4 county wrestlers capture sectional titles

Drake BrenizeFour Franklin County wrestlers collected championships Saturday as District 3 held its sectional tournaments.

At the Class 3A Section 3 Tournament at Mechanicsburg, Chambersburg had a pair of wrestlers earn titles — Drake Brenize at 152 pounds (pictured above) and Luke Nichter at 170. Shippensburg’s Cole Forrester also claimed a Section 3 title at 220.

The other county winner was Waynesboro’s Matthew McCann at 120 in the 3A Section 4 event at South Western.

The Trojans finished second in the team standings behind Cumberland Valley, just ahead of Northern York and Cedar Cliff. Ship took sixth.

“We had a good effort by everybody up and down the lineup,” Trojan coach Matt Mentzer said.

Chambersburg had two runners-up in Cole Grove (126) and Tate Nichter (145), and Ship had one second-place finish, with Dylan Ramsey at 120.

The Trojans had four other wrestlers reach the third- and fourth-place matches, which means eight have qualified for the District 3 Championships next week.

Spencer Runshaw at 138 and Guy Lozius at 182 won their third-place bouts, while Seth Runshaw (132) and Wyatt Hull (220) placed fourth. Spencer Runshaw blanked Mason Viehman of CV 6-0, reversing two previous losses to him, including in the quarterfinals; Lozius won 4-1 over Neith Brennan of Red Land; Seth Runshaw was edged 2-1 by Russell Zimmerman of CV; and Hull fell by pin to Big Spring’s Christian Ruff.

At 152, Brenize won a tight one, 3-2, over Cole McCoy of Cumberland Valley. A takedown with 52 seconds left for Brenize broke a 1-1 deadlock.

Mentzer said, “McCoy is very athletic and he saved a couple of takedowns with scrambles. Drake was able to get one and that was enough.”

Luke Nichter made it easy at 170, securing a takedown and a pair of 3-point nearfalls in the first period for an 8-0 lead over Neamiah Diggs of Harrisburg, and he eventually claimed a 12-0 major decision.

“Luke came out and put a lot of pressure on his guy right away, and I think it broke the kid’s spirit,” Mentzer said.

Grove was beaten 5-3 by CV’s Cade Reichart, who reversed two earlier losses to Grove.

“It became a takedown battle and Cade got two to Cole’s one,” Mentzer said. “It was a match where the kid who was more aggressive would probably win, and Cole needed to be a little more on the attack.”

Tate Nichter lost a tough one at 145 to Micah Hoffman of Northern York, 6-5. Hoffman struck first with a takedown, but Nichter scored on a takedown right to a cradle for a 5-2 advantage. A Hoffman takedown with just under a minute left gave him the edge and he rode Nichter out for the win.

Mentzer said, “Tate would probably have finished a lesser opponent with that cradle, but Hoffman is smart. At the end, Tate got to his feet a couple of times but couldn’t finish with an escape (to tie it.)”

Forrester pinned Carlisle’s Zachary Redcay in 1:58 at 220 to run his record to 29-0. The Greyhounds’ Ramsey absorbed a 15-4 defeat by J.J. Wilson of Cedar Cliff in the 120 final.

Shippensburg’s Jeffery Russell (113) and Eddie Ocker (160) both took third place, Russell winning by default and Ocker edging Isaiah Auman of Cedar Cliff, 3-1.

Greencastle-Antrim’s Noah Ezolt (145) also advanced to districts, taking fourth after falling by tech fall in the consy final.

For Waynesboro, McCann scored a takedown just 10 seconds into sudden victory to capture a 6-4 win over Dover’s Mason Lewis in the Section 4 final at 120.

Three other Indians advanced to the district tourney — Raul Shatzer was third with a 4-2 sudden victory over Brock Crawford of New Oxford at 220; Adam Wertz took fourth at 145 after falling to Luke Sainato of Gettysburg, 12-4, at 145, and David Henke was fourth after forfeiting his final bout.

James Buchanan had four wrestlers compete in the Class AA Section 3 event at Susquenita, but all four have already been eliminated from further action.