CV upends Trojan wrestlers in districts

LINGLESTOWN — Cumberland Valley secured three pins and Chambersburg did not post any and the Eagles won five of the final six bouts to take down the Trojans 37-20 in a first-round match of the District 3 Wrestling Team Championships.

Later Tuesday night, No. 11 seed CV (17-4) met host Central Dauphin in a quarterfinal match and knocked off the No. 3-seeded Rams 32-30 to advance to Thursday’s semifinals vs. Spring Grove (14-0).

Chambersburg finishes the dual meet season with a 12-4 record.

“It was a good match by our kids, and they put out a lot of effort tonight,” Trojan coach Matt Mentzer said. “There was good effort up and down the lineup. There were quite a few matches where we felt the guy who wanted it more would get the win, and we won our share of those.”

The Eagles trailed 17-12 after the Trojans’ Luke Nichter racked up a 17-2 technical fall at 182. But Austin Kupko scored a 1-0 decision over Guy Lozius at 195 and Lukas Wandling’s pin at 220 gave CV a 21-17 lead.

Wyatt Hull gave Chambersburg some hope at 285 when he scored the match’s only takedown — a double-leg shot — in sudden victory for a 3-1 win.

But Cumberland Valley quickly wrapped it up with a pin at 106 by Ruston Dzielak, a clinching major at 113 by Ben Monn and a forfeit at 120.

Cole Grove opened the match with a 4-2 win over the Eagles’ Cade Reichart, scoring with two second-period tilts. Carson Mello scrapped for a 4-2 win at 145, with a late third-period takedown the difference.

Tate Nichter scored early vs. Cole McCoy, but McCoy was able to hold Nichter to a 6-2 decision. Drake Brenize scored a 12-6 win over tough freshman Jacob Lucas at 160, scoring five takedowns, including four in the second period.

Mentzer said, “Once we weighed Brenize in at 160, we figured they wouldn’t do much bumping. There were certain matchups we wanted and they didn’t, and we got most of them.

“I thought Brenize wrestled a great match and Tate Nichter looked good against McCoy. Mello came through for us and Grove had to win a different way this time against Reichart. And I thought Hull, Lozius and even (Will) Sharrar and (Zae) Kirk had good efforts.”

The Trojans will get a break now until the Section IV Tournament at Mechanicsburg on Feb. 17.

“We wanted to win now, but we know we have every starter back except one (Brenize),” Mentzer said, “and we have five freshmen starting, so that should give us a chance to win next year.”

Cumberland Valley 37, Chambersburg 20
126 — Cole Grove (Ch) d Cade Reichart, 4-2; 132 — Mason Viehman (CV) p Seth Runshaw, 5:50; 138 — Russell Zimmerman (CV) d Spencer Runshaw, 5-0; 145 — Carson Mello (Ch) d Jacob McKenzie, 4-2; 152 — Tate Nichter (Ch) d Cole McCoy, 6-2; 160 — Matthew Barrick (CV) d Zae Kirk, 5-0; 170 — Drake Brenize (Ch) d Jacob Lucas, 12-6; 182 — Luke Nichter (Ch) tf Jacob Hart, 17-2, 4:45; 195 — Austin Kupko (CV) d Guy Lozius, 1-0; 220 — Lukas Wandling (CV) p Jose Chavarria, 1:33; 285 — Wyatt Hull (Ch) d Quincy Thomas, 3-1 SV; 106 — Ruston Dzielak (CV) p Tyler Smith, 2:38; 113 — Ben Monn (CV) md Will Sharrar, 13-0; 120 — Hunter Arbogast (CV) won by forfeit.