BROCKWAY — The Brookville wrestling team took seven of the 13 contested weight classes, but the bonus points racked up by the Raiders proved to be huge in a 42-23 over Brockway on Thursday evening at Brockway High School.
Five of the Raiders’ (11-1) seven wins on the mat came on a pin, and they also picked up a forfeit along the way to get by in an otherwise very close match.
“We knew they were gearing up for us tonight,” said Brookville coach Dave Klepfer. “They’re a much improved team. We knew coming in where there were going to be tight ones and where we could get some bonus points. We knew we had our big guns coming in the middle of the dual meet.
“I thought we did some good things. I thought we broke down in a couple areas. For us to come out with a win tonight where things didn’t really go too well for us, I thought it was really good. Credit to (Brockway). I knew they were going to come at us. That’s all I preached to the kids all week long. They’ve been gearing up to beat us.”
Brockway picked up one fall, two major decisions and three decisions on the night.
“Our kids wrestled really competitive tonight,” said Rovers coach Eric Grecco. “They came out and showed a lot of heart, which we talked about before the match. We had a little bit of a letdown at Tool City (last weekend) and they rebounded really well tonight.”
Although the dual meet had already been decided, the match of the night was saved for last at 106 pounds as Brookville’s Cayden Walter came from behind to beat Brockway’s Tanner Morelli, 9-7, in overtime.
Morelli took a 2-1 lead into the third period, and Walker chose to start the period neutral to give Morelli a point.
Walter took down Morelli twice in the period, and also elected to let up Morelli to tie the match up at 5 with 30 seconds left.
Although it was Morelli who got the late two with about 10 seconds left, but Walker scrambled for a switch and picked up a reversal before the buzzer to tie the match at 7 and send it to overtime as Grecco argued that the reversal didn’t come before the buzzer.
Walker picked up the final takedown not long into overtime to grab the 9-7 win.
“There were some really good scrambles there at 106,” said Grecco. “We have to get Tanner into leg attacks anymore. Obviously at the end, I wasn’t too happy with that call. I didn’t think there was reversal control, but that’s the way it goes and you have to wrestle through it.”
“That was a big win for (Walter),” said Klepfer. “I don’t know if he’s ever beaten that kid. Coming into the district tournament, that will be big for seeding. I’m pretty excited for Cayden. That was a nice win for him.”
The match got started on the right foot for the home team as the Rovers’ Dom Inzana used a takedown in the first, and a reversal and two back points in the third period to beat Brookville’s Parker Fleming, 6-0, at 113 pounds.
Brookville got the ball rolling at 120 as Cabe Park made quick work of the Rovers’ Adam Stine with a fall in 1:03.
The Rovers’ Anthony Glasl evened up the dual meet at 6 with a 3-1 win over Kai Sorbin. Glasl picked up a takedown with 10 seconds left in the third period to grab the win.
Noah Bash gave Brockway the lead again at 132 with a 16-7 major decision over the Raiders’ Wyatt Kulik.
Bash led 14-7 after two periods and earned a couple back points late in the third period to get the extra bonus point.
After Brookville’s Dontae Constable pinned Elijah Shifter in 39 seconds at 138, Brockway picked up their biggest win of the night from Tino Inzana at 145 pounds.
After going scoreless with the Raiders’ Jacob Cable through the first period, Cable took down and earned an escape point to start the second. Still, Inzana got a takedown and turned Cable for a pin with six seconds left in the second period, giving Brockway a 16-12 lead.
“He’s a big team player trying to get these kids ready to wrestle,” said Grecco. “I think he wanted to do his job more than anybody. To be able to go out there and get six points against a kid bumping up a weight, that was a good win for him.”
The Raiders picked up the next two wins at 152 and 160 as Wyatt Griffin edged Linkin Nichols, 4-3, at 152 pounds.
Griffin fought his way through a bloody nose during the middle of the bout with a 3-2 lead, and both he and Nichols managed to get an escape point the rest of the way.
“He had a real big win tonight,” said Klepfer of Griffin. “He’s a freshman wrestling in the middle weights. At the time, that was a huge win. We had just got pinned at 145. That’s a big time win and I’m happy for Griffin.”
Caleb Hetrick gave the Raiders a 21-16 lead with a pin of Brockway’s Andrew Hickman in 1:42 at 160.
Brockway still stayed in it as the dual got into the upper weights.
Eric Johnson led 4-2 after two periods against Brookville’s Braden MacBeth before getting an escape point to start the third. Johnson held off any takedown attempts from MacBeth, despite giving up a late stall point for a 5-3 win over MacBeth.
Brockway’s Garrett McClintick gave his team their final win of the night with a 14-2 major decision over the Raiders’ Elliot Park.
Brookville’s Xavier Molnar received the dual’s only forfeit at 195, giving the Raiders a 27-23 lead with three bouts to go.
At 220, the Raiders’ Tyler Cook built up an 8-1 lead in the third period before pinning Brockway’s Justin Smith in 5:27.
Colby Whitehill put the match away at 285 with a pin of Brockway’s Hayden Thompson in one minute exactly, which set up the classic between Walter and Morelli.
Both teams are back in action on Tuesday. Brookville hosts St. Marys, while Brockway entertains Redbank Valley.