BROOKVILLE — It’ll be back to a six-team event due to some late developments for this year’s Johnson Motors Ultimate Duals, which goes this Saturday at Brookville Area High School.
The field was cut by a team last year when Greenville did not make the trip and the event then dropped to four as late as Thursday when Bishop McCort bowed out.
Event coordinator Ben Fiscus said that, with the help of the Burrell coaching staff last week, the Duals are adding WPIAL teams Freedom and South Fayette to bring it back to a six-team field where each team will wrestle five matches.
Those newcomers join host Brookville and Reynolds along with Chestnut Ridge and Burrell.
According to the latest www.papowerwrestling.com Class AA Dual Meet rankings, the event features four of the top eight teams in the state. It’s No. 1 Reynolds, No. 3 Brookville, No. 4 Chestnut Ridge and No. 8 Burrell.
The updated schedule:
8 a.m.: South Fayette vs. Freedom; Burrell vs. Chestnut Ridge
9:30 a.m.: Freedom vs. Brookville; Chestnut Ridge vs. Reynolds
11 a.m.: Burrell vs. Brookville; South Fayette vs. Reynolds
12:30 p.m.: Freedom vs. Burrell; Chestnut Ridge vs. South Fayette
2 p.m.: Freedom vs. Reynolds; Brookville vs. Chestnut Ridge
3:30 p.m.: Burrell vs. Reynolds; South Fayette vs. Brookville
5 p.m.: Burrell vs. South Fayette; Chestnut Ridge vs. Freedom
6:30 p.m.: Brookville vs. Reynolds
For more information on the Duals, go to www.ultimateduals.webs.com.
Four of the teams crossed paths at the Powerade Tournament back in late December. Reynolds and Chestnut Ridge were fifth and seventh respectively in the team standings with the Raiders placing 12th. Burrell was 25th.
The Raiders had three wrestlers finish in the top six — Colby Whitehill fourth at heavyweight, Tyler Cook fifth at 220 pounds and Xavier Molnar sixth at 195.
Reynolds put four wrestlers in the top eight including two finalists in 138-pound champion Cole Matthews and 113-pound runner-up Beau Bayless. Gary Steen was fourth at 106 while Jarod Miller was eighth at 195.
Chestnut Ridge had both of its medalists reach the finals. Jared McGill won the 170-pound title while Justin McCoy was second at 152. Burrell’s Ian Oswalt was second at 113 and Trent Valovchik finished eighth at 106.
It’s the 23rd annual event and both Raiders, the hosts and Reynolds, have been in every one. The District 10 Raiders are 70-13 lifetime while the hosts are 37-44.
Brookville is 19-5 at the Duals since 2013. Last year, the Raiders’ lone loss came to eventual state champion Reynolds, 37-66. That loss ended a four-match winning streak against their District 10 rivals.
The Raiders, Reynolds and Burrell each have a dual meet loss this year. Brookville lost to Waynesburg — ranked No. 6 in the state in Class AAA — at the season-opening Sheetz Kickoff Classic in Greenville while Reynolds lost to Canfield, Ohio (34-33) in December. Reynolds also has a 31-29 win over Cathedral Prep, the No. 3 Class AAA team.
Burrell’s lone loss was also to Waynesburg, 36-31, on Dec. 22.
Unbeaten Chesnut Ridge hasn’t been tested in its dual meet schedule to date.
State individual rankings, by team:
— Brookville: Kai Sorbin (18th at 126), Dontae Constable (13th at 138), Caleb Hetrick (4th at 152, two-time medalist, 7th last year), Xavier Molnar (5th at 195, 6th at states last year), Tyler Cook (5th at 220, 7th at states last year) and Colby Whitehill (10th at heavyweight).
— Reynolds: Gary Steen (2nd at 106), Beau Bayless (No. 1 at 113, returning state champion), Andrew Ischo (7th at 120, 7th at states last year), Cole Matthews (No. 1 at 138, 3-time state medalist, runner-up last year), Hunter Michaels (7th at 145), Jarod Miller (13th at 195), Derek Skeehan (14th at HWT).
— Chestnut Ridge: Kaden Cassidy (4th at 120, 3rd at states last year), Justin McCoy (No. 1 at 152, 3-time state medalist, champion last year), Jared McGill (5th at 170, two-time medalist, 4th last year).
— Burrell: Trent Valovchik (4th at 106), Ian Oswalt (7th at 113), Trent Bechtold (26th at 120), Bryan Gaul (13th at 126), A.J. Corrado (14th at 132), Corey Christie (8th at 152), Shaun Gates (16th at 160).
— Freedom: Kenny Duschek (20th at 120), Z.J. Ward (8th at 126), Michael Muron (19th at 152), Bryson Miller (19th at 195).
— South Fayette: Mike Cusick (11th at 145), Quentin Franklin (8th at HWT).
OTHER ODDS AND ENDS — The Raiders travel to No. 25-ranked Fort LeBoeuf Thursday before Saturday’s Duals. Then they’ll have a showdown with D9’s lone Class AAA ranked team in No. 20 DuBois on Jan. 25 at home.
The Raiders haven’t lost on the mat to a District 9 team — they forfeited a win to Brockway because of using an ineligible wrestler at the Duals in 2015 — since falling to Redbank Valley in the D9 Class AA Dual Tournament in 2013. That’s a streak of 52 straight wins going into Tuesday’s match against the Flying Dutchmen.
Overall, the Raiders are 114-13 on the mat since that loss to Redbank Valley with seven losses coming in the PIAA Dual Meet tourney, three losses at the Ultimate Duals and losses to 3A schools Canon McMillan in 2014 and Waynesburg this year at the Sheetz Kickoff Classic in Greenville, and Central Mountain at the end of the 2013 dual-meet schedule.
The Raiders have beaten the Beavers five straight times dating back to the Beavers’ last win in a 42-26 decision in January of 2012.