CHAMBERSBURG — Chambersburg was expecting a tough battle from Carlisle when the teams met in a Mid Penn Commonwealth wrestling match Thursday night.
And that’s exactly what the Trojans got, despite the Herd missing two key starters.
A run of four wins in five bouts from 145 to 182 that produced 19 team points was enough to carry Chambersburg to a 30-24 victory at the Auxiliary Gym.
“Even with their two guys out, we knew it was going to be close,” Trojan coach Matt Mentzer said. “They have good lightweights and good heavyweights, so it was all about the matchups.”
Both teams won seven bouts. The difference came down to bonus points. Chambersburg (10-2, 3-1 MPC) had two pins and three major decisions, while the Herd (2-2, 2-2 MPC) managed one pin. Carlisle did win both bouts that went to overtime to keep itself in it until close to the end.
A 3-2 decision in tiebreaker overtime at 195 by Matthew Carrion over Guy Lozius brought the Herd to within 18 points (30-12) with three bouts left. Needing three pins, Carlisle got one at 220 by Zachary Redcay.
But Osvaldo Alvarez’s 7-3 decision over the Trojans’ Wyatt Hull at 285 ended up clinching the victory for Chambersburg.
Mentzer said, “I don’t like to send kids out and tell them to not be aggressive, but that’s what I had to tell Wyatt. He had to keep that match on his feet and he did. We had three kids available to wrestle there and of the three, he has the most experience.”
The Trojans got one key win early when Anthony Colangelo won 4-0 at 120. That’s the usual weight of the Herd’s Rafael Portillo, a state qualifier last year who was out sick.
Cole Grove (126) and Seth Runshaw (132) picked up back-to-back majors, followed by the best match of the night at 138. Carlisle’s Colton Jumper won it 8-6 with a takedown in sudden victory over Spencer Runshaw.
That made it 11-6 in Chambersburg’s favor, but in succession, the Trojans got a major by Carson Mello at 145, a pin in 31 seconds by Tate Nichter, a decision at 160 by Drake Brenize, then a pin in 15 seconds at 182 by Luke Nichter to make if 30-9.
Mentzer said, “We won all the matches that we were supposed to. We did lose the two overtime matches and we had a couple places I thought we lost some extra bonus points. But things like Hull staying off his back and Will Sharrar (113) having close match — they allow you to win close matches. Those are things we’re starting to learn.”
The Trojans compete Saturday and Sunday at the prestigious Escape the Rock Tournament.
Chambersburg 30, Carlisle 24
113 — Clayton Shughart (Car) d Will Sharrar, 4-3; 120 — Anthony Colangelo (Ch) d Seth Bloomquist, 4-0; 126 — Cole Grove (Ch) md Coy Rush, 10-1; 132 — Seth Runshaw (Ch) md Bryce Dunkleberger, 13-0; 138 — Colton Jumper (Car) d Spencer Runshaw, 8-6, OT (SV); 145 — Carson Mello (Ch) md Donovan Kern, 9-1; 152 — Tate Nichter (Ch) p Jade Doupe, 0:31; 160 — Drake Brenize (Ch) d Logan Huff, 5-2; 170 — Ben Hughes (Car) d Zae Kirk, 9-3; 182 — Luke Nichter (Ch) p Foster, 0:15; 195 — Matthew Carrion (Car) d Guy Lozius, 3-2, OT (TB); 220 — Zachary Redcay (Car) p Jose Chavarria, 2:59; 285 — Osvaldo Alvarez (Car) d Wyatt Hull, 7-3; 106 — Noah Clawson (Car) d Tyler Smith, 8-2.