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Raiders bounce back to beat Smethport, 49-20

February 15, 2011

Josh Rizzo/The Punxsutawney Spirit Brookville senior Mike Crane (left) attempts to overpower Smethport's Caleb Cooper during their heavyweight bout Tuesday in Brookville. Crane improved his record to 4-11 on the season by pinning Cooper in 3:56.

BROOKVILLE — Brookville junior Brett Smith said that the Raiders could still feel the sting from their loss to Ridgway during the week leading up to their dual meet with Smethport Tuesday night in Brookville.

The team, which had expected to make a run in the state tournament, was forced to stay at home and watch.

"As a team, we took a couple of days off, and everyone was down," Smith said. "We had high expectations for ourselves at the state level, and we didn't get there. Practices weren't as crisp as they should have been, but we got back on the wagon last night and started hitting hard at practice again."

Brookville head coach Dave Klepfer agreed that his team didn't have the best week of practice.

"It was hard to get the guys to come back around after the loss," Klepfer said. "I wasn't sure what to expect tonight, but these guys are gamers and love to compete, and they came out and showed it tonight. I was pretty pleased with the effort."

Brookville set the tone during an exhibition bout when Luke Gear (heavyweight) pinned Jeremy Mason in the first period. The Raiders dominated when the dual started, picking up bonus points in eight of its nine wins, which helped them beat Smethport, 49-20.

Six Raiders — Brody Zacherl (130), Mitch Minich (152), Ron Clark (160), Jake Shields (189), Logan Stout (215) and Mike Crane (heavyweight) — all picked up pins for the Raiders.

Smith (135) and Zach Vroman (140) came close to picking up pins, but settled for technical falls.

"It's a challenge to be focusing on individual districts, but still getting up for the team aspect," Smitth said. "We have such a strong team with a lot of depth that we were able to come out and control this dual."

Brock Zacherl (119) and Dylan Zimmerman (145) were both out of the lineup due to injuries. They are both expected to return for individual districts next weekend.

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