BLOOMSBURG — The Brockway wrestling team opened the season with a team title win in the DKI Tournament at Bloomsburg High School.
Brockway finished ahead of Mt. Carmel, which had the same amount of points, but didn’t have any champions. Warrior Run came in third place.
The Rovers were able to get the win despite filling 11 of the 14 weight classes in the 20-team tournament. Seven of the 11 Brockway wrestlers placed in the Top 6, including one champion in Garrett McClintick at 195 pounds.
“We had a solid showing from our team,” said Brockway coach Eric Grecco. “We earned a lot of pins throughout the tournament that helped us accomplish the team title. We still have a lot to work on, but it was a good way to start the year.”
In addition to the team title, Rover 106-pounder Tanner Morelli earned the award for most pins in the shortest amount of time in the tournament on his way to a third place finish.
Anthony Glasl (126) came in second place, while Dom Inzana (120) finished in third. Eric Johnson (182) came in fourth, while Hayden Thompson (285) and Tino Inzana (145) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
McClintick made his way to the finals with a 6-0 decision over Mt. Carmel’s Manus McCracken in the quarterfinals before earning a 15-0 technical fall in 5:36 over Warrior Run’s Alex Brouse in the semis.
He completed the tournament with a pin in 1:39 over Hanover’s J.J. Hooper.
“McClintick was able to get the pin in the finals against a regional qualifier to give us the team title,” said Grecco. “He didn’t give up a point in any match.”
Glasl earned a 17-2 technical fall over Troy’s Trevor Williams in the quarters before pinning Tamaqua’s Aaron Coccio in 22 seconds in the semis. In the finals, he fell to Warrior Run’s Jeremy Hanford, 8-7.
“Glasl had a great tournament and came up short against a returning state place winner in the finals,” said Grecco. “He got thrown to his back early in the match but kept battling back.”
Morelli earned his first pin in the round of 16 in 44 seconds over Warrior Run’s Kaden Majcher before being pinned in the quarterfinals.
However, Morelli pinned his way back to a third-place finish with four consecutive falls. The fastest of the four falls came in the third place bout where he pinned Tamaqua’s Mike Schlanta in 50 seconds.
Like Morelli, Dom Inzana fell early in the Round of 16 to drop into the consolation bracket. And like Morelli again, Inzana put together four straight falls to take third place. He decked Mt. Carmel’s Jake Adzema in 2:35 in his final match.
“I was very pleased with how the two freshmen –Morelli and Inzana –responded after their early losses,” said Grecco. “They both were able to pin their way through the consolations to earn third place finishes.”
Johnson placed for the first time in his varsity career at 182 pounds. He earned a pin in the round of 16 before winning by disqualification in the quarters. He then was major decisioned in the semifinals before falling 4-0 in the third place bout to Bloomsburg’s Jake Mattive.
Thompson started off the tournament with a quick fall of 11 seconds in the round of 16 before dropping into the consies in the quarterfinal round.
Thompson then earned a decision and a pin before losing in the consolation semis. He ended his day with a fall in 36 seconds against Warrior Run’s Jeff Burkhart.
Tino Inzana earned wins in the round of 16 and quarterfinals with a fall over South Williamsport’s Masen Lane, and a 4-1 win over Canton’s Mak Gleckner. However, the Rover fell in his next three matches to take sixth place.
Linkin Nichols (152), Andrew Hickman (160), Bryce Grecco (170) and Pierce Yahner (220) also competed in the tournament.
Brockway is back in action on Tuesday on the road at Ridgway.