Trojans basically basic vs. Devils

January 29, 2006|By CHRIS CARTER


With Greencastle-Antrim set to surrender yet another series of forfeits, Chambersburg coach Doug Rine decided not to get fancy with his lineup on Saturday afternoon.

He decided to wing it.

"We just lined up and went," Rine said. We didn't play with it or switch anyone around or anything. We just wrestled."

Going with the chalk, the Trojans took 10 of 14 bouts - including four by forfeit - to thump the Blue Devils 55-17 in Mid-Penn nondivision action.

Chambersburg won four of the six bouts that were decided by pin and the teams split four decisions - three of which came down to the waning moments.


The match opened at 130 pounds with Greencastle forfeiting the first three bouts.

In the first actual action, Ryan Christman battled through four lead changes and held on for a 9-8 victory over Hays Carson at 145 to put the Blue Devils on the scoreboard. Carson, who suffered a sprained knee, needed an escape to force overtime, but couldn't break Christman's grasp.

"Ryan's been in a lot of close matches lately and he's been winning them," said Blue Devils coach Fred Yelton. "He did just enough to hang on today."

Conrad Myers followed with an 11-10 decision over Alex Swartz at 152 to run his record to 24-0. Myers was sharp early and jumped out to a 5-0 lead with a seemingly effortless takedown and near fall. That edged disappeared as Myers, who admitted tiring, surrendered six second-period points to Swartz. Myers needed a takedown in the final 45 seconds to ice the victory.

"I guess I'm a little out of shape," Myers said. "Lately I've been pinning guys in the first period so I haven't had to go that long. I'm going to have to wrestle more in practice.

"It wasn't so much that he was that good, I just ran out of gas. But I was in control the whole time."

Back-to-back pins by Dale Nichols at 160 and Matt Copenhaver at 171 pulled Greencastle into a tie at 18-18 to end the Blue Devils' scoring. In fact, Greencastle lost ground after being penalized a team point following the 103-pound bout to cut the score to 17.

Chambersburg won the final seven bouts to win going away. Travis Schoenberger (189), Jordan Heckman (215) and Jon Rhone each notched second-period pins and Tim Sharrow outlasted Zach Witmer at 103 with a 13-11 decision. Sharrow scored a reversal and near fall in the third period to take control.

"Timmy really finished strong. He really turned it on in the third period," Rine said. "I'll take our kids in the third period in every match."

Spencer Crider showed why at 112 by outscoring Bobby Rush 10-1 in the last two minutes for a 16-3 major decision. Ryan Wetzel earned a forfeit at 119 and Robbie Gehres closed out the match in fashion with a 51-second pin of Dilon Langston.

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