DuBOIS — There just wasn’t much stopping the DuBois wrestling team in their first dual meet of the season on Friday evening as rival Clearfield made the trip up Rockton Mountain.
The Beavers recorded four pins, three major decisions, and a technical fall in a 53-8 drubbing of the Bison on Friday evening to open the dual meet season.
“We have some heart, some grit, some toughness, conditioning,” said DuBois coach Luke Bundy. “They’re going hard in practice day in and day out, and it’s helped them. It’s helped them in the tournament (the Eastern Area Wrestling Invitational last weekend) and it helped them tonight in the dual meet. We tell our guys all the time if they can push the action and push the pace, we’re going to be very successful. They did a good job doing that tonight.”
With the win, the Beavers will hold on to the Pete Morelli Battle for the Buck Trophy, which is given to the winner of the dual between the two rival schools annually. In the four years in the history of the trophy, DuBois has lost it just once back in the 2015-16 season.
The Bison didn’t get on the board until the 11th match of the night after trailing 47-(-1). Clearfield was deducted a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct after the 220-pound match.
“It didn’t seem like we were interested. I felt it was a poor performance,” said Clearfield coach Jeff Aveni. “I thought we had some effort on the mat, we had a little bit of fight.
“One of our problems, in my opinion, was lack of focus. This team is built on fundamentals. I have first-year kids that are standing up every time, not giving up back points, not getting rode out, but the rest of us aren’t standing. We have to do the little things right and the big things will take care of themselves.”
With the dual meet starting at 195, DuBois’ Iszak Kerner built a 2-0 lead before pinning Clearfield’s Brandon Daubs with six seconds remaining in the second period.
At 220, the Beavers’ Alex O’Harrah and Clearfield’s Avry Gisewhite went scoreless through the first period. Gisewhite picked up an escape in the second period, but O’Harrah countered a bear hug attempt for a 5-point move.
O’Harrah rode out Gisewhite in the third period for a 5-1 win.
Matt Starr continued the run for DuBois with a pin of the Bison’s Kevin Helsel in 1:25, giving the Beavers a 15-(-1) lead.
“I think our heavy guys did a great job, starting with Iszak and Alex and Matt Starr getting the ball rolling in our favor,” said DuBois coach Luke Bundy. “All our guys did a great job, win or lose, pushing the pace, pushing the action. We wrestled from the start of the match to the end of the match. That’s a good start to the season and hopefully we can just keep getting better from there.”
The lightweights continued what the heavyweights had started for DuBois with Chandler Ho picking up a 38-second fall on Clearfield’s Angelo Maines at 106, while Trenton Donahue also scored a first period fall over the Bison’s John Thomas in 1:20.
The Beavers then got three straight major decisons from Lance Brown (120), Ed Scott (126) and Dalton Woodrow (132).
Brown had just a 2-0 lead on Clearfield’s Peyton Smay through the first two periods as Smay battled through two blood timeouts.
In the third period, Smay gave Brown a point on an optional start, and also came up with a 5-point move for an 8-0 major decision.
Scott got a takedown and three near fall points in each of the first two periods against the Bison’s Matt Ryan. Scott also added an escape and another takedown in the third period, but just missed the technical fall with a 13-0 major.
Woodrow had one takedown in the first period, and two in the second and third periods. He also had a reversal in the seocnd period to major decision Clearfield’s Jude Pallo, 12-4.
DuBois’ Garrett Starr got a 4-0 lead through five minutes of wrestling against Clearfield’s Quentin Edwards at 138, but Edwards made a comeback with a takedown of his own. However, Edwards could not get Starr turned as the Beaver came away with a 4-2 win.
At 145, Kolby Ho put on a clinic of all sorts as he picked up a 19-4 win in 2:31 over Clearfield’s Nate Barr.
Freeland finally got the Bison on the board with a 12-9 decision over DuBois’ Austin Fairman at 152.
Freeland was caught on his back momentarily in the second period, but rolled through and survived to take a 9-5 lead into the third period.
Fairman earned an escape to open the third, and both wrestlers had a takedown and an escape point the rest of the third period. DuBois led at that point, 47-2.
Grant Barr returned the favor for DuBois with a 12-9 decision of his own over Clearfield’s Hunter Wright at 160.
Clearfield’s Brett Zattoni also hung in with DuBois’ Lance Henninger through a little more than a period, but Henninger earned four takedowns in the final two periods for a 9-4 win at 170.
McGonigal finished the dual meet at 182 pounds with a pin of DuBois’ Eric Schneider in 1:52. The Bison built up a 13-0 lead before getting the fall.
Clearfield is now 0-2 on the season, while DuBois is 1-0.
“Honestly, I believe my team is better than that,” said Aveni. “I expected a much better performance and we didn’t get it. We’ll be back next week and we’ll get to work.”
Both teams are on the road in their next meets. The Bison are back in action on Tuesday at Central, while the Beavers visit Selinsgrove on Friday.