HERSHEY — The three Chambersburg wrestlers in action Saturday at the PIAA Championships came home with some bumps, bruises and at least one semi-black eye.
But they also brought home a haul of three medals and an 11th-place showing at states.
It’s only the third time the Trojans had earned three PIAA medals in one year.
Freshman Karl Shindledecker completed a remarkable postseason by winning third place at 113, junior Luke Nichter earned his third state medal, this time for fourth-place at 170 (he also has sixth- and second-place medals), and sophomore Tate Nichter won his first medal, taking sixth at 145.
Shindledecker fell 6-0 in the morning semifinals to defending champion Alejandro Herrera of Seneca Valley. The key moves were a switch for a reversal and a tilt for two more points in the second period to give Herrera a 4-0 advantage.
But the plucky rookie did not let the loss get to him. In his next match, he met up with Cumberland Valley’s Ben Monn, who had beaten Shindledecker twice this year, but this time he turned the tables.
To open the second period, Shindledecker was able to pull Monn back for a two-point tilt and took a 3-1 victory.
In the bout for third place, Shindledecker faced Matt Mayer of Bethlehem Catholic for the second time in two days, and he prevailed 1-0. Mayer let him up to open the third period, but couldn’t score.
“I definitely wasn’t thinking I could get third,” Shindledecker said. “I’d have never guessed that.
“But I didn’t really feel any nerves or pressure up there, and I was confident on my feet. I have to say this gives me motivation to push harder for next year.”
Tate Nichter also ran into a defending champ in the semifinals, Bethlehem Catholic’s Ryan Anderson, who is also ranked No. 1 in the country. Anderson scored on two dumps in the first period, the second one catching Nichter for a nearfall, to lead 7-1 on his way to a 10-1 win.
Nichter then fell 10-4 to Jagger Condometti of Northampton. He was behind 5-0 after one, hit a takedown and got two backs to get to within 6-4, but Condometti scored the last four points.
In the match for fifth, Cathedral Prep’s Paniro Johnson and Nichter were tied 2-2 after two periods, but Johnson scored a pair of takedowns in the final period to win 7-3.
“It’s satisfying getting a medal this year, but it’s bittersweet, too,” Nichter said. “I didn’t feel I performed at my best. I felt sluggish and sloppy. Not to take anything away from anyone who beat me, but I felt I could have won one or two today.
“It’s something I’ll have to learn from and improve on for next year.”
Luke Nichter picked up a pair of consolation victories to give himself a shot at third place. He rolled over Nick Delp of Kiski Area 11-5 thanks to a five-point move to open the bout, then took care of Downingtown West’s Max Hale 7-4, with three takedowns giving him a 6-2 lead after two.
But in the third-place match, Stroudsburg’s Lenny Pinto got a measure of revenge, beating Nichter 11-4. Nichter had edged Pinto 9-8 at the Escape the Rock Tournament.
Luke Nichter said, “The weight class was tough — there were a lot of really good kids and quality kids.
“But it will motivate me for next year. I went in with the goal to win and getting fourth is disappointing, so I have a lot to work on for next year.”
NOTES: Luke Nichter finished with a 41-5 record, Tate Nichter was 33-7 and Shindledecker was 24-11 … The Trojans were tied with District 7’s Hempfield for 11th place … Bethlehem Catholic won the team title.
113 — Alejandro Herrera (Seneca Valley) d Karl Shindledecker (Chbg), 6-0
145 — Ryan Anderson (Bethlehem Catholic) md Tate Nichter (Chbg), 10-1
170 — Luke Nichter (Chbg) d Nick Delp (Kiski Area), 11-5
113 — Shindledecker (Chbg) d Ben Monn (Cumberland Valley), 3-1
145 — Jagger Condometti (Northampton) d T.Nichter (Chbg), 10-4
170 — L.Nichter (Chbg) d Max Hale (Downingtown West), 7-4
For Third Place
113 — Shindledecker (Chbg) d Matt Mayer (Bethlehem Catholic), 1-0
170 — Lenny Pinto (Stroudsburg) d L.Nichter (Chbg), 11-4
For Fifth Place
145 — Paniro Johnson (Cathedral Prep) d T.Nichter (Chbg), 7-3