Ship’s Forrester wins only area title at Trojan Wars

CHAMBERSBURG — The 4th annual Trojan Wars wrestling tournament in Chambersburg is in the books.

The 40-team event, which was bolstered by the addition of several strong teams this year, was won by District 4 Class AA power Southern Columbia, followed by Smyrna, Del. and Boiling Springs. Chambersburg finished seventh and Shippensburg was ninth.

Franklin County had two representatives in the championship round — Ship’s Cole Forrester ground out a 3-1 decision over Thomas Mukai of J.W. Robinson (Va.) to win at 220 pounds and the Trojans’ Drake Brenize was a 5-3 victim against Clayton Ulrey of Lower Dauphin at 152.

Forrester struck for a takedown in the bout’s first minute, and it turned out to be the key move. With a 3-1 lead and starting the third period on top, Forrester rode Mukai out, using a series a bars to control the Rams’ wrestler.

Earlier in the day, Forrester, the No. 1 seed at 220, rampaged through his weight, scoring a pin in 1:24 over Hunter Moyer of Smyrna, Del. in the semifinals and a 21-5 technical fall over Bronson Strouse of Tamaqua in the quarters.

Brenize found it very difficult to get in on Ulrey from his feet, while Ulrey kept hitting low singles. Brenize scrambled out of several good shots by Ulrey, but two of them turned into takedowns, and that was all the Falcon needed.

Brenize reached the final with a 5-2 win over Connor Law of Forest Hills. A takedown in the first period and another in the second turned the trick for him. In the quarterfinals, Brenize beat Logan Huff of Carlisle, 11-6.

Also placing for Chambersburg were Luke Nichter (3rd at 160), Cole Grove (4th at 126), Seth Runshaw (7th at 132) and Tate Nichter (7th at 145). Luke Brenize hit a snap and spin takedown with 3 seconds left to edge two-time defending champion Cameron Pine of Washington, W.Va. in the bout for third place.

Chambersburg coach Matt Mentzer said, “We had maybe a couple of kids who could have placed a little higher, but most of the kids who lost, lost to kids who are just a little better than they are right now.

“It was a really good tournament, though.”

For Shippensburg, Dylan Ramsey placed third at 120.