HIGHLAND PARK - When the breaks come your way, good teams take advantage.
Chambersburg dictated the matchups in its two District 3 Class AAA Team Championship wrestling matches Tuesday night at Cedar Cliff and came home with two victories - 40-27 over Garden Spot in the first round and 34-33 over the host Colts, the No. 3 seed, in the quarterfinals.
The result is a trip to the district semifinals on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Central Dauphin against Wilson (14-5), which knocked off No. 2 seed Solanco and Mechanicsburg. CD (19-0) faces Spring Grove (22-0) in the other semifinal.
The Trojans (16-3) have already qualified for the first time for the PIAA Team Championships, which begin Monday.
"Team, team, team," Chambersburg coach Doug Rine said. "We got the matchups we wanted, we made a couple of moves that worked - they don't always work - and it paid off with two wins."
A big key was winning the pre-match flip. In previous duals this year, Chambersburg had won just two of 17 flips. Tuesday, it went 2-0.
That enabled the Trojans to pair defending state champion Garett Hammond against one of the opponents' best wrestlers instead of allowing teams to avoid him. Hammond made it work with a pin over Tanner Leid of Garden Spot (ranked 14th in the state at 145) and a 15-0 technical fall over Cedar Cliff's Jake Colello (12th at 152).
"This was exciting," Hammond said. "We had a couple of days off and were well-rested, and I think this shows how our tough schedule prepares us."
After six bouts against the Colts (20-2), Chambersburg trailed 15-11, with the points coming on Hammond's tech fall and a pin by Dontez King at 195 pounds. He and Austin Shives were scoreless with less than 12 seconds remaining in the first when King took Shives down to his back and pinned him with three ticks left.
The Trojans then ripped off five straight victories to clinch the win.
Colin Runshaw took 1:03 for a pin at 106 and Rine inserted Dawson Arnold, who had wrestled just five matches this year, into the lineup at 113. He came through by piling up six takedowns in a 14-4 major over Michael Cropf.
Arnold said, "I put in a lot of work this year and improved a lot. It's a nice feeling to be put in there and win so the team is getting something out of it. I just tried to push the pace, get my shots and score some points."
Tanner Shoap followed with a quick pin (he had two pins in a total of 1:14 for the night) and Garrett Kyner used a four-point move in the final period to clinch an 8-1 decision.
That put Chambersburg ahead 30-15 with four bouts left and the Colts were heavily favored in the final three. That left it up to David Rump at 132 pounds.
"Rumpie knew if he could get us a major, that would clinch it," Rine said.
And Rump went out and did just that, clinically dismantling Cole Whaley for a 14-0 major that gave the Trojans a 19-point lead. Rump used four tilts to rack up 11 points worth of nearfalls.
Rine then forfeited the final three bouts to the displeasure of the Colts fans.
"We couldn't afford to give up a team point and we didn't want to get anybody hurt," Rine said. "They didn't like that, but I don't mind getting booed in a big win away from home."
Cedar Cliff coach Rob Rapsey said, "The coin toss was pretty important because we knew we were going to be in good shape at the end. I thought we lost some points early with possible pins. But give Chambersburg credit. You just show up and wrestle and they deserved to win the match."
Against Garden Spot, Hammond led off with a pin and Calvin O'Farrell followed with a vicious headlock for a 12-0 lead. After the Spartans (13-5) scored a pin, the Trojans rattled off 28 consecutive points to take a 40-6 lead.
King, Collin Hansley and Cameron Kiger won decisions, Runshaw and Shoap had pins and Kyner earned a tough 1-0 win over Chance Norris on an escape in the second of three overtimes.
Rump lost a 5-4 decision to Garden Spot's Zac Martin and the Spartans finished with three consecutive pins.
Ed Gotwals can be reached at 262-4755 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garden Spot 27
152 - James McKenzie (C) md Koby Martin, 11-2
160 - Garett Hammond (C) p Tanner Leid, 5:54
170 - Calvin O'Farrell (C) p Matt Christie, 0:55
182 - Ben Swarr (GS) p Devon Williams, 1:51
195 - Dontez King (C) d Jake Riehl, 8-4
220 - Colliin Hansley (C) d Mike Bressi, 8-4
285 - Cameron Kiger (C) d Jake Mueller, 6-1
106 - Colin Runshaw (C) p Lester Stover, 3:03
113 - Tanner Shoap (C) p Tyler Marburger, 0:38
120 - Garrett Kyner (C) d Chance Norris, 1-0, 3OT
126 - Zac Martin (GS) d David Rump, 5-4
132 - Nick Cook (GS) p Marc Rodriguez, 1:29
138 - Alex Aharonian (GS) p Steven Smith, 0:51
145 - Will Finkey (GS) p Brandon Heisey, 1:26
Cedar Cliff 33
160 - Garett Hammond (Ch) tf Jake Colello, 15-0, 4:26
170 - Jackson Pettis (CC) d Calvin O'Farrell, 14-8
182 - Josh Colello (CC) p Adam Tardosky, 2:28
195 - Dontez King (Ch) p Austin Shives, 1:57
220 - Matt McCullough (CC) d Collin Hansley, 2-1
285 - David Newcomer (CC) d Cameron Kiger, 3-1
106 - Colin Runshaw (Ch) p Connor McGee, 1:03
113 - Dawson Arnold (Ch) md Michael Cropf, 14-4
120 - Tanner Shoap (Ch) p Jaimee Palacho, 0:36
126 - Garrett Kyner (Ch) d Steven Ross, 8-1
132 - David Rump (Ch) md Cole Whaley, 14-0
138 - Max Good (CC) won by forfeit
145 - Chris Vassar (CC) won by forfeit
152 - Medard Kowalski (CC) won by forfeit
Next match: Thursday, in District 3-AAA semifinal vs. Wilson at Central Dauphin, 7.