DuBOIS — The DuBois wrestling team used a strong start and finish to bookend a hard-fought 34-33 win over Philipsburg-Osceola Thursday night as the old foes renewed an old rivalry.
The Beavers won the first four bouts, earning bonus points in three of those victories to take an early 17-0 lead. The biggest of those wins arguably was a first-period pin by sophomore Gauge Gulvas in his varsity debut.
But, the Mounties stormed back with six straight wins of their own from 160-285 to on top by 10 points (27-17). Philipsburg recorded three pins in that run, but DuBois managed to keep the other three losses to just a decision — which gave the Beavers a chance at a comeback as the lineup turned back over to the lightweights.
And, DuBois capitalized on that opportunity as bonus-point wins by the trio of Chandler Ho, Trenton Donahue and Ed Scott helped give DuBois the one-point victory. Philipsburg, which bumped up 126-pounder Hunter Weitosh to open the night, had no one left to face Scott and were forced to forfeit the match away to the sophomore to set the final.
The lead changed hands three times in the final three weights, with a pin by P-O’s Chase Chapman at 120 being sandwiched by a fall by Donahue (113) and Scott’s match-winning forfeit (126).
“I think a lot of our guys were looking to score points when we were up and when we were down,” said DuBois coach Luke Bundy. “We were looking to press the action, and that’s what successful teams do. And, I was happy they got back to doing that tonight.
“Overall, top to bottom, all our guys looked pretty good, even some of the ones who lost. Those guys up top for Philipsburg are kind of funky and threw some funky stuff ,and we got caught and pinned in a couple weight classes. But overall, we wrestled well tonight.”
Dalton Woodrow and Garrett Starr got the Beavers off and running with a pair of major decisions at 132 and 138, respectively.
Woodrow jumped out to a 5-0 first-period lead on freshman Weitosh thanks to a takedown and set of backpoints. He then hit a five-point move in the second for a 10-0 advantage.
Woodrow chose to start on his feet in the third and took down the Mountie 41 seconds into the period to up 12-0, as the Beaver appeared on his way to a technical fall. But, Weitosh stayed off his back for the final minute-plus to save a team point.
Starr came out strong against Cole Hoover in their matchup at 138, scoring a takedown and two sets of backpoints to lead 8-0 after the first period. Starr started down in the second and escaped 12 seconds in before taking down the Mountie for an 11-0 lead.
Hoover chose bottom in the third, but Starr put the Mountie on his back for three more nearfall points to take a commanding 14-0 lead. Starr then let Hoover up in hopes of scoring a takedown to secure the tech fall. However, Hoover fought off the Beaver in the closing seconds as DuBois went 8-0.
Gulvas then scored a huge pin for DuBois at 145. He took down P-O’s Alex Dunkelberger just past the midway point of the first period. Gulvas then slapped a cradle on the Mountie near the edge of the mat got the fall with just two seconds left in the period to make it 14-0.
“Garrett Starr did an excellent job at 138. He got it to 14-1 and being a freshman that greats,” saud Bundy. “Obviously, would we have liked him to get the last takedown and push that to a tech .... we do. That was a great learning experience, but he wrestled a tough match and got a good solid major decision for us.
“That’s was Gauge’s first varsity match and you just never know what you’re going to get from a kid in that situation. But, he;s a gamer and was ready to go and did a great job. Overall, that was probably the biggest win of the night getting six there, full max bonus points.
Senior Kolby Ho capped the Beavers’ strong start when he bumped up to 152 and knocked off Mountie senior Matt Johnson, 9-2. Ho recorded two takedowns in the first period to lead 4-1 before Johnson cut the lead to 4-2 with an escape from the bottom early in the second.
The score remained 4-2 for most of the period, but Ho got a key takedown with 17 seconds left to push his lead to 6-2. Ho added to that with an escape in the third before notching a takedown just before the final buzzer to set the final.
Trailing 17-0, P-O jumped to life at 160 where Matt Shimmel pinned Evan Way in 50 seconds. Teammate Ian Klinger then built an 8-1 lead before pinning Beaver Lance Henninger in 4:51 at 170.
Kyle Taylor made it three falls in a row for P-O as he decked Eric Schneider in 2:43 at 182. Schneider took a 1-0 lead into the second period on the strength of a penalty point, but Taylor reversed the Beaver right to his back to get the fall 43 seconds into the period.
Philipsburg continued its run at 195, where Brandon Johnson used a stalling point in the second period to edge Iszak Kerner, 1-0. Teammate Josh Hubler followed with a 4-0 win over Alex O’Harrah, while Mountie Jordan Smith put his team up 27-17 with a 5-1 decision over Matt Starr at heavyweight.
However, DuBois had a couple of hits big guns yet to hit the mat, and freshman Chandler Ho started the comeback with an 18-1 dismantling of sophomore Nick Bryan at 106.
Ho led just 2-0 after one period but turned it one from there. He notched a reversal and takedown in the second before turning Bryan twice — scoring three points on each occasion — to build a commanding 12-1 lead. The Beaver picked up a penalty point early in the third before hitting a five-point move to end the match in 4:35.
Donahue then regained the lead for DuBois (28-27) when he decked Foster in 1:38 at 113.
Philipsburg momentarily took the lead back when Chase Chapman pinned Lance Brown 37 seconds into the second period while leading 7-0 at 120. But, Scott proved to be the last man standing and his forfeit win gave DuBois the victory.
“The top of the lineup — Kerner, O’Harrah and (Matt) Starr — did a great job and stood in there and battled,” said Bundy. “You always wrestle to win, but they knew if they held those (losses) to decisions we had some more bonus points coming our way that we were counting on. And, they did a great job limiting the bonus points there.
“Turning the order over, Chandler Ho did a great job. We told him when he went out we needed a tech or a pin and he went the tech route. He hit a couple big moves and got some nearfall points. And, then we left the ball in Trenton’s court to get the fall. He’s probably more of a pinner than anyone we have, and getting the the pin is something he’s used to doing all the time.”
DuBois, which had its trip to the Bald Eagle Duals postponed last weekend, is scheduled to compete in the Jersey Shore Duals on Saturday.