CHAMBERSBURG — The 8th MyHOUSE Trojan Wars Tournament, which opened Thursday at the CASHS Field House, had a high percentage of pins.
No team personified that trait more than the host Chambersburg Trojans, who stand atop the team standings thanks to 15 pins and five other bonus victories during the first day of competition.
The Trojans pushed five wrestlers into the quarterfinals and have two others still alive in the consolation rounds.
On Friday, the quarterfinals begin at 10 a.m., the semifinals are at 1:30 and the finals are set for 6 p.m.
Trojan coach Matt Mentzer said, “I am happy with how the kids competed, and I liked the number of pins we got. When we put guys on their backs, we finished — and that’s always a good thing.”
Chambersburg’s quarterfinalists include Zach Sherman at 114, Rylan Carter at 121, Luke Mentzer at 127, Aiden Hight at 189 and Zach Evans at 215.
Sherman had a pin and a major decision, Mentzer had one pin, Hight had a pin and a win by injury default and Evans notched two pins.
But they also got three pins each from Ashton Bomberger and Jaccob Stoner, which help bump up the team points.
Bomberger (133) and Ben Hoover (107) will be hunting medals in the consolation rounds Thursday.
Mentzer said, “The kids are wrestling hard and getting good quality matches against tough kids. If you wrestle kids who are better than you, you learn what you have to do to get better. We want to see where our kids get beat and then make improvements.”
The only downer for Chambersburg was that two wrestlers suffered injuries and another, Logan Mickey, scored two pins at 139, but then had to head home after getting sick.
Two other area teams competed in the Trojan Wars and both Shippensburg and Mercersburg Academy placed two in the quarterfinals.
Dom Frontino (160) and Diesel Koser (189) are the Greyhounds’ pair still alive for a title, while Mercersburg Academy still has Alex Forrester (133) and Luke Hendricks (215) in the championship rounds.
West Perry drew within 2.5 points of Chambersburg (99.5) in the team standings, while Warrior Run (90.5), Burgettstown (78.5) and Southern Columbia (77) round out the top five.
The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be live streamed on MidPennBroadcasting.com on Friday.