Ed Scott made some history Saturday as he became just the second DuBois wrestler to ever reach the 100-win milestone during his junior season on what was otherwise a tough day for the Beavers at Clearfield’s annual Bison Duals.
Scott entered the day needing five wins to become the 13th Beaver reach the century mark. And, he went a perfect 5-0 with four first-period pins and a forfeit win on the day as DuBois went 2-3 and came away with a sixth-place team finish. Former teammate Kolby captured his 100th victory at last year’s Bison Duals.
His longest match lasted just 1:27 against Union City’s Judah Gardner, while he hit the 100-win milestone with his quickest pin of the day — decking Montoursville’s Quenten Gonzalez in 21 seconds.
That fall put Scott in elite company as he joined former Beaver standout Tom Sleigh as the only DuBois juniors to hit the century mark.
Scott, who is 28-0 on the season, reached the milestone in 106 bouts (100-6). Sleigh did so in his 123rd career match — beating Mt. Lebanon’s Kellan Stout 3-1 in a consolation round match at the 2013 PIAA Class AAA Championships that guaranteed Sleigh his first state medal (bronze). Sleigh holds the school’s all-time wins mark, finishing with a record of 140-24.
“It feels good and was exciting to get it (100th win), but it’s really just a number to me,” said Scott. “It does show that what I’m doing (on mat) is working, but I know I can improve and keep getting better.
“It’s a step along the way in achieving my ultimate goals. I definitely want to go to states and dominate down there this year. Winning it (state title) is my main goal.
Scott wasn’t lost on his place in school history by reaching the milestone as a junior or those who have helped him get there.
“Getting it as junior is a nice accomplishment,” said Scott. “Being just the second junior along with Tom Sleigh, and watching what he has done in college, makes me feel like I’m in great company.
“I owe a lot to all my coaches and my partners in the room. I appreciate all of them for always pushing me to be better.”
DuBois coach Luke Bundy had high praise for his junior.
“Congratulation to Ed,” said Bundy. “It is a special accomplishment to hit 100 wins, especially as a junior. Tommy Sleigh is the only other wrestler to get 100 as a junior. Getting 100 already will put him in good position to possibly finish as the all time wins leader in DuBois history when he is finished his career.
“This is just one goal checked off the list for Ed, though. He has been in a mission all year, and I look forward to him making a strong push this postseason”
As for Scott, he is glad to put the milestone behind him.
“It’s nice to get it out of the way now instead of it being in a big match in the postseason to get my 100th,” said Scott. “That would be a lot of pressure. Now, I can just go out and wrestle and let it fly and have fun wrestling in the postseason.”
Scott wasn’t the only Beaver to go undefeated on an up and down day for the Beavers Saturday. Senior Dalton Woodrow, who won his 100th match earlier this season in a dual meet against Clearfield, also went 5-0 along with junior Trenton Donahue.
DuBois split its pool matches, beating James M. Coughlin, 52-24 and dropping a tough 31-30 contest to West Branch. The Warriors won the final bout to pull out the victory.
The Beavers then dropped a 41-28 contest to Port Allegany in the quarterfinals before bouncing back to beat Union City, 48-33, in a consolation match then put DuBois in position to wrestle for fifth place.
However, DuBois dropped that place match to Montoursville, 48-36.
Woodrow collected three falls on the day, while Donahue scored bonus points in all five of his victories (3 pins, 1 technical fall, 1 major decision). Donahue’s biggest win of the day was a third-period pin (5:15) of Union City senior William Burgess in a battle of past state qualifiers.
Garrett Starr went 4-1 with three pins and a forfeit, while Alex O’Harah and Braxton Adams were the only other Beavers who finished with a winning record on the day. All three of O’Harah’s win came via fall, while Adams had a win an forfeit.
Clearfield, which came into the event with a record of 4-6, was perfect on Saturday, going 5-0 and pulling out two upsets, including a 37-33 victory over Port Allegany in the finals.
Clearfield now has three Bison Duals titles. It also won the first two events in 2009 and 2010.
DuBois hosts Punxsutawney Wednesday in its final dual meet of the season.