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Indians run through rival Trojans

January 12, 2007|by ANDREW MASON

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Waynesboro wrestling team was like a runaway boulder Thursday night, crashing through the middle of arch-rival Chambersburg's lineup.

"Once you get momentum in a rivalry like this, it's hard to stop it," Waynesboro first-year coach Eric Mowen said.

The No. 6 Indians won nine of the 14 bouts, including a run of four straight from 130 to 145 pounds, as they beat Chambersburg 41-25 in a Mid-Penn Colonial match.

The victory - Waynesboro's first over Chambersburg in three seasons - gave the Indians (3-3, 2-3) one more than they had all of last season, when they went 2-16.

"This is a real young team, and we're learning how to win. We're going to turn this thing around," Mowen said. "To win this one is important to the program.

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"Every point tonight was big. It just as easily could have gone the other way."

The match began at 285. After the fifth bout at 125, the Trojans (1-6, 1-5) led, 13-7.

Then Waynesboro went on its run, getting back-to-back pins from Ian Smith (130) and Brandon Beltz (135), a decision from John Rock (140) and a major decision from Marc Brumbaugh (145) - who won for the first time this season - to take a 26-13 lead.

Beltz pinned Alex Young eight seconds into the second period to break a 13-13 tie and put the Indians ahead for good.

"I rolled him over, stacked him on his back, held onto his head and pinned him - just like that," Beltz said. "It fueled the team."

Zach Smith gave Waynesboro a 32-19 lead in the 11th bout of the night at 160, pinning Zack Lovell in 3:42 for his first win of the season.

Shane McFerren then sealed the match at 171, edging Alex Swartz 6-5 for a 35-19 Waynesboro lead.

"Tough kid, tough match, but I didn't want the team to lose," said McFerren, who scored the winning points on a takedown with 25 seconds left. "I was feeling tired and sick to my stomach, but I didn't give up."

Ryan Arnold completed the Indians' scoring with a pin at 189. Waynesboro also got a major decision from Matt Nel (103) and a decision from Jacob Smith (112).

"Hopefully we can build on this and get back on the winning track," Mowen said. "But it's Pennsylvania wrestling. It doesn't get any easier."

Joey Wilmot (152) and Jordan Heckman (215) had pins for Chambersburg, while Michael Hamilton (285) won by decision, Jimmy Hughes (119) by forfeit and Spencer Crider (125) by major decision.

"It seems like we've been wrestling a lot like this this year," Chambersburg coach Doug Rine said. "We're just close enough to taste it, but we can't quite get over the top."

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