The adversarial Bears opened with three pins and closed strong against the visitors to win the nightcap of a tri-match with Red Bank.
Bradley earlier defeated the Lions 72-6.
“I felt like we were a little flat in the first match,” Smith said as Jim Smiddy Arena emptied. “The second match I felt like we upped the intensity a little, which surprised me because these guys (Heritage) are our friends. We compete with these guys in the offseason. The coaches are great guys. But I was glad to see that friendship stepped aside. The intensity level was higher, I was proud of that.
“Overall the effort was pretty solid. We’re still going to our backs too much in our upper and middle weights. You can’t do that. We’re not where we want to be and not where we need to be yet, but it’s still early.”
Chris Price opened the closer for the Bears with a pin at 145 pounds. Caleb Adkins and Spencer Daily put Bradley up 18-0 with pins at 152 and 160.
After a major decision by Nathan Adams at 170, the Mountaineers took the lead with four straight pins.
No. 6-ranked Ryan McElhaney put the Bears back out front to stay with a quick pin at 106. Toribo Navarro, ranked No. 1 at 113 pounds, battled to a 6-0 decision to give the Bears a 31-24 lead. Knox Fuller pulled off a major decision at 120, Hunter Parker and No. 5-ranked Taylor Kazy got the fifth and sixth pins for the Bears at 126 and 132 pounds; 138-pounder Stephen Scott battled to a 3-1 win to make the final score 47-27.
“Our 145 through 160, Chris Price, Caleb Adams and Spencer Daily put us up 18-0 and that’s huge. That’s something we are not used to doing. Our upper weights still have some work to do, but when we hit our light weights I felt like we were going to be pretty tough,” said Smith. “Knox Fuller beat a returning state medalist and I felt like it was kind of his coming-out party. We knew about him, now everybody knows about him. Hunter Parker wrestled well.
Smith said he was pleased overall with what he saw against Heritage but there is still work to do. The Bears will take to the mat again Thursday against McCallie.
“I was pleased. I was much more pleased tonight than I was last weekend. They beat us last year so we kind of got some revenge. Hopefully, we can build on that,” he said. “We’ve got McCallie Thursday, so we’ve got to go to work tomorrow. We’ve got to come back and make it happen.”
BEARS 72, LIONS 6
(Match started at 132)
106 — Ryan McElhaney (BC) pinned Trent Comeaux (RB) 1:06;1:30; 113 — TJ Hicks (BC) pinned Blake Richard (RB), 3:56; 120 — Knox Fuller (BC) win by forfeit; 126 — Hunter Parker (BC) pinned Cody Baugh (RB), 1:30; 132 — Taylor Kazy (BC) win by forfeit; 138 — Stephen Scott (BC) pinned Gabe Duff, 3:39; 145 — David Johnson (RB) dec. Chris Price (BC), 7-5; 152 — Caleb Adkins (BC) win by forfeit; 160 — Spencer Daily (BC) pinned Robert Perry (RB), 3:40; 170 — Devin Crunk (RB) dec. Nathan Adams (BC), 4-1; 182 — Brett Brown (BC) pinned Christian Jackson (RB), 3:06; 195 — Zach McFarland (BC) pinned Gabe Smith (RB), 1:18; 220 — Brandon Scoggins (BC) win by forfeit; 285 — Jery Johnson (BC) pinned Anthony Johnson (RB), 3:38.
BEARS 47, MOUNTAINEERS 27
106 — Ryan McElhaney (BC) pinned Shawn Lewis (H), 0:28; 113 — Toribio Navarro (BC) dec. Juan Hernandez (H), 6-0; 120 — Knox Fuller (BC) major dec. Nick Crawford (H), 18-6; 126 — Hunter Parker (BC) pinned Tyler Lane (H), 2:48; 132 — Taylor Kazy (BC) pinned Michael Wigdor (H), 2:08; 138 — Austin Hedrick (H), dec. Stephen Scott (BC), 3-1; 145 — Chris Price (BC) pinned Michael Diemer (H), 1:21; 152 — Caleb Adkins (BC) pinned Brandon Virgil (H), 3:24;
160 — Spencer Daily (BC) pinned Dexter Watson (H), 1:45; 170 — Nathan Adams (BC) major dec. Josh Carpenter (H), 14-3; 182 — Tyler Shehan (H) pinned Brett Brown (BC), 3:59; 195 — Skyler Larue (H) pinned Zach McFarland (BC), 3:57; 220 — Jebb Davis (H) pinned Crandon Scoggins (BC), 1:54; 285 — Tyler Coppinger (H) pinned Jery Johnson (BC), 1:19.