3 Trojan wrestlers still alive at Escape the Rock

HOLLAND — The Escape the Rock Tournament lived up to its rugged reputation Saturday.

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Chambersburg sent 13 wrestlers to the 51-team competition at Council Rock South H.S. and all but three were eliminated on the first day.

Luke Nichter has already qualified for the championship match at 160 pounds. He had a bye, notched a pin in 1:39 and won 6-2 over Jack Weymeyer of Malvern Prep in the quarterfinals.

His semifinal opponent, Andrew Clark of Collinswood, N.J., was forced to forfeit the bout because he received stitches. Nichter, the No. 2 seed, will face the winner of Sunday morning’s semifinal between Andrew Cerniglia of Notre Dame Green Pond and Dillon Sheehy of Council Rock North.

Two others are alive in the consolation rounds and need one more win Sunday morning to guarantee a medal — Karl Shindledecker at 120 and Wyatt Hull at 220.

Tate Nichter did not compete because of sickness and Carson Mello (170) won his first bout 7-5, but then forfeited two matches for an injury not believed to be too serious.

Shindledecker earned a pin, but was edged 6-5 by Mike Tandorella of Don Bosco Prep. He came back to win two consolation bouts, by pin and 10-3 decision. Hull had a bye, then fell 6-4 in overtime. He scored a pair of major decisions in the consolations.

Zach Evans (195) was 2-2 with two pins, while Luke Mentzer (106), Rylan Carter (113), Kelby Mixell (138) and Ryder Davenport (145) each had one victory.

The Trojans hold 11th place in the team standings, which are led by Malvern Prep.