NEWARK, Del. - After the first day of the Beast of the East Tournament, two Chambersburg wrestlers are still in the hunt for their respective titles.
At 152, Garett Hammond has made it the furthest. He'll face Taylor Misuna, of Grassfield, in the semifinals on Sunday. Also still alive is Tanner Shoap, who has made his way all the way to the quarterfinals of the 113 bracket.
Hammond started the game with a 7-2 decision over Mark Maloney, of Bethlehem. He then easily pinned Brandon Carroll, of Jackson, in just 55 seconds. In the quarters, he picked up his second pin of the day - this one over David Brennan, of Bergen Catholic, in 1:34. Misuna is the No. 10 seed in the tournament, but Hammond was seeded No. 2 entering Saturday's action.
Shoap had an equally successful day, allowing just two points scored against him in three full matches. Austin Smith, of John Carroll, was the only to score points against the Trojan senior, but Shoap still got the easy 11-2 major decision. He then tech falled Creed Lumpp, of Christiansburg, 15-0, and shut out Landon LoAlbo, of FW Cox, 8-0. In the quarterfinals, Shoap will face Steven Simpson, of St. Marys. Simpson is the No. 14 seed, while Shoap is No. 6.
Chambersburg's David Rump also had a nice day at 126. He picked up two decisions before losing to Matt Davis, of Delbarton, in a narrow 3-2 contest. Rump will move to the consolation bracket on Sunday.
There are three other Trojans still alive in their respective consolation brackets. At 106, Collin Runshaw went 2-1 on Saturday, finishing off with a tech fall of Trevor Shirakawa, 16-0. Garrett Kyner is also 2-1 at 120 and finished off Stephen Ross, of Cedar Cliff, 5-0 in his last consolation match. At 220, Colin Hansley has also lost just one match. One of his victories was a 3:23 pin of Aaron Seal, of Millbrook.