A pair of newcomers helped lift Philipsburg-Osceola over Penns Valley, 43-24, in the season opener for the Mounties on Tuesday night.
Freshman Hunter Weitoish knocked off veteran Clayton Royer, 5-2, in the featured bout of the night at 132 pounds, and 138-pounder Braedon Butler — who was on JV a year ago — pinned Charles Martin in 5 minutes, 40 seconds for the Mounties, who recognized the late Leroy “Eddie” Myers, a former P-O wrestler and longtime fan, prior to the meet.
Butler’s win was a tribute to his work ethic in the offseason while Weitoish’s victory spoke to the promise held by the rookie, according to P-O coach Brad Pataky.
“Braedon was a JV last year, and he worked his butt off in the summer and in the fall,” Pataky said. “That was a great performance. I don’t know if he would have beaten that kid last year.
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“And Hunter beat one of the top kids in the state. He didn’t wrestle like a freshman. He wrestled like he had been at this level for a while. He has a great sense of mat awareness, and you can’t teach that.
Butler fell behind Charles Martin, 5-4, in the first period when Martin notched a takedown and three back-points while giving up a reversal and near fall. Butler took the lead in the second period when he reversed Martin and turned him for two points. They started the third period neutral, and Butler notched two takedowns while pinning Martin with 20 seconds left in the bout. The win closed the dual meet since it started at 145 pounds with P-O’s Cole Hoover receiving a forfeit.
At 152 the Mounties got an 11-3 major decision from Matt Johnson over Clayton Upcraft while, at 160, the Rams got an 11-7 win from Abraham Allebach, who took Matt Shimmel down four times.
P-O’s Ian Klinger followed that by pinning Isaac Spotts in 58 seconds to put the Mounties up 16-3, but Carter Felker cut that deficit to 16-9 with a fall over Sam Martinez in 3:19.
Brandon Anderson got those points back for the Mounties when he needed only 40 seconds to put away Caleb Packer — but Penns Valley’s Dillon Covalt stopped any P-O momentum with a 5-1 decision over Josh Hubler thanks to a first -period takedown and an escape and takedown in the third.
The Rams closed to within four points at 285 when Garrett Lucas decked Jimmy Bryan in 2:51 to make it 22-18.
But P-O’s Nick Bryan stretched the lead to 28-18 when he ankle-picked Justin Darlington for a takedown and got the fall at 1:04.
There was no bout at 113 so Penns Valley bumped Baylor Shunk up to 120, where he pinned Aaron Foster at the 1:50 mark. Chase Chapman recorded the fastest fall of the night when he pinned Penns Valley’s Haden Stamm in 10 seconds at 126.
“We had four or five kids in the lineup that this was their second or third dual meet in their lives,” Penns Valley coach Joel Brinker said. “We knew our backs were against the wall tonight.
“I figured the Royer-Weitoish match would be a good one and that the one at 220 would be good. Now we have to build on what we’ve been doing. We have a good long break where we can work on a lot of things. We don’t wrestle again until Jan. 3 when we go to Clearfield.’’
The Mounties will head to the Conestoga Valley tournament on Dec. 28-29.