PHILIPSBURG — The difference between what Penns Valley coach Joel Brinker had in his book and what was in the scorebook went a long way to ultimately deciding the dual meet between the Rams and Philipsburg-Osceola on Thursday night.
On paper, the 160-pound bout belonged to Penns Valley as the Rams sent out Andrew Hurd, who was 10-3, against sophomore Nick Patrick, who owned a 2-4 record.
But after the first period ended in a 2-2 stalemate, Patrick countered a Hurd takedown shot and put the Ram on his back for a five-point move and a 7-2 lead. From there, Patrick added another second-period takedown plus a third-period reversal for an 11-4 upset win that triggered P-O’s 38-21 win, the first of the year for the Mounties.
“I don’t know exactly what happened in that match to be honest with you,” Brinker said later as he assessed the damage. “In my book, we had bonus points in that bout. We were figuring on bonus points from 152 to 182, where we usually get them.”
Instead, they only got them from Corey Hazel at 182, where he pinned Allen Hunsaker, after Jason Thoms had edged Kaleb Guy 7-5 at 170 to give the Rams a 12-6 lead.
“Nick Patrick is a very steady performer,” said P-O coach Tim McCamley. “He’s a gym rat. And you won’t score a lot of points on him. He’s a lot better than a 2-4 wrestler. His secret is that he stays in good position all the time. You’re not going to score a lot of points on him. He’s got unbelievable balance. He’s a tremendous athlete.”
The Mounties surged to the lead in the upperweights as Dennis Lumadue headlocked Tyler Bertin for a fall in 4:13 at 195 pounds to knot the dual meet score at 12. At 220, Nick Gray took down Mike Mundt nine times on his way to a 23-8 tech fall in 5:43 that gave the Mounties the lead for good at 17-12.
RJ Kephart made it 20-12 when he took down Mike Confer twice in a 5-0 win, and then the Rams gave P-O 12 points when they forfeited at 106 and 113 to make it 32-12.
“I was worried about momentum there,” McCamley said, “Those were two really good kids that got forfeits. I was thinking about bumping Chris up to 120 and just going with no bout at 113, but you never take points off the board.’’
“Those forfeits put stress on everyone,” Brinker said. “Everyone kind of stresses and tries to force things instead of letting the match come to them. When you’re giving up what we’re giving up, everyone needs to step up for us to have a chance.”
The Rams, who lost to Clearfield Wednesday night 37-36, fought back when Curtis Decker pinned Nathan Quick in 35 seconds at 120, and Jared Hurd beat Levi Hughes 5-1, thanks to a pair of takedowns to make it 32-21 with two bouts to go.
But Dakota Weitoish iced the win for the Mounties when he trimmed Jacob Confer 7-0, breaking open a 4-0 bout with three back points in the third period.
“He’s a lot like Patrick, he is solid in all positions,” McCamley said. “And you’re not getting off the bottom against him.”
P-O’s Scott Yarger used a takedown and escape to beat Isaac Bierly 3-0 in the night’s final bout.
“I’ve been telling these guys from Day 1 that they’re a good team,’’ McCamley said. “They just had to prove it to themselves. Penns Valley has a nice team there and we wrestled well tonight.”
Both teams return to action Saturday when they participate in the Juniata Duals.