Trojan Wars validates toughness to 5 county teams

CHAMBERSBURG — Just in case there was any doubt about the strength of the MyHOUSE Trojan Wars wrestling tournament at Chambersburg, here is a rough fact for county teams: five area teams brought rosters of wrestlers to CASHS Field House on Friday and  a total of only seven kids were able to advance to the quarterfinals.

Mello action

Chambersburg 170-pounder Carson Mello, top, controls Aven Ayala of Milton while earning a 16-5 major decision in the 2nd round of of the Trojan Wars on Friday afternoon.

Trojan Wars is now up to 49 varsity teams and the level of competition seems to improve each year.

The host Trojans lead the way with four quarterfinalists: Karl Shindledecker at 120 pounds, Tate Nichter at 152, Luke Nichter at 160 and Carson Mello at 170.

Waynesboro pushed a pair through — Kaden Rouzer at 126 and Adam Wertz at 160. Shippensburg had the other area double winner, Dylan Ramsey at 132.

Chambersburg’s Luke Nichter had the quickest day of work, taking just 15 seconds for a pin in his first bout, then needing only 38 in the second round. His brother Tate Nichter also scored a pair of first-period falls.

Shindledecker produced a technical fall in his opener, then had a pin, while Mello scored a pin and then a major decision.

Trojan coach Matt Mentzer said, “I felt all day that our kids were distracted, with everything going on (here at home). It was a different kind of feel; I felt I was distracted, too, trying to make sure these teams were welcome here.”

But, by virtue of an outstanding day in the consolation rounds, the Trojans stand in first place in the team standings after the first day.

In addition to the four in the quarters, Chambersburg also has eight still alive in the consolation rounds: Luke Mentzer (106), Rylan Carter (113), Anthony Colangelo (132), Ryder Davenport (145), Bryce McKenzie (182), Zach Evans (195), Wyatt Hull (220) and Joey Fuller (285).

All told, the Trojans compiled a 12-2 record in the consolations, which included six pins and two other bonus point victories.

“I did like how we finished up,” Mentzer said. “It was a nice win by Joey, and McKenzie getting to the second day is good. We just need to win the matches we’re supposed to win, and we did in the second part of the day.”

Wrestling begins Saturday at 9 a.m. with a round of consolations, followed by quarterfinals at 10 a.m., semifinals at 1:30 and the championship round set to begin at 6:15.

The Greyhounds’ Ramsey worked for a pin in his first match, then moved on with a 7-0 decision. Teammate Jeffery Russell (126) got a pin, but was knocked out 5-2 by Matt Ross of Pottsville.

For Waynesboro, Wertz had a strong day, notching pins in 1:00 and 1:04. Indian teammate Rouzer advanced with a major decision and a fall.

Also alive in the consolations are Greencastle-Antrim’s Jared Miller (145); Shippensburg’s Russell (120), Dominic Frontino (138), Kohl Holderbaum (145) and Sean Hess (285); and Waynesboro’s Keegan Lohman (170) and Hayden Reichard (182).

MyHOUSE Trojan Wars
Friday’s Local Results
Preliminary Round

120 — Garrett Keener (Greencastle-Antrim) d Tyler Bootier (Red Lion), 4-2; Zach Chase (Mercer) d Hayden Shirk (James Buchanan), 3-2
132 — Zach Poff (Bangor) p Gavyn Stewart (JB), 3:25; Liam Eyth (Belle Vernon) p Grayson Weller (G-A), 1:41
138 — Zander Ballock (Bald Eagle Area) d Kelby Mixell (Chambersburg), 7-4; Quentin Frampton (Waynesboro) p Rhys Holvey (West Chester East), 4:58; Dominic Frontino (Shippensburg) p Ziameir Smith (Belle Vernon), 0:21; Logan Kramer (East Pennsboro) p Wesley Shubert (G-A), 2:46; Sheldon Mentzer (Big Spring) p Benjamin Glessner (JB), 1:00
145 — Jared Miller (G-A) md Joey Menke (Boiling Springs), 10-0; Drake McGregor (Way) tf Andrew Small (Donegal), 16-0, 2:43
152 — Jerome Gilliam (Belle Vernon) p Kalob Messner (JB), 1:44
182 — Jaydan Barrick (Boiling Spr.) d Bryce McKenzie (Chbg), 7-1
195 — Caleb Ruiz (Sherando) p Sean Hoch (G-A), 0:42; Jakob Schorn (Way) p Cole Bair (West Perry), 1:49
220 — Jack Bryer (Belle Vernon) p Jack Sullivan (G-A), 1:19; Gabe Barrow (Way) p Kaleb Miles (Tyrone), 3:53
First Round
106 — Luke Mentzer (Chbg) p Brady Feese (Southern Columbia), 3:47
113 — Parker Davidson (Hamburg) p Rylan Carter (Chbg), 1:03
120 — Brandan Chletsos (ND Green Pond) p Keener (G-A), 1:18; Karl Shindledecker (Chbg) tf Aniya Poff (Bangor), 15-0, 6:00; Jeffery Russell (Ship) p Matt Ross (Pottsville), 0:59
126 — Carson Filer (Mercer) p Nathan Beam (Ship), 3:10; Kaden Rouzer (Way) md Jarod Baker (Spring Grove), 12-2; John Stoner (JB) d Michael Gause (Sherando), 6-4; Jaciah Whitcomb (Cumberland Valley) p Tyler Smith (Chbg), 3:20
132 — Anthony Colangelo (Chbg) d Brogan Teter (Sherando), 4-0; Dylan Ramsey (Ship) p Eyth (Belle Vernon), 1:51
138 — Bryce Brennan (Red Land) md Frampton (Way), 19-7; Frontino (Ship) d Isaiah Jenkins (Smyrna), 3-0
145 — Heath Rudolph (Sherando) md Miller (G-A), 13-5; Ryder Davenport (Chbg) d Brandon Gedman (Southern Columbia), 8-3; Kohl Holderbaum (Ship) d Isaiah Woods-Kolsky (Penn Charter), 6-2; Alex Chess (Mercer) p D.McGregor (Way), 0:36
152 — Tate Nichter (Chbg) p Ben Belga (Cumb. Valley), 1:27
160 — Tyler Wonders (West Perry) medical forfeit over Logan Miller (JB); Adam Wertz (Way) p Adam Stockbower (Nansemond River), 1:00; Luke Nichter (Chbg) p Logan Pittman (Solanco), 0:15
170 — Clayton Hetrick (Big Spring) d Diesel Koser (Ship), 8-6; Carson Mello (Chbg) p Aidan Metzger (Boiling Spr), 2:25; Keegan Lohman (Way) d Jake Fenimore (W.C. East), 7-5
182 — Dontey Rogan (Cumb. Valley) md Hayden Reichard (Way), 18-10; Sam Pope (Big Spring) p Aiden Reed (Ship), 5:30
195 — Zach Evans (Chbg) p Mason Zajac (Lackawanna Trail), 1:41; Maximus Hale (Downingtown West) p Schorn (Way), 1:21
220 — Max Tillet (Southern Columbia) p Wyatt Hull (Chbg), 1:30; Colton Musser (Ship) p Brent Mitch (Milton), 1:16
285 — Nevin Rauch (Milton) p Xavier Rhine (Way), 3:25; Joey Fuller (Chbg) p Wyatt Prinz (Nansemond River), 3:56; Sean Hess (Ship) d Colby Page (Boiling Springs), 5-0
Second Round
106 — Owen Rawls (Nansemond River) d Mentzer (Chbg), 5-3
120 — Shindledecker (Chbg) p Reese Polulak (Red Land), 2:56; Matt Ross (Pottsville) d Russell (Ship), 5-2
126 — Rouzer (Way) p Angelo Todaro (Big Spring), 3:23; Andrew McDougal (Nansemond River) p Stoner (JB), 1:01
132 — Joshua Pence (J.W. Robinson) d Colangelo (Chbg), 2-0; Ramsey (Ship) d Gavin Sheriff (Lewisburg), 7-0
138 — Dominic Stoughton (Central Bucks West) p Frontino (Ship), 6:39, OT
145 — Liam Gordon (J.W. Robinson) md Davenport (Chbg), 10-0; Joey Natarcola (Smyrna) tf Holderbaum (Ship), 16-1, 3:09
152 — T.Nichter (Chbg) p Broghan Persun (Lewisburg), 0:44
160 — L.Nichter (Chbg) p Carson Kelly (Red Land), 0:38; Adam Wertz (Way) p Dean Hollenbach (Selinsgrove), 1:04
170 — Carson Mello (Chbg) md Aven Ayala (Milton), 16-5
195 — Jace Bradbury (Washington) p Evans (Chbg), 1:40
220 — Chase Mielnik (Downingtown West) p Musser (Ship), 4:59
285 — Sawyer Morgan (Bishop McDevitt) p Fuller (Chbg), 1:10; Charles Martin (Garden Spot) md S.Reed (Ship), 10-1.