Chambersburg places 2 at Beast of the East tourney

NEWARK, Del. — Luke and Tate Nichter came home from the prestigious Beast of the East Tournament on Sunday with medals.

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Luke, a senior, took fourth place at 160 pounds, while Tate, a junior, placed seventh at 152.

Chambersburg finished in 16th place in the 134-team field, which would be its highest finish ever in the event, and 10 of the 14 wrestlers scored points.

“We got contributions from everybody; it was fun to watch,” Trojan coach Matt Mentzer said. “We had some good matches by a bunch of kids. I thought Carson Mello wrestled his butt off.”

Luke Nichter won his quarterfinal Sunday morning, 9-5 over Luca Augustine of Waynesburg, but was trounced 15-2 by Andrew Cerniglia of Notre Dame Green Pond in the semifinals. He fell 8-7 to Matthew Archiuolo of Saucon Valley in the bout for third.

“He got behind early (against Cerniglia, on a five-point move early in the second period), and tried some things he normally wouldn’t try,” Mentzer said. “But that kid was good.”

Tate Nichter fell 9-0 to Kolby Allred of Great Bridge, Va. in the quarterfinals, but came back to win the seventh-place bout, 6-3 over Grant Mackay of North Allegheny.

Mentzer said, “The kid in the quarterfinals was very solid and Tate couldn’t get to his offense.”

Also for Chambersburg, Wyatt Hull won four bouts, including three pins, and Karl Shindledecker won three. In his 3rd-round loss, Shindledecker banged heads with his opponent and was held out of Sunday’s rounds.

“He’s OK,” Mentzer said. “I was happy we came into an event like this and came out with 14 healthy guys. The level of competition here is unbelievable — there were No. 1 guys in the country getting knocked off.”

Mercersburg Academy’s Aurelius Dunbar, of Greencastle, was pinned by Cerniglia in the quarterfinals, and was eliminated in the next consolation round at 160.

Chambersburg native Jack Wimmer, wrestling for McDonogh of Baltimore, reached the semifinals at 195, and ended up taking fifth place.

Chambersburg Results
Late Saturday Consolations

170 — Carson Mello (Chbg) md Christian Jimenez (Don Bosco), 9-0
220 — Wyatt Hull (Chbg) p Charlie Tamburin (Wheeling Park), 4:11
Sunday Results
152 — Kolby Allred (Great Bridge) md Tate Nichter (Chbg), 9-0
160 — Luke Nichter (Chbg) d Luca Augustine (Waynesburg), 9-5
160 — Andrew Cerniglia (Notre Dame Green Pond) md L.Nichter, 15-2
120 — NaSir Wilkinson (Bullis) medical forfeit over Karl Shindledecker (Chbg)
152 — T.Nichter d Brandon Mooney (Camden Catholic), 5-0; Tye Weathersby (Central Dauphin) d T.Nichter, 7-4; T.Nichter d Grant Mackay (North Allegheny), 6-3
160 — L.Nichter p Alex Whitworth (McCallie), 0:37; Matthew Archiuolo (Saucon Valley) d L.Nichter, 8-7
170 — Dante Stefanelli (Delbarton) d Mello, 5-4
220 — Hull d Gianluca Birnbaum (Hanover), 11-4; Marques Holton (Central Dauphin) d Hull, 6-1