BROOKVILLE — In an express special, the Brookville Raiders won their second dual meet in as many nights with a 38-minute 63-9 rout of visiting Punxsutawney Wednesday night.
The Raiders and Chucks were making up their postponed match from last Tuesday one day after the Raiders’ solid 48-19 win at Ridgway. And it was a quick one as the Raiders won all but two of the 13 bouts — 120 was a no-match — with four forfeits and six pins, three of them in 36 seconds or less.
“I don’t really mind wrestling back-to-back nights,” said Raiders head coach Dave Klepfer, whose team improved to 7-1 going into to Friday’s match at Falconer-Cassadaga N.Y. “I thought we put together two pretty good nights. The guys competed hard and (at Ridgway) we had a handful of good matchups and tonight we carried more of that same attitude coming in wanting to score points and being the aggressor for the most part in most matches.”
The two better matchups of the night both went to the Raiders at 182 and heavyweight. At 182, junior Braden MacBeth improved to 7-1 with a 7-4 decision over Chucks freshman Garrett Eddy.
The two were tied 4-4 after two periods with a first-period MacBeth takedown and a four-point Eddy move early in the second period before MacBeth reversed him to tie it.
Then in the third, MacBeth escaped early then countered a late Eddy shot and took him down to set the final score.
“Braden put together a nice match and he’s still up a weight class,” Klepfer said. “The Eddy kid is a really nice freshman who puts in a lot of time and wrestles year-round and it was a pretty nice win for Braden. He had to get tough in the third period and fend off a takedown and get one of his own. I thought he did a great job.”
In the final bout of the night at heavyweight, Raiders sophomore Colby Whitehill squared off against senior Alexander Neal, last year’s D9 Class AAA runner-up. It didn’t last long as Neal took the ill-advised approach of trying to throw Whitehill and wound up getting pinned in 17 seconds.
Whitehill, who improved to 8-0, was a double medalist this summer at the United States Marine Corp/USA Wrestling Cadet Nationals in Fargo, N.D., in freestyle and Greco-Roman.
“(Neal) came out trying to throw us and that’s where our time in the offseason pays off,” Klepfer said. “Colby wrestles a lot of gCreco and freestyle and we spend a lot of time with upper body and he came in wanting to throw. We weren’t expecting it, but mat time gets you reacting the right way. Colby’s extra time is what paid off there.”
Freshman Cayden Walter got the pin-fest going at 106 with his second-period pin of Jacob Good. The Raiders got forfeit wins for Parker Fleming at 113 and Cabe Park at 126 with neither team sending a wrestler out at 120.
At 132, Kai Sorbin needed 33 seconds to end Dan Smith’s night. The Chucks got one of their two wins at 138 with Jake Skarbeck decisioning sophomore Wyatt Kulik, 9-2. Dontae Constable pinned Zach May in 2:49 at 145 to put the Raiders up 30-3.
Raiders senior Caleb Hetrick picked up his 98th career win with a forfeit at 152 with the Chucks’ Stone Smith getting his team’s other win at 160 with a pin of Jacob Cable in the second period.
Brian Himes got a forfeit win for the Raiders at 170 prior to MacBeth’s grinder over Eddy.
Xavier Molnar and Tyler Cook both notched pins at 195 and 220. Molnar earned his 85th win with a 36-second pin of Tristen Bair while Cook grabbed his 95th career win with a second-period decking of Jacob Shuckers.
With a healthy and successful season, the Raiders could get Hetrick, Molnar, Cook and even Sorbin (79) to 100 career wins. That would be nine century clubbers in the past five years with Noah Cieleski finishing at 99 last season.
After Friday’s trip to Western New York, the Raiders head back to the prestigious Powerade Invitational at Canon MacMillan High School in Pittsburgh next Friday and Saturday.
“We’re coming. We still have some work to do,” Klepfer said. “We have guys shifting around to the right weight and trying to get healthy, but we’re making progress. I’m happy where we’re at as a group. Our best is yet to come for sure as with most teams, I’m sure.
“I like what I’m seeing from the young guys and as i said at the beginning, we’ll go as far as our younger guys go. We know what we’re getting from the core seniors and we’re getting good production out of our younger kids. I’m pretty excited moving forward.”