CHAMBERSBURG — Chambersburg wrestling coach Matt Mentzer got one more indication that his team has a chance to be special this season.
The Trojans hosted the 5th annual MyHOUSE Trojan Wars Tournament on Friday and Saturday and placed second in a field of 48 teams.
“To finish second in this tournament, with teams of this caliber, will give us lots of positive thoughts,” Mentzer said. “I was pleased with how the kids competed top to bottom.”
Chambersburg came up with one champion (Luke Nichter at 170 pounds), one runner-up (Tate Nichter at 145), two fifths (Cole Grove at 126, Spencer Runshaw at 138) and one seventh (Carson Mello at 160).
Luke Nichter put a 13-2 major decision on Max Hale of Downingtown West in the 170 final. Nichter opened with a trip to Hale’s back in the opening seconds of the match for a 4-0 lead and cruised from there.
“Scoring early is very important with my mentality,” Nichter said. “If you can score the takedown in the first 30 seconds it messes with the other guy’s head, especially if it’s a four-point move. It gives you confidence.”
Mentzer said, “That’s how Luke been this year — he’s scoring points and he’s staying on the throttle. Hale’s a pretty good kid, but Luke shut down his attacks.”
Tate Nichter had a low-scoring battle with top-seeded Tyler Martin of Bishop McDevitt, falling 3-1 at 145. Martin secured a takedown at the edge of the mat at the end of the second period for the decisive points.
The other area champion was Dylan Ramsey of Shippensburg at 126 pounds. Ramsey rode Dalton Gimbor of Hamburg for the second period, then escaped in the third for a 1-0 lead. He then countered a Gimbor shot and came out on top for a clinching takedown.
Ship’s other placewinner was Jeffery Russell, who took third place at 113.
Southern Columbia had two champions and did very well in the consolation rounds to secure its second straight team championship. The Tigers cored 194 points to Chambersburg’s 166.
The competitiveness of the event was shown by the fact that the next 13 teams were separated by only 36 points.
“A lot of the coaches commented about the strength of the tournament,” Mentzer said. “Like the Robinson coach said he was happy he had some kids place, but they didn’t place as high as maybe he thought they would, and that’s because of the competition.”
NOTES: Lower Dauphin was the only other school with two champions … No. 1-seeded kids won 11 of the 14 weights, and the finals of 10 weights featured the No. 1 seed vs. No. 2 seed.
MyHOUSE Trojan Wars Tournament
1.Southern Columbia 194; 2.Chambersburg 166; 3.St. Christopher’s 157; 4.Notre Dame Green Pond 154.5; 5.Forest Hills 146; 6.Carlisle 144.5; 7.Hamburg 142.5; 8.J.W. Robinson 137; 9.Lower Dauphin 132.5; 10.Selinsgrove 130; 11.Souderton 129; 12.Spring Grove 126; 13.Cumberland Valley 125.5; 14.Gettysburg 124.5; 15.Downingtown West 121; 18.Waynesboro 102; 26.Shippensburg 81.5; 47.Greencastle-Antrim 18.
106 — Erik Roggie (St. Christopher’s) md Michael Dolan (Spring Mills), 9-1
113 — Kole Biscoe (So. Columbia) d Jackson Arrington (Forest Hills), 7-3
120 — Ryan Crookham (Notre Dame GP) d Cole Wilson (Northeastern), 6-1
126 — Dylan Ramsey (Shippensburg) d Dalton Gimbor (Hamburg), 3-0
132 — Tye Varndell (Cambridge Springs) d Chase Shields (B. McDevitt), 6-5
138 — Tyler Williams (Souderton) d T.T. Elhajj (Lower Dauphin), 7-5
145 — Tyler Martin (B. McDevitt) d Tate Nichter (Chambersburg), 3-1
152 — Andrew Cerniglia (Notre Dame GP) p Sammy Toggas (Evangel Christian), 0:26
160 — Clayton Ulrey (Lower Dauphin) d Dylan Reinert (Gettysburg), 13-6
170 — Luke Nichter (Chambersburg) md Max Hale (Downingtown West), 13-2
182 — Jackson Turley (St. Christopher’s) tf Tyler Mousaw (Unionville), 22-7, 4:22
195 — Gaige Garcia (So. Columbia) p Bruno Stolfi (Souderton), 1:19
220 — Nate Schon (Selinsgrove) d Thomas Mukai (J.W. Robinson), 7-4
285 — Kyler Wuestner (Lower Dauphin) p Alex Hazard (J.W. Robinson), 4:46