BROOKVILLE — In a night full of forfeits with the outcome nearly determined before it started, Wednesday night's varsity wrestling match between Brookville and Brockway featured six bouts in total, with both teams claiming three.
The Raiders (3-0), in front of a "White Out" crowd in Brookville, benefitted from six forfeits, a pin fall victory and a technical fall to easily pick up a 50-24 victory over the Rovers.
After Brookville forfeited at 103 pounds to Brockway's Devon Park, the Raiders' Brady Mineweaser earned an impressive 5-1 decision over Justin Prave to cut into Brockway's lead, 6-3.
Mineweaser picked up two reversal points in the second period to take a 2-1 lead and never looked back, later earning three back points to pick up the win, bringing the 112-pounder his fourth win of the season.
"He's a kid that continues to battle the whole time. He wrestled the full six minutes, and it paid off again tonight," Brookville head coach Dave Klepfer said. "He beat that kid earlier by a four-point decision, and he did it again tonight. He's just a great kid to coach, and he works extremely hard."
Brookville's Trey Constable followed with a forfeit victory at 119 pounds to give the Raiders a 9-6 lead before Brock Zacherl (20-0) made short work of Brockway's Troy Hidinger at 125 pounds.
The match was dominated and controlled by Zacherl from the start, earning a takedown in the opening seconds, cutting Hidinger loose, and continuing the process to build a 6-2 lead. Zacherl reversed Hidinger to start the second period before earning the win by pin at 3:49.
Following forfeit victories by Brookville's Dustin Dombrowski (130 pounds) and Brodie Zacherl (135), the Raiders' Brett Smith put together an impressive victory as well, earning a technical fall (15-0) over D.J. Forrest.
Smith earned an early takedown and turned a 2-0 lead into an 11-0 lead before the end of the first period after using crafty work on the body. Smith followed with another takedown and a pair of back points to earn the victory at 140 pounds.
Another Brockway (1-3) forfeit followed at 145 pounds, giving Zach Vroman the victory, before Brockway's Trevor Hartless (12-1) rallied to beat Mitch Minich (0-2) at 152 pounds, 11-6. Minich trailed 2-0 early before an escape, takedown and back points moved Minich ahead 6-2.
Unable to pin Hartless, Minich allowed the quality wrestler to stay in the match, where he eventually overtook Minich to earn the win.
"I thought that once we had the 6-2 lead, if we were going to beat him, we needed to continue to score points," Klepfer said. "I knew six wouldn't win it. We went for another big move in the third, and it didn't work out.
"You get one opportunity to pin a good kid," he said. "He had his opportunity and we didn't get it."
At 160 pounds, Nathan Hartless (13-1) earned a forfeit victory, netting his 100th career win in the process. It appeared that Nathan Hartless had the opportunity to wrestle Tyler Dombrowski at 171 pounds, a match Hartless won earlier this season, but the Brockway coaching staff opted to allow the senior to earn his milestone victory on a forfeit.
"They are kind of in the same position we were in last year," Klepfer said. "They are working with what they have, and they are doing a good job with some solid individuals. Again, they are a little shorthanded, especially with a bunch of beginners. It was just one of those nights where we just couldn't get the right matches."
At 189 pounds, Jacob Shields earned a forfeit victory for Brookville before the Raiders' Logan Stout (215 pounds) and heavyweight Luke Geer both lost their matches. Stout fell 4-0 to Zach Brinkley, while 15-0 Joel Yahner pinned Geer in 1:01.
The Raiders return to action Saturday when they host the 15th-annual Johnson Motors Ultimate Duals.
Needless to say, the wrestlers are ready, and so is the coaching staff.
"They are pretty fired up. Everyone is down to the weight they should be at, and we should have a full lineup (Saturday)," Klepfer said. "We know what we see from the guys every day, but we're anxious to get in there Saturday and see where we're at with the best guys in the state."