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Trojans break Indians' hold

December 17, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - As unofficial as the Franklin County wrestling title is, Chambersburg officially is in the hunt for it for the first time in more than a decade.

The Trojans beat county rival Waynesboro 41-28 in a Mid-Penn Colonial Division match Thursday night. It was their first victory over the Indians since 1990.

"We haven't beaten them since I've been here, and that's been 10 years," Chambersburg coach Doug Rine said. "This is a great win for us.

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"There's sort of that imaginary Franklin County title, and certainly Waynesboro's always been the team to beat in Franklin County."

Chambersburg (2-2, 1-2), which won eight of the 14 bouts, won four of the first five and seven of the first nine, building a 35-7 lead.

In the opening match at 275 pounds, senior Justin Gipe pinned Nick Arestad in 53 seconds to put the Trojans in front to stay.

"That was a first for me; 275 doesn't usually start first," Gipe said. "We needed to get the big win first and then just ride through. Beating Waynesboro has been on our to-do list. It's like the Franklin County title."

James Brotemarkle immediately answered for Waynesboro (0-2, 0-2), edging Tim Parker 9-7 at 103 to make it 6-3. But Chambersburg won the next three bouts. Spencer Crider, who trailed Sean Mickey 2-0 midway through the second period, came back to win 7-2 at 112, Ryan Wetzel pinned John Rock in 15 seconds at 119 and Joey Wilmont pinned Victor Morningstar in 3:34 at 125 for a 21-3 Trojans lead.

"The key bout tonight was 112," Rine said. "(Mickey) came out and took him down, but Spencer didn't panic and his conditioning paid off in the third period."

After the teams exchanged major decisions - Waynesboro's Chip Stover winning 14-1 at 130 and Chambersburg's David Plum winning 11-0 at 135 - the Trojans got a surprising six points from Hays Carson at 140.

Carson trailed Heath Myers 5-0 after the first period, before reversing Myers to his back and sticking him early in the second.

"We were in matches in the second and third periods and next thing you know we're on our back. That's the story of the night," Waynesboro coach Aaron Taylor said. "It's tough to swallow. In a tough dual meet, you just can't get pinned. It just kills you."

Bryan Rowland topped Bobby Hall 10-0 at 145 to extend the Trojans' lead to 35-7, before the Indians went on a tear, winning four straight.

However, Waynesboro's Justin Fogle could only score a 10-3 decision over Aaron Brechbill at 152, making it 35-10 - an insurmountable lead with only four bouts left.

Indians Billy Arnold (160), Ryan Hight (171) and Tim Reihner (189) each won by fall, before Chambersburg's Travis Harbaugh closed out the night by pinning Jeff Lanier, who took a 5-2 lead into the second period, in 3:20.

"You always have to think the streak's going to end sooner or later," Taylor said. "This is one of the best teams Chambersburg's had in a while."

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