The DuBois Beaver wrestling team advanced to the finals of the District 9 Class AAA team championship by handing the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch squad a 40-25 loss last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The Beavers will now meet top seed Clearfield Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the DuBois Area High School for the District 9-AAA title. The Dutchmen were seeded second and the Beavers third.
In last night’s match, the Beavers opened a 30-10 lead with five matches remaining to hold off the Dutch.
“I would like to congratulate Coach (Luke) Bundy and his DuBois team on their win tonight. They wanted it more than we did,” said St. Marys coach Dominic Surra.
“DuBois wrestled well and won every toss-up match. They earned it. They got the ball rolling and we couldn’t get it going. We got outwrestled tonight.
“It was a good experience for the kids. Hopefully we can get in a position to wrestle for the District title next year.”
The match started at 125 pounds, where Garrett Brown of the Beavers pinned Bill Gabor at the 52-second mark of their match. At 130 pounds, Matt Busatto of the Beavers decisioned Alex Coudriet by an 8-5 score. Tom Sleigh of the Beavers decisioned Darren Lyon by a 4-2 score at 135 pounds, giving DuBois the 12-0 lead.
Sam Miller got the Dutch on the board when he recorded a 12-0 major decision over Zane Drum, 12-4. DuBois’ Chris Powers decisioned Allan Gursky 4-2 at 145 pounds and Geno Morelli of DuBois pinned Alex Feldbauer at the 4:21 mark of their 152-pound match as DuBois led 21-4.
Dutchman Michael Brennen made the score 21-10 when he pinned Shane Marshall at the 3:50 mark of their 160-pound match. Joe Morrison of the Beavers pinned Alex Geitner at the 2:46 mark of their 171-pound match and Landon Hanna of DuBois picked up a 13-4 major decision over Joe McLaughlin at 189 pounds, giving DuBois the 31-10 lead.
Jimmy Antonelli of the Dutch decisioned Austin Barr 12-6 at 215 pounds, making the score 31-13. Kevin Hoy of the Dutch made the score 31-19 when he pinned Nathan Petitti at the 1:45 mark of their 285-pound match.
Bryce Swauger of the Beavers made the score 37-19 when he pinned Damien Wensel at the 2:31 mark of their 103 pound match. DuBois’ Anthony Vizza picked up a 4-3 decision over Trenton Bowers at 112 pounds to make the score 40-19.
Dutchman Evan Smith pinned Mark Marshall at the 2:51 mark of their 119-pound match to make the final score 40-25 in favor of the Beavers.
St. Marys is now 5-8 on the season. They return to action next Wednesday when they play host to the Punxsutawney Chucks. This will also be Senior Night for the Dutch.
The results of last night’s varsity bouts follow:
DuBois 40, St. Marys 25
125 - Garrett Brown - D pinned Bill Gabor, :52.
130 - Matt Busatto - D decisioned Alex Coudriet, 8-5.
135 - Tom Sleigh - D decisioned Darren Lyon 4-2.
140 - Sam Miller - SM major decision over Zane Drum, 12-0.
145 - Chris Powers - D decisioned Allan Gursky, 4-2.
152 - Geno Morelli - D pinned Alex Feldbauer, 4:21.
160 - Michael Brennen - SM pinned Shane Marshall, 3:50.
171 - Joe Morrison - D pinned Alex Geitner, 2:46.
189 - Landon Hanna - D major decision over Joe McLaughlin, 13-4.
215 - Jimmy Antonelli - SM decisioned Austin Barr, 12-6.
285 - Kevin Hoy - SM pinned Nathan Petitti, 1:45.
103 - Bryce Swauger - D pinned Damien Wensel, 2:31.
112 - Anthony Vizza - D decisioned Trenton Bowers, 4-3.
119 - Evan Smith - SM pinned Mark Marshall, 2:51.