The third time is really the charm for the Chambersburg wrestling team, which won the third annual Dale Bock Memorial Tournament on Saturday at CASHS Field House.
The Trojans (7-0, 3-0 MPC) beat two-time defending tournament champion Bermudian Springs, 33-29, to finish off a perfect day and earn the crown.
"I'm just proud of our team," Trojan senior Garett Hammond said. "We've come a long way with a lot of guys putting in time over the summer and in the spring. We're a really close-knit group, and it's really starting to pay off."
Chambersburg knew going into the final match against the Eagles that it needed a victory to win the tournament, and there were several points that made huge differences in the Trojans' favor.
The match started out close with Chambersburg holding a 12-4 edge after three bouts, then freshman Garrett Kyner took the mat against Dalton Becker.
"I knew it was going to be a difficult match, and I knew the kid was going to be aggressive," Kyner said. "I had to be smart on my feet and make good moves and just score as many points as possible."
Becker took control early and earned two points for a takedown. He held Kyner down for nearly a minute and a half. But Kyner grinded it out and reversed Becker to tie the score with two seconds left in the first period.
"I like to refer to it as heart," the freshman said. "All of my hard work paid off and I got the two (points), which gave m the confidence to keep going throughout the match.
Becker got three quick points in the second period, but Kyner got another reversal to pull within one point and later earned a takedown to lead 6-5 after two. In the third, Kyner scored the only point on a stalling penalty against Bermudian Springs and finished with a 7-5 victory.
"It was obvious halfway through the first period that Garrett was going to be able to control the pace of that match," Chambersburg coach Doug Rine said. "When he started to do that, then Becker started to wear down and wasn't comfortable wrestling at that pace.
This was a bout that clearly made a difference in the mind of Bermudian coach Dave McCullom.
"Becker had a good tournnament, but when you're in a big match like that, you have to win the close ones, and we didn't do that," McCullom said. "That's one of the big reasons we got beat."
Chambersburg kept up the good work with decisions by David Rump and David Law at 126 and 132, respectively.
After Bermudian forfeited at 145, the Eagles finally got a pin they desperately needed. Briton Shelton took down James McKenzie twice before putting him on the mat in 1:56.
But luckily for the Trojans, Hammond was there to erase the six-point swing. Hammond matched up against Jared Spahr, who seemed to give the senior trouble at first. Hammond got a quick takedown and scored three nearfall points, but it took several flips of Spahr for Hammond to get the pin in 1:19.
"Getting that pin was important; they have a lot of tough upper weights, and we knew that ahead of time," Hammond said. "Especially in dual meets, it's important for me to help out my team and get bonus points when I can. I wanted to make sure I was scoring my points, taking what was there and then getting my offense going."
Colton Dull picked up a major decision to give the Eagles a glimmer of hope. With four bouts left, Bermudian trailed 33-14. Chambersburg's Adam Tardosky lost 6-1 but did an incredible job of keeping his opponent, Jake Slonaker, from adding bonus points.
The Trojans forfeited at 182 to move Dontez King up to 195, where he battled Brock Linebaugh. With the score at 33-23, King knew if he didn't give up any bonus points, Chambersburg would win. And he did just that. He stayed on his feet for most of the match, and the only point Linebaugh scored was when King elected to stay neutral.
"He basically took a bullet for his team," Rine said. "He could've won that match, but he made sure that he didn't put himself in any jeopardy. He knew losing 1-0 was as good as winning 15-0 at that point."
In addition to the strength of Chambersburg's team, the Eagles were also hindered by having to forfeit at two weight classes. Their 106-pounder did not make the trip, and Austin Jackson didn't make weight at 138.
"The key difference was the forfeits," McCullom said. "You're giving up 12 points there to start, so that's big. But other than that, I thought our team wrestled real well."
In the fifth round match against Century, Md., Chambersburg easily won 66-9. Colin Runshaw, Tanner Shoap, Rump and Hammond all had pins for the Trojans.
In the 31-30 win over Chestnut Ridge in Round 3 that decided first place in the Blue Pool, Calvin O'Farrell scored the key points with a pin at 160 pounds in the next-to-last bout. O'Farrell caught Kyle Weingardner in a headlock soon after the opening whistle and the pin was finally called at 1:47.
It gave Chambersburg a 31-24 lead and clinched the victory.
The Trojans' King (182) and Rump (120) each scored a decision over a state-ranked Lion opponent. King reversed Tyler Dibert in the third overtime period to pick up a wild, back-and-forth 9-7 victory and Rump used a second-period tilt to beat Derrick Claar 2-0.
"That was a roller-coaster affair," Rine said. "Chestnut Ridge (which defeated Bermudian 37-24 and took second) has a nice program with physical, strong kids, and they wrestled us tough."
In the first two rounds, Chambersburg won over State College and Fairfield, 58-15 and 50-21, respectively.
Chambersburg had five wrestlers go 5-0 on the day. Hammond and Runshaw led with three pins; Shoap had two pins, and Rump earned one. Kyner also was undefeated.
Lizi Arbogast can be reached at 262-4788 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dale Bock Memorial Tournament
Chambersburg 58, State College 15
Chestnut Ridge 64, Fairfield 10
Bermudian Springs 67, Southern Huntingdon 11
Chambersburg 50, Fairfield 21
Chestnut Ridge 42, State College 28
Bermudian Springs 62, Century, Md. 18
Chambersburg 31, Chestnut Ridge 30
State College 46, Fairfield 34
Century 39, Southern Huntingdon 36
Century 42, Fairfield 32
Bermudian Springs 58, State College 24
Chambersburg 66, Century 9
Chestnut Ridge 37, Bermudian Springs 24
Fairfield 48, Southern Huntingdon 27
Chambersburg 33, Bermudian Springs 29
Chestnut Ridge 62, Century 9
State College 57, Southern Huntingdon 24
Bermudian Springs 29
285 - Brady Linebaugh (BS) md Cameron Kiger, 14-3
106 - Colin Runshaw (C) won by forfeit
113 - Tanner Shoap (C) p Chase Mueller, 1:04
120 - Garrett Kyner (C) d Dalton Becker, 7-5
126 - David Rump (C) d Ted Marines, 2-0
132 - David Law (C) d Jake Ford, 11-4
138 - John Hughes (C) won by forfeit
145 - Briton Shelton (BS) p James McKenzie, 1:56
152 - Garett Hammond (C) p Jared Spahr, 1:19
160 - Colton Dull (BS) md Calvin O'Farrell, 11-2
170 - Jake Slonaker (BS) d Adam Tardosky, 6-1
182 - Tristan Sponseller (BS) won by forfeit
195 - Brock Linebaugh (BS) d Dontez King, 1-0
220 - Sam McCollum (BS) d Collin Hansley, 7-1
106 - Runshaw 5-0, 2 pins; 113 - Shoap 5-0, 2 pins; 120 - Kyner 5-0; 126 - Rump 5-0, 1 pin; 132 - Law 2-3; 138 - Hughes 1-2; Steven Smith 0-2; 145 - McKenzie 2-3; 152 - Hammond 5-0, 3 pins; 160 - O'Farrell 3-2, 3 pins; 170 - Tardosky 3-2, 2 pins; 182 - King 4-1, 2 pins; 195 - Williams 3-1; 220 - Hansley 1-4; 285 - Kiger 2-3, 1 pin.
Next match: Thursday, at Central Dauphin, 7.