DuBOIS— Tuesday night was big night for the DuBois Area wrestling team, as the Beavers celebrated and commemorated their seniors at Senior Night.
Taking to the mat for the DuBois squad, seniors Brock Adams, Carson Hanna and Dave Henninger looked to make the night a special affair against the Altoona Mountain Lions, and, with the full support of their team, they did not disappoint.
With a major decision scored by Hanna and pins from Adams and Henninger, the three seniors went out in spectacular fashion en route to helping the Beavers claim a victory over Altoona 31-26.
Though the trio of seniors played a pivotal role in securing DuBois the win, the rest of the Beavers team also contributed to the night’s success by scoring wins in five other bouts, and head coach Luke Bundy believes that early aggressive tone to the bout helped pave the way for his team’s win.
“I think we wrestled well tonight. We were the aggressor in a lot of our matches,” Bundy said. “We dictated the pace, and that’s what we try to preach to our guys. Dictate the pace, control the action, and I think for the majority of our matches, we did that.”
The night began with a bang for DuBois when Trenton Donahue score a pin at 113 in the first period to get the Beavers an early 6-0 lead.
Jake Myers continued the momentum with a solid showcasing at 120, scoring a take down early in the first period against Dylan Benz. A technical violation on Myers gave Benz a point to make the score 2-1, but after escaping the initial lock in the third, Myers earned another takedown to win the bout by a decision of 5-1.
Dalton Woodrow would add to the Beavers 9-0 lead with a hard-fought contest at 126, where he managed to outlast his opponent in a 5-4 decision.
DuBois led 12-0, but Altoona wasn’t finished just yet, as the Mountain Lions struck back with two majors in a row at 132 and 138.
The scoreboard now read 12-8 in DuBois’ favor, with Altoona quickly picking up steam and on pace to tie the Beavers’ lead.
However, up next to the mat was Adams, and the senior was looking to halt the the Mountain Lions’ momentum train in its tracks.
In the 145 bout, Adams struck first and struck fast, taking down opponent Stephen Smith in the first period for an early 2-0 lead. But just as quickly as Adams had Smith locked-in, the Mountain Lion found a way to escape to make the score 2-1.
But that was the last time Smith got into striking distance of the DuBois senior, as moments later, Adams locked him in and scored three near falls in a row to gain a 10-1 lead to end the period. Wasting no time, Adams returned on the attack and finished what he started, pinning Smith and giving DuBois an 18-8 lead.
Adams scored big for the Beavers Tuesday night, but he wouldn’t be the last senior to do so.
At 160, Hanna put on a clinic of his own by earning an 11-3 major decision over Mark Walls. With a first period that saw him lock his opponent for the majority of its duration, Hanna would come back in the second by taking his opponent down and nearly pinning him, earning him a 7-1 lead.
Enter the third, and Hanna was back on the attack, scoring another take down to go up 9-1. By the end of three, Hanna had earned the 11-3 victory, putting DuBois over Altoona by a margin of 22-11.
Though Altoona racked up points to come into striking distance of DuBois’ now 25-23 lead, Henninger sealed the deal for the Beavers and earned a pin at 195. And in the end, DuBois went on to win by a final of 31-26.
By the end of the night, DuBois had managed to secure wins in seven of the 12 contested matches, racking up three pins, three decisions, and a major in the effort.
Though any win is important to the team, Bundy realizes that Tuesday’s contest was special to his team as a farewell gift to their soon-to-be departing seniors.
“(The win) was great for those guys. Those guys are our captains, our senior leaders,” Bundy said. “They’ve been up since they’ve been freshmen, so for them to come out senior night and get two pins and a major, that’s big for them. It just sets a tone for the rest of our team... their work ethic, their hard work day in and day out. Our younger guys feed off that.”
DuBois will return to the mat Thursday night when they play host to the Brookville Raiders.