WARREN — Winning the final six bouts of the match, the Redbank Valley Bulldogs wrestling team rallied for a 40-27 win at Warren Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs (7-5) trailed 27-9 after forfeiting at 182 pounds. But with six bouts remaining in the match, the Bulldogs ran the table and scored bonus points in all but one of the wins.
The clincher came at 113 when Mason Songer pinned Ryan Madigan in 28 seconds at 113 pounds to put the Bulldogs up 10 points with one bout remaining.
The final bout of the match was an encouraging one for the Bulldogs, who got sophomore Ethan Wiant back in the lineup for the first time after returning from a preseason injury. Wiant, who won over 30 bouts as a freshman, won a 6-1 decision over Avery Smith at 120 pounds.
Kobe Bonanno got the Bulldogs’ run started at 195 when he majored Mabrukhe Tagba, 11-2. Logan Minich pinned Thomas Lucks in 2:46 at 220 and Aiden Gardner got the Bulldogs within 27-25 with his first-period pin of Matt Ristau at heavyweight.
The Dragons forfeited to Trenten Rupp at 106 to give the Bulldogs the lead for good at 31-27, setting up the final two bouts of the night.
Earlier, the Bulldogs won the first two bouts of the match as Brayden Altobelli picked up where he left off over the weekend with a 15-2 major decision over Alex Anderson at 126 and Hunter Martz won a 19-4 technical fall over Donovan Fiscus at 132.
But the Dragons reeled off six straight wins from 138 to 182, two of them forfeits, and led 27-9 before the Bulldogs’ big run.
The Bulldogs host Sharon Friday night before wrestling in the District 9 Class AA Duals Saturday in DuBois.