CHAMBERSBURG — Tate Nichter has had an entire year to admire the Trojan helmet his brother Luke won last December at the MyHOUSE Trojan Wars Tournament.
But now Tate has his own helmet — the award given to winners of the event — after he became the area’s only champion Saturday night at a packed CASHS Field House.
“I wanted the helmet because I didn’t want another cheap medal,” Nichter said.
Nichter edged Jackson Dean of Caesar Rodney (Del.) 4-3 in the 152-pound final to account for Chambersburg’s lone title. The Trojans, however, did finish a strong second to nationally-ranked Notre Dame Green Pond in the 49-team event.
“If you’d told me at the beginning that we’d finish second, I’d have been fine with that,” Trojan coach Matt Mentzer said. “But I can’t say that now. We saw some techniques the kids can work on; we’re always looking for ways to get better.”
Chambersburg put three in the finals, with Karl Shindledecker at 120 and Luke Nichter at 160 both falling four points short.
Tate Nichter and Dean were scoreless until Nichter escaped in the second, then converted a well-timed shot for a takedown to go ahead 3-0 near the end of the period.
“I watched his matches and knew he kept a high pace,” Nichter said, “so I had to stay with my fundamentals. Eventually, I could feel that the timing with the hand fighting and from the re-attacks would work.”
Mentzer said, “Tate attacked on a counter shot and just missed it. So I told him he could probably get that, and he hit a solid, high-level finish. It was big to go up three.”
That turned out to be true. Dean escaped in the third, then took Nichter down to tie the score, 3-3. But there was plenty of time left and Nichter worked for an escape, then held off Dean for the final minute.
Luke Nichter met up with Clayton Ulrey at 160 in a bout featuring a pair of returning Trojan Wars champs. It was held as the final match of the night and it did not disappoint.
Ulrey’s high-energy style and frenetic pace enabled him to take Nichter down three times in the first period for an 8-2 lead. Nichter, however, made the crowd roar when he caught Ulrey in a double underhook and tossed him to his back for four points.
But Ulrey fought back for an escape and takedown, and the only point in the third period was a Nichter escape to end the bout with an 11-7 Ulrey win for his third Trojan Wars title.
Mentzer said, “I kind of expected a high-scoring match because neither of those guys wants a 3-2 score. As the match went on, Luke got a better feel for how Ulrey was attacking him with his hands and his shots.”
At 120, Shindledecker could not get his offense going in a 4-0 defeat to Brandan Chletsos of Notre Dame. Chletsos scored a takedown in the first period and an escape and stalling point in the second and that was it.
“Karl’s kid was a bull — short, powerful and controlled,” Mentzer said. “Karl did get in clean twice, but he needed to have more scoring opportunities.”
Notre Dame ended up with three consecutive champions from 113 to 126 to wrap up the team championship. The Crusaders finished with 210.5 points to 191.5 for Chambersburg.
Only four other area wrestlers were able to gain a top-eight finish: Carson Mello (170) and Wyatt Hull (220) of Chambersburg took fourth, and Waynesboro had two placewinners — Adam Wertz was sixth at 160 and Kaden Rouzer was eighth at 126.
Trojan Wars Area Results
120 — Karl Shindledecker (Chambersburg) md Matt Ross (Pottsville), 8-0
126 — Hunter Locke (Washington) p Kaden Rouzer (Waynesboro), 2:48
132 — Cal Schoffstall (Pottsville) d Dylan Ramsey (Shippensburg), 6-1
152 — Tate Nichter (Chbg) p Sean Donnelly (Lower Dauphin), 0:13
160 — Luke Nichter (Chbg) md Nathan Ridgley (Gettysburg), 19-6; Adam Wertz (Way) d Mason Ober (Donegal), 12-6
170 — Coy Bastian (Selinsgrove) d Carson Mello (Chbg), 1-0
120 — Shindledecker (Chbg) d Kole Biscoe (Southern Columbia), 7-4, TB
152 — T.Nichter (Chbg) p Hunter Dodson (Spring Mills), 1:16
160 — L.Nichter (Chbg) tf Wertz (Way), 15-0, 5:30
For Third Place
170 — Bastian (Selinsgrove) d Mello (Chbg), 1-0
220 — Hugo Harp (Smyrna) d Wyatt Hull (Chbg), 5-2
For Fifth Place
160 — Aiden Bright (Mercer) md Wertz (Way), 19-9
For Seventh Place
126 — Andrew McDougal (Nansemond River) d Rouzer (Way), 13-6
106 — Gabe Giampietro (Smyrna) d Kaden Milheim (Warrior Run), 9-4
113 — Brett Ungar (Notre Dame Green Pond) d Ben Monn (Cumberland Valley), 7-5
120 — Brandan Chletsos (Notre Dame Green Pond) d Karl Shindledecker (Chbg), 4-0
126 — Ryan Crookham (Notre Dame Green Pond) md Cole Wilson (Northeastern), 17-4
132 — Cal Schoffstall (Pottsville) d Joshua Pence (J.W. Robinson), 13-6
138 — T.T. Elhajj (Lower Dauphin) d Dalton Gimbor (Hamburg), 10-9
145 — Gage McClenahan (Bald Eagle Area) d Tyler Martin (Bishop McDevitt), 3-1
152 — Tate Nichter (Chbg) d Jackson Dean (Caesar Rodney), 4-3
160 — Clayton Ulrey (Lower Dauphin) d Luke Nichter (Chbg), 11-7
170 — Dylan Reinert (Gettysburg) d Thomas Dressler (SPring Grove), 8-3
182 — J.T. Davis (Smyrna) d Derek Berlitz (Notre Dame Green Pond), 7-0
195 — Gaige Garcia (Southern Columbia) d Cole Weightman (Belle Vernon), 3-1
220 — Nate Schon (Selinsgrove) p Chase Mielnik (Downington West), 0:18
285 — Kevin Hudson (Caesar Rodney) d Lear Quinton (Southern Columbia), 3-1, SV
1.Notre Dame Green Pond 210.5; 2.Chambersburg 191.5; 3.Smyrna 186.5; 4.Southern Columbia 185.5; 5.Gettysburg 172; 6.Bald Eagle Area 147; 7.Cumberland Valley 141.5; 8.(tie) Pottsville, Downingtown West 126; 10.Boiling Springs 123. Also: 24.Waynesboro 79; 30.Shippensburg 72; 44.James Buchanan 30; 47.Greencastle-Antrim 21.5