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Indians collar rival Trojans

January 11, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - With his team clinging to a seven-point lead against arch-rival Chambersburg on Thursday night, Waynesboro's Ryan Arnold was where he needed to be in the next-to-last bout at 215 pounds.

"I was in my own world," he said. "I just knew I had to pin, no questions about it. I'm a senior, and that's what's expected of me."

Arnold pinned Brian Stewart in 1:32 to seal the deal in front of the large home crowd. And teammate Marvin Gaskill put the exclamation point on No. 2 Waynesboro's 43-24 Mid-Penn Colonial victory over No. 1 Chambersburg with a 37-second pin of Mike Hamilton at 285.

The Indians improved to 4-1 (4-1) - their best start in recent memory - while the Trojans fell to 3-3 in the division.

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"Chambersburg has the better talent, two or three superstars, but we're blue-collar," Waynesboro coach Eric Mowen said. "We're getting a lot of mileage out of the kids working hard."

The Indians got a lot of distance out of the evening's first three bouts - all Waynesboro wins. Dustin Stine beat Dillon Plum 7-1 at 103, Matt Nel pinned Cody Small in 1:36 at 112 and Jacob Smith prevailed 9-3 over Chase Wenger at 119, giving the Indians the lead for good at 12-0.

"I was counting on wins at 103 and 119," Chambersburg coach Doug Rine said. "When we lost at 103 and 119 that set us in a hole, and we had to bump through the middle to try to win the match."

The Trojans only got close.

A pin by Jimmy Hughes at 125 and a major decision from Tim Sharrow at 130 cut Waynesboro's lead to 12-10.

But the Indians won the next four bouts - a major decision by Jesse Mowen (135), pins by Brandon Beltz (140) and Ian Smith (145) and a decision by Jared Wilson (152) - to take their biggest lead of the night at 31-10.

"Waynesboro always seem to wrestle about as well as they can wrestle against us," Rine said. "I don't know if it's energy or stigma or what, but they wrestle their best against us."

Chambersburg stormed back to cut it to 31-24, getting a pin from Steve Wilmot (160), a tech fall from Joey Wilmot (171) and a decision from Alex Swartz (189).

But then Arnold took over for Waynesboro.

"It's great, not only for me, but for the team," Arnold said. "We've got a great team this year. We've got a lot of focus."

"No one fears us, but they oversee our intensity," Eric Mowen said. "The atmosphere here tonight was nice. You haven't seen this many fans in the stands in a long time, and it's fun when you win.

"But we have practice tomorrow. Today is done."

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