Bonanno vs. Taylor

Redbank Valley’s Kobe Bonanno controls Brookville’s Nathan Taylor during their 182-pound bout. Bonanno edged Taylor, 3-2, for the Bulldogs’ lone win.

BROOKVILLE — The score told the story on a night where very little went wrong for the Brookville Raiders wrestling team against visiting Redbank Valley.

The Bulldogs were the last District 9 team to beat the Raiders on the mat, way back in the 2013 dual meet postseason. No D9 team has come close since and Tuesday night’s 65-3 rout was certainly no exception.

The Raiders (9-1) scored seven pins, took two forfeits and won all but one of the closely fought bouts.

The Bulldogs (5-2) got their win in a tossup bout at 182 where Kobe Bonanno rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the third period for a 3-2 decision over fellow freshman Nathan Taylor. Bonanno picked up a penalty point when Taylor was called for fleeing the mat, then Bonanno reversed him with 59 seconds on the clock for the one-point win.

The Raiders won a couple of big lightweight matchups where sophomore Parker Fleming, down 10-0 after two periods and nearly getting pinned in the first period, rallied to pin Bulldogs junior Mason Songer with 21 seconds left in the bout.

Songer slapped on two five-pointers in each of the first two periods, but Fleming started the third period on top and started to work his will on Songer, starting the rally with three nearfall points and as the period went on, it became evident that Fleming was on to something.

A flurry near the end of the pinning sequence gave Fleming an opening to end the bout with a loud gymnasium screaming behind him.

Fleming’s unlikely comeback put the Raiders up 53-3 with three bouts left. Prior to Fleming at 113, freshman Cayden Walter looked strong and led from start to finish in an 11-7 win over Bulldogs freshman Trenten Rupp. Walter had never beaten Rupp coming up through the feeder system.

Cabe Park and Kai Sorbin finished the evening out with solid wins against two of the better Bulldogs. Park got a takedown with 14 seconds left in a 7-5 win over Brayden Altobelli at 120 while Sorbin blanked Hunter Martz, 7-0 at 126. The Bulldogs forfeited at 132 to set the final score.

Early on, the Raiders got rolling quickly as Jacob Cable broke a 1-1 tie with a takedown in the first overtime period with 25 seconds on the clock to win 3-1 at 145. Freshman Wyatt Griffin picked up his second career varsity win at 152 with a second-period pin of Noah Anderson.

One of the Raiders’ newest 100-win wrestlers hiked his total to 103 as Caleb Hetrick won a 16-1 technical fall over Bryan Layton at 160. Braden MacBeth cradled Hudson Martz into a pin in 1:36 at 170 to put the Raiders up 26-0 after five bouts.

The Bulldogs made some noise in a couple other bouts but couldn’t convert enough into wins. At 195, Xavier Molnar dueled with Bulldogs senior Logan Minich and led 6-5 before a quick flurry late in the second period left Minich on his back for a Molnar pin in 3:24.

The Raiders’ other new 100-win wrestler Tyler Cook upped his total to 102 when he pinned freshman Aiden Gardner with three seconds left in the bout. Cook was up 11-0 when Gardner took advantage of an aggressive Cook and reversed him for four points in the second period. It was 15-5 when Cook got Gardner to his back late.

Colby Whitehill didn’t take long to pin freshman Owen Shaffer, just 23 seconds to give the Raiders a 44-3 advantage going into the handful of competitive lightweight bouts.

The Bulldogs (5-2) are also off until next Tuesday when they host Punxsutawney.

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