BVNW goes 2-0 in duals on Senior Night

For BVNW's Senior Night, the Huskies matched up against Blue Valley North and Gardner Edgerton.

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Seniors Josh Cruz and Jared Cruz were honored on Senior Night on Jan. 31.

With a score of 33-36 in favor of the Trailblazers, the last two matches of Wednesday night’s Senior Night wrestling dual became crucial in determining who would come out on top between BVNW and Gardner Edgerton. In a matchup which featured the No. 1 wrestler in Kansas for his weight class, Jackson Flowers of GEHS, and the No. 2 wrestler in the state for the 220 pound weight class from BVNW, senior Josh Cruz, it was Cruz who got off to a good start.

In the first period, Cruz was able to score the first two points of the match with a takedown. However, Flowers came back to even the score of the match at 5-5. The Blazers No. 1 ranked wrestler was able to gain control, and Cruz would go on to lose by decision which gave GEHS a 33-39 lead over BVNW. However, Cruz’s ability to score the first points would be a big factor in determining the outcome of the dual.

Trailing by six points, BVNW senior Derrick Taylor needed to get a pin to even the score and force a tiebreaker. In the first period, Taylor was able to pin his opponent. With the pin, BVNW and GEHS were tied at 39-39.

The only way to decide the winner of the match would be to follow a tiebreaker procedure. Head Coach Tim Serbousek said they had to go down the list of tiebreakers in order to determine the winner of the dual.

“There’s 17 ways of trying to break a tie, and it went down to number eight,” Serbousek said. “It ended up being greater number of total match points of the first point score, so whoever scored first you add up and see, and we ended up scoring 13 points and they scored 12, so we won.”

For every match, the wrestler who scored the first points would go on to win the match, except for one person. The only wrestler that was able to score first in a loss was Cruz, the No. 2 wrestler in the state for his weight class.

“Even though he lost, consequently, he won,” Serbousek said.  “He won it for us because every other match the kid that won scored first. Well, just because he did that, and he scored two points, that won the dual for us.”

Due to Cruz’s ability to score the first points, the Huskies were able to come out on top for the second and final dual on their Senior Night, 40-39.

Prior to the thriller in the second dual of the night, BVNW faced off against Blue Valley North.

The Huskies dominated the Mustangs in part due to forfeits by the Mustangs in four different weight classes. BVN seemed to be no match for BVNW as the Huskies went on to defeat the Mustangs, 63-9.

With wins against both BVN and GEHS, the Huskies came out on top on their senior night. After the first dual against BVN, seniors Jared Cruz, Josh Cruz, Eric Gawlick, Luke Gawlick, Garrett Parks, Rudhra Thakur, Brooks Rockey, Derrick Taylor and Max Wagoner were recognized during a Senior Night ceremony. WIth it being the seniors last home dual, Serbousek said the seniors on the team have been great to work with.

“I tell you what this is such a great senior class,” Serbousek said. “They all came out as freshmen. I talked them into coming out, and they are accomplishing great things just cause they stuck with us, they’re coachable and they’re just downright good kids.”


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BVNW goes 2-0 in duals on Senior Night