BROOKVILLE, Pa. – It came down to the end, but Brookville’s Dalton Zimmerman got the job done winning an 11-4 decision over Nick Nottingham at 138 pounds to give Brookville a 26-25 win over the second-ranked team in the state, Reynolds, at the Ultimate Duals Saturday at Brookville.
The bout started off well for the fifth-ranked Raiders, as they jumped out to an 11-0 lead thanks to a technical fall win by Brock Zacherl at 145 pounds over Alex DiGregorio, a 3-1 win by Zach Vroman over Levi Stoyer at 152 pounds that wasn’t decided until Vroman got a takedown with 3.5 seconds left and a 3-1 win by Brodie Zacherl over Mason McCollum at 160 pounds.
Reynolds, though, answered with three straight wins including gaining six points on an injury default at 195 pounds when Jacob Keesecker was forced to throw in the towel just 16 seconds into his bout with Deston Zeronas with a shoulder injury. That coupled with wins at 170 pounds and 182 pounds right before that put the Reynolds up 12-11.
Brookville came back at 220 pounds with a 5-1 win by Bryce Town over Cole Rickert to give the lead back to the Raiders at 14-12 before Gene Ringer beat Nate Nosker 2-0 at heavyweight to put Reynolds back in front 15-14.
But a three-bout win streak by Brookville appeared to give the Raiders control of the match with a 23-15 lead as Gavin Park got a late escape to beat Gage Bayless at 106 pounds, then Taylor Ortz won 6-2 over Seth Hogue at 113 pounds and Cole Aaron got a 3-1 victory to make it an eight-point Brookville lead.
It was Reynolds turn to answer with Michael Bartlo technical falling Brodie Joiner at 126 pounds to cut the Brookville lead to 23-20.
The match then seemed to turn in Reynolds’ favor when Joel Leise pinned Cole Clever at the nine-second mark of the second period to make it 26-23. But Reynolds coach Casey Taylor cost his team a point for protesting the action of Clever as he left the mat.
That point didn’t make a difference despite the fact Zimmerman’s win would have tied the match at 26 because Brookville would have won on the tiebreaker of winning eight bouts to Reynolds’ six.
It marked the first win for Brookville over Reynolds since 1997, also at the Duals, which was being wrestled for the first time then.
The win over Reynolds helped Brookville go 4-1 on the day, as did Reynolds. The Raiders lone loss came 33-30 to Burrell, which finished 3-2 with losses to Reynolds (40-19) and Chestnut Ridge (31-29). Chestnut Ridge dropped decisions to Brookville (41-28) and Reynolds (43-12) to also finish 3-2, while Saegertown beat Brockway to go 1-4 and the Rovers were winless at 0-5. Brookville beat Saegertown 44-18 and Brockway 44-31 with most of its regulars sitting.