ST. MARYS — The DuBois wrestling team used a 16-12 edge in bonus points to knock off St. Marys, 37-33, Tuesday night in the Dutch Oven to make it two wins in as many matches against District 9 Class AAA rivals to open the season.
The four-point win over the Dutch for the Beavers comes on the heels of a 43-24 win at Clearfield Thursday in their dual-meet opener.
Tuesday’s victory ended up being all about the bonus points, as both teams won seven weights on the night. Both sides recorded three falls, and a key came in the forfeit category, where DuBois picked up two wins while also having to forfeit once to the Dutchmen. DuBois also got a major decision from Dave Henninger in the open bout of the night.
DuBois used a strong run in the light weights — winning every bout from 106-132 with the exception of 113 where St. Marys’ Gregory Tettis received a forfeit.
Beaver Trenton Donahue (106), Dalton Woodrow (126) and Kolby Ho (132) all recorded falls in that run, while freshman Ed Scott notched a key 3-0 win over St. Marys’ sophomore Tyler Dilley at 120. Scott entered the bout ranked 18th in the state in Class AAA according to the PA Power rankings, while Dilley is 20th.
St. Marys (1-1) countered with three straight wins from 138-152 to regain the lead at 27-25, but forfeit wins by Beavers Carson Hanna (160) and Dom Dilullo (170) sealed the win for the Beavers.
“Overall, I think we wrestled well tonight,” said DuBois coach Luke Bundy. “I think we lacked a little bit of intensity in some of our matches, and I would like to see our guys get after it a little bit more. We need to keep getting better everyday and look to improve in all situations
“Once again our light weights went out and got the job done. We also had nice matches out of the Henninger brothers.”
Henninger got the Beavers off and running with 12-2 win over Dutchman Mitchell Cashmer in the opening bout.
Henninger grabbed control of the bout with a five-point move in the first period and took that 5-0 lead into the second, where he tacked on an escape and takedown for an 8-0 advantage.
The Beaver let Cashmer up to start the third before finishing off the bonus-point win with two third-period takedowns to set the final at 12-2.
St. Marys countered with back-to-back wins at 220 and heavyweight to take a 9-4 lead.
At 220, Dutchman Christian Steffan built a 6-0 lead early in the second period before pinning Alex O’Harrah in 2:34. Teammate Joe Kucenski, a senior newcomer to the program, followed with a 5-0 win against Beaver Matt Starr.
After a scoreless first period, Kucenski rode Starr the entire second period and eventually turned the Beaver for two backpoints in the closing seconds for a 2-0 lead. Kucenski then escaped from the bottom seconds into the third period before adding a takedown with 26 seconds to go to finish off his victory.
Donahue got the Beavers back on track at 106.
The freshman took down Tylor Herzing in the first period and turned the Dutchman late in the period for three backpoints to lead 5-0 after one period. Donahue added an escape and takedown in the second before pinning Herzing near the edge of the mat in 3:23 to put DuBois back in top 10-9.
After Tettis received his forfeit at 113, Scott and Dilley took the mat at 120.
Scott drew first blood with a takedown with 21 seconds left in the first period and led 2-0 after one. Dilley chose bottom in the second, but the Dutchman never got out as Scottb rode him the entire period.
Scott chose bottom in the third, and Dilley elected to give the Beaver the escape point and start neutral. However, Dilley never could find an opening to get in on Scott, who came away with the 3-0 win after the pair battled on their feet the entire third period.
“Ed did a very nice job tonight,” said Bundy. “He always wrestles with intensity and an in your face style. I really like that he was the aggressor tonight.”
Woodrow and Ho followed with pins at 126 and 132, respectively.
Woodrow built a 9-0 lead in the third period against Hayden Tettis before securing a fall in 4:52. Ho used two first-period takedowns to lead Marcus Reed after one period, then pushed that lead to 7-2 in the second period before decking Reed in 3:21 to give DuBois a 25-15 lead.
St. Marys countered with three straight wins by Alec Bittler, Cameron Resch and Garret Cook at 138, 145 and 152, respectively, to ho back on top by two points at 27-25.
Bittler pinned Austin Fairman in 1:42, while Resch notched a big 6-1 win over Beaver senior Brock Adams.
Resch grabbed a 2-0 lead on Adams on a takedown with 20 seconds left in the first period. The Dutchman then escaped from the bottom position in the second before the pair battled the remainder of the period on there feet.
Adams chose bottom in the third and escaped 20 seconds in to cut Resch’s lead to 3-1. However, that’s as close as Adams got as Resch earned a stalling point before scoring a takedown with 39 seconds left to seal the win.
At 152, St. Marys senior Garret Cook, ranked 14th in the state, made a first-period takedown stand up in the 2-1 win over Lance Henninger. The Beaver wrestled a strong match in defeat and escaped with 44 seconds left in the third period to get within a point. But, Cook was able to hold off Henninger on his feet to pull out the hard-fought victory, which put the Dutch up 27-25.
A win wasn’t in the cards for the Dutch though, as they were forced to forfeit to Hanna and Dilullo and 160 and 170.
Dutchman Brandon Cherry closed out the match by pinning Izsak Kerner in 4:47 at 182. Cherry led 10-0 at the time of his fall in the third period.
“That was a very close match with a lot of very good matchups,” said St. Marys coach Dom Surra. “Unfortunately, tonight we didn’t win enough of the toss up matches. DuBois is a very good team and to spot them six points you need to win the toss ups.
“We had some really strong efforts from Cameron Resch and Joe Kucenski. Cameron wrestled aggressive against a very good opponent in Brock Adams, picking up the big win. Joe has been getting better every bout and picked up a huge win for us.
“Overall it is a loss, and we need to get healthy and get back into the wrestling room and improve everyday, and that’s what we are going to do.”
DuBois is back in action Friday, hosting Selinsgrove in its home opener. St. Marys entertains Port Allegany on Thursday.