MONROEVILLE — The DuBois wrestling team opened the season by taking second place at the Eastern Area Wrestling Invitational at Gateway High School over the weekend.

The Beavers finished with 139 points, but was well behind Kiski Area, who won the team championship with a total of 224.5 points in the 23-team tournament.

“Overall I think we wrestled well,” said DuBois coach Luke Bundy. “I think we got a good look at all our guys and where their strength and weaknesses are. That will give us a good gauge on what we need to improve on.

“I think we placed as high as we could have. Kiski is stacked and will most likely win the WPIAL and vie for a state team title. I am looking forward to seeing our guys in a dual meet setting. We are going to be very competitive in tournaments and I think we have the balance and the guys to fare pretty well in dual meets too.”

The Beavers picked up a championship from Ed Scott at 126 pounds. Scott pinned his way through the bracket, finishing with a first period fall in 1:17 over Connellsville’s Dylan Keefer.

DuBois had five more placewinners on the day, including second place finishes from Trenton Donahue (113) and Kolby Ho (145). Chandler Ho (106) and Dalton Woodrow (132) both came in fourth place, while Iszak Kerner (195) finished in fifth place.

Donahue earned first period falls in both the quarterfinals and semifinals before falling, 3-0, in the championship bout to West Allegheny’s Jordan Watters.

Kolby Ho had to wrestle three matches before getting to the championship round. He earned first period falls in the round of 16 and in the semifinals, and also came away with an 11-2 major decision in the quarterfinals.

Ho dropped a 7-4 decision to Kiski Area’s Cam Connor in the title match.

Chandler Ho, a freshman in his first varsity competition, picked up a quick pin in the round of 16 before dropping into the consolation bracket with a 2-1 loss in the quarterfinals.

In the consy round, Ho picked up a fall and an 8-0 major decision before falling 5-2 to Ben Eckenrod of Thomas Jefferson.

Woodrow started out the tournament with back-to-back 3-0 decisions in the round of 16 and the quarterfinals before falling by major decision, 9-0, in the semifinals.

Woodrow responded with a close 1-0 win in the consy semis before falling, 6-3, to Connellsville’s Mason Franks in the third place bout.

Kerner fell in his first match of the day, 2-1, in the quarterfinals, before picking up two falls in the consolation rounds.

After falling 2-0 in the consy semis, Kerner ended the day with a 58-second pin of Penn Hills’ Luqman Luhujjiddan in the fifth place match.

Lance Brown (120), Garrett Starr (138), Austin Fairman (152), Grant Barr (160), Lance Henninger (170), Eric Schneider (182), Alex O’Harrah (220), and Matt Starr (285) all competed in the tournament for the Beavers.

DuBois gets its dual meet season started on Friday evening as they host Clearfield at 7 p.m.

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