Octorara charged back into the meet through the lower weights, but a Raiders pin at 130 sealed the deal for Coatesville, as the Raiders defeated the Braves for the first time in at least five years, 36-27.
Ryan Pawling got the Raiders off to a good start, picking up a win in the first bout of the night at 145. Pawling jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two periods, then secured a major decision and a bonus point, hooking up a crossface cradle for three nearfall for an 8-0 win.
The Braves forfeited to Corey Blake at 152, making it 10-0 Raiders as the meet moved to 160, a match-up of Max Henderson against the Braves' freshman Josh Smith. Henderson racked up 11 nearfall points on the way to an 18-0 tech fall at 160, and a 15-0 lead for the Raiders in the team score.
"Max's biggest strength is his strength," said Coatesville coach Mike Cammer. "He's just such a powerful kid."
Octorara finally got on the board at 171, when defending state champion and recent Beast of the East champion Mike Letts earned a 3:59 fall over Jared Blake.
The match of the night came at 189, when the Raiders Mike McGirk tangled with Octorara's Mike Kinney. McGirk opened the scoring with a double leg takedown in the first, and extended his lead to 4-1 when he caught Kinney riding too high and came out the back door for a reversal. After a late escape in the second period, Kinney still trailed 4-2, but picked up a reversal with about 45-second to go to tie it at 4-4. Kinney tried desperately to turn McGirk with a bar arm, but McGirk was able to fend off the attempts and sent the match to OT. McGirk got the takedown in the sudden victory period to pull out a 6-4 win.
After Joe McEwan won by injury default at 215, Ben Welton added six more with a pin over the Braves' Matt Wilson at 275, making it 30-6 for the Raiders.
Both teams forfeited at 103, and the Braves began their comeback effort at 112. Bruce Norton scored a third period reversal off a whizzer to edge Ike Baxter 4-3. At 119, Jason Stoltzfus used a bar and half combo to get a pin in 38-seconds, and Steve Tarloski followed with another pin for Octorara at 125, and suddenly the Braves were within striking distance, 30-21, with their other big gun, state medallist Garth Ladley, still waiting to wrestle. A win at 130, and the Braves' prospects looked good. The win didn't come.
Octorara's Mike Gregor grabbed an early lead over Brandon Taylor, hitting a throw-by for a two-point takedown, but Taylor quickly knotted it at 2-2 with a reversal. Taylor tried to tilt Gregor, but a scramble ensued, and Taylor came out of it with Gregor in a headlock. Taylor got the slap of the mat at 1:24. The pin gave Coatesville an insurmountable lead, 36-21.
"That was huge," said Cammer. "This was the first time Taylor has gotten down to 130, and he came up with a huge win."
Ladley did get a pin for Octorara at 140, with both teams forfeiting 135. But the six for the pin merely cut into the margin of victory, putting the final at 36-27. The win evened the Raiders record at 1-1 for the season.