Philipsburg-Osceola racked up four falls and a technical fall and those 14 bonus points provided the cushion the Mounties needed to dispatch State College, 44-27 in the quarter-finals of the District 6 Class AAA team duals here Wednesday night.
The Little Lions themselves registered three falls to keep the meet close until P-O’s Dallas Kephart scored a late five-point move to beat Will Roeshot 8-4 at 152 to push the meet beyond State College’s reach, 41-27. Kephart was trailing Roeshot 4-3 until he hit a Peterson roll with less than a minute to go to pull out the win. Roeshot came into the meet with an 13-5 record while Kephart was 10-14
“That’s the first time I’ve ever seen him hit a Peterson,” said Mountie coach Tim McCamley. “We work on it a lot but we don’t see it very often. Dallas is wrestling light. He could probably make 145 but he’s doing this for the team.”
The teams traded falls as the meet started at 170 State’s Alex Stover decked Kaleb Guy in 3:08 only to have Dennis Lumadue match that with a fall over Cory Dreibelbis in 3:40.
P-O’s Mason Pryde used three takedowns to beat Ben Roeshot 6-3 at 195 and at 220 Nick Gray gave the Mounties a 15-6 lead when he pinned Sheldon Davis at the 5:19 mark.
The Little Lions came right back with another fall as Jack Vanderport decked Logan Day in 2:44 to set the dual meet score at 15-12.
The Mounties got 12 points at the next two weights as Bryce Bennett picked up a forfeit and ChrisThompson teched Kyle Catral, 17-2 in 3:30, rolling up 11 back points to go with three takedowns, making it 26-12.
A fall by Dan Sills over Nathan Quick in 3:04 drew the Little Lions within eight points, 26-18 and when Anthony Myers scored a takedown and three back points to beat Levi Hughes, 7-0, and State was within five points at 26-21.
And even though Derek Weitoish pinned Shane Ekdahl in 1:01, the Mounties forfeited to Mike Kauffman at 138 to make it 32-27 with three bouts to go.
But Caleb Shively took down Dalton Barger and pinned him in 1:18, giving P-O an 11-point lead with two bouts left.
“I told Shively before he went out on the mat that he could ice this thing right now,” McCamley said. “That brought a smile to his face. He did it and that took some pressure off the other kids. But pinning our 152- and 160-pounders would be a major feat.”
One that State couldn’t accomplish.
“We need to be able to get the falls when we need them and not give up falls,” said State coach Ryan Cummings. “And that’s what it came down to. I thought our kids gave a good effort and just came up a little short at the end. We knew we needed two pins at the end and we just couldn’t quite do it.
“I knew this was going to be close and we just told the kids to leave it all on the mat. I thought the guys wrestled really tough. They have come a long way.”