HERSHEY — Chambersburg managed to win half of the bouts against Central Dauphin in a match to decide third place at the District 3 Class 3A team wrestling championships on Saturday at Milton Hershey.
Unfortunately, the Rams got more points out of their seven wins, and beat the Trojans for the third time in three weeks, this time 38-32.
Chambersburg (14-7) will now wrestle in the first round of the PIAA Team Championship tournament on Monday. The Trojans will travel to face the District 11 runner-up — Nazareth and Bethlehem Catholic are wrestling in the D-11 final this evening. Unofficially, Monday’s match will be at 7:30 at Catasauqua H.S.
Central Dauphin (18-2) collected four pins, a forfeit, a technical fall and a regular decision, while the Trojans had three pins, two major decisions and two regular decisions.
“We tried Option 3 (with the lineup), and it worked for the most part,” Chambersburg coach Matt Mentzer said. “We won two of the three toss-up matches, but we missed on a couple of bonus point chances.
“And we had two kids (Rylan Carter at 113, and Zach Evans at 195) who were right in their matches in the third period and got pinned. Carter was down 9-4 and Evans 4-2. That’s two young kids (freshmen) working to figure it out.”
One move Mentzer opted to try did not work out as planned. He weighed in Luke Nichter at 170 and Tate Nichter at 160, each up a weight. He wanted Luke Nichter to catch CD’s Timmy Smith at 182, but it didn’t work out that way.
“We needed to have the match start at one of the four highest weights, and then win the coin flip,” Mentzer said. “If that had happened, I think we could have won the match. But as soon as it started at 170, we knew it wouldn’t work.”
Chambersburg did get off to a 10-0 lead on a major by Carson Mello at 170 and a pin in only 14 seconds at 182 by Luke Nichter.
But the Rams got a pin from Smith, a forfeit and a 7-3 decision by Marques Holton over Wyatt Hull at 285 for a 15-10 lead they never relinquished, although the Trojans did pull to within one point twice.
Karl Shindledecker (120) and Tate Nichter (160) scored pins, Luke Mentzer (106) had a major, and Anthony Colangelo (132) and Ryder Davenport (145) won decisions.
Davenport scored a 7-1 verdict over Wade McClune, after two losses to McClune. Colangelo used a late takedown to edge Tyler Faust, 4-3.
Mentzer said, “The kids competed hard. We’ve got some kids wrestling their butts off.”
Central Dauphin 38, Chambersburg 32
170 — Carson Mello (Ch) md Ethan Pae, 11-3 (0-4)
182 — Luke Nichter (Ch) p Vick Mahmoud, 0:14 (0-10)
195 — Timmy Smith (CD) p Zach Evans, 3:20 (6-10)
220 — Jackson Talbott (CD) won by forfeit (12-10)
285 — Marques Holton (CD) d Wyatt Hull, 7-3 (10-15)
106 — Luke Mentzer (Ch) md Dallas Schorr, 14-4 (14-15)
113 — Matt Repos (CD) p Rylan Carter, 4:49 (14-21)
120 — Karl Shindledecker (Ch) p Liam Kennedy, 5:20 (20-21)
126 — Josh Miller (CD) p Tyler Smith, 1:48 (20-27)
132 — Anthony Colangelo (Ch) d Tyler Faust, 4-3 (23-27)
138 — Bryce Buckman (CD) tf Kelby Mixell, 16-0, 5:19 (23-32)
145 — Ryder Davenport (Ch) d Wade McClune, 7-1 (26-32)
152 — Tye Weathersby (CD) p Gavin Nicholson, 1:38 (26-38)
160 — Tate Nichter (Ch) p Jacob Poyer, 3:21 (32-38)