With 2 defeats Thursday, Trojan wrestlers fall just short of states

Luke Nichter

Luke Nichter earned his his 100th and 101st career wins Thursday night.

SPRING GROVE — Chambersburg got off to a good start, but the strength of Cedar Cliff’s lineup in the lower weights made that up and then some as the Colts posted a 42-26 victory Thursday in a District 3 Class 3A Team Wrestling Championship semifinal.

The Trojans then faced rival Cumberland Valley for a berth in the PIAA Tournament and a chance to wrestle for third place Saturday, but the Eagles turned a 35-30 loss to Chambersburg last week into a 33-30 victory.

The Trojans finished the dual meet season with a 15-3 record. The next action is sectionals on Feb. 15-16 at Mechanicsburg.

Chambersburg broke out to an 11-0 lead against Cedar Cliff (15-0) thanks to decisions by Seth Runshaw at 152 and Carson Mello at 170, and a quick technical fall (16-0 in 2:27) by Luke Nichter at 182 to grab an 11-0 lead.

That win was a big one for Nichter — the 100th of his career.

“It is a big deal, but it’s not something I was thinking much about,” Nichter said. “I have bigger goals — I want to be a state champion.”

After a pair of pins by the Colts, the Trojans went ahead again, 17-12, when Wyatt Hull turned Anthony Shires for a pin with a second left in the second period.

But Chambersburg’s 17-12 lead was buried under an avalanche of five consecutive wins by Cedar Cliff, including three pins, to push its lead to 36-17 and clinch the victory.

“We lost the flip and we had it set up so that if we had a chance at the end, we could bump two guys up,” Trojan coach Matt Mentzer said. “But somehow we needed to win eight matches, because with their firepower, we knew they’d get some pins.”

Mentzer felt the bout at 113 was crucial. In that one, Cliff’s Cole Baer used two reversals, the last with 1:10 left, to beat Karl Shindledecker, 4-2.

At the end, Spencer Runshaw won a decision and Tate Nichter cradled his man for a fall in 0:50 to end the Trojans’ scoring.

In the match against Cumberland Valley (14-5), the Trojans did not get some of the matchups that favored them last week. The Eagles won four straight from 285 to 120 to switch around a 15-6 Trojan lead to a 24-15 advantage.

Mentzer said, “The difference was, when we wrestled them last week, we could set up our weights just to beat them. In this setting, you can’t do that, you have to focus on two matches. So we were missing some moves we had available last week.”

Both teams won seven bouts, but the Eagles scored three more bonus points. They also scored two pins while Trojan wrestlers held the lead in the bout.

For the Trojans, Luke Nichter (170) and Tate Nichter (145) had the only pins. Winning by decision were Hull (220), Grove (126), Seth Runshaw (152) and Mello (160).

Luke Nichter said, “It felt like we were a little beat up tonight. Overall, I thought Cedar Cliff was probably a better team than us, but the CV loss was tough to swallow.”

“The negative tonight was that we lost,” Mentzer said. “The good news is that we can give the guys three days off and they’ll come in fresh Monday. The time off will help before sectionals.”

District 3 Class 3A Tournament
Cedar Cliff 42, Chambersburg 26
160 — Seth Runshaw (Ch) d Bobby Whalen, 5-1 (3-0)
170 — Carson Mello (Ch) d Danny Zigue, 3-0 (6-0)
182 — Luke Nichter (Ch) tf Isaiah Aumen, 16-0, 2:27 (11-0)
195 — Donovan Ball (CC) p Guy Lozius, 3:31 (11-6)
220 — Elijah Ikeda (CC) p Joey Fuller, 3:07 (11-12)
285 — Wyatt Hull (Ch) p Anthony Shires, 3:59 (17-11)
106 — Aiden Lewis (CC) p April Rump, 0:45 (17-18)
113 — Cole Baer (CC) d Karl Shindledecker, 4-2 (17-21)
120 — Creed Bogardus (CC) p Anthony Colangelo, 1:59 (17-27)
126 — J.J. Wilson (CC) d Cole Grove, 9-2 (17-30)
132 — Michael Cassidy (CC) p Kelby Mixell, 3:01 (17-36)
138 — Spencer Runshaw (Ch) d Christian Prestil, 7-4 (20-36)
145 — Tate Nichter (Ch) p Jeremy Prograis, 0:50 (26-36)
152 — John Cunningham (CC) won by forfeit (26-42)
Cumberland Valley 33, Chambersburg 30
170 — Luke Nichter (Ch) p Evan Boyd, time N/A (6-0)
182 — Jacob Lucas (CV) p Bryce McKenzie, time N/A (6-6)
195 — Guy Lozius (Ch) won by forfeit (12-6)
220 — Wyatt Hull (Ch) d Dontey Rogan, 10-7 (15-6)
285 — Connor Mundis (CV) p Joey Fuller, 3:29 (15-12)
106 — Noah Groelly (CV) p April Rump, 1:17 (15-18)
113 — Ben Monn (CV) d Karl Shindledecker, 3-2 (15-21)
120 — Ruston Dzielak (CV) d Anthony Colangelo, 7-2 (15-24)
126 — Cole Grove (Ch) d Kyle Miller, 5-1 (18-24)
132 — Mason Viehman (CV) p Kelby Mixell, 2:52 (18-30)
138 — Cade Reichart (CV) d Spencer Runshaw, 6-0 (18-33)
145 — Tate Nichter (Ch) p Ben Belga, 0:32 (24-33)
152 — Seth Runshaw (Ch) d Jake McKenzie, 8-2 (27-33)
160 — Carson Mello (Ch) d Matt Barrick, 4-0 (30-33)