Isaiah Bobotas heard the cheers coming from the South Williamsport side of the gymnasium. His right leg was being held in the air by South's Justin Knee and it looked like the Montgomery junior was about to give up a first-period takedown.
As quick as the cheers began to rise, Bobotas silenced them. He jumped, did a forward roll and funked out of the single-leg attempt for a critical takedown of his own. It turned out being the key move in a win over a stout Knee that helped push Montgomery past South Williamsport on Thursday night, 48-21.
Thomas Goetz and Matt Goetz had given Montgomery a huge start, winning the first two bouts, but it was Bobotas' win that seemed to be the back-breaker for the Red Raiders, even four bouts into the night. Montgomery led after all 14 bouts last night and was up 30-0 before South Williamsport got on the board.
Isaiah Bobotas of Montgomery, rear, tries to take down Justin Knee of South Williamsport Thursday night at South. View additional photos at cu.sungazette.com.
About the only thing that went right for the Mounties was senior Andrew Gipe recording his 100th career victory with an 11-4 win over Nick Buckle. He became the seventh 100-match winner in school history and the first since Anthony Caschera in 2010.
"He's a heck of a hard-working kid," South Williamsport head coach Chris Molino said. "He's a good, quiet kid who just gives you everything he has every day. So regardless of what happens the rest of the year, I couldn't be any prouder of a kid."
Bobotas has been a much-welcomed addition to Montgomery's lineup this year after his transfer from Muncy during the summer. He's filled a spot in the Red Raiders' lineup at 160 pounds where head coach Jeff Deisher can use him either at 160 or 170. Last night that versatility allowed Deisher to move Bobotas up to 170 to take on maybe the second-most dangerous wrestler in South Williamsport's lineup behind Gipe.
Bobotas missed on an early takedown attempt before Knee, a returning district qualifier who entered the bout at 17-2 this year, took a quick shot and got wrapped around Bobotas' right knee. He got to his feet ready to trip out Bobotas' left leg until Bobotas jumped to start an incredible funk roll for the takedown.
"I've been hitting it a lot in practice lately," Bobotas said. "Coach (Kyle) Mowery gets me in singles a lot. I basically do a forward roll and come down to the ankle. And right there was the match in that scramble."
"I've seen him hit that on other kids," Deisher said. "It's one thing to hit that on someone who's not real good, but when you hit that on good kids, you've done something right."
Knee tied the bout at 2-2 in the second period with a reversal when Bobotas rode too high and Knee shook him off. Bobotas took a 3-2 lead in the third period when Knee chose the neutral option on a restart, giving up the lead with 1:16 to go.
Knee had been in deep on a single leg at least three times earlier in the bout before the two went out of bounds preventing a takedown. That's why Molino had Knee let Bobotas up so he could go after the win.
"Justin is someone who is in great shape and usually comes on late in a match and he just couldn't get anything rolling," Molino said.
The win put Montgomery up 18-0 after four bouts, three of which seemed like toss-ups. But Thomas Goetz won 8-0 in the night's opening bout and Matt Goetz added a technical fall in a bout where he was put on his back. Dominic Galantini's first-period fall and Bobotas' win put South Williamsport in an early hole and Montgomery in good position as they were about to receive three forfeits in the next five bouts.
"It's nice to get a little momentum going," Deisher said. "Matt came through big with the tech fall. We were hoping to get a win, but the tech fall was a bonus."
"Hat's off to them, they definitely wrestled better than we did," Molino said. "They won those first few and got up 18-0 and just outwrestled us."
South Williamsport just never did seem to find its footing. Twelve of its 21 points came from forfeits to Marco Estrella and Nate Jones. Tyler Jenkins added a fall at 220 pounds and Gipe's 100th win accounted for the only other Mounties' victories.
"We talk every night about coming out and wrestling hard every night and we do that," Molino said. "We're not going to come out and lay down for anybody. Montgomery was just the better team."
106: Kyle Drick, M, won by forfeit.; 113: Zach Shadle, M, tech. fall Devin Grassmyer, 15-0, 3:34.; 120: Kobe Galentine, M, maj. dec. Christian Cioffi, 9-1. 126: Andrew Gipe, SW, dec. Nick Buckle, 11-4. 132: Nate Jones, SW, won by forfeit. 138: Austin Rupert, M, dec. Logan Mix, 8-2. 145: Thomas Goetz, M, maj. dec. Kile Banzhof, 8-0. 152: Matt Goetz, M, tech. fall Ryan Seagraves, 21-5, 5:21. 160: Dominic Galanti, M, pinned Rocco Bausinger, 1:10. 170: Isaiah Bobotas, M, dec. Justin Knee, 3-2. 182: Marcus Bogdan, M, won by forfeit. 195: Tyler Betz, M, won by forfeit. 220: Tyler Jenkins, SW, pinned Dylan Smith, 1:39. 285: Marco Estrella, SW, won by forfeit.
*Match started at 145 pounds
Takedowns: Montgomery 12, South Williamsport 7.
Records: Montgomery (7-3); South Williamsport (3-6).