MECHANICSBURG — The Chambersburg wrestling team put together a really solid day Saturday at the District 3 Section III Tournament at Mechanicsburg, crowning four champions and bringing home the team title.
Karl Shindledecker (120 pounds), Luke Mentzer (126), Anthony Colangelo (138) and Tate Nichter (172) collected the first-place finishes. All four have qualified for the District 3 Championships next Saturday at Spring Grove.
Trojan coach Matt Mentzer said, “The kids wrestled tough, and we went 7-1 in the last round, which kind of let us sneak up on the team title. It was my birthday today, so that was a nice little present, even though the kids didn’t know it except my son.”
Three other area wrestlers were able to advance to districts. In Section III, Shippensburg’s Dominic Frontino placed second at 138 to qualify. In Section IV at South Western, Waynesboro’s Bodie Rouzer took second place to advance. And in Class 2A, Section I at Susquenita, Hayden Shirk of James Buchanan took third place to move on (4 wrestlers in 2A advanced).
Chambersburg had three No. 1 seeds take titles; the only upset was at 138, where Colangelo, a senior, edged Ship’s Frontino, 2-1. In the second period, Frontino escaped, and later in the period, Colangelo (20-4) scored a go-behind takedown. The wrestlers stayed in neutral for the final period and neither could score.
“Anthony is confident in himself,” Mentzer said. “He doesn’t doubt his abilities, so as good as Dominic is, Anthony thought he could find a way to win. He was persistent in getting that takedown and then he held him off in neutral.”
Shindledecker started with two pins, then ripped Mark Paradine of Cedar Cliff in the final, 13-2. The junior (16-0) included three takedowns and a pair of nearfalls among his points.
Mentzer said, “Karl was just dominant all day, including the final. He’s getting more comfortable and he’s at the right weight this year. He should be a handful.”
At the next weight, Luke Mentzer locked up with Carlisle’s Trentin Walker. Mentzer, a sophomore, scored a slide-by takedown and escaped in the second to lead 3-0. Walker closed the gap with a takedown, but Mentzer scored the key points with an immediate reversal with 22 seconds left in the second. He gave up another takedown in the third, but held on for a 6-4 victory.
“I think he was in one of the two deepest weights — there were probably five kids I thought could win,” Matt Mentzer said. “It was who showed up and wrestled the best. Walker is scrappy, but Luke controlled the pace and never trailed.”
Nichter scored a pair of pins early to become Chambersburg’s all-time leading pinner, with 73. The senior then blanked Bay Blaschak of Northern York in the final, 9-0, scoring a takedown in each period and a nearfall before the buzzer.
Mentzer said, “Tate passed his brother (Luke) for the most pins. He was also dominant and beat a good kid in the final. Luke looked good and moved well today.”
Also for Chambersburg (138 points), which outscored Cumberland Valley (128) and Carlisle (121.5) for the team championship, sophomore Rylan Carter took third at 113, senior Kelby Mixell was third at 145, junior Ryder Davenport placed fourth at 160 and sophomore Zach Evans was third at 215.
Mixell, seeded No. 7, lost his first bout, then won three straight. He won eight of his final 10 bouts this year.
“Kelby wrestled his butt off,” Mentzer said. “In his last match, he hit three of the most technically perfect takedowns I’ve seen us hit this year. He’s come a long way.”
SHIPPENSBURG: In addition to Frontino, the Greyhounds’ Deisel Koser placed fourth in 189. Koser reversed a 15-8 loss two weeks ago to Chambersburg’s Aiden Hight in the consolation semis with a 9-4 victory.
WAYNESBORO: Rouzer scored a pair of wins to reach the final at 138, but suffered a 16-0 technical fall to Dallastown’s Caden Dobbins. He had to wrestle Jarod Baker of Spring Grove for “true” second, and pinned him. The Indians had a trio of fourth-place finishers: Isaac McGregor at 120, Kaden Rouzer at 145 and Jakob Schorn at 189.
JAMES BUCHANAN: Shirk won a 2-0 victory in the consolation semifinals, then edged Mason Messick of Newport 3-2 for third place. Shirk broke a 1-1 tie with a takedown with 26 seconds remaining. Also for the Rockets, Hunter Smith placed fifth at 215.
Class 3A Section III Local Results
113 — Rylan Carter, 3-1, 3 pins, 3rd place
120 — Karl Shindledecker, 3-0, 2 pins, 1 md, 1st place
126 — Luke Mentzer, 3-0, 1 pin, 1st place
132 — Cesar Montelongo, 0-2
138 — Anthony Colangelo, 3-0, 1 pin, 1st place
145 — Kelby Mixell, 3-1, 1 pin, 3rd place
152 — Tyler Jones, 0-2
160 — Ryder Davenport, 2-2, 2 pins, 4th place
172 — Tate Nichter, 3-0, 2 pins, 1 md, 1st place
189 — Aiden Hight, 1-2
215 — Zach Evans, 3-1, 1 pin, 3rd place
106 — Jon Viens, 0-2
138 — Dominic Frontino, 2-1, 1 pin, 1 tf, 2nd place
160 — Kevin Foxworth, 1-2
189 — Diesel Koser, 2-2, 1 pin, 4th place
285 — Sean Hess, 1-2
Class 3A Section IV
106 — Garrett Price, 1-2
113 — Payton Keller, 0-2
120 — Isaac McGregor, 2-2, 4th place
138 — Bodie Rouzer, 3-1, 1 pin, 2nd place
145 — Kaden Rouzer, 2-2, 1 tf, 4th place
152 — Colby Bittorie, 0-2
189 — Jakob Schorn, 2-2, 2 pins, 4th
Class 2A Section I
126 — Hayden Shirk, 3-1, 3rd place
152 — Nathan Brake, 0-2
160 — Logan Miller, 0-2
215 — Hunter Smith, 2-2, 1 pin, 5th place