CHAMBERSBURG — We believe it would have been a great dual meet.
Gettysburg came to the CASHS Auxiliary Gym on Wednesday for a non-league wrestling match against Chambersburg carrying a sparkling 16-0 record and a No. 1 spot in the District 3 Class 3A power rankings.
The Trojans were hoping to spring an upset and keep their place in the top four of the power rankings.
Unfortunately, Chambersburg ended up having four starters out of the lineup because of flu, another was withheld because of an injury, and another had to default when he became sick and could not continue.
The result was not pretty — a 51-18 romp for the Warriors.
“We put out the best team we had available,” Trojan coach Matt Mentzer said. “I had no choice. Those kids that didn’t wrestle were just not ready. And we had a few who did wrestle that looked tired.
“And … we let a couple of matches slip away.”
And Gettysburg, a team with no obvious holes in its lineup, took full advantage, scoring six pins, a default and a forfeit to rack up big points often.
Mentzer said, “I’ve been saying since the beginning of the season that Gettysburg might have the most solid team in the district, top to bottom.”
The Warriors began the meet with a bang at 138 pounds. Chambersburg’s Kelby Mixell had rolled to a 7-2 lead in the third period, but Jacob Cherry took him down to his back and got the pin call with 0:05 on the clock.
Between 170 and 120, the Trojans managed only one victory, a 10-1 major by Wyatt Hull at 220 with a nearfall just before the buzzer. Meanwhile, Gettysburg racked up five pins, a forfeit and a default for a 51-12 lead.
The tightest bout came at 152, with Chambersburg’s Tate Nichter, who had the flu last weekend and missed Escape the Rock, meeting Luke Sainato. Nichter escaped in the second and got a stalling point, Sainato escaped in the third and Nichter held on for a 2-1 win.
Luke Nichter followed with a 20-5 technical fall at 160 over Nathan Ridgley, which included seven takedowns.
Chambersburg’s other wins came late. Tyler Smith used three takedowns to beat Dalton Redden 6-1 at 126, and Anthony Colangelo won a 4-2 battle at 132 over Ethan Dalton with a takedown in sudden victory.
With the loss, the Trojans (11-4) would need a win against Cumberland Valley on Thursday (7 p.m., Aux Gym) to have any hope of staying in the top four in the district and getting a home match for the first round.
But that doesn’t concern Mentzer.
“I don’t think any of the kids who missed tonight will be back for tomorrow,” he said. “Maybe one of them. But the big thing to me is just to get in the (team tournament). That’s all icing — we just want to get ready for the individual postseason.
“We do think we’ll be back to full strength by next Tuesday (when the District 3 tournament begins.”
Gettysburg 51, Chambersburg 18
138 — Jacob Cherry (G) p Kelby Mixell, 5:55 (6-0)
145 — Jared Townsend (G) d Ryder Davenport, 10-6 (9-0)
152 — Tate Nichter (C) d Luke Sainato, 2-1 (9-3)
160 — Luke Nichter (C) tf Nathan Ridgely, 20-5, 3:53 (9-8)
170 — Dylan Reinert (G) p Bryce McKenzie, 1:15 (15-8)
182 — Max Gourley (G) p Mehki Williams, 1:49 (21-8)
195 — Samuel Rodriguez (G) won by forfeit (27-8)
220 — Wyatt Hull (C) md Christian Connor, 10-1 (27-12)
285 — Trevor Gallagher (G) default over Joey Fuller, 2:30 (33-12)
106 — Jacob Fetrow (G) p April Rump, 1:02 (39-12)
113 — Montana DeLawder (G) p Cesar Montelongo, 3:06 (45-12)
120 — Tyler Withers (G) p Reese Spedden, 0:43 (51-12)
126 — Tyler Smith (C) d Dalton Redden, 6-1 (51-15)
132 — Anthony Colangelo (C) d Ethan Dalton, 4-2 SV (51-18)