A forfeited final bout allowed the Class 6A Bartlesville Bruins to slip out of Pawhuska with a 41-36 wrestling victory jan. 17 while giving the 3A Huskies their first dual setback of the season.

Pawhuska won five matches by fall and two on decisions, while Bartlesviille had three pins, a technical fall and a six-point decision via injury default, which proved crucial to the final outcome.

After the Bruins jumped out to a 17-0 lead by winning the first three matches, Pawhuska got four consecutive falls (by Price Perrier, Levi Youngwolfe, Daneal Parks and Brycen Swan) and went ahead by seven, 24-17.

The injury default occurred in the 152-pound bout where the Bruins’ wrestler was unable to continue after being thrown to the mat. Following the ruling, the Huskies led the match by one point, 24-23.

Pawhuska’s Payton McCarty won by decision at 160 to stretch the Huskies lead to four. Although a Bartlesville win via fall win dvia fall gave the lead back to B’ville. Dalton Lough got th lead back fo4 with a pin at 170 and Tristian McCartney won by decision to put PHS up by seven, 36-29.

The Bruins won by fall at 220, which cut Pawhuska’s lead to a point. Bartlesville won the night’s final bout by forfeit (as the Huskies had no heavyweight entry) — which gave Bartlesville the points it needed for the victory.