On Saturday February 3rd BCC wrestled the last matches of the season at the annual “Battle of Bethesda.” BCC opened up against Walter Johnson with a 45-24 victory. Wins came from Christian Simpson, Eli Guttentag, Temuulen Tsedendorj, Drew Guttentag, Jeovannie Martinez, Charles Reynolds, Noah Bowers Rhys Cohen, with Gabe McAndrew earning a forfeit. Next up was Whitman which came down the final matches which would see BCC losing by two points 34-36. Wins came from, Temuulen Tsedendorj, Jeovannie Martinez, Drew Guttentag, Gabriel McAndrew, with Aidan Moffitt and Christian Simpson earning forfeits.
This set up a three-way tie among BCC, Northwest and Whitman. Criteria put BCC ahead and earned them the third seed in the regional duals which took place on Thursday, February 8th. As the third seed, BCC faced the second seed Clarksburg in the first round in what would be an extremely close contest. Gabe McAndrew started things off taking on a ranked opponent and coming out 12-5 to put BCC on the board first. Then the match went the other way with Clarksburg earning 18 points from a pin and two forfeits. Christian Simpson got BCC back on track with a pin at 106. But then BCC gave up another forfeit and Justin Smith lost a close one at 120. Temuulen Tsedendorj and Drew Guttentag earned back to back pins at 126 and 132 to close the gap. BCC gave up another forfeit at 138 and then the Martinez brothers earned critical wins at 145 and 152 to make the score 27-24 with Clarksburg still in the lead. Charles Reynolds dropped a close one at 160 and things were looking tough for the Barons, down 24-33 with only two matches to go. Noah Bowers was up next against an opponent who had beat him earlier in the season. Noah rose to the occasion and delivered a much needed pin. Rhys Cohen would then seal the deal with a pin in the final match to secure the victory 36-33.
This win allowed BCC to advance to the Regional Dual finals where they faced Churchill, the top-ranked 4A school in State. The Barons put up a good fight and were ahead the first half of the match, but Churchill was too strong in the upper weights and BCC would lose in the finals 44-18.
Next up, the JV Counties on Saturday February 10th and the Varsity Counties the following weekend.