Coming off a 10-day layoff over the New Year’s break, the DuBois wrestling team put together a strong weekend at the Tool City Tournament in Meadville.
DuBois pushed five wrestlers into the finals, crowning four champions, while placing seven in the Top 6 overall en route to a third-place finish in the team standings with 189 points. Only Saegertown (204) and Harbor Creek (192) topped the Beavers.
DuBois was joined at the tourney by a trio of other area schools — Clearfield, Brockway and Redbank Valley.
Clearfield came away with three placewinners and finished10th in the team race with 97 points, while Brockway came in 16th as a squad (71 points) after placing two wrestlers in the Top 5. Redbank didn’t have a wrestler place and finished 20th in the team standings with 54 points.
The Beavers’ weekend was spearheaded by its five finalists — Trenton Donahue (106), Ed Scott (113), Kolby Ho (132), Brock Adams (145) and Carson Hanna (160). All but Adams came away with individual crowns, with Adams dropping a tight 3-1 contest to former Class AA state qualifier Jude Mattocks of Saegertown.
Dalton Woodrow (126) and Dave Henninger (195) each added third-place finishes at their respective weight classes.
“We had a good weekend and the guys showed a lot of mental toughness,” said DuBois coach Luke Bundy. “The tournament was not run very smooth, and guys had to be ready to wrestle at a moments notice. We also had guys sitting around for lengthy periods of time between matches, but our guys did a great job staying mentally tough and always being prepared to go.
Donahue pinned Redbank Valley’s Ethan Wiant in 51 seconds in the quarterfinals before notching an 8-0 major decision of Saegertown’s Alex Kightlinger in the 106-pound semifinals. The Beaver then topped General McLane’s Andrew brest, 7-4, in the finals.
Scott pinned Eisenhower’s Logan Jaquay in 35 seconds in the 113-pound quarterfinals and followed that up with a 12-1 win over Fort LeBoeuf’s Isaac Crowell in the semis. Scott added another pin in the finals, decking Titusville’s Hunter Thompson in 2:33.
Ho scored a 21-5 technical fall over Fox Chapel’s Avery Bursick in 4:23 in their 132-pound quarterfinal matchup before besting Seneca Valley’s Nick Montalbano,7-1, in the semis.
Once in the finals, Ho captured his title with a 13-3 major decision over Saegertown’s Colt Beck.
“Trenton Donahue, Ed Scott, and Kolby Ho dominated the field at their weights,” said Bundy. “They all wrestled tough kids, but really didn’t have too many close bouts. They really made a statement in this tournament against a lot of regional competition.”
Hanna didn’t record the bonus-point wins his teammates did but was his usual steady self in landing on top the podium. He topped Seneca Valley’s Ty Goss, 5-3, in the quarterfinals and followed that up with a 7-1 victory against Maplewod’s Dylan Proper in the semifinals.
Hanna took home the 160-pound crown after beating Sharpsville’s Cameron Prebble, 6-3, in the finals.
“Carson had a really consistent tournament, especially after taking some forfeits the past couple dual meets,” said Bundy. “So, this was his first live action other than practice in awhile.”
Adams reached the finals at 145 thanks in large part of a hard-fought 6-4 overtime win against Seneca Valley’s Alex Fischer in the quarterfinals. The Beaver senior then topped Meadville’s Nick Rinella, 7-3, in the semifinals before suffering the 3-1 setback to Mattocks.
“Brock fell just a bit short against a tough kid in the finals,” said Bundy. “We were right in the hunt to go 5-for-5 in the finals.”
Woodrow pinned LeBoeuf’s Noah Rose in 5:50 in the 126-pound quarterfinals before being handed a close 3-1 setback in the semifinals by Harbor Creek’s Sam Sallot, who placed seventh in the state last year in Class AA at 120.
The Beaver bounced back with two straight wins, topping Cambridge Springs’ Tye Varndell, 1-0, in the third-place match.
As for Henninger, he may not have come away with an individual title but may enjoyed the best weekend for the Beavers. After losing in the first round to top-seeded Ethan Laird of General McLane, Henninger ripped off seven straight victories to come back to place third at 195.
Henninger captured third place with a 4-0 win over LeBoeuf’s Lane Reinwald,
“Dalton Woodrow had a nice tournament,” said Bundy. “He had the toughest bracket and placed third, and he was one point from giving us a sixth finalist.
“Dave Henninger got a tough draw losing to the first seed in the first round in a bracketing mistake and racked off seven straight wins to take third. That is no easy task.”
Bundy also pointed out a strong weekend for Dom Dilullo, who won two matches by fall to aid in the Beavers’ third-place finish as a team.
“Hopefully we can carry this performance into Tuesday against Brookville,” said Bundy. “That will be another good measuring stick for a lot of our guys.”
Clearfield’s McGonigal was the area’s only other finalist.
The Bison pinned Harbor Creek’s Lucas Folmar in 2:47 in the quarterfinals, then decked Titusville’s Parker Harvey in 1:47 in the semifnals. However, McGonigal came up just short in the finals, dropping a tight 4-3 decision to Saegertown’s Cody Mulligan in a battle of returning state qualifiers. Mulligan finished sixth in Class AA last year in Hershey.
McGonigal was joined on the podium by teammates Hunter Wright (4th, 145) and Matt Ryan (6th, 120). Ryan scored a wild 12-10 overtime win over Maplewood’s Kenyon Andrews in the consolation quarterfinals to reach the medal rounds.
Garrett McClintick brought home Brockway’s top finish by placing fourth at 182 pounds. After losing in the quarterfinals, McClintick rattled off three straight wins to reach the third-place match. However, the Rover was pinned by Fox Chapel’s Mike Mahon for a second time in the tournament (the first coming in the quarterfinals).
McCLintick was joined on the podium by teammate Anthony Glasl, who was fifth at 113.
Glasl scored an 8-3 win over Redbank;s Brayden Altobelli during his run in the consy bracket to reach the medal rounds. The Rover eventually took home fifth with an 11-4 win over Eisenhower’s Jaquay.