DuBOIS — Coming off an 0-2 trip to the PIAA Class AAA Team Championships in Hershey, the DuBois wrestling team wrapped up its regular season Monday night with a 52-18 home win over Punxsutawney.
The match wasn’t the sharpest of the season for the Beavers, but that may have been expected following the trip to Hershey and individual districts just around the corner.
Still, four forfeits and three pins helped the Beavers come away with the lopsided win over an undermanned Chucks squad as DuBois ended the season with a 14-5 record.
Brock Adams, Izsak Kerner and Dave Henninger each recorded falls for DuBois, while Trenton Donahue, Ed Scott, Dalton Woodrow and Kolby Ho all received forfeits.
Jake Myers added a major decision for the Beavers, while Carson Hanna and Austin Fairman each won by decision.
“It was nice to get a win,” said DuBois coach Luke Bundy. “We gave the kids some time off here on Saturday and Sunday, so they had to come in and get a workout in on their own today after school. Maybe that was just out of routine a little and may have been the cause for some of the guys to be a little lethargic.
“But, we have two weeks now, and we have to get to the grindstone and get ready for individual districts.”
Adams got DuBois off to a dominant start, as the senior quickly built a 13-3 lead in the first period against Zach May before pinning the Chuck in 1:32 in their bout at 145.
Adams scored four takedowns and two sets of backpoints prior to the fall.
Punxsy’s Stone Smith got those six points back for the Chucks with a fall of his own ay 152.
After a scoreless first period, Henninger chose bottom in the second but never got out as Smith pinned him from the top position with 25 seconds left in the period.
Hanna gave DuBois the lead for good at 160, where he pulled out a wild 15-11 win over Connor Giavedoni.
Hanna opened the scoring with a takedown in the first period, but Giavedoni countered with an escape and takedown os his own to go up 3-2. Hanna reversed the Chuck before the end of the period for a 4-3 advantage.
Hanna added to that lead in the second with an escape and later a takedown with 23 seconds left to go up 7-3.
The Beaver senior then poured it on in the third, as he employed the take-him down, let-him-up approach. Four takedowns later, Hanna appeared on his way to a bonus-point win as he led 15-7.
However, Giavedoni reverses Hanna to his back for a four-point move, but the Beaver fought off his back and came away with the four-point victory.
Teammate Izsak Kerner followed with a second-period pin of Punxsy’s Caleb Harvey that pushed the DuBois lead 15-6.
Kerner’s win went much like Smith’s at 152, as he and Harvey entered the second period scoreless. Harvey chose bottom, and Kerner made the Chuck pay for that decision as he decked Harvey in 3:12.
Punxsy scored a big win at 182 as John Mark Miller pinned Blaise Carney while trailing in the second period.
The two wrestled a scoreless first period before Carney grabbed the lead with an escape and takedown in the first 17 seconds of the second period. However, Miller reversed Carney to his back and pinned the Beaver in 3:40 to pull Punxsy within three at 15-12.
DuBois’ Dave Henninger got those six points right back at 195 as he decked Jacob Schuckers in 59 seconds.
Punxsy countered with back-to-back wins at 220 and heavyweight to get back within three points at 21-18.
Blake Bizousky notched the first of those wins at 220, scoring a takedown in both the second and third periods on his way to a 5-0 win over Matt Starr.
Teammate Alexander Neal hit a five-point move in the first period against Beaver Alex O’Harrah at heavyweight, then tacked on a reversal and two backpoints in the second for a 9-0 lead. However, O’Harrah kept battling and recorded a takedown late in the third period to save a team point in a 9-2 loss to Neal.
The forfeit parade then began at 106, as Donahue (106), Scott (113) and Woodrow (120) all had their hands raised to jump-start a run of six straight win to end the match for the Beavers.
Jake Myers kept that run going with a convincing 10-0 major decision of Jake Skarbek at 126.
Myers opened the scoring with a first-period takedown. He took that 2-0 lead into the second, where Skarbek chose neutral to start the period. The pair battled on their feet most of the period before Myers notched a takedown with 30 seconds left to make it 4-0.
The Beaver started down in the third and escaped from Skarbek. Myers then scored a takedown before putting the Chuck on his back for three nearfall points late in the period to secure the extra team point.
Ho then received a forfeit at 132 before Fairman topped Caleb Bender, 11-5, to end the match.
Bender actually jumped on the board first with a first-period takedown. Fairman countered with a reversal, then scored a takedown in the closing seconds of the period to grab a 3-2 lead.
Bender elected bottom in the second, and Fairman turned the Chuck for two backpoints on the edge of the mat for a 5-2 advantage. Bender then earned an escape, but Fairman took down the Chuck for a 7-3 lead after two periods.
Fairman escaped from the bottom just three seconds into the third period before notching his third takedown of the match to go up 10-3. Bender then reversed Fairman, but elected to let the Beaver up on a restart. The two then battled on their feet the remainder of the period with Fairman coming away with the 11-5 victory.
“Those were big wins for Jake (Myers) and Oz (Fairman),” said Bundy. “I haven’t looked at anything yet as far as district seeding for individuals.
“But, any time you can get some head-to-head wins against guys you’re comparable to, that may help us out and maybe get us into a better side of the bracket. So, those are big wins for both of those guys tonight.”
DuBois is now off until the District 4/9 Class AAA Wrestling Championships at Clearfield Area High School on Feb. 24-25.