BEDFORD - Bedford's Toby Brett didn't leave any doubt. While there was drama in a few of the upcoming bouts, there was none in the first bout as Brett pinned Northern Bedford's Alex Defibaugh in 19 seconds.
For the Bisons, quick starts were the order of the night again the Panthers, scoring first in the opening period in 10 of the 12 contested bouts.
The result was the unbeaten Bisons, the top team in the Mirror rankings, recording five pins and a major decision and taking advantage of two forfeit wins en route to a 55-12 win Saturday night.
"With the forfeits and having the pins early, the match was out of hand before it every really got going," said Bedford coach Brian Creps, whose team is 9-0. "This has been a hotly contested match over the last couple of years, and our kids were ready. They like matches like this."
"We saw some good things that happened in the match," NBC coach Brian Dutchcot said. "Bedford is a tough team, and I'll give them all the credit I can give them, but there's still things we can do more of. We need to take more offensive shots. I still think we can be better on our feet.
After Brett's pin at 126, Caleb Grimes built a 15-3 lead on Brendan Over in the 132-pound bout before putting him on his back and pinning him with 9 seconds left.
The teams split two overtime bouts. NBC's Damian Corle beat Zach Dudek, 8-6, at 138, and Bedford's Garrett Thomas closed the meet with a 7-2 win over Mason Replogle.
Dudek and Corle were tied, 2-2, after the first period and 6-6 after the second before Corle rode Dudek the entire third. In overtime, Corle countered a Dudek shot and scored the takedown with 5 seconds left.
"We had a scramble position in Corle's match," Dutchcot said, "and he didn't give up."
Thomas and Replogle went to the OT tied, 2-2, thanks to a Thomas first-period takedown and a Replogle third-period reversal. Thomas took Replogle down to his back in OT to capture the win.
"It's always been nip and tuck with Replogle and whoever we have wrestling," Creps said. "Garrett did a real nice job of wrestling."
After NBC's Drew Gartland pinned Jesse Martin in 4:54 at 145, Bedford's Tanner Williams earned a 7-3 win over Matt Sollenberger. Sollenberger, who has a possible broken nose, began with a protective mask on, but took it off after a scoreless first period.
"Tanner Williams wrestled a real nice match," Creps said. "He beat a returning district champ, and he did it pretty convincingly. That was a pretty big win for him."
Williams escaped and took him down twice in the second period. Sollenberger took an injury timeout in the third and put the mask back on, but Williams took him down.
Pins by Josiah Koontz and Dylan Evans at 160 and 170, respectively, gave the Bisons a 27-9 lead. Cody Yingling followed with a 13-2 major decision over Duelin Douglas at 182.
With Eric Grace (possible foot fracture) and Justin Brunner out of the NBC lineup, Mike Brett and Robert Minnich picked up forfeit wins at 195 and 220, respectively.
Creps bumped Jacob Krupa (17-3), the area's top-ranked 220-pounder, up to 285 to face top-ranked Quinton Hixson. Hixson (14-0) took Krupa down twice, and the big man showed off his athletic ability during an escape in the second period en route to a 5-0 win.
"We did that for the fans," Creps said. "Instead of taking a forfeit, it's nice to get a match, and Hixson showed his dominance a little bit. I think what it came down to was the size."
"I enjoyed watching that match," said Dutchcot, whose team fell to 4-6. "Give credit to Krupa for bouncing up and taking that match. Quinton wrestled a smart match."
At 106, Bedford's Jake Warren reversed Cody Guyer with 6 seconds left to win, 4-2, and the Bisons' top-ranked 113-pounder Ryan Easter (17-2) pinned Matt Gochnour in 1:18.
"Overall, we're pretty pleased with the way we've been wrestling," Creps said. "The important matches are yet to come."
126-T. Brett, B, pinned Defibaugh, :19; 132-Grimes, B, pinned Over, 5:51; 138-Corle, NB, dec. Dudek, 8-6 OT; 145-Gartland, NB, pinned Martin, 4:54; 152-Williams, B, dec. Sollenberger, 7-3; 160-Koontz, B, pinned Shipley, 2:41; 170-Evans, B, pinned Airhart, 1:46.
182-Yingling, B, maj. dec. Douglas, 13-2; 195-M. Brett, B, won by forfeit; 220-Minnich, B, won by forfeit; 285-Hixson, NB, dec. Krupa, 5-0; 106-Warren, B, dec. Guyer, 4-2; 113-R. Easter, B, pinned Gochnour, 1:18; 120-Thomas, B, dec. Replogle, 7-2 OT.
Records: Northern Bedford (4-6); Bedford (9-0).
JV winners: Miller, B; J. Easter, B.