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The Railroaders rolled through Oakdale

Bolstered with confidence following an impressive win at home against No. 17 ranked Williamsport Wednesday night, the Brunswick Railroaders traveled Thursday to face Oakdale.

Competition started at the 157lb weight class where Senior #5 ranked Morgan Corwine dispatched Ryan Crabb in 1:10. Oakdale’s Jack Pierro was relatively dominant in the 165lb weight class against Brunswick’s Jesse Runkles, defending repeated takedown attempts for all three periods and winning the match 5-2.

At 175, Jamison Gdowski was paired equally in a match against Oakdale’s Jason Roberts. After a scoreless first period, Roberts chose down in the second and secured the escape. An illegal move penalty against Roberts tied the match up however and we headed to the third period tied at 1-1. Gdowski chose bottom and was unable to escape until late in the third when he was finally able to secure a reversal and win the match 3-1.

Brunswick’s Ben Wells, fresh off the previous night’s dual meet pin against Williamsport’s No. 2 ranked Adin Hastings faced off with Kevin Futrell next at 190. Ben made quick work of his opponent, securing an immediate takedown and a pin in the first period at 1:36.

In Similar fashion, Brunswick’s Austin Curry scored a quick two followed by a pin in the first at 1:52. Oakdale’s Kauser Kaiser, a nearly 60lb underdog was next to fall to heavyweight Lane Riggleman in the second period at 3:21. The score now sat at 27-3 for Brunswick.

On to the lightweights with No. 8 ranked Junior Evan Mullen from Brunswick first up at 106 where a lopsided Tech Fall was awarded early in the third against freshman Christian Beltran. Freshman Cayden Boedecker faced stiffer competition at 113 against seasoned wrestler Sean Steinmetz from Oakdale. Boedecker remained in control the entire match but was unable to score more than a decision against good defense at 6-0.

Colby Moore was similarly able to deny bonus points to Oakdale’s JJ Hathaway giving up a takedown in the first and a reversal in both the second and third to end the match 6-0. The Dual now stood at 35-6 in favor of the railroaders.

No. 10 ranked Seth Crawford sealed the dual at 126 when he pinned Oakdale’s Mason Lecroy in 0:50. Oakdale’s resident hammer Cooper Van Scoyoc was in true form and pinned Collin Trendell at 1:38.

In what was probably the most exciting match of the evening, at 138 Jake Green secured an early first period takedown against Jake O’Connor from Brunswick wrestling up a weight class. O’Connor was in danger of being turned the entire period but somehow was able to stave off any near fall points heading into the second.

The second period started with Green on bottom. A reversal awarded green two points, but O’Connor was able to secure a reversal himself. A late period reversal again by Green sent the two into the third period with O’Connor down 6-2. Choosing top in the third period proved a wise choice when two sets of near fall points worth six combined was awarded to O’Connor.

Wrestling continued with green battling to secure a reversal to force sudden victory. Out of bounds at 0:14 left in the third reset the two back to center. An escape with 0:04 seconds did not leave enough time for Green to secure another takedown, and O’Connor won the match 8-7 sending the Brunswick bench into boisterous cheers.

Oakdale seniors Matt and Marty Sandy performed well as usual, with both securing pins in the second period against opponents Ayax Martinez-Ortiz and Alex Haste respectively. This added 12 points in the last two matches leaving the score 44-24 Brunswick.

Scott Tilles in response to Wednesday’s win over Williamsport is quoted “I tell these kids just go out there and wrestle, they won’t know what they’re capable of unless they do. Ben Wells wrestling is a product of years and years of junior league competition. Even though he took a few years off, he still has the instincts and training to capitalize on a situation when it presents itself.”

“That’s exactly what happened in the Hastings match. Ben had the confidence that he could do something. Coach JC (Porter) told him to be confident, and he trusted him. Coach Porter from Warhawks, Coach Avery Corwine, and Coach Kyle Boedecker are the best I could ask for in reinforcing what the experienced kids know, but also what the kids newer to wrestling can grasp quickly, they do an incredible job.”

“We’re also very lucky to have several Warhawks that were trained by JC here as well. The junior league program here led by Tommy O’Connor is an invaluable feeder program to this small high school. It’s all connected.”

It seems it is as Evan Mullen (106), Cayden Boedecker (113), Colby Moore (120), and Jake O’Connor (132) all volunteer to stay after high school practice and/or on weekend junior league meets to assist in coaching the next generation of wrestlers. They were recently “honored” by one of their biggest fans: Billy “The Legend” Faust who insisted on making signs along with his sister Savannah to show their appreciation for the upperclassmen they look up to so much.

Brunswick Vs. Oakdale

157 — Corwine (BR) pinned Crabb, 1:10

165 — Pierro (O) dec. Runkles, 5-2

175 — Gdowski (BR) dec. Roberts, 3-1

190 — Wells (BR) pinned Futrell, 1:36

215 — Curry (BR) pinned Deickman, 1:52

285 — Riggleman (BR) pinned Kaiser, 3:21

106 — Mullen (BR) TF Beltran

113 — Boedecker (BR) dec. Steinmetz, 6-0

120 — Hathaway (O) over Moore, 6-0

126 — Crawford (BR) pinned Lecroy, 0:50

132 — Van Scoyoc (O) pinned Trendell

138 — O'Connor (BR) dec. Green, 8-7

144 — Sandy (O) pinned Martinez-Ortiz, 3:15

150 — Sandy (O) pinned Haste, 2:42

Final Score: Brunswick over Oakdale 44-24

Pictured left to right: Colby Moore, Jake O’Connor, Evan Mullen and Cayden Boedecker.

Upper: “The Legend”

Ben Wells in response to his win on Wednesday night had this to say: “In the beginning Adin was in full control, he went in for a shot and I tried to sprawl, but he got his two points. During that, I was below him the whole time, he was able to secure a leg in and start working his moves.”

“We were close to the circle, so I decided to try and maneuver out of bounds and force a restart. He went for the left side and tried to secure an arm bar. When he went for it, he got it pretty deep. He was driving me. I was on my stomach and defended by putting my hand on his thigh, spun and was able to reverse him with an over-under. I was able to get two, plus two back points.”

“He tried to get up and didn’t seem in control, because he reached back with his arm. When I saw that, I went straight for the half. I ran it, turned him, and held on for dear life. I settled back, made a quick readjustment to tighten it up, and was able to get the pin.”

Ben Wells in his pin against Adin Hastings:

Seth Crawford in his Pin against Oakdale:

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