The Spartan faithful let out a roar of applause as La Cañada High wrestler Luke Sanborn lost his match, 10-7. It was a rare instance when an individual loss translated into a team win.
The first Rio Hondo League match of the season for both La Cañada and Monrovia Thursday ended in dramatic fashion, as the Spartans walked away with a one-point victory, 34-33.
Coming into the final match of the night, the Spartans had a 34-30 advantage, and Sanborn — one of their best wrestlers — was taking on Jimmy Bacus, who had moved up a weight class. The only way La Cañada wouldn't win the contest was if Bacus tied it with a major (good for eight points), or he pinned Sanborn.
To the shock of the La Cañada crowd, and delight of Monrovia, Sanborn was nearly pinned twice. Sanborn looked to be in control at first, as he threw Bacus to the mat, but Bacus reversed it, getting his opponent on his back and nearly pinning him a minute into the first period.