DuBOIS — The DuBois wrestling team hit the mat for just its second dual meet — and the fourth time overall — on the season Thursday night, and the Beavers used a strong finish to upend rival St. Marys, 46-24.
St. Marys (1-2), competing for the sixth time overall, jumped out to an early 9-0 lead before the teams traded the lead four times in four consecutive contests — a sequence that ended with the Dutch leading 24-21 after nine bouts.
However, DuBois (2-0) ran off five straight wins to end the match — four via bonus points — to come away with a lopsided 46-24 victory that felt much closer for a majority of the night.
DuBois won nine weights overall and scored bonus points in seven of those victories to outdistance the Dutch, 19-9, in the area on a night when both teams were missing key pieces. St. Marys was without the service of returning state qualifiers Alec Bittler and Tyler Dilley, who was injured entering the season. DuBois was without state medalist Ed Scott and Grant Barr.
For those who did hit the mat, Dalton Woodrow, Kolby Ho, Lance Henninger and Trenton Donahue recorded pins for DuBois, while Matt Starr and Chandler Ho received back-to-back forfeits at 285 and 106, respectively, during the Beavers’ closing run.
Three of St. Marys’ five wins came via pin with Tylor Herzing, Tim Beimel and Zac Becker notching those falls.
“We had some guys like Oz (Austin Fairman) and Lance Henninger step up and get some nice wins tonight,” said DuBois coach Luke Bundy. “Overall, I think we were just a little sluggish. I would have liked to see us be a little more aggressive and carry that through.
“But, schedule-wise we’ve been on and we’ve been off, so it’s been tough in that direction for weights and keeping that energy. We haven’t gotten into the full sing of things yet, and hopefully getting back into the month of January and wrestling week in and week out, we can pick the intensity up and be aggressive on a night-to-night basis.
“Tonight was just a dual meet though. They had some big guns out with Bittler and Dilley, and we had some of our guys out. Any time you wrestle St. Marys or Clearfield early in the season, you it’s just a dual meet and later in the year it will be a whole different story. Hopefully they’ll be healthy and we’ll be healthy and it will make for a better dual meet.”
Herzing got St. Marys off to a strong start when he pinned Beaver Lance Brown 34 seconds into the second period from the top position in their 120-pound bout. Herzing led 2-1 after one period.
Dutchmen Gregory Tettis followed with a down to the wire win over Jake Myers at 126 to push the Dutch’s lead to 9-0.
Tettis scored the opening takedown only to see Myers escape and record a takedown oof his own with 12 seconds left in the period to go up 3-2. Tettis escaped 25 seconds into the second before the pair battled on their feet the rest of the period.
Myers started down in the third and escaped from the Dutchmen 29 seconds in. He took down Tettis shortly after and appeared to be in control up 6-3. However, Tettis hit a Peterson Roll for a reversal as part of a five-point move in the closing seconds to pull out a thrilling 8-6 victory.
Woodrow got DuBois on the scoreboard at 132 when he pinned Hayden Tettis in 2:49. Woodrow took a 2-0 lead into the second, where reversed Tettis from the bottom position before putting the Dutchman on his back for the fall.
St. Marys answered back at 138 where John Wittman an escape and takedown in the third period to upend Garrett Starr. Wittman rode out the Beaver in the third to secure the win.
Ho promptly evened the match at 12-12 with a second-period pin of Nick Crisp in their 145-pound matchup. Ho dominated from the get-go, building an 18-5 lead on seven takedowns, a set of backpoints and an escape before recording the fall in 3:30.
Austin Fairman then gave DuBois its first lead (15-12) with a hard-fought 4-1 win over Jeremy Garthwaite. Fairman opened the scoring with a first-period takedown and held that 2-0 advantage entering the third after riding out Garthwaite in the second.
The Dutchman escaped from the bottom in the third to make it 2-1, but Fairman sealed his victory by taking down Garthwaite with 26 seconds remaining.
The teams then traded the lead back-and-forth courtesy of three straight pins.
St. Marys’ Tim Beimel started that run by decking Dom Dilullo in 3:14 at 160. Beimel led 7-0 at the time of his fall. DuBois responded with Henninger flattening Sean Lathrop in 1:14 before Dutchman Zac Becker gave his team the lead back at 24-21 with a second-period fall at 182.
Becker hit two five-points in the opening period against Eric Schneider to lead 10-1 after two minutes. Becker started down in the second but reversed Schneider before pinning the Beaver in 2:45. That win proved to be St. Marys’ last.
Senior Iszak Kerner pulled DuBois even with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Brandon Cherry, who was making his season debut. The bout was scoreless entering the third period, and it was Kerner who grabbed the lead with a reversal with 1:22 to go.
Cherry was awarded a point when Kerner was hit for stalling for the second time, but the Dutchman was never able to escape as Kerner kept control during a late flurry to pull out the one-point win.
“Those guys have gone back-and-forth the last couple years,” said Bundy. “We knew with it being Cherry’s first match out, we needed to outcondition him and continue to work through the match. And, Iszak did a good job just staying basic and grinding out a win for himself.”
Alex O’Harrah then gave DuBois the lead for good with a 9-1 major decision of Mike Rusciolelli at 220.
The pair wrestled a scoreless opening period before O’Harrah escaped from the bottom position in the second. The Beaver earned a second point with 20 seconds left when Rusciolelli was hit with a second stall call.
Rusciolelli chose neutral to start the third, and O’Harrah came up with a huge takedown 24 seconds in to go up 4-0. Rusciolelli escaped near the midway point of the third, but O’Harrah hit a late five-point to earn and extra team point for the Beavers.
The forfeit wins by Matt Starr and Chandler Ho then sealed the Beavers’ victory before Donahue decked Ed Messineo in 57 seconds in the final bout of the night.
“We’re still not 100 percent, but we’re pretty close. And, we’re pretty young too,” said St. Marys coach Dom Surra. “As long as we can stay healthy (going forward) we can battle with teams. In the early part, it was a pretty close match. But, DuBois has some real hammers and it’s hard because those guys make it difficult to win these types of matches. DuBois is a quality team.
“I thought in a couple matches we left some points out there, but I’m sure DuBois felt the same way. That’s wrestling though. You have to go out and get as many points as you can. That’s where some of our young guys need to learn about what they are capable of doing and executing it on the mat.”
DuBois is scheduled to compete in the Bald Eagle Area duals on Saturday. The status of that event wasn’t none Thursday night with inclement weather forecasted for the weekend.
St. Marys returns to action Thursday at home against Clearfield.