BROCKWAY — The Brockway wrestling continued its strong start to the season Wednesday with a convincing 41-15 win over Clarion to keep its record perfect at 9-0 on the year.
The Rovers won six of the first seven weights, scoring bonus points in all six of their victory, to build a commanding 34-3 lead before coming away with the 26-point victory. Brockway finished with seven bonus-point wins overall to easily outdistance the Bobcats, 17-3, in that category.
Brockway’s Hayden Thompson (285), Dominic Inzana (113) and Anthony Glasl (132) each recorded falls in the victory. Tanner Morelli (106) and Adam Stine (126) both received forfeits, while Tino Inzana (138) and Garrett McClintick (195) posted major decisions.
“It was a total team effort again,” said Brockway assistant coach Bruce Grecco. “The kids have been doing everything we’ve asked of them. It’s been a nice group and total team effort so far this year.
“It was nice see the bonus points. That’s something we stress in the room all the time — to get bonus points where they can to help the team out, and they have been doing a nice job of that.”
While the final ended up being a lopsided one in Brockway’s favor, it was Clarion that got on the scoreboard first as Thomas Wurster upended Justin Smith, 8-2, in the opening bout at 220 pounds.
Wurster grabbed control of the match with two first-period takedowns to lead 4-1. Smith started down in the second period and escaped to make it 4-2, but Wurster notched another takedown with 49 seconds left in the period to go up 6-2.
The Bobcat senior sealed the victory with a third-period reversal to put his team up 3-0.
It was all Brockway from there as the Rovers rattled off six straight winds to all but put the match away at 34-3.
Thompson started that run when he scored an early takedown against Matt Coleman and pinned the Bobcat heavyweight in 1:02. Morelli followed with his forfeit win at 106, while Dominic Inzana made it three straight six-points wins with a fall at 113.
Inzana and Logan Dehner battled through a scoreless first period before the Rover opened the scoring with an escape from the bottom position in the second. The pair wrestled on their feet for a large portion of the period before Inzana took Dehner down to his back late in the period.
It appeared Dehner might escape the period, but Inzana managed to secure the fall with one second left on the second-period clock to make it 18-3.
No match took place at 120, and Stine followed with a forfeit win. Glasl then collected the Rovers’ fifth straight six-point win in the 132-pound contest.
Glasl wasted little time getting a lead on Clarion’s Colton Zacherl, as he hit two five-point moves in the opening minute-plus of the bout. Zacherl never got off his back from the second one as Glasl notched the fall in 1:24.
Tino Inzana capped the Rovers’ run with a 12-4 major decision over Cutter Boggess at 138 to give Brockway its 34-3 advantage.
Inzana grabbed a 2-0 lead on a takedown just before the first-period buzzer sounded, only to see Boggess even things with a reversal from the bottom position early in the second.
Inzana took control from there, recording a reversal of his own midway through the period before putting Boggess on his back for two nearfall points to lead 6-2 after two periods.
The Rover started down in the third and quickly reversed the Bobcat before letting him up. The duo battled on their feet from there, but Inzana scored two takedowns in the final 35 seconds to earn the extra team point for the Rovers.
After there was no match at 145, Bobcat Frank Weber ended the Rovers’ run of victories with a hard-fought 4-2 decision over Linkin Nichols at 152.
Weber opened the scoring on a takedown with 22 seconds left in the opening period, then rode Nichols for the entire second period. Weber chose down in the third and hit a roll for a reversal 28 seconds in to go up 4-0.
Nichols countered with a reversal of his own just past the midway point of the third, but the Rover was unable to turn Weber for the potential match-tying or even match-winning backpoints.
Nick Porciello made it two wins in a row for Clarion at 160, as he pulled out an 11-9 win over Bryce Grecco. Porciello controlled most of the bout, scoring two takedowns and an escape through two periods. But, the Bobcat found himself in a 5-5 match after giving Grecco four penalty points on two full nelsons and an interlock.
Porciello elected to let Grecco up to start the third period and implored that method the rest of the period, scoring three takedowns over the final 1:34 to capture the win.
Clarion then scored an unexpected win at 170, where Brockway’s Andrew Hickman scored the opening takedown on Camden Boggess before stretching out the Bobcat in a spladle. However, Hickman pulled back a little too hard while trying to pin Boggess and actually pinned himself as Boggess was awarded a defensive fall in 1:22.
“That was too bad with Andrew,” said Grecco. “I couldn’t see his back from our side, and it’s just one of those things that can happen. He (Hickman) took him down and put him (Boggess) on his back in the first period, and now you’ll see the box score and think (was other way around).”
That proved to be the Bobcats final victory, as Eric Johnson and McClintick closed out the match with wins at 182 and 195, respectively, for the Rovers.
Johnson did most of his damage in the second in a 6-1 decision over Seth Nellis. After a scoreless first period, Nellis hit the scoreboard first with an escape from the bottom position in the second.
Johnson responded with a takedown before putting Nellis on his back for three nearfall points to lead 5-1 after two periods. Johnson tacked on an escape early in the third before the pair battled on their feet the rest of the way.
McClintick controlled his bout with Colt Stimmell from start to finish. The Rover used a takedown and penalty point to lead 3-0 after one period before scoring a takedown and three backpoints in the second.
McClintick finished off his bonus-point win with an escape and four-point move in the third to set the final score.
Brockway travels to the Tool City Tournament this weekend, while Clarion is at Kane on Tuesday.