,” Chambers confessed. “We’re a young team, but our guys know when there is a gift to be had you better get it.”