Tubbs’ fall helps set tone for Montoursville in win

Dalton Tubbs never rushed. He waited patiently for an opening. When he found it, he pounced.

Montoursville’s heavyweight scored a fall to open Saturday afternoon’s dual against Williamsport, and he got there by executing the gameplan his coaches have been preaching to him. That fall helped set the tone in the Warriors’ 48-29 win over the Millionaires to secure Montoursville’s spot as the No. 2 seed in the District 4 Duals tournament.

Montoursville (18-1) hosts North Penn-Liberty in the first round of the tournament Wednesday night. Williamsport fell to 6-7, but faces Selinsgrove in the District 4/9 Class AAA Duals on Saturday at DuBois High School.

Tubbs has been Montoursville’s undersized heavyweight each of the last two seasons. And he’s been successful by executing a gameplan against bigger competition much like the one he executed yesterday.

“You’re not going to be able to go in there being 60 pounds lighter than these guys and out-muscle them,” Montoursville coach Jamie Yonkin said. “One of the things you have to rely on is your conditioning, wear kids down a little bit, and get the fall later in the match.”

And it’s exactly what Tubbs did. He built an early lead thanks to a sweet little ankle pick which he turned into a five-point move. After he had worn down Williamsport’s Ethan Williamson for two periods, the opportunity came to finish the match in the third, and Tubbs did just that.

It was one of seven falls recorded by Montoursville yesterday. It was a solid start against an up-and-coming Williamsport team. Even though the Warriors weren’t as sharp as Yonkin would have liked to have seen heading into the District 4 Duals, he was pleased to walk out of the gym with a win.

“I thought (Tubbs) had a chance to beat (Williamson). But it’s one of those things where you have to stay smart,” Yonkin said. “He had a couple nice ankle picks there, and he did a nice job riding on top and kept moving underneath. It was a good, solid win for him.”

As was the dual win for Montoursville. Williamsport is a program on the rise under coach Brian Nasdeo, and Yonkin said he knew the Warriors would get a good scrap.

Williamsport got a pair of impressive wins in the middle of the lineup as sophomore Anthony Robinson used a penalty point in the third period to defeat Dylan Bennett, 3-2. Alec Dickey followed by scoring a takedown in the final five seconds of regulation to tie the 152-pound bout. He then got another takedown in overtime for a come-from-behind win.

But none of that is unexpected for Nasdeo. Those wins are ones which he has come to expect, especially from a talented sophomore like Robinson.

“I’ve been pretty hard on him because I haven’t seen him turning that corner yet,” Nasdeo said. “I think he should be competing at a higher level. When you see him in the room and see him in a practice setting, he’s pretty impressive He’s a high, high quality athlete and you saw some of that with his re-attacks. If he continues to do that, he’s a hard out.”

Overall, though, Montoursville was just too deep for the Millionaires to handle, especially without returning regional placewinner Riley Hilner, who is out with a shoulder injury. Brock Lutz, Isaiah Gingerich, Cael Crebs, Gable Crebs, Gavin Hoffman and Cameron Wood all joined Tubbs in recording a fall.

Cael Crebs’ was as impressive a win as he has on his resume. He bumped up a weight class to face Izek Brooks and controlled the bout from the outset before running a half in the third period for a fall.

“I was not anticipating a fall there,” Yonkin said. “But he kept working and working and eventually wore him down. He had a great match.”

285: Dalton Tubbs, M, pinned Ethan Williamson, 4:26. 106: Broc Lutz, M, pinned Austin Stugert, 1:37. 113: Martin Bryant, W, won by forfeit. 120: Wyatt Lutz, M, won by forfeit. 126: Isaiah Gingerich, M, pinned Tylil James, 1:06. 132: Cam Dickey, W, pinned Wyatt DeWald, 2:44. 138: Cael Crebs, M, pinned Izek Brooks, 4:52. 145: Anthony Robinson, W, dec. Dylan Bennett, 3-2. 152: Alec Dickey, W, dec. Charlie Steinbacher, 6-4, sv. 160: Gable Crebs, M, pinned Chase Bower, 1:51. 170: Torren Potts, W, tech. fall Jaxon Dalena, 17-2, 5:48. 182: Nate Powley, W, pinned Caleb Schans, 1:30. 195: Gavin Hoffman, M, pinned Jamaire Burget, 0:23. 220: Cameron Wood, M, pinned Zane Newcomer, 2:56.

Records: Montoursville (18-1); Williamsport (6-7).