DuBOIS — Coming off a tough loss at Brookville last week, the DuBois wrestling team bounced back in a big way Tuesday and celebrated Senior Night in style with a 53-19 win over Brockway.
The visiting Rovers won two of the first three bouts to grab an early 10-6 lead, but it was all Beavers from there. DuBois ran off five straight wins to end the match — three via fall — and won 10 of 14 bouts overall in the district duals tune up for both teams.
DuBois captured bonus points in nine of their 10 victories, getting falls from Lance Henninger, Trenton Donahue, Jake Myers, Ed Scott and Kolby Ho. Teammates Izsak Kerner and Austin Fairman each won by forfeit, while Alex O’Harrah and Chandler Ho posted major decisions.
“It was good to get back on the mat this week, and we’re still trying to get everyone healthy,” said DuBois coach Luke Bundy. “For the guys who are wrestling, we kept the intensity and pushed the action. And, that’s something we’ve been doing for a few weeks now and look to continue it going into team district and team states.”
The lone bout DuBois won by decision came in the best match of the night — the 138-pound contest that saw Beaver Dalton Woodrow pull out a hard-fought 5-3 win over Tino Inzana.
The two hit the mat late in the match, with just two bouts remaining after them.
The pair wrestled a scoreless first period, then Woodrow opened the scoring with an escape from the bottom position in the second. Inzana grabbed the lead with a takedown on the edge of the mat with 19 seconds left in the period, but a late escape by Woodrow knotted things at 2-2.
Inzana chose bottom in the third and Woodrow rode him for a majority of the period. The Beaver finally seized the advantage when he tilted Inzana for two backpoints with 34 seconds left to go up 4-2.
Woodrow was then awarded a point when Inzana was called for his third caution. The Rover escaped with 18 seconds on the clock, but Woodrow’s two backpoints in the third proved to be the difference.
After Henninger opened the match by pinning Rover Andrew Hickman in 5:31 at 160, Brockway got back-to-back win by Eric Johnson and Garrett McClintick.
Johnson decked Dom Dilullo in 1:20, while McClintick beat Eric Schneider, 12-0, to give the Rovers a 10-6 lead.
The Rovers also got a 10-5 win by Hayden Thompson over Matt Starr and a forfeit victory by Anthony Glasl at 120.
Both teams return to action Saturday. DuBois is the top seed in the District 4/9 Class AAA Team Tournament, while Brockway is the No. 2 seed in the D-9 AA tourney.