BROOKVILLE — Illness and injury are part of the deal, and a late-January flu bug has floated around the hallways of local school for sure.
For the DuBois Beavers wrestlers, it possibly cost them a chance at knocking off Brookville Thursday night. With two Beavers starters under the weather with illness, Brookville won seven of the final nine bouts to record a 40-21 win.
Missing from the Beavers’ lineup were 126-pound Ed Scott, ranked No. 4 in the latest www.papowerwrestling.com Class AAA state rankings, and freshman standout Chandler Ho.
The matchups going into the night assuming good health gave the Beavers a chance to end the Raiders’ 53 on-the-mat winning streak against District 9 foes.
“It was a good win for us,” said Raiders head coach Dave Klepfer, whose team improved to 18-2. “They’re always going to come at us hard. They’re a bigger school with talented kids. The dual meet might have been a different story with those two kids in there. We’re losing matches in the third period and that can’t happen at this point of the year. We have to pinpoint what that is and get to work.”
The match started with each team scoring three decisions each and the first bonus points weren’t scored until Tyler Cook’s pin of Alex O’Harrah at 220 pounds put the Raiders up 15-9 at the midpoint of the match.
From there, the Raiders got wins from Colby Whitehill (decision) at heavyweight, a forfeit at 106, Cabe Park (pin) at 120, Kai Sorbin (pin) at 126 and Dontae Constable (pin) at 138 in the final bout.
Earlier, the Raiders got wins from Jacob Cable (decision) at 145, Braden MacBeth (decision) at 170 and Xavier Molnar, who recorded his 98th career win at 195 with a decision.
DuBois (13-3) won the feature bout of the night when Kolby Ho, ranked No. 3 in Class AAA at 145, bumped up to 152 and beat the Raiders’ Caleb Hetrick, 7-6. Hetrick was ranked No. 4 in Class AA at 152.
Ho broke a 5-5 tie with a takedown with 21 seconds left and allowed an escape in the final moments.
“We did a good job getting wins where we did and I was glad Dave went with the 152-pound match with Kolby and Caleb,” Beavers head coach Luke Bundy said. “They both needed a good match and the fans got to see a good match.”
Grant Barr (decision), Eric Schneider (decision), Trenton Donahue (pin) and Dalton Woodrow (pin) got the other wins for the Beavers.
Next Tuesday, the Beavers host Brockway and the Raiders travel to Johnsonburg.