CHAMBERSBURG — A share of first place in the Mid Penn Commonwealth Division was at stake Thursday night in CASHS Field House, when Chambersburg hosted Central Dauphin in a wrestling match loaded with state-ranked wrestlers.
The Rams made a few lineup moves that worked well, and CD also earned a pair of upset victories in the lightweights that catapulted it to a 41-23 victory.
“I think we have a roster that can go with these guys,” Trojan coach Matt Mentzer said. “But ,,, we need everybody ready and confident and we need to get the breaks.”
Central Dauphin (3-0, 3-0 MPC) made three lineup moves, bumping Ryan Harvick to 172, Luke Nye to 285 and Michael Beers to 160, and won all three, with Harvick and Beers getting pins.
They were able to give Zach Evans a forfeit win at 215 and move Nye up because Chambersburg (7-1, 2-1 MPC) was sitting an injured Avery Kuhns at 285.
“Them winning the flip pretty much locked in a forfeit for Zach,” Mentzer said.
Thanks to that forfeit and a technical fall by Aiden Hight at 189, the Trojans trailed only 15-11 after five bouts, and were favored in the next two. But CD won both to give them a huge edge.
At 114, Chambersburg’s Zach Sherman, ranked No. 15, held a 4-0 lead early in the second period, but Luke Hitchcock outscored him 7-1 from that point on to win 7-5.
At 121, the Trojans’ Rylan Carter, No. 16, led 1-0 over C.J. Ferree after two periods, but got reversed with about 1:25 left and could not get free, falling 2-1.
Chambersburg managed only two pins after that, while the Rams had two pins, a tech fall and a decision.
The showdown of the night came at 127, where CD’s Liam Flanagan, ranked No. 10, met Luke Mentzer, No. 9. After a 0-0 first period, Mentzer released Flanagan early in the second.
Flanagan shot in deep on a single, but Mentzer performed a perfect elevator, flipping Flanagan and sticking him for a pin in 2:35.
“That’s not a move I do too many times, but I do find myself in that position a lot,” Mentzer said. “Rolling across your own back isn’t always the best thing to do, and it could come back to bite me sometime.”
Coach Mentzer said, “Luke is unorthodox, which makes him a little dangerous.”
Chambersburg’s other pin came at 152, a fall in 5:14 by Noah Valentine over Brian Lange. But the bout was much more complicated than that.
Lange rolled to a 7-0 lead, with two sets of back points, midway through the second period. But Valentine got a reversal, and after a Lange escape, he took Lange down to his back and trailed only 8-7 after two.
Valentine took his first lead with a takedown, only to have Lange reverse him to his back to regain a 12-9 lead. But Valentine kept working and caught Lange for a reversal and stuck him him in that position for the fall.
Mentzer said, “They are solid top to bottom, and from 107 to 160 they’re as good as any team in the state. I had a couple of matches I was disappointed in and a couple I was really happy with. It’s still early in the season and we know we have work to do.”
NOTES: The Rams led in takedowns, 11-7 and piled up 12 nearfalls … The Trojans were without Kuhns and 107-pounder Ben Hoover.
Central Dauphin 41, Chambersburg 23
172 — Ryan Harvick (CD) p Jaccob Stoner, 1:52
189 — Aiden Hight (Ch) tf Eli Poyer, 17-2, 5:50
215 — Zach Evans (Ch) won by forfeit
285 — Zach Nye (CD) d Pierce Schoenhofen, 2-1
107 — Thunder Beard (CD) won by forfeit
114 — Luke Hitchcock (CD) d Zach Sherman, 7-5
121 — C.J. Ferree (CD) d Rylan Carter, 2-1
127 — Luke Mentzer (Ch) p Liam Flanagan, 2:35
133 — Dallas Schoor (CD) d Ashton Bomberger, 5-2
139 — Gavin Reynolds (CD) p Logan Mickey, 3:11
145 — Matt Repos (CD) tf Tyler Frye, 15-0, 4:53
152 — Noah Valentine (Ch) p Brian Lange, 5:14
160 — Michael Beers (CD) p Ivan Mixell, 2:11