SHIPPENSBURG - Chambersburg's wrestling team met a tough squad on Wednesday night, but the Trojans continued their winning ways with a 47-23 victory over non-league host Shippensburg.
With the win, Chambersburg (13-3) increased its winning streak to five and is now one step closer to the District 3 Team Championships.
"I was worried about this match all day," Chambersburg coach Doug Rine said. "We don't take anybody lightly, especially not a team that has this kind of talent. But I'm happy with the whole group tonight. I thought we wrestled tough."
A series of three consecutive pins in the lowest weight classes propelled Chambersburg (13-3) to the victory. Despite the absence of David Rump (20-6), who is out with an injury, Chambersburg plugged in the holes nicely.
Colin Runshaw started the pin streak with a 2:53 fall over Daquan Woods.
Dawson Arnold, who has wrestled just two bouts on the mat this year, then stepped in at 113. He dominated the first period, capturing two points for a takedown, followed quickly by three nearfall points.
In the second, Shippensburg's Justin Evans got a reversal, but Arnold managed to scramble out for one of his own. After wearing Evans down in the third, Arnold whipped his hip around Evans' left side to secure a pin in 4:27.
"I had a few sloppy moments in my match, but I cleaned it up at the end to get the pin for my team," Arnold said. "To me, it's just about doing the best for team whenever I do wrestle. I'm just thinking pin if I can."
Rine said, "He's the kind of kid that I feel like we can slide in there in a situation like this and expect to get a win out of him. He wrestled a solid match."
Tanner Shoap followed at 120. The senior, who had some offensive struggles last weekend at the Escape the Rock Tournament, did not have that same problem Wednesday.
Shoap started with a takedown before taking Zane Hershey to his back for three nearfall points.
In the second period, Hershey started on top, but Shoap almost immediately got the reversal and the pin in 2:24.
"Toinght, I was just bouncing back and trying to get back on the right back," Shoap said. "He was a little squirmy. I just knew I had to wear him down a little bit and set my pace and adjust to my game. I knew it would come."
When the Greyhounds (6-6) were forced to forfeit at 126, Chambersburg held a commanding 29-13 lead with just six bouts remaining.
"Chambersburg is a good team, and they wrestle a really good schedule, but I thought our kids wrestled hard," Shippensburg coach Tony Yaniello said. "Against a good team like Chambersburg, we could've won seven or eight matches, and that's all I can ask as a coach."
One match Yaniello expected to win was at 160. Chambersburg's Calvin O'Farrell went to his usual standby - the headlock - to get a pin Justin Timko in just 39 seconds.
"That's what he does, and we knew it," Yaniello said. "Justin got caught, and he tried to fight, which I commend him for that, but when you fight something like that, it just gets tighter."
Shippensburg did manage to end on a high note when Chambersburg's Adam Tardosky struggled with Chris Williams. The two felt each other out for about a minute before Williams dived to Tardosky's knees for a takedown. In 1:41, Tardosky was pinned.
But the victory was too little, too late for the Hounds, whose four-match winning streak was broken with the loss.
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182 - Dontez King (C) tf Stephen Manders, 15-0, 4:50
195 - Dylan Herb (S) md Devon Williams, 12-2
220 - Brandon Stitt (S) d Collin Hansley, 1-0
285 - Cary Hess (S) p Cameron Kiger, 1:54
106 - Colin Runshaw (C) p Daquan Woods, 2:53
113 - Dawson Arnold (C) p Justin Evans, 4:27
120 - Tanner Shoap (C) p Zane Hershey, 2:24
126 - Garrett Kyner (C) won by forfeit
132 - David Law (C) d Derek Watson, 4-2
138 - John Hughes (C) d Nathan Coldsmith, 2-0
145 - Elijah Harris (S) md Steven Smith, 12-4
152 - Garett Hammond (C) p Tommy LaRue, 1:46
160 - Calvin O'Farrell (C) p Justin Timko, 0:39
170 - Chris Williams (S) p Adam Tardosky, 1:41
Next match: Chbg: Thursday, at Harrisburg, 6 ... Ship: Thursday, at James Buchanan, 7.