BROCKWAY — The Brockway wrestling team enjoyed a nice start to the season with two wins in dual meets last week that was followed by a win in the DKI Tournament in the opening weekend of winter sports.
That near-flawless start carried over into the Rovers’ first home dual meet of the season as Brockway got two falls, a technical fall and four forfeits in a 47-15 win over Johnsonburg on Tuesday evening to get to 3-0 on the season.
“It’s exciting,” said Brockway coach Eric Grecco of his team’s start to the season. “We have a wide variety group when we have one senior right now, and we have a bunch of juniors, sophomores and freshmen. It’s a good group and they’re kind of all battling. I think they see each other going out there and it’s kind of keeping the ball rolling, per se. It’s a good group of kids right now.”
Johnsonburg, which was coming off of a 3-2 weekend at the Ridgway Duals, won four of the nine contested bouts on the night with one fall and three decisions.
The meet got started with two immediate forfeits with Garrett McClintick (195) and Justin Smith (220) got their hands raised for the Rovers for a 12-0 start before a match was even contested.
At 285 pounds, Brockway’s Hayden Thompson powered down the Rams’ Zac Hodgdon for a takedoown in the first period. Thompson threw in a half later in the period for a pin in 1:24.
Brockway then got two more forfeits from Tanner Morelli (106) and Dominic Inzana (113) to take a 30-0 lead. There was no match at 120 pounds.
Johnsonburg got on the board at 126 as Nolan Shaffer hooked up a cradle on Brockway’s Adam Stine for a fall in 1:28.
The Rovers’ Anthony Glasl put together a very convincing win at 132 pounds over the Rams’ Dalton Stahli. Glasl worked his way to a 12-3 lead after one period before the sophomore needed an escape point, a takedown and three back points at the end of the second period to get an 18-3 technical fall in 4:00. The tech gave Brockway a 35-6 lead.
Tino Inzana kept the ball rolling for the Rovers with a 2-1 win at 138 pounds over Johnsonburg’s Devon Norlin.
After a scoreless first period, Inzana escaped to start the second before he was awarded a penalty point later in the period.
Norlin got one of those points back on an escape in the third period, but couldn’t get a winning takedown.
Cole Casilio got Johnsonburg back on the board at 145, using a takedown in each period plus an escape point in the third period for a 7-4 win over Brockway’s Noah Bash. Bash was close to headlocking Casilio to his back at the end of the match, but Casilio hung on for the win.
Brockway’s Linkin Nichols then earned a 3-1 win over Johnsonburg’s Cole Haight at 152.
Johnsonburg’s Jake Zimmerman and Tyler Watts then came up with back-to-back 4-0 wins at 160 and 170, respectively. Zimmerman defeated the Rovers’ Andrew Hickman, while Watts beat Brockway’s Bryce Grecco.
Brockway’s Eric Johnson wrapped up the night with a second-period fall over the Rams’ Matt Berger. Johnson worked his way to a 7-0 lead after the first period with five back points. The sophomore worked his way up to a 10-0 lead before getting the pin at 3:53 to set the final score at 47-15.
“We know Johnsonburg has a pretty tough team and they’re pretty tough through the middle,” said Grecco. “We told our kids, ‘In order to beat them for a statement win, we’re going to have to be tough through the middle and maybe sneak a couple wins in there and battle the decisions.’ Overall that’s what we did. All the kids did their jobs. It was a total team effort tonight. I’m proud of each and every kid that took the mat.”
Johnsonburg hosts Sheffield on Thursday.
Brockway is off until the holiday break when they compete in the Redbank Valley Tournament on Dec. 30.