NEW BETHLEHEM — Yes, that good old sneaky Criteria H reared its face in another high school wrestling match Tuesday night between Brockway and Redbank Valley.
After both teams battled to a 37-37 tie, the rule book came out, and after combing through the tiebreaking criteria, it was the eighth one that gave the Brockway Rovers an updated 38-37 win.
So despite forfeiting two weights, the Rovers won with the “most first points scored” tiebreaker by a 13-10 margin over the host Bulldogs. Head coach Eric Grecco’s team improved to 6-3.
“We knew Redbank was another solid team in our district and we told our kids coming out to compete for every point, not giving up bonus points,” Grecco said. “We gave up a couple pins where we were in the match and that almost cost us. It came down to the crazy criteria that allowed us to win that match.
“It came down to the kids that needed to get pins and the kids that needed to beat their kids stepped up and got us that win.”
Conversely, the Bulldogs fell to 8-2 going into Thursday’s home match with Ridgway. As it turned out, they needed Colten Mohney to technical fall or pin Linkin Nichols in the final bout at 138, but he could only major him 13-5 and then it came down to the tiebreaker.
“We got them where we had to get them,” Bulldogs head coach Mike Kundick said. “We got six points with forfeits and 106 and 126, but not scoring first in those two classes hurt us at the end. I felt we would win at 132 and they came through with the win and that was a swing match. That hurt us.
“Colten tried for the pin and technical and it didn’t happen. They knew they had to stay off their back and they did a good job doing that.”
The swing match indeed came at 132 where the Bulldogs had just cut it to 34-33 with a pin from Mason Songer at 120 and their second and final forfeit win at 126, setting up their own Dawson Wilson against the Rovers’ Santino Inzana.
In an evenly fought bout, it was Inzana grinding out a 5-4 win. Inzana grabbed a 3-2 lead with a takedown at the end of the second period. Wilson tied it at 3-3 with an escape with 1:25 left in the third, but Inzana took him down with 50 seconds left for what was the move of the bout. Wilson escaped with 35 seconds remaining, but that’s where the scoring ended.
“We knew that was a tight match, probably the biggest flip-flop match,” Grecco said. “They’re pretty even and for him to get that 5-4 decision really mattered.”
Then the Mohney major decision at the end forced the rule book to open and reviewed to confirm the winner. Both teams had seven wins. The Bulldogs had three pins, two forfeit wins, a major decision and decision against the Rovers’ five pins, one major decision and one decision.
Pins and forfeits are lumped together when using the “most six-point wins” criteria earlier on the list, thus having a full lineup in the end didn’t help the Bulldogs.
“We lost, they won and it really doesn’t matter in the scheme of things,” Kundick said. “We just have to get ready for the Duals and for the end of the year. Right now, we’re kind of beat up and moving people around.”
The match started at 145 and the Bulldogs got a big third-period pin from Travis Crawford against Andrew Hickman. He was leading 3-1 before scoring three back points and pinning Hickman with 17 seconds left in the bout.
The Rovers followed with two pins at 152 and 160. Angelo Inzana was leading 3-0 when he decked Caleb Snyder at the end of the second period at 152 while Eric Johnson pinned Bryan Layton 35 seconds into the second period at 160.
With the Bulldogs’ Curtis Mohney out of the lineup, John Tibbs bumped up to 170 and pinned Erik Botwright in 1:11. The Rovers got a first-period from Garrett McClintick at 182 before the Bulldogs’ Logan Minich bumped up to 195 to fill a spot vacated by an injured Grant Rupp and beat Pierce Yahner 9-3.
The Rovers notched two straight pins at 220 and heavyweight to take a 30-15 lead. Mark Latuska pinned Colton Shrecongost in the first period at 220 and Hayden Thompson, leading Scott Toth 4-3 in the second period, rolled him over for a pin at heavyweight.
The Bulldogs won three of the next four bouts to set up the Wilson-Inzana bout at 132. Ethan Wiant received a forfeit win at 106, Mason Songer pinned Evan Grech at 120 and Hunter Martz got a forfeit win at 126. The Rovers won at 113 when Anthony Glasl majored Brayden Altobelli, 12-3, at 113.
“We were down 12-0 before the match starts and that’s tough against a quality team like Redbank,” Grecco said. “The guys who needed to step up and get pins did and that’s what ultimately got us the match.”
Both teams are back in action Thursday at home. Brockway hosts Smethport, while Redbank entertains Ridgway.