Blood time becomes a concern, but Bateman ends it early with a pin

by: THE POST: DAVID BALL - Sandy senior Kyle Bateman has his hand raised in victory after Saturdays 170-pound title match.

PORTLAND — Sandy senior Kyle Bateman had a bloody battle on his hands in his quest for a state wrestling title Saturday night at Memorial Coliseum. But his biggest challenge didn’t come from his opponent it came from his nose.

Four times during the 170-pound title bout action was stopped to allow Bateman to deal with a stubborn bloody nose that wouldn’t stop flowing. Wrestlers are allowed five minutes of blood time during a match before being forced to forfeit. Midway through the second period Saturday, Bateman had used up more than half of that allotment.

With their wrestler trailing on the scoreboard, Corvallis coaches searched the mat for drops of red the way a miner might look for gold flakes in his pan. That bloody nose was their wrestler’s best chance at winning.

“It was flowing pretty fast, and I was a bit concerned,” Bateman said. “But we got it taped up and it stopped.”

Bateman took drastic measures on the fourth blood-time stoppage, allowing the on-site trainer to wrap a heavy gauze around his head, completely covering his nose.

It did the trick. The nose was no longer a factor.

Bateman trapped the Spartans’ Richard Bylund in a near-fall with 15 seconds left in the second period, giving him a commanding 9-2 lead heading into the final two-minute period.

Bateman wouldn’t need the entire two minutes.

He attacked Bylund from the whistle in the third period, quickly twisting his shoulders to the mat and 30 seconds later the referee slapped down awarding the fall with 1:07 on the clock.

“I worked all year to get to this point, so it feels pretty good right now,” Bateman said.

Bateman shot in on Bylund’s hips to open the scoring in the final seconds of the first period, and added two more takedowns in the second round to build a 6-2 lead.

“I got those first couple takedowns and felt like I was controlling him pretty good,” he said.

Bateman scored pins in his two early-round bouts Friday, and survived an overtime scare Saturday morning with a 6-1 decision in the semifinals over Haszell West out of Jefferson.

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