CHAMBERSBURG — You didn’t see any lineup switches or strategic changes made by either coach.
It was simply a man-on-man Mid Penn Commonwealth wrestling confrontation to open the season.
And Mifflin County proved to be just a little bit better than Chambersburg on Saturday afternoon at CASHS Field House, taking a 39-27 victory to open the Chambersburg Duals Tournament.
“Typical Mifflin County-Chambersburg match,” Trojan coach Matt Mentzer said. “Every year it’s like this — it comes down to one swing match. This year, they got that match and we didn’t, although I loved the effort of our kids.”
Huskies coach Kirby Martin said, “Honestly, for our first match, I wasn’t concerned about matchups. I just wanted us to show some grittiness, and that showed up for us.”
It turned out that only two bouts had close scores, and Mifflin County took both of them.
At 138, with the Huskies ahead 12-11, Kyler Everly and Chambersburg’s Kelby Mixell locked up in a defensive struggle. Everly rode Mixell the entire second period to keep the match scoreless. Mixell got a penalty point to take the lead, but then seconds later he locked hands, and that penalty point and escape for Everly held up for a 2-1 win.
“That was probably the close one we needed to win,” Martin said. “We saved a few bonus points in other places, but that was big.”
At 195, Jacob Krepps took a 3-1 win over Trojan freshman Zach Evans, with a takedown in the first period holding up.
But when Wyatt Hull reversed Mifflin’s Jaxson Pupo to his back and decked him nine seconds into the second period at 220, Chambersburg was within six points with one bout to go.
But Joey Fuller got a little too aggressive going for a headlock at 285, went down to his back and the Huskies’ Blaine Davis scored a pin in 3:54.
Mentzer said, “I’m not upset with Joey trying for that, but I wanted him to get into the third period before he did.”
In addition to Hull, Tate Nichter (152) and Anthony Colangelo (132) had pins for Chambersburg, Karl Shindledecker (120) had a technical fall, and Luke Nichter scored a major decision.
“Colangelo took quality shots and had a good leg attack,” Mentzer said. “I also thought Luke (Mentzer, at 106) and Rylan (Carter, at 113) both wrestled well against good kids.”
Luke Mentzer faced No. 2-ranked Nic Allison and scored the first takedown, but was eventually pinned. At 170, Chambersburg’s Carson Mello fell 7-2 to defending state champion Trey Kibe.
Chambersburg 61, Conestoga Valley 12: The Trojans came back in their second match to drill the Buckskins.
Among Chambersburg’s 11 wins were nine pins, by Shindledecker at 120, Mixell at 138, Tate Nichter (152), Luke Nichter (160), Mello (170), Evans (195), Hull (220), Fuller (285) and Mentzer (106).
Colangelo took an 8-3 decision at 138 and Ryder Davenport won by 15-1 major at 145.
Chambersburg 81, Greencastle-Antrim 0: The Trojans (2-1) scored seven pins to defeat the Blue Devils.
Colangelo, Mixell, Davenport, Tate Nichter, Luke Nichter, Bryce McKenzie (182) and Evans earned falls, while Tyler Smith (126) earned a decision. There were also six forfeit wins.
Mifflin County 39, Chambersburg 27
106 — Nic Allison (MC) p Luke Mentzer, 5:48
113 — Hunter Johnson (MC) d Rylan Carter, 8-2
120 — Karl Shindledecker (C) tf Lucas Sheetz, 16-0, 5:35
126 — Derek Burk (MC) d Tyler Smith, 7-2
132 — Anthony Colangelo (C) p Marshall Maiden, 3:23
138 — Kyler Everly (MC) d Kelby Mixell, 2-1
145 — Ethan Kauffman (MC) p Ryder Davenport, 5:06
152 — Tate Nichter (C) p Jake Cunningham, 0:56
160 — Luke Nichter (C) md Trey Shoemaker, 14-5
170 — Trey Kibe (MC) d Carson Mello, 7-2
182 — Bryson Hassinger (MC) p Mehki Williams, 5:08
195 — Jacob Krebbs (MC) d Zach Evans, 3-1
220 — Wyatt Hull (C) p Jaxson Rupo, 2:09
285 — Blaine Davis (MC) p Joey Fuller, 3:54