BROCKWAY — The Brockway wrestling team took nine of 13 contested bouts on the evening in a 47-16 win over Redbank Valley at Brockway High School.
The Rovers had just one forfeit in the match, four pins, a major decision and a technical fall in the big win over the Bulldogs.
“They continue to come out here and battle,” said Brockway coach Eric Grecco of his wrestlers. “We tell them to come out and wrestle all six minutes and there were a couple matches tonight where we got it done in the last 10 seconds or we scored to get bonus points or those pins. They kept wrestling all the way to the end.”
The will to win was evident from the get-go for the Rovers as Brockway freshman Noah Bash took the mat at 132 pounds against Redbank Valley’s Hunter Martz, a District 9 runner-up from last season.
Martz did get the 8-3 win over Bash, but the effort from the freshman pleased Grecco.
“The match started with one of my freshman wrestling a district runner-up. He wrestles him to an 8-3 decision,” said Grecco. “Kind of just all throughout the lineup, all the kids pitched in. They did their job. They won the close matches for the most part, and just continued scoring bonus points.”
The Rovers’ Elijah Shifter got the lone forfeit of the night at 138 before Tino Inzana earned Brockway its first win on the mat with a 3-0 decision over Caleb Snyder at 145.
Inzana needed an escape point and a double leg takedown in the second period to notch the victory, with scoreless periods in the first and third.
Linkin Nichols continued the roll for Brockway at 152 with an 11-1 major decision of Redbank’s Coltin Bartley before the Bulldogs got themselves their second win.
Bryan Layton made his way through a 12-0 major decision of Brockway’s Bryce Grecco, despite using about half of his blood time throughout the match. Layton turned Grecco for eight near fall points in the bout.
Andrew Hickman got the Rovers going again at 170 with a pin of Hutson Martz in 4:52 before Eric Johnson made it back-to-back falls for the Rovers at 182 with a pin of Kobe Bonanno in 4:58. Johnson cradled Bonanno for the fall.
Garrett McClintick continued the roll for Brockway with a technical fall of the Bulldogs’ Logan Minich, 17-0 in 5:58.
The Rover junior built a 9-0 lead over the first two periods before getting a takedown and three back points on two occasions in the third. The second near fall came with time winding down in the match. Brockway led at that point, 30-7.
At 220 pounds, the Bulldogs’ Aiden Gardner came away with a 5-0 decision of Brockway’s Justin Smith. After two scoreless periods, Gardner got an escape point, a takedown and two back points in the third for the win.
Brockway was deducted a team point during the match for unsportsmanlike conduct.
At heavyweight, Brockway’s Hayden Thompson picked up a quick fall of the Bulldogs’ Owen Shaffer in 40 seconds.
At 106, the Rovers’ Tanner Morelli built a 7-2 lead after two periods before hanging on to defeat Redbank Valley’s Trenten Rupp, 7-5.
Perhaps the bout of the night came at 113 in a barnburner between the Rovers’ Dominic Inzana and Redbank’s Mason Songer.
Inzana built up a 5-0 lead in the middle of the second period before Songer made a five-point move before the buzzer to tie the bout at 5 heading into the third.
Songer took down to start the third and earned a reversal halfway through the period. Inzana got an escape point late in the period to make it 7-6 Songer.
With seven seconds remaining off a restart, Inzana took a quick shot off the whistle and put Songer to his back for a five-point move of his own. The big move for the Rover freshman paid off for an 11-7 win.
“To be a freshman and have that poise, you’re winning 5-0 and you get thrown to your back,” said Grecco. “The next thing you know you’re losing 7-6 late in the match and to not give up as a freshman and be that mentally mature is unreal.”
The dual meet ended with a fall for each side as Redbank’s Brayden Altobelli pinned Adam Stine in the second period at 120, while Anthony Glasl ended the night with a pin in 1:36 over the Bulldogs’ Josh Smith.
Both teams are back in action on Thursday evening. Brockway hosts Cranberry, while Redbank Valley travels to Ridgway.