CHAMBERSBURG — You couldn’t ask for much more in a high school wrestling dual meet.
Two really good teams. A couple of state-caliber bouts. A school record. A big lead. A big comeback. And a final bout that had everybody standing and yelling because it decided the outcome.
Central Dauphin built a big early lead, then hung on at the bitter end to pin a 34-32 Mid Penn Commonwealth defeat on Chambersburg on Tuesday night at the CASHS Auxiliary Gym.
Both teams won seven bouts; the margin of victory was that the Rams (11-1, 3-0 MPC) secured one more pin than the Trojans (11-3, 3-2 MPC).
Trojan coach Matt Mentzer said, “I thought we had a clear path to get six wins, and I was confident we could get seven. But I really felt we needed to get to eight wins to be able to beat them. And we had a couple of matches where we could have gotten that eighth win.”
CD’s key wins came at 126 and 145. At 126, Mentzer bumped up Karl Shindledecker a weight to take on Josh Miller, and Miller proved to be just a little too strong in a bout between state contenders. He used a deep shot for a takedown in the first period and a reversal in the second to claim a 4-0 victory in which he pushed the action.
At 145, Wade McClune opened the action against the Trojans’ Ryder Davenport with a four-point takedown, then used a three-point nearfall early in the third after Davenport nearly got free to take a lead he held until the end in a 10-8 decision.
That gave Central Dauphin a 34-19 lead with three bouts left.
The second marquee matchup came at 152. Chambersburg’s Tate Nichter had lost 7-4 to Tye Weathersby at the Beast of the East earlier this year. This time Nichter came up with three takedowns for a 7-5 victory. The key move was a takedown to close the second period when Nichter stopped a Weathersby shot and quickly countered by spinning behind.
“He’s a dangerous kid,” Nichter said. “He caught me in a Jonesie last time, so I was looking for that. We drill those takedown re-shots every day in practice, and that was a big one.”
Mentzer said, “Those were two matchups (Miller-Shindledecker and Tate Nichter-Weathersby) that had to happen for the fans in the building. We have to do that for the sport.”
That still left the Trojans down by 12, but it became six quickly when Luke Nichter pinned Ethan Pae in 1:11 at 160 pounds. It was the 62nd career pin for Nichter, moving him past Drew Peck for the all-time school record for falls.
“I knew I could get it at some point this season, it was just a matter of when,” Nichter said. “I wasn’t thinking about it that much.”
With one bout to go, Chambersburg needed a pin from Carson Mello to tie the match. CD sent out Behruz Anvarav and his job was to stay off his back.
Mello quickly scored a takedown and later turned Anvarav with an arm bar. He had him on his back for at least 40 seconds and got very close twice, but Anvarav held him off. Mello had another three-point nearfall in the third period and Anvarav was called for stalling four times — resulting in a 14-0 major — but he did his job.
Luke Nichter said, “I was a little nervous because I had no idea how this match would go, but when we got those wins at 106 and 120, I felt better, that we had a chance.”
The Rams blasted out to an 18-0 lead thanks to first-period pins by Timmy Smith (182), Jackson Talbott (195) and Marques Holton (220). A pin by Luke Mentzer at 106, a dominating 17-5 major at 120 by Rylan Carter, and a decision at 132 by Anthony Colangelo closed the gap for Chambersburg.
Carter had seven takedowns in his bout. Colangelo trailed 4-1 against Tyler Faust, but rallied in the third with an escape, a stalling point and a spin-behind takedown with 42 seconds left for a 6-5 victory that bumped up the noise level in the old gym.
“Carter started attacking in the first four seconds and was still attacking in the last four seconds,” Mentzer said.
“I’m not too worried about this result tonight. The kids are motivated to get back to practice and get better.”
NOTES: Had the match been tied at the end, it (unofficially) would have been a Central Dauphin win via criteria “h” (most first points scored) … In the District 3 Class 6A power rankings, CD is still No. 2 behind Gettysburg and Chambersburg is still No. 4 behind Dallastown … Mifflin County beat Cumberland Valley on criteria Monday, so the division title will come down to the Huskies’ match with the Rams.
Central Dauphin 34, Chambersburg 32
182 — Timmy Smith (CD) p Bryce McKenzie, 1:49 (6-0)
195 — Jackson Talbott (CD) p Mehki Williams, 0:30 (12-0)
220 — Marques Holton (CD) p Zach Evans, 1:44 (18-0)
285 — Wyatt Hull (Ch) p Ben Stewart, 2:18 (18-6)
106 — Luke Mentzer (Ch) p Allyar Nassyrov, 3:22 (18-12)
113 — Matt Repos (CD) p Cesar Montelongo, 1:48 (24-12)
120 — Rylan Carter (Ch) md Liam Kennedy, 17-5 (24-16)
126 — Josh Miller (CD) d Karl Shindledecker, 4-0 (27-16)
132 — Anthony Colangelo (Ch) d Tyler Faust, 6-5 (27-19)
138 — Bryce Buckman (CD) md Kelby Mixell, 12-1 (31-19)
145 — Wade McClune (CD) d Ryder Davenport, 10-8 (34-19)
152 — Tate Nichter (Ch) d Tye Weathersby, 7-5 (34-22)
160 — Luke Nichter (Ch) p Ethan Pae, 1:11 (34-28)
170 — Carson Mello (Ch) md Behruz Anvarav, 14-0 (34-32)