CATAWISSA — Chambersburg’s wrestling team took on a couple of powerful teams Saturday at the eight-team SoCo Scuffle duals tournament at Southern Columbia and ended up with a 4-1 record and second place.
The Trojans’ one defeat was no disgrace — they lost 58-18 to the No. 1-ranked team in the country, Wyoming Seminary.
“We knew Sem would be there, although we had heard they were sending their B team,” Chambersburg coach Matt Mentzer said. “But they had a lot of their best kids, some of them ranked in the top five in the country. They had six or seven of their heavy hitters.”
Luke Nichter and Karl Shindledecker had pins vs. Sem, while Zach Evans won by forfeit. Tate Nichter fell 5-3 in overtime to Connor Kievman at 152.
“Tate got the first takedown, but he was called for locking hands on it, and that changed the strategy of the match,” Mentzer said. “He got overextended on a shot in overtime.”
The Trojans (9-2) came back in their next match to upend host Southern Columbia, the No. 2-ranked Class AA team in the state, 37-33.
With Chambersburg ahead 34-33 with one bout to go, Kelby Mixell captured a 6-1 decision at 132, scoring three takedowns to secure the victory.
“Kelby stayed out of danger and confidently won the match,” Mentzer said.
The match took a big-time turn earlier when the Trojans had two wrestlers — Zach Evans at 195 and Rylan Carter at 113 — both get off their backs, reverse their opponent and record a pin. Evans beat Max Tillet in 1:40 and Carter ended his bout vs. Brady Feese in 3:07.
Mentzer said, “Evans was up against a big, strong guy, and he was tight (on his back). But he reversed (Tillet) right to his back and stacked him for a pin. Carter was in a cradle and in big trouble, but he got out, reversed and caught the kid in a crossface cradle and pinned him.
“That’s a potential 24-point swing. It was huge, and set up Kelby to finish it.”
The Trojans also stomped Milton (61-15), Penncrest (78-0) and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (60-15).
Luke Nichter was 5-0 with five pins to lead the way. Carter, Shindledecker (120), Tate Nichter, Carson Mello (170) and Evans were all 4-1, and Luke Mentzer was 3-1.
Matt Mentzer said, “This is why we drove 2 1/2 hours, so we could wrestle a couple of good teams. A couple of young guys like Carter and Evans need to start to believe in themselves, because they may be better than they think they are.”
Chambersburg Team Results
Chambersburg 61, Milton 15
Chambersburg 78, Penncrest 0
Wyoming Seminary 58, Chambersburg 18
Chambersburg 37, Southern Columbia 33
Chambersburg 60, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 15
106 — Luke Mentzer 3-1 (2 pins); April Rump 1-0 (pin)
113 — Rylan Carter 4-1 (2 pins)
120 — Karl Shindledecker 4-1 (3 pins)
126 — Tyler Smith 2-3 (1 pin)
132 — Anthony Colangelo 3-2 (3 pins)
138 — Kelby Mixell 3-2
145 — Ryder Davenport 3-2 (1 pin)
152 — Tate Nichter 4-1 (2 pins)
160 — Luke Nichter 5-0 (5 pins)
170 — Carson Mello 4-1 (2 pins)
182 — Bryce McKenzie 3-2 (1 pin)
195 — Zach Evans 4-1 (2 pins)
220 — Wyatt Hull 3-2 (1 pin)