Carlisle and Chambersburg are longtime rivals in most sports, wrestling included.

But on the mat, the Thundering Herd has enjoyed a dominance over the Trojans that they will try to continue tonight when the two Mid Penn Commonwealth Division foes meet at CASHS Field House at 7 p.m.

In the last 15 years, Chambersburg has just two wins over Carlisle, 39-30 in 2009-10 and 42-25 in 2005-06.

"They have traditionally had a pretty nice program," Trojan coach Doug Rine said.

The Herd comes into tonight's match with a 5-0 record and the Trojans are 1-0. That one win, of course, was a huge one, a 30-29 verdict on criteria over Cumberland Valley last week.

The situation was similar last year - Chambersburg earned a huge victory over Cedar Cliff (its first over the Colts since 1983) in its first dual of the season, then got taken down by Carlisle 39-29 in its next match.

Rine said, "We're hoping that's not the way it is this year."

This is the first of only three home dates for the Trojans. The Dale Bock Memorial duals tournament is Dec. 29 and Chambersburg hosts Mifflin County on Jan. 17.

Rine has his full lineup available for the match, but isn't sure how things will shake out.

"I haven't seen what his kids weighed for their last match, but I imagine they'll move some of them around for us," Rine said. "There will be a couple of key weights, but the flow of the match will be determined by where some his people weigh in and how the coin flip goes.


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BIG TOURNEY: Chambersburg's wrestlers have a busy week ahead of them - they also compete Saturday and Sunday in the 20th annual Beast of the East Tournament in Newark, Del., with wrestling starting at 8:30 each morning.

The Beast has 98 teams sending wrestlers to the event. The Trojans are sending a full team, while Mercersburg Academy has a just pair of wrestlers entered.

Chambersburg is one of seven Mid Penn teams in the event. The others are Central Dauphin, Cumberland Valley, Mechanicsburg, Cedar Cliff, Middletown and Trinity.

Last year, the Trojans' Garett Hammond and Tanner Shoap finished one win away from placing in the top eight for a medal.

GREAT START: Somewhat under the radar, the Mercersburg Academy girls basketball team has finished the 2012 part of its schedule with a glowing 7-0 record.

Blue Storm assistant coach David Bell said, "This is the best start we can find on record for girls basketball, we think, for the last 25 years or so. There was a team that started 5-0 about 15 years ago."

Mercersburg is 2-0 in Independent Parochial School League games, but has yet to play any Mid-Atlantic Prep League games, and those are typically the toughest tests of any season. After the holiday break, the Blue Storm's first game of the new year is Jan. 12 vs. Peddie, a MAPL school.

Guard Teal Tasker is leading Mercersburg with 13 points per game, including 40 points in her last two games. Also scoring in double figures is Sarah Firestone (10.8 ppg).

They are are two among a local contingent that also includes McKenzie Brink (Chambersburg) and Sydney Reath (Chambersburg). Tasker is also from Chambersburg and Firestone is a Mercersburg native.