Don't ask why I remember this so well, okay? I just do.
Being that I was doing the sports for KATL from '91 to '93 I have this memory of Bridgier which stands out: I think it was his senior year at CCDHS, perhaps...or maybe his junior year? Bridgier started the wrestling season out in the 171 weight class. I think he was doing fairly well. After Christmas break, however, The coach at the time, Jack Raymond, decided to do some shuffling in order to fill some empty spots, I think, so he moved Buck Olson from 189 to the heavyweight class and moved Bridgier from 171 to 189. I recall one match, in-particular, at the Cowboy Invitational where Bridgier had to wrestle a red-headed guy from the Cody, WY team who eventually placed, I think 3rd or better in that weight. Poor Bridgier was throwing EVERYTHING but the kitchen sink at this opponent! He tried a leg scissor, arm bar, gillotine, half-nelson, seemingly every move he could think of, but the guy from Cody was just too much bigger and stronger than Bridgier and pinned him. I remember seeing this match and thinking to myself: this REALLY isn't fair to make Bridgier go against guys that outweigh him by about 20 pounds...I remember asking the coach about this, too, and he was polite about the answer. Bridgier may or may not have gone-on to place 6th or better at that Cowboy Invite but I don't remember that part. Interestingly, Buck Olson, in spite of also being outsized by every opponent he faced, took 4th in the heavyweight class at this Cowboy invite. Buck was smaller, but more lean, muscular and quick and this served him well in that weight class. He beat a noticeably-bigger opponent from Minot, ND, but then lost to the same opponent in the consolation match. Both were close - decided by just a point or 2.