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Trojans pin Blue Devils to get back on horse

January 31, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Doug Rine doesn't want any handouts or freebies.

The Chambersburg wrestling coach wanted his squad to earn its first victory of the season Thursday night against Greencastle-Antrim's eight-man lineup.

"It wasn't good enough to just win the match," said Rine, whose squad was on the receiving end of six forfeits (36 points). "We wanted to win the bouts wrestled."

The Trojans coach may have had his best night's rest all season afterward. Chambersburg won five of the eight bouts wrestled, including four by pin, to improve to 1-11 with a 63-17 non-division victory.

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"We wrestled tough and we wrestled hard," said Rine. "We've been wrestling hard all year.

"It's been close. We've lost six matches by one bout, but the kids have kept fighting. It was a good win. We're very happy with it."

The night's top fight came at 215 pounds, where Greencastle's Dan Horst (19-8) bumped up a weight to take on Trojans star Bryan Crist (19-1), the reigning Mid-Penn champ.

Crist, fresh off his only loss of the season, went up 6-1 with a pair of takedowns and a reversal through two periods before pinning Horst midway through the third.

"It was a good rebound match," said Crist. "It's a good confidence booster to get me back on track."

For Horst, who made the decision to wrestle Crist, it was also about the track to the postseason.

"(Horst) has pretty much got the second seed locked up (for the upcoming sectional tournament)," said Greencastle coach Fred Yelton. "It was better for him to wrestle a good kid. It's going to benefit him come postseason time."

Chambersburg also got pins from Clint Cole (125), Aaron Brechbill (140) and Colin Campbell (189). Cole and Brechbill both took big leads before scoring their falls, while Campbell used less than a minute for his pin, as the Trojans finally got the monkey off their back.

"It means a lot to finally get a win for Coach," said Crist. "Hopefully, it'll start getting us back on track."

The Blue Devils (2-13) got a third-period pin from Chad Schick (112), a first-period fall from James Amsley (171) and an 18-2 tech fall in 4:23 from Tony Miller (275).

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