DuBOIS — The DuBois wrestling team has endured through a bit of a lull to start January, with Beavers’ match Thursday night against Hollidaysburg being just the third competition for the squad since Dec. 27.
And with a busy two week stretch ahead, the Beavers couldn’t have scripted a better way to start a run of seven events in a 15-day span.
DuBois, coming off a 51-21 win at Jersey Shore Tuesday, racked up seven six-point victories (5 pins and 2 wins by injury default) in a convincing 48-19 win over Hollidaysburg Thursday night.
The contest was just the Beavers second home match of the season and first since a 39-27 win over Selinsgrove back on Dec. 23. And, the home crowd was treated to a strong display by the Beavers, who came out agressive from the start and never let the Golden Tigers get into the match.
After Hollidaysburg won the opening bout at 152, DuBois’ Carson Hanna and Izsak Kerner followed with back-to-back pins to give the Beavers a 12-4 lead — a lead they never relinquished.
Beavers Dave Henninger (195), Ed Scott (113) and Jake Myers (120) later added pins, while Trenton Donahue (106) and Kolby Ho (138) each winning by injury default.
With the match secured, DuBois head coach Luke Bundy bumped two of his final three wrestlers — Dalton Woodrow and Ho — up a weight class to get them better matches on the night.
Woodrow (12-3) came away with a hard-fought 4-1 win over Cody Dively at 132, while Ho (14-0) all but made one of the Tigers best wrestlers, Nathan Swartz (20-4) submit in their 138-pound matchup that punctuated DuBois’ victory.
Ho scored a takedown late in the first period against Swartz in one of the best matchups of the night and took a 3-0 lead into the second when Swartz was hit for a penalty point after the opening period.
Ho then reversed the Tiger from the bottom position in the second period to go up 5-0, with Swartz calling for injury time as Ho went to put him on his back. Swartz went over to his coaches and appeared to tell them he was done wrestling, as he started to pull down the straps on his singlet.
However, the match continued and Ho poured it on in the third. The Beaver scored a reversal after Swartz chose top before tacking on two takedowns for a 9-2 lead with 44 seconds remaining.
Ho let Swartz up for a third time in the period, but the Golden Tiger immediately called for injury time again, which all but ended the bout with Swartz having just a few seconds left after taking injury time in the second period.
Ho was awarded a six-point win once the final second of injury time ticked off the clock – a win that gave the Beavers a commanding 48-16 advantage with one bout remaining.
That final contest went Hollidaysburg’s way, as Golden Tiger Dalton Long (19-4) used two sets of backpoints in the second period to upend Brock Adams (11-4), 6-0, in a matchup of Top 4 finishers at 138 at regionals a year ago.
“I think overall we were the aggressor tonight, and we set the pace in just about every match,” said Bundy. “Even the matches we lost, we were the guy going forward. That’s a good sign and pays off in the end, and our guys got it done tonight.
“It’s good to get into a rhythm, and we’re going to knock out about 14 matches here in the next couple weeks. That’s nice to get into not only wrestling-wise, but for the guys as far as their weight and making weight consistently instead of having a week off here, week off there. It’s that that time of season, and this stretch with a lot of matches should benefit us.”
Bundy was very pleased with Woodrow and Ho handled themselves moving up in weight.
“Dalton being on his way down, it was almost like he was jumping two weight classes,” said Bundy. “We need that match and need to get better. Dively is pretty good, and Dalton went out and wrestled a smart match and grinded out a win out, which his his style.
“It also was good to send Kolby up to 138 against one of their better guys, who I think was 20-3. Kolby has been forfeited to a lot of times in our dual meets, so that was the thinking behind trying to get him a match. We basically went a full six minutes, and when you can break a guy and make him quit, that’s a good night.”
Bundy also was quick to point big pins for the likes of Kerner and Myers on the night.
“It’s nice for some of those guys to get pins,” he said. “They work hard, and for some of those guys their records don’t show it, but they’ve just caught some bad luck and caught some of the better kids on other teams this year.
“So, it’s nice to get them someone who’s more to their level of competition and see where they are at. And, they did a great job going out and just being aggressive and getting the falls.”
Aden Myers got Hollidaysburg off to a good start with a 12-2 win over Beaver Lance Henninger at 152.
However, Hanna decked Ashton Curry in 1:06 at 160, while Kerner pinned Adam Baranik in 1:19 at 170 to quickly put the Beavers on top 12-4. Hanna had built a quick 6-2 lead before notching his fall.
Hollidaysburg got six points back 182 as Mason McCready pinned Blaise in 1:45, but Henninger countered with a fall of his own at 195 to give the Beavers an 18-10 advantage.
Henninger (16-3) found himself in a scoreless bout after one period against Gus Dellinger (16-10). The Beaver grabbed the lead with an escape from the bottom in the second period, then took down Dellinger to go up 3-0.
The Tiger earned an escape late in the period to make it 3-1, then chose bottom in the third. That proved to be an unwise choice, as Henninger put the Tiger on his back and recorded a pin in 4:54.
DuBois’ freshman Alex O’Harrah followed with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Josh Lynn at 220. O’Harrah scored the bout’s lone point with an escape in the second, then rode out Lynn in the third to pick up his second win of the season.
Hollidaysburg’s Hunter Gill responded by pinning Beaver Matt Starr in 1:33 at heavyweight to get the Tigers within five points at 21-16. That’s as close as Hollidaysburg as the Beavers won five of final six weights that were contested.
Donahue started that DuBois run when he scored an injury default win over Cole Thompson in 1:00 at 106. Donahue scored a first-period takedown, then trapped the arms of Thomspon and put him on his back.
The Tiger called for injury time, which have Donaue four points, but Thompson couldn’t continue with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.
Scott then took the mat and decked Andrew Simpson in 56 seconds. The Beaver amassed an impressive 12-0 lead, including four takedowns, before getting the fall.
Myers followed with an equally impressive performance at 120 against Tiger Jared Giarth.
Myers scored two takedowns and a set of backpoints in the first period for a 7-1 lead, then tacked on another takedown and two more sets of backpoints in the second before pinning Giarth in 3:35.
There was no match at 126, as Bundy bumped Woodrow up to 132 instead of the Beaver receoving a forfeit at 126. Woodrow responded with a 4-1 win over a much heavier opponent in Dively, setting the stage for the final two bouts of the night between Ho-Swartz and Adams-Long.
DuBois is back in action Saturday at the Clearfield Bison Duals before returning home next week to take on Altoona (Tuesday) and Brookville (Thursday).