CHAMBERSBURG — Just a day after a thrilling win over Cumberland Valley, Chambersburg wrestling coach Matt Mentzer was concerned that his team might not be in a good place mentally.
“I was worried, coming off that emotional win last night,” Mentzer said. “I was thinking the kids maybe got a few too many pats on the back today in school and might not be ready.”
But Trojans were prepared, and pounced on a good Gettysburg team — which was missing two starters — to capture a 43-18 Mid Penn Commonwealth victory Thursday night in CASHS Field House.
The match felt much closer than the final score, but Chambersburg (10-1, 4-1 MPC) rang up three consecutive pins early to take a healthy lead, then finished with two pins at the end to make the score more lopsided.
“I absolutely did not expect a score like that,” Mentzer said. “I saw in weigh-ins that (Gabe) Pecaitis (ranked No. 13 in the state at 139) wasn’t there, and that made a difference. But Gettysburg still has a bunch of really good young kids.
“But I thought we wrestled even better tonight than we did last night.”
After a major decision at 107 by William Yordy of the Warriors (12-4, 3-3 MPC), the Trojans ran off six consecutive wins — including pins by Rylan Carter at 121, Luke Mentzer at 127 and Ashton Romberger at 133 — to take a commanding 28-4 lead.
Zach Sherman started that run with a tough 8-2 win over Isaiah Jackson that was tied 2-2 until Sherman hit a five-point move from his feet to end the second period.
After the three pins, Logan Mickey earned a 6-2 decision and Tyler Frye provided a bonus point with his 11-1 major at 145.
“Romberger, Mickey and Frye all competed hard and won good matches,” coach Mentzer said.
Gettysburg got back into it with a technical fall at 152 by Dalton Redden and a pin by Jaxon Townsend at 160, bringing the Warriors to within 28-15.
With Zach Evans heavily favored at 215, a good result at 172 would pretty much wrap up the win, and freshman Jaccob Stoner came through with a 5-2 win over Mason Rebert.
The bout was tied 2-2 entering the third period, but Stoner avoided several attempts by Rebert for a cradle, escaped, then countered for a clinching takedown with 32 seconds left.
“When I saw he was trying to cradle me, I said to myself that is not going to happen,” Stoner said.
Mentzer said, “We had that match circled as a toss-up. Jaccob has had to wrestle some really tough kids this year, so for him to get a big win at home was nice. Once we got that one I felt pretty comfortable.”
That led to the best matchup of the night, 23-1 Tyler Withers of the Warriors (ranked No. 11) vs. Aiden Hight (12-5, No. 8) at 189. It didn’t disappoint.
Hight used two takedowns and a penalty point to lead 5-4 after two periods. In the third, Hight tried to hit a headlock, but Withers was ready for it and dropped Hight to his back, coming very close to a pin. He countered another Hight throw attempt for more back points late and won 12-6.
Evans notched a pin at 215 and Ben Chambers filled in admirably for the injured Avery Kuhns by taking Adrian Ramirez down to his back for a pin in 1:35 to end the meet.
NOTES: The Warriors were also missing Ethan Burgess at 114 … Chambersburg won the takedown battle, 16-9 … The Trojans are ranked No 2 in District 3 Class 3A and the top 4 teams host first-round and quarterfinal matches on Jan. 31 … Gettysburg, the defending champion, will likely qualify, too.
Chambersburg 43, Gettysburg 18
107 — William Yordy (G) md Ben Hoover, 14-1
114 — Zach Sherman (C) d Isaiah Jackson, 8-2
121 — Rylan Carter (C) p Neil Rosario, 3:41
127 — Luke Mentzer (C) p Aiden Fitzgerald, 1:24
133 — Ashton Romberger (C) p Kainen Holmes, 3:22
139 — Logan Mickey (C) d Matthew Rebert, 6-2
145 — Tyler Frye (C) md Caden Shearer, 11-1
152 — Dalton Redden (G) tf Noah Valentine, 17-0, 5:32
160 — Jaxon Townsend (G) p Ivan Mixell, 3:10
172 — Jaccob Stoner (C) d Mason Rebert, 5-2
189 — Tyler Withers (G) d Aiden Hight, 12-6
215 — Zack Evans (C) p Logan Baker, 1:54
285 — Ben Chambers (C) p Adrian Ramirez, 1:35