BROOKVILLE — Another pin-fest made for a quick match once it got started Thursday night when the unbeaten Brookville Raiders hosted District 6’s Philipsburg-Osceola.
Of the 14 bouts, 10 were decided by pins in a match that took just under an hour to begin, although a late start to the junior high match led to the varsity matchup not starting until near 8 p.m. The Raiders had seven of those pins on their way to a 47-29 win over the Mounties, extending their unbeaten record to 10-0 and overall dual meet winning streak to 39 matches dating back through last season.
While Raiders head coach Dave Klepfer was pleased with his team’s bonus-point effort, he was a little disappointed with how many points his team gave up. The Raiders edged the Mounties, 8-6, in bouts and of those six P-O wins, all but one came with bonus points as well, three of them pins.
“I thought we wrestled well, but we got pinned too much,” Klepfer said. “We got some pretty high goals in the next three or four weeks as a team and you can’t give up falls. When you get to the postseason, you can’t do that. I felt like tonight that was the only area I was disappointed with.
“Our approach to each match, attacking legs and wanting to score points was there and that’s what we preached. But in situations where things got tough and wound up on our back, we didn’t fight hard enough to get off. You can’t give up falls. Those will kill you and you can’t do that against anyone when you get to Hershey. We’ll address it. It’s more of a mental thing than it was a technical thing.”
The Raiders won five of the first six bouts to grab a 29-10 lead and four of those wins were pins by Cabe Park at 113 pounds, Keelan Kunselman at 120, Gavin Park at 126 and Dontae Constable at 138. All but Gavin Park’s came in the first period with Cabe Park needing just 34 seconds and Constable using just 29 seconds. Gavin Park was up 14-2 going into the second period before pinning Braedon Butler 12 seconds into the period.
Kai Sorbin notched a 17-0 technical fall after two periods at 132.
The Mounties (1-3) won three of four bouts between 145 and 170. Matthew Shimmel majored Jacob Cable, 12-4, at 145 and Levi Hughes majored Josh Keesecker, 9-1, at 152 before the Raiders’ Caleb Hetrick pinned Zachary Kahley in the first period at 160. Then the Mounties’ Ian Klinger pinned Clayton Peace in the second period at 170, leading 5-2 at the time.
Still up 35-20, the Raiders got a couple of clutch pins from returning state qualifiers Noah Cieleski and Xavier Molnar at 182 and 195 pounds, clinching the win at 47-20.
The Mounties won the last two bouts, including the marquee matchup of the night at 220 between state-ranked Raiders junior Tyler Cook and Mounties senior Micah Sidorick.
The two traded escapes with Cook’s escape tying it at 1-1 20 seconds into the third period, but Sidorick wound up countering a couple Cook shots, including a single leg, and came up with a takedown with 15 seconds left and won 3-1.
“We knew it was a tossup,” Klepfer said. “(Sidorick) beat us last year in a close one and we beat him this fall at Lock Haven at a tournament. It’s one or two points every time. I thought there were a couple opportunities to score points. We had a single leg up in the air and broke down technically and dove back under him and then even on the last attempt with the inside trip. The timing was there, he hit it right, but he didn’t slide down his body. We thought he could’ve ended the match with that move.
“Credit to their kid. He wrestled tough and is hard to score on. … You knew it was going to be a tight match and he was a little bit better.”
Mounties senior heavyweight Bradley Dunkle overpowered Raiders freshman Tanner Labenne for a second-period pin to set the final.
NOTES: The Raiders travel to DuBois Tuesday. … Gavin Park was given the Clint Puller Memorial Award for his outstanding performance. … Brookville and P-O had a 21-bout junior high match — 13 official bouts and eight exhibition — with the Mounties winning, 63-42. The Raiders won 7 of the 13 official bouts, but gave up 30 points on five forfeits. They won five of eight exhibition bouts.