BROOKVILLE — Illness and injury are part of the deal, and a late-January flu bug has floated around the hallways of local schools for sure.
For the DuBois Beavers wrestlers, it possibly cost them a chance at knocking off Brookville last Thursday night. With two Beavers starters under the weather with illness, Brookville won seven of the final nine bouts to record a 40-21 win.
Missing from the Beavers’ lineup were 126-pound Ed Scott, ranked No. 4 in the latest www.papowerwrestling.com Class AAA state rankings, and freshman standout Chandler Ho.
The matchups going into the night assuming good health gave the Beavers a chance to end the Raiders’ now 54-match on-the-mat winning streak against District 9 foes.
“It was a good win for us,” said Raiders head coach Dave Klepfer, whose team improved to 18-2. “They’re always going to come at us hard. They’re a bigger school with talented kids. The dual meet might have been a different story with those two kids in there. We’re losing matches in the third period and that can’t happen at this point of the year. We have to pinpoint what that is and get to work.”
The match started with each team scoring three decisions each and the first bonus points weren’t scored until Tyler Cook’s pin of Alex O’Harrah at 220 pounds put the Raiders up 15-9 at the midpoint of the match.
From there, the Raiders got wins from Colby Whitehill at heavyweight, a forfeit at 106, Cabe Park at 120, Kai Sorbin at 126 and Dontae Constable at 138 in the final bout.
Whitehill grinded out a 5-3 win over Matt Starr. Whitehill trailed Starr after getting taken down early in the second period. He escaped, added a takedown in the third and another point on a stalling call on Starr to set the final.
Park pinned Dayne Bauman in the second period while Sorbin majored Jake Myers, 13-2. Constable set the final score in the final bout of the night with a second-period pin of Garrett Starr.
Earlier, the Raiders got wins from Jacob Cable at 145 to start the night. Cable needed overtime to beat Gauge Gulvas, getting the winning takedown with 26 seconds left in the first extra period.
Braden MacBeth notched a 6-1 decision over Lance Henninger at 170. Xavier Molnar recorded his 98th career win at 195 with a 3-0 blanking of Iszak Kerner.
DuBois (13-3) won the feature bout of the night when Kolby Ho, ranked No. 3 in Class AAA at 145, bumped up to 152 and beat the Raiders’ Caleb Hetrick, 7-6. Hetrick was ranked No. 4 in Class AA at 152.
Ho broke a 5-5 tie with a takedown with 21 seconds left and allowed an escape in the final moments.
“We did a good job getting wins where we did and I was glad Dave went with the 152-pound match with Kolby and Caleb,” Beavers head coach Luke Bundy said. “They both needed a good match and the fans got to see a good match.”
Ho scored the first takedown in the first period with Hetrick escaping and taking down Ho before the end of the period. Hetrick took a 4-2 lead into the third period after escaping in the second period.
Then in the third, Ho escaped and then took Hetrick down to take a 5-4 lead. Hetrick escaped to tie it up at 5 and Ho got the winning takedown before Hetrick escaped with 11.5 seconds left. He couldn’t get the winning takedown in the waning seconds.
“It was a good match and I thought they were pretty dead-even,” Klepfer said. “In the last minute, (Ho) wanted it a little bit more. We stayed down on our knees and gave up the winning takedown. That’s either a sign of being tired or losing focus and neither one of those is good. That’s disappointing. We’re trying to get ready to win a state title and he’s a kid you have to beat. He’s probably a top-six kid in Class AAA. You can lose those matches, but you can’t make those mistakes and lose them. We just didn’t come up off our knees.”
Also for the Beavers, Grant Barr got the winning takedown with 29 seconds left in the bout to beat the Raiders’ Cole LaBenne 6-4 at 160. Eric Schneider decisioned Elliot Park, 7-4, at 182 while Trenton Donahue and Dalton Woodrow got the other wins for the Beavers. Donahue pinned Parker Fleming in the first period at 113 and Woodrow pinned Wyatt Kulik in the second period at 132.
With their sixth straight win over DuBois, the Raiders cut the Beavers’ series lead to 30-17-1. Since the Raiders ended an 0-17-1 stretch at the start of the series with a 36-21 win during the 1987-88 season, they’ve gone 17-13 against the Beavers.