LCC succumbs to national champs
Lassen College's wrestling team suffered a rare loss, falling at home to the defending national champions 28-15 Saturday, Dec. 8. Top-ranked North Idaho pulled ahead of the Cougars midway through the match to hand Lassen only its third dual meet loss of the season.
"We're just working to improve and be ready for nationals in February. That's always our main goal," Lassen head coach Rex Branum said. "This team is balanced, like North Idaho. We're going to need everyone to step up in order for us to expect to do well this year."
Lassen took an early lead over North Idaho, courtesy of Justin Bailey's 7-6 victory over Mike Bundy at 174 pounds.
Heavyweight Dathon Miller tried to keep the match close by edging Chad Charbonneau 3-2.
Lassen 133-pounder Willie Helton beat Ozzie Saxon in overtime, and David Hilliard won at 165 pounds.
The Cougars compete in the Tournament of Champions Thursday, Dec. 20 in Reno and then head to the Midwest for the Midlands Championships and Colby Tournament in January.