BROOKVILLE — Finishing the night with a flurry of forfeits, the Brookville Raiders wrestling team hiked its record to 12-1 heading into the rest of a busy week for head coach Dave Klepfer’s state-ranked team.
The Raiders went 5-4 on the mat, took four forfeit wins and gave up one in a 47-33 win over St. Marys at home Tuesday.
The latest www.papowerwrestling.com rankings have the Raiders at No. 3 as it heads into a Thursday trip to Fort LeBoeuf before Saturday’s Johnson Motors Ultimate Duals against No. 1 Reynolds, No. 4 Chestnut Ridge, No. 8 Burrell to go with late entries Freedom and South Fayette.
Based on Tuesday, Klepfer has some reservations.
“I guess it’s not where we want to be with the weekend we have coming at us,” Klepfer said. “It’s got me a little concerned. We have a couple weights where I felt we didn’t make in-match adjustments and weren’t being the aggressor.”
The Raiders got pins from Kai Sorbin at 126 pounds, Jacob Cable at 152, Caleb Hetrick at 160 and Braden MacBeth at 170. Parker Fleming started the night with a technical fall at 113.
While the Raiders rested state-ranked heavyweight Colby Whitehill and forfeited that weight along with a vacant 160, the Dutch had two starters out as well.
“It’s hard to do against a team against Brookville, giving up forfeits,” said St. Marys head coach Dom Surra, whose team fell to 1-4. “When you’re facing that quality with the team that coach Klepfer puts out there, it’s hard to beat them that way.
“It wasn’t a terrible performance on our end. Brookville is really good, but we have to keep getting better. We have a lot of matches this week with Curwensville (at home Thursday) and the Clearfield Duals (Saturday).
Two of the Dutch’s mat wins came from their state-ranked wrestlers with No. 23 Tylor Herzing with an 8-3 decision at 120 and No. 10 Alec Bittner at 145. Hayden Tettis and Zach Becker notched pins at 132 and 182 respectively.
The senior Becker’s pin of Raiders freshman Elliot Park at 182 got the Dutch to within 29-27, but the final four bouts were all forfeits, three going to the Raiders and one to St. Marys, to set the final score.
Fleming dominated Eddie Messineo at 113 to start things out as he built an 18-2 lead before the end of the second period.
Herzing broke a 3-3 tie with the Raiders’ Park at 120 in the second period with a four-point move, then added a third-period escape to set the final.
“Tylor has been doing a good job for us overall, so that might have been a little bit of a surprise, but not for us,” Surra said. “He’s a talented kid and he works really hard. The sky is the limit.”
Sorbin made short work of the Dutch’s Connor Gausman at 126, pinning him in 1:41. Tettis got the Dutch six points back with a third-period pin of Wyatt Kulik at 132.
The Raiders forfeited at 138 and bumped up their own state-ranked wrestler in Dontae Constable, No. 13 in Class AA, but Bittner overpowered him at 145 and pinned him in 2:17.
“He’s a dominating wrestler,” Surra said. “We have some things to tweak with Alec and keep improving. We’re looking at the stretch run for him to go the distance.”
Cable earned the Raiders Clint Puller Award for the outstanding wrestler after surviving a second-period scare to pin the Dutch’s Jeremy Garthwaite at 152. Cable had a takedown and two sets of back points to build a 7-0 lead in the first period, but Garthwaite rode out Cable the entire second period, nearly pinning him at the end.
But Cable came out of an early third-period scramble and pinned Garthwaite, who appeared shaken up on the flurry.
“It was falf a second from being a 12-point swing,” Klepfer said. “It’s one of those things even in that match where you can’t get ridden out. It’s a little disappointing because we spend time in those areas. We have to keep working at it. It’s a work in progress.
“Jake got his wrist and after they worked to their feet off a funk scramble and I thought he reacted well, went to a Peterson from his feet and it was nice to see him finish that way after getting ridden out in the second period.”
At 160, Hetrick breezed to a second-period pin of Austin Sadosky to give the Raiders the lead for good at 23-21. Braden MacBeth made short work of the Dutch’s Sean Lathrop with a 73-second pin at 170. Then the Dutch scored their last mat win with Becker’s third-period pin of Park at 182.
From there, it was forfeit city as Xavier Molnar and Tyler Cook took wins at 195 and 220, and Cayden Walter won at 106. The Dutch got a forfeit win for Michael Rusciolelli at heavyweight.