DuBOIS — Two of the top teams in District 9 hit the mat Thursday night in DuBois, and the visiting Brookville Raiders won nine of 14 bouts to knock off the host Beavers, 44-25, in a battle of inter-class foes.
Both teams were missing key wrestlers, with two of the area’s top lightweights — Brookville senior Keelan Kunselman and DuBois freshman Ed Scott — among those on the sidelines Thursday night.
Brookville (14-1) also was missing two other regulars in middle weights Josh Keesecker and Clayton Peace, but the Raiders used six bonus-point victories and three other wins in toss-up matches to overcome those missing pieces to improve their record to 14-1 on the season.
Raiders Dontae Constable, Caleb Hetrick, Noah Cieleski and Tyler Cook all recorded pins to fiuel the victory, with Brodie Joiner receiving a forfeit at 113 in the night’s opening bout.
Gavin Park added a technical fall, while Raider teammates Tyler park, Xavier Molnar and Tanner LaBenne each captured hard-fought wins that were decided by four points or less.
“I thought we battled really well and did a lot of good things,” said Brookville coach Dave Klepfer. “Even in the matches where we were outclassed, we had guys really fighting. That’s what we’re looking for as move forward into the postseason part of our dual-meet season.
“I’m pretty pleased with the overall performance against a very talented team, a nice-looking team. They are much better than years past. They are very much improved and were short a guy tonight and we were short a guy. It all kind of worked out, but I can’t say enough about out guys — bottom to top. It was a good performance by us.”
After Joiner received his forfeit at 113 to open the match, DuBois (10-3) promptly evened the score when Dalton Woodrow pinned Cabe Park at 120.
Woodrow grabbed a 2-0 lead on a takedown with 18 seconds left in the first period. The Beaver then chose bottom in the second reversed Park to go up 4-0 before pinning the Raider in 3:16.
Brookville went back on top at 126, where Gavin Park posted a 19-3 technical fall over Jake Myers in 3:07.
Park recorded four takedowns and two sets of backpoints in the first period to lead 14-3 after two minutes. Park chose top in the second and finished off the match by turning Myers twice to collected the 19-3 victory.
The back-and-forth contest continued from there, with the teams trading wins from 132-160, with the Raiders coming out of that stretch with a 23-19 lead after eight bouts.
DuBois’ Kolby Ho started that run with a 7-3 win over Kai Sorbin at 132.
Ho took a 2-0 lead into the second period after scoring a takedown with 30 seconds left in the first. Ho chose bottom in the second and worked free from Sorbin before taking down the Raider on the edge of the mat for a 5-0 lead.
Ho let Sorbin up on restart, and the duo went to the third with Ho leading 5-1.
Sorbin elected bottom in the third and escaped 40 seconds int to make it 5-2. Ho then took down and appeared to let the Raider up to go after takedown, which the DuBois coaches thought he got.
However, the referee ruled Ho hadn’t broken control from the initial takedown, as the Beaver eventually rode out Sorbin after the flurry — and ensuing discussion at the scorer’s table — to come away with the 7-3 victory to pull DuBois back within two points at 11-9.
The teams then traded pins, with Brookville’s Dontae Constable pinning Austin Fairman in 3:53 at 138 and DuBois’ Brock Adams decking Jacob Cable in 1:46 at 145 pounds.
Constable used two takedowns and set of backpoints to build a 6-1 lead after one period. Fairman scored an escape in the second period, but Constable took Fairman down to his back late in the period and secured the fall with seven seconds left on the clock.
Adams recorded three takedowns in the first period of his match with Cable before pinning the Raider at the 1:46 mark.
Brookville’s Caleb Hetrick made it three pins in a row at 160 when he decked Lance Henninger in 1:04. Hetrick scored four takedowns before notching the fall.
DuBois’ Carson Hanna followed wit ha dominating 19-5 major decision over Braden MacBeth at 160, with MacBeth saving a team-point by not allowing the Beaver to turn him in the final seconds.
Hanna racked up seven takedowns, three backpoints, an escape and a stalling point in the victory to get the Beavers back within four points at 23-19.
That’s as close as DuBois got though, as the Raiders ripped off five straight victories to seal the victory.
Tyler Park started that run with a hard-fought 5-3, overtime win over Beaver Izsak Kerner at 170.
The pair wrestled a scoreless first period before Park grabbed a 1-0 lead with an escape from the bottom 35 seconds into the second period.
Kerner returned the favor with an escape 22 seconds into the third to even things at 1-1. Park regained the lead with a takedown just past the midway point of the third.
However, Kerner battled back to tie the score in the closing seconds as he earned and escape then got a penalty point as Park was called for fleeing the mat as Kerner tried to finish off a reversal.
That sent he bout to overtime, where Park notched a takedown with 4.2 seconds left to pull out the win.
Cieleski followed with a quick fall at 182, as he used a takedown and tilt to pin Blaise Carney in 19 seconds to extend the Brookville lead to 32-19.
Molnar and DuBois’ Dave Henninger then took the mat at 195 in one of the best matchups of the night.
Molnar opened the scoring with a first-period takedown, then added to that lead wit ha reversal from the bottom position on a restart in the second.
Henninger escaped with 23 seconds left in the second and quickly took down the Raider to make it 4-3. However, Molnar escaped with 1.5 seconds on the clock to take a 5-3 advantage into the third period.
Henninger chose bottom, but Molnar let him before the period started. The Raider then took down Henninger twice in the third to come away with the four-point win (9-5).
LaBenne made it four Brookville wins in a row at 220 as he upended Alex O’Harrah, 4-2. LaBenne scored the first points on a takedown with 15 seconds left in the first period, but O’Harrah promptly reversed the Raider to even the score 2-2 after one period.
LaBenne regained the lead in the second when reversed O’Harrah just pas the midway point of the period. The Raider stayed on top the rest of the way, as he rode out O’Harrah the remainder of the second and all of the third period.
Cook capped the Raiders’ run by pinning Beaver Matt Starr in 1:18 in the heavyweight bout.
DuBois’ Trenton Donahue ended the match with a convincing win over Parker Fleming at 106.
The Beaver rolled up a 13-0 lead late in the second period before pinning Fleming with two seconds left in the period. Donahue posted a takedown, reversal and four different sets of backpoints in the contest.
“They (Raiders) wrestled well, and they did what they needed to do to win,” said DuBois coach Luke Bundy. “On our side, I thought we were aggressive and went after it, but we’re still making some of the same little mistakes that we made for the past month. And, with a team like Brookville, as good as they are at most weights, you can’t make those same mistakes. That cost us some matches down the line tonight.
“We definitely have a list of stuff to work on, and it was nice to get in front of a big crowd and wrestle with that many people in attendance. We just have to fix some of those mistakes, and we harped on some of therm, and hopefully tonight bring’s them to light and those kids realize they need to correct them.”
Brookville is back in action Tuesday at home when it hosts Coudersport for Senior Night.
DuBois travels to the Chartiers Valley Tournament on Saturday.