HERSHEY — The Brookville wrestling team opened the PIAA Class AA Team Championships with a strong all-around performance Thursday in a hard fought 39-28 win over Northern Lebanon, the third-place team from District 3.
Brookville won eight of the 14 bouts, scoring bonus points in six of those victories to win the bonus-ppoint battle, 15-10. Raiders Cabe Park, Kai Sorbin, Xavier Molnar and Colby Whitehill all recorded pins in the win, while Tyler Cook notched a technical fall and Dontae Constable a major decision.
However, it was the Raiders two decisions — posted by Jacob Cable and Caleb Hetrick at 145 and 152, respectively — that proved to be two of their biggest wins of the match in upending the Vikings.
Cable scored takedowns in both the second and third periods on his way to a 5-3 win over Kai Whitman in a toss-up bout at 145. Hetrick then used a first-period takedown and second-period escape to edge Stephen Herb, 3-1, at 152 in a matchup of state-ranked wrestlers.
“The win at 52 (Hetrick) was a big one, but so was the one before that,” said Brookville coach Dave Klepfer. “We were only six bouts in, but I had a real good feeling when Jake Cable won we were in a good spot to win that dual meet.
“He’s a guy who puts in the work and is a really good kid. He doesn’t always get the results he wants, and he’s lost a lot of real close ones this year. He’s wrestled four or five good minutes in some of those, but I thought he did a good job wrestling until the end in this one. That was a real good win for him and our team.
Northern Lebanon jumped out to an early 3-0 lead when Kyle Anspach beat Parker Fleming, 11-5, for the second straight year for his 100th career victory at 113.
The Vikings lead was short-lived though, as back-to-back pins by Park and Sorbin quickly put the raiders up 12-3. Park decked Seth Fischer in 44 seconds at 120, while Sorbin flattened Dustin Varvel in 41 seconds at 126.
Northern Lebanon got six of those points back at 132 when Colin Leonard pinned Wyatt Kulick in 1:32 before Brookville pushed its lead to 22-9 with three straight victories.
Constable started the mini-run with a 10-1 major decision against Nicholas Winters at 138. He led 5-1 entering the third, and It looked like the Raider might come away with just a decision. But, he dug deep and scored a takedown and two nearfall points in the final 22 seconds to earn an extra team point.
Cable and Hetrick followed with their hard-fought wins to put the Raiders up 13 points (22-9).
Northern Lebanon had an answer though and used three straight wins of its own, including a pin by Blaise Bressler and major decision from Luis Negeriros, to pull even at 22-22 with four bouts remaining.
And, it was Brookville that made the most of those contests left, getting three bonus-point wins in a row to punch its ticket to today’s state quarterfinals against D-4 champ Southern Columbia.
Molnar started the Raiders’ closing push with a third-period fall against Brandan Madeira at 195 in 4:45, while Cook followed with a 17-2 technical fall against Cole Messimer in 5:10 at 220. Whitehill then pinned Kye Sonner in 1:34 at heavyweight before the Raiders forfeited the final bout at 106 to set the final.