HERSHEY - Chambersburg wrestling coach Doug Rine knew his team faced steep, steep odds Saturday in the District 3 Class AAA Team Wrestling championship.

He had a tough choice to make: Go for the long shot and do everything possible to try to beat Central Dauphin and take the risk of getting hammered, or try to make the score respectable. Rine decided on the first option and the result was a Rams' rout.

CD (21-0) won its sixth consecutive District 3-AAA title with a 50-6 victory at Milton Hershey School.

The Trojans (17-4) will host a preliminary round match of the PIAA Team Tournament on Monday, tentatively set for 7 p.m., against the fourth-place finisher from District 1, Upper Perkiomen (17-7). The home fans are being asked to do a "Whiteout" for the match and wear white clothing.

Rine said, "We were trying to win it by bumping some people around. We could have wrestled them straight up and lost (CD won 49-18 in earlier meeting), or we could have tried some things like we did. But we had to win all the matches where we made moves to perhaps make it a tight match."

The Rams spoiled that strategy simply because they were better.

Central Dauphin won three of the four close individual matches, and it scored bonus points at almost every opportunity (3 pins, 2 technical falls). In places where Chambersburg wrestlers bumped up, the Rams were just that much stronger.

Tanner Shoap, one of two Trojan winners, said, "I don't think we matched up well with them. And we didn't wrestle that well today, either."

Which might have been understandable after such a dramatic week, with two straight one-point victories.

CD coach Jeff Sweigard said, "We told our kids they had to keep up the tradition. When you're dealing with 15-to-18 year-olds, you never know what to expect, so even though we beat them before our kids had to go hard and stay with it."

The match began at 170 and the Rams took off with seven straight wins to soar to a 30-0 lead. Chambersburg did not score a takedown until the sixth match, when Dawson Arnold got one late in a 7-3 loss to Philip Petrino at 113.

"That was a good place for us to start," Sweigard said. "We have some strong kids up top, plus the kids we had lined up to wrestle last were solid."

The closest match in that early run came at 285. Mike Ferster used a pair of takedowns to build a 5-1 lead over the Trojans' Cameron Kiger. Two escapes and a stalling point brought Kiger to within 5-4, but he couldn't hit a winning takedown move.

Shoap notched the first Chambersburg points at 120 when he scored three takedowns to beat Austin Camacci, 10-3. Camacci was able to escape with 36 seconds left to avoid a major.

"I got some good competition in this one," Shoap said. "I would have liked to get the major, but I'll take getting three takedowns."

With Shoap bumped up a weight, that moved Garrett Kyner and David Rump up and both lost one-point decisions.

Kyner gave up an escape to Levi William with 16 ticks left in the second, then couldn't get out from bottom in the third and dropped a 1-0 verdict at 126. Rump gave up a quick takedown to Zach Bentz at 132. He rode Bentz in the second and took neutral for the third, but got nothing more than a stalling point in a 2-1 defeat.

The best matchup of the day came at 152. Garett Hammond (36-4) met CD's Austin Rose (33-3) in a match between the No. 3 and No. 2-ranked wrestlers in the state. Rose owned a 6-4 win over Hammond in December at the Beast of the East Tournament.

This time, Hammond was the victor. He scored a takedown near the end of the first period after coming close earlier. The two went scoreless from their feet in the second, then Hammond escaped early in the third for a 3-0 lead and he kept it right there with some good countering.

"I was hoping to get a chance to wrestle him today," Hammond said. "I beat myself the first time by getting into some bad positions, but I knew I could beat him. I had to make sure to finish my shots."

Rine said, "During this week, we wrestled up to our potential, and today maybe not. We felt we had to try some stuff to win today and it just didn't work."

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Ed Gotwals can be reached at 262-4755 and egotwals@publicopinionnews.com.

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Central Dauphin 50

Chambersburg 6

170 - Steven McNeal (CD) d Adam Tardosky, 8-1

182 - Colton Peppelman (CD) p Devon Williams, 0:29

195 - Terrance Parsons (CD) md Dontez King, 11-2

220 - Deitrick Ferster (CD) p Collin Hansley, 2:38

285 - Mike Ferster (CD) d Cameron Kiger, 5-4

106 - Zach Elvin (CD) tf Colin Runshaw, 16-1, 5:58

113 - Philip Petrino (CD) d Dawson Arnold, 7-3

120 - Tanner Shoap (Ch) d Austin Camacci, 10-3

126 - Levi William (CD) d Garrett Kyner, 1-0

132 - Zach Bentz (CD) d David Rump, 2-1

138 - Tyson Dippery (CD) p John Hughes, 0:41

145 - Mitchell Pleskonko (CD) d James McKenzie, 8-1

152 - Garett Hammond (Ch) d Austin Rose, 3-0

160 - Garrett Peppelman (CD) tf Calvin O'Farrell, 17-2, 3:18

Next match: Monday, in PIAA Class AAA preliminary round, at home vs. Upper Perkiomen, 7 (tentative).