Brookville Raiders senior wrestlers

The Brookville wrestling team honored its six seniors during Tuesday night’s 59-9 win over Cambridge Springs. Kneeling in the front row, from left, are Dontae Constable, Kai Sorbin and Caleb Hetrick. Standing in the back row are head coach Dave Klepfer, Tyler Cook, Xavier Molnar and Brodie Joiner. The group has combined for 506 individual wins and 100 dual-meet victories.

BROOKVILLE — Serving as a tuneup for this week’s PIAA Class AA Dual Meet Championships, the Brookville Raiders wrestling team routed District 10’s Cambridge Springs on Senior Night Tuesday, taking 12 of 14 bouts in a 59-9 win.

Of the six senior wrestlers honored — Brodie Joiner is missing the season with a knee injury — five won their bouts and only hiked some impressive numbers since four of the six joined the program as freshmen four years ago.

506 wins and now a 100-9 dual meet record. Tyler Cook (116 wins), Caleb Hetrick (116) both had pins, Xavier Molnar (102) notched a big 1-0 decision in one of the feature matchups of the night and Dontae Constable (58) hammered out an overtime win over another ranked wrestler as well. And Kai Sorbin (93) edged closer to the century mark with a pin.

“They’ve put just an extra amount of work into the sport, and I’m talking a lot about a lot of hours in the season and a lot out of the season, driving all over the countryside finding good competition,” said Raiders head coach Dave Klepfer. “It’s a big reason why our team this year and other years has the success we do because of kids willing to get to the next level by doing the hard stuff in the offseason when nobody’s looking.

“I’m just real proud of this group and I hope we can put together three or four wins this week and come out with some hardware. That’d be a good way to end their four-year career.”

The Raiders (22-2) open with the same team that knocked them into the losers’ bracket in the opener, District 3 third-place Northern Lebanon which went on to finish second to Reynolds. They square off Thursday at 4 p.m.

The Brookville-Northern Lebanon winner will likely face Southern Columbia, which wrestles Harbor Creek, in the quarterfinals on Friday at noon with the loser facing most likely Harbor Creek Friday in the consolation bracket at 8 a.m.

The Raiders were ready against the Blue Devils Tuesday with eight of the 12 wins getting bonus points, including one forfeit, six pins and a technical fall. However, the two best bouts barely had any scoring.

In the opening bout of the night at 195 and just moments after being presented a plaque for his 100th win over the weekend at the District 9 Duals, Molnar locked up with Clay Verbanac. The two were ranked No. 7 and 3 respectively. Verbanac placed fourth at 195 last year with Molnar finishing sixth.

Molnar escaped in the second period 15 second in for the bout’s only point. He rode out Verbanac in the third for the 1-0 win.

Constable, ranked No. 8 at 138, faced Tye Varndell, who was No. 4 at 126 and it took Constable to ride him out in the second 30-second tiebreaker period for a 2-1 win. Constable escaped in the second and Varndell escaped in the third, and Constable escaped in the first 30-second rideout before riding out Varndell to get the hard-earned win.

Cook, Hetrick, Cabe Park and Braden MacBeth all pinned the opponent in less than a minute while Cole LaBenne pinned Jacob Jones halfway through the second period. Cayden Walter roughed up Anthony Stover in a 17-1 technical fall at 106 and Wyatt Kulik won a 6-3 decision over Colton Smith at 132. Elliot Park blanked Timothy Lucas 7-0 to set the final score at 182 pounds.

After this weekend’s PIAA Duals, the Raiders return to the mat next Tuesday in their dual meet finale at Philipsburg-Osceola.

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