NEW KINGSTOWN — The Chambersburg wrestling team found a way to host another dual meet.
The Trojans defeated Wilson 33-25 on Saturday to take third place in the District 3 Team Championships at Cumberland Valley H.S., winning seven of the 13 bouts and getting bonus points in five of them.
Chambersburg (18-3) will host Quakertown (15-7), the 4th-place finisher in District 1, in a first-round match of the PIAA Team Championships on Monday night at 6 p.m.
“We picked a good time to wrestle a very good match,” Trojan coach Matt Mentzer said. “I think all the kids — even the ones who didn’t win — stepped up in a big situation and did what they needed to do.”
Zach Evans earned a big win at 215 with a 7-4 win over Ryan McMillen. Evans came in with a 29-5 record and McMillen was 37-5.
Scoreless after one period, Evans escaped, received a penalty point for stalling and took McMillen down for a 4-0 lead after two, then both wrestlers had takedowns in the third.
Mentzer said, “That was a big early match (5th bout in) and whichever team won that would control the match. Zach pushed the pace against a quality opponent.”
With one bout left, Chambersburg led the Bulldogs (14-3) by a 30-25 score. Needing to avoid a pin, the Trojans’ Tyler Frye captured a 5-2 win over Kameron Koch to sew up the win.
“It’s hard to wrestle when you’re not necessarily wrestling to win,” Mentzer said. “But Tyler wrestled a super-smart match and was never in danger. He got a takedown with about 20 seconds and rode him out.”
Chambersburg got pins from Zach Sherman (114) and Luke Mentzer (127), a technical fall from Aiden Hight (189), a major decision from Ashton Romberger (133) and a forfeit win from Avery Kuhns at 285.
Coach Mentzer said, “We started out at 152 and got good efforts from Noah Valentine and Ivan Mixell to only lose by decision. Mixell hadn’t even practiced since Wednesday (sickness), but he went out and fought hard.
“Ben Hoover at 107 and Rylan Carter at 121 both had really kids and wrestled well against them. The kids looked good the whole way through the lineup.
“I’m proud of these kids. It’s the second time the seniors have qualified for states, which makes them the first to do that for us.”
NOTES: This is the third time Chambersburg has qualified for team states; it has an 0-2 record … Quakertown fell 40-21 to Council Rock South in the match for third place in District 1 … In the D-3 final, Central Dauphin (15-0) whipped Cumberland Valley (21-3), 41-14.
Chambersburg 33, Wilson 25
152 — Matteo Garcia (W) d Noah Valentine, 6-4
160 — Dominic Delgado (W) d Ivan Mixell, 10-3
172 — Blaise Eidle (W) p Jaccob Stoner, 3:59
189 — Aiden Hight (C) tf Drew Koller, 16-1
215 — Zach Evans (C) md Ryan McMillen, 7-4
285 — Avery Kuhns (C) won by forfeit
107 — McKaden Speece (W) md Ben Hoover, 16-5
114 — Zach Sherman (C) p Isaac Eidle, 2:16
121 — James Garcia (W) d Rylan Carter, 3-1
127 — Luke Mentzer (C) p Chase Ulrich, 3:31
133 — Ashton Romberger (C) md Miguel Herrera, 8-0
139 — Caden Herb (W) p Logan Mickey, 2:35
145 — Tyler Frye (C) d Kameron Koch, 5-2