MYERSTOWN — After seven of 13 bouts in the first round and quarterfinal round Tuesday night in the District 3 Team Wrestling Championships, Chambersburg faced a deficit.
But in both matches, the final six bouts were owned by the Trojans, resulting in a 37-24 win over Lower Dauphin, followed by a 47-19 victory over Conestoga Valley.
Chambersburg (16-2), the No. 5 seed, will now face No. 1 seed Central Dauphin (13-0) in a semifinal match on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Spring Grove. If the Trojans can upset the Rams, or win in the following consolation round, they will qualify for the PIAA Tournament.
“I think the first match will always be the toughest,” Chambersburg coach Matt Mentzer said. “The emotions get built up all day and you have all this nervous energy. We looked more confident in the second one.”
Lower Dauphin (14-4) gave the Trojans all they could handle, winning five of the first seven bouts to claim a 21-10 advantage after `160.
But then Jaccob Stoner pulled out a 3-2 win over LD’s Marshal Stahl with a reversal just before the buzzer sounded to earn a 3-2 victory and turn the match around.
Aiden Hight (189) and Zach Evans (215) scored first-period pins to give the Trojans a 25-21 lead, and after the Falcons won at 285, Ben Hoover clinched the victory for Chambersburg by pinning his opponent in 1:50 at 107, stacking him up with a half nelson for the fall.
Other winners for the Trojans were Luke Mentzer (pin in 0:23) at 127, Tyler Frye (19-6 major decision) at 145 and Zach Sherman (forfeit) at 114.
Coach Mentzer said, “I looked at that LD match all day, and I kept seeing them winning five or six matches. I figured they’d be ready to wrestle.”
The quarterfinal vs. Conestoga Valley (11-3) started better for Chambersburg, with Mentzer pocking up a major decision at 127 and Ashton Romberger following with a pin at 133 for a 10-0 lead.
“I thought Luke set the tone by getting bonus points against against one of their better kids,” coach Mentzer said. “And then the rest of the kids fed off that, especially Ashton.”
The Buckskins weren’t done, however, fighting back to take a 19-14 lead when Abdoul Alcala won by technical fall at 172.
But was that it for Conestoga Valley.
Hight (0:57), Evans (1:38) and Avery Kuhns (0:46) racked up consecutive pins to push Chambersburg into a 32-19 lead, then the Trojans finished it off with a 3-0 win for Ben Hoover at 107, and pins by Zach Sherman (5:22) and Rylan Carter (1:51).
Hoover had the clinching victory in each of the matches.
“We gave up some bonus points in the first match, but in the second one we got a couple bonus points at the end of matches,” Mentzer said. “Sometimes in duals, that’s really big.”
Frye earned his second major decision of the day at 152, 13-5, with a takedown with 3 seconds left.
Chambersburg 37, Lower Dauphin 24
121 — Cael Rossi (LD) d Rylan Carter, 5-3
127 — Luke Mentzer (C) p Jacob Gesford, 0:23
133 — Clayton Koser (LD) d Ashton Romberger, 4-1
139 — Griffin Barilla (LD) p Logan Mickey, 3:09
145 — Tyler Frye (C) md James Rogers, 19-6
152 — Joey Swartz (LD) d Noah Valentine, 6-2
160 — Isaac Ulrich (LD) p Judge Rieck, 3:34
172 — Jaccob Stoner (C) d Marshal Stahl, 3-2
189 — Aiden Hight (C) p Will Gray, 1:50
215 — Zach Evans (C) p Domenic DeFrank, 1:06
285 — Aaron Moyer (LD) d Ben Chambers, 7-3
107 — Ben Hoover (C) p Hayden Bohensky, 1:50
114 — Zach Sherman (C) won by forfeit
Chambersburg 47, Conestoga Valley 19
127 — Mentzer (C) md Luke Morley, 14-6
133 — Romberger (C) p Bryce Bowman, 1:15
139 — Teagan Ruble (CV) tf Mickey, 20-5, 5:39
145 — Miles Acosta (CV) d Riley Beecher, 3-2
152 — Frye (C) md Andrew Stoltzfoos, 13-5
160 — Luke Needham (CV) p Liam Brug, 1:17
172 — Abdoul Alcala (CV) tf Stoner, 18-1, 4:00
189 — Hight (C) p Melvin Stoltzfoos, 0:57
215 — Evans (C) p Zander Rider, 1:37
285 — Avery Kuhns (C) p Tal Stoltzfus, 0:46
107 — Hoover (C) d Nick Horton, 3-0
114 — Sherman (C) p Omar Vargas, 5:22
121 — Carter (C) p Townsen Bagley, 1:52