DuBOIS — The DuBois wrestling team went into Tuesday’s matchup against State College still missing a couple key starters, but the shorthanded Beavers used a trio of big wins from its upperweights to help knock off the Little Lions, 41-32.
DuBois is still without the services of sophomore Grant Barr, who still out injured. A new name was added to that list this week, as the Beavers are also missing returning state qualifier Trenton Donahue, abd it appears the junior is be finished for the season.
“As far as we know as a coaching staff, he (Donahue) is no longer enrolled in the DuBois Area School District,” said DuBois head coach Luke Bundy.
Even without those missing pieces, the Beavers found a way to improves its record to 18-3 on the season. DuBois got bonus-point wins from usual suspects like Kolby Ho (pin), Chandler Ho (technical fall), Ed Scott (pin) and Dalton Woodrow (pin).
Scott and Woodrow captured back-to-back first-period falls in the final two bouts at 126 and 132, respectively, to turn a late 32-29 deficit into a nine-point victory (41-32).
The duo’s late heroics was set up by a run of big wins on the mat in the upperweights by Lance Henninger (170), Eric Schneider (182) and Matt Starr (285) and a forfeit win by Alex O’Harrah at 220.
Henninger locked a tight cradle on State’s Jadyn Brugler and pinned the Little Lion in 1:11 to pull DuBois within three points at 15-12, then Schneider bested Ryan Kunz, 3-0, to knot the score at 15-15. Schneider scored all his points —on an escape and takedown — in the third period.
O’Harrah’s forfeit win and a 6-2 decision by Starr later put the Beavers back on top 24-20. State College bumped Jackson Heasley up away from O’Harrah to face Starr, but the move didn’t pay off as Starr scored a takedown in all three periods to secure the win.
“Up top, we got three key wins out of Lance Henninger, Eric Schneider and matt Starr,” said Bundy. “Obviously, they chose to wrestle Starr instead of O’Harrah, and that’s a big win for Matt Starr, especially at that point and time in the match.
“A win right there knowing what we have coming around to finish the match kind of put us in a good position. That was a key to our success tonight.”
Chandler Ho followed Starr’s triumph with a 20-2 technical fall against Ben Krick, but back-to-back six-point wins by State College put the Little Lions back out front 32-29.
However, DuBois had Scott and Woodrow waiting in the wings and the pair brought home the victory.
DuBois closes out its regular season Friday at Selinsgrove.