Octorara was within a point heading into the final two bouts of the night, but West Chester's Bayard Rustin came through with back to back wins at 135 and 140 to pull out the win.The meet got underway at 145-pounds, and Rustin picked up six on a forfeit, and followed with a pin at 152 and a major decision at 160 before Octorara finally got on the board.
The Braves' Josh Smith made it a 16-6 team score, decking Nowell in a mere 41-seconds at 171. Nate Ronan followed suit for Octorara at 189, earning a first period fall just two seconds before the buzzer over Rustin's DiMaio.
It took a little longer for Kinney at 189, but when he got the slap of the mat at the 3:42 mark against Rustin's Riddle, Octorara had its first lead, 18-16.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Rustin tacked on 18 with a pin at 285 and forfeits at 103 and 112.
Bruce Norton put the Braves back on track at 119, picking up a 30-second pin that began a string of three straight wins for the Braves. Mike Blankley followed with a 3-1 decision at 125, and Jason Stotlzfus had a 5:46 pin at 130 to make it 34-33 heading into the final two matches.
Both matches went to Rustin, however, with a major decision at 135 and a pin with just three seconds remaining (5:57) to make it a 44-33 final score.
This past weekend, the Braves learned that they earned the number three seed in the District 1, Class AA Duals Championships to be held on Feb. 2 at Pottstown High School. In the semi-final round, the Braves will face off against Springfield Township. With a win, they will face either top seeded Pottstown or Phoenxville, should the Phantoms pull off an upset of the defending champs.
The first round is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start, with the championship final slated for 4 p.m.