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Trojans throw their weight around from the start

January 19, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER /Staff Correspondent

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Nothing pleases Chambersburg wrestling coach Doug Rine more than starting a wrestling match at the weights where his team is the strongest.

No. 7 Waynesboro found out first hand those weights start light at 119 pounds and extend up to - and on Wednesday beyond - 140 pounds, as No. 3 Chambersburg won the first seven bouts for a 31-0 lead and the Trojans cruised to a 44-15 victory.

"There's nothing I love more than starting at 119 pounds," Rine said. "From there up to about 140 is where we're the best. Then we've got a couple of other guys - (Tyler) Schoenberger and (Jon) Rhone - who we can count on."

All seven that Rine mentioned - plus four others - won bouts for Chambersburg. Ryan Wetzel kicked off the action win a pin of Ryuichiro Tatsumi at 119. Wetzel scored a takedown and two near-falls for a 7-0 lead before ending the match with three seconds left in the opening period.

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Strong finishes to commanding performances were a prevailing theme for the Trojans (5-4) to add extra team points.

Rob Gehres tallied nine third-period points to earn a 12-2 major decision over Ian Smith at 125, Joey Wilmot scored a near-fall at the buzzer to earn a 22-7 tech fall over John Rock at 130, and in the heavyweight bout Rhone scored a takedown on Jeff Lanier with five seconds remaining in the third period to notch a 9-1 major decision.

Of Chambersburg's 11 wins, only two came by pin - Wetzel at 119 and David Plum's pin of Heath Daniel in 1:32 at 140.

"Our kids are in excellent shape," Rine said. "Conditioning plays big part of how they can finish a match."

Meanwhile, Waynesboro (2-11) struggled in the early going. Aside from two dominating efforts by Ryan Hight at 160 and James Brotemarkle at 103 - both of whom led 8-0 after two minutes and scored second-period pins - the Indians were outscored 31-10 in the opening period of the other 12 bouts. Matt Hutton at 135 and Victor Morningstar at 145 were the only other Indians to hold a lead after the first period, but both lost - Hutton 12-5 to Shawn Bumbaugh and Morningstar 4-2 to Hays Carson.

"I thought (140) was a match (Morningstar) should win," said Waynesboro coach Aaron Taylor. "He wasn't sharp after the first period. He lost aggressiveness and he wasn't hitting any moves."

Hight led 10-0 before pinning Zach Lovell in 2:35, while Brotemarkle scored 12 back points before pinning Tim Sharrow in 3:48. Notching the third win for the Indians was 215-pounder Evan Reed, who nearly wrestled himself into a pin by cradle twice, but survived for a 9-4 decision over Jordan Heckman.

"Evan still has the habit of putting himself in bad positions and he got himself into cradles a couple of times," Taylor said. "He can't continue to do those kinds of things."

Earning decisions for Chambersburg were Jamie Bensen (171), Schoenberger (189) and Spencer Crider (112). Alex Swartz (152) won by major decision.

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