The Trojans pulled out another thriller on Thursday night at Central Dauphin in a Class AAA semifinal match, nipping Wilson 30-29, with nearly everybody contributing in some way.
Chambersburg (17-3) advances to the District 3 championship match against Central Dauphin (20-0), the No. 2-ranked team in the state and a 33-26 winner over Spring Grove, on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Milton Hershey School. The Trojans also guaranteed themselves a home match in the preliminary round of the PIAA Tournament on Monday unless, of course, they knock off the mighty Rams, in which case they get a bye.
"It is as much the kids who fight, scratch and claw to not give up bonus points as it is the guys who get the pins," Trojan coach Doug Rine said. "When 14 kids go out and fight like that, we can be pretty formidable."
It turned out there were three crucial bouts Chambersburg absolutely had to win, and it managed to win all three.
The first came at 126, when David Rump blanked Jacob Werner, 2-0. Rump was awarded a point in the second period when Werner false-started for the third time and he escaped quickly in the third.
The second was the battle at 160 that needed overtime to decide. The Bulldogs' Parker Eidle escaped and scored on a double-leg takedown early in the second, then Calvin O'Farrell escaped. Trailing 3-1 in the third, O'Farrell took bottom, but he could not get free from Eidle's clutches. However, Eidle was hit for early starts four times in the match, including twice in the third, and that gave O'Farrell a pair of points to tie it 3-3.
Wilson coach Ken Thomason said, "We knew it was going to be loud in here with another match going on, so we tried to prepare for not jumping the whistle. But it comes down to needing to have discipline.
"When it gets loud like that, it's hard to hear and you have to avoid those cautions," O'Farrell said.
Given new life in OT, O'Farrell made Eidle pay. For the first time in the match he was able to get in tight with Eidle's body from his feet and forced in a wicked headlock. He cranked it tight and flipped Eidle to his back and pinned him 27 seconds in.
"He was staying low and in good position the whole match, but he got a little sloppy at the end," O'Farrell said. "I had it tight - he wasn't getting out of that."
Rine said, "When it was 3-3 near the end of regulation, I wanted Calvin to get out so he'd get the win. But when it went to overtime I thought we had a better chance for a pin. Calvin just grinds kids down and he gets a lot of third-period pins because of that."
O'Farrell's stick gave Chambersburg a 27-10 advantage with five bouts left. The Trojans still needed more.
At 195, Dontez King took on Wilson's Isaac Schannauer. Three takedowns gave King a 6-3 advantage, but Schannauer escaped and took King down to tie it 6-6 with 1:01 left. But King went back ahead with a reversal, and a late escape only made it closer - an 8-7 King decision.
It was now 30-19 with two bouts left. The Bulldogs were favored in both, and two pins would be enough to pull it out. Wilson (14-6) trotted out Hunter Hatlee at 220. He was 28-2 and is ranked in the top five in the state.
While he did dominate Collin Hansley with an 11-0 major decision, Hatlee turned Hansley to his back only one time. He did cause Hansley to give up four stalling points and one more stalling call would have created a disqualification and six points, but Hansley did enough late to avoid that fate.
Hansley said, "I just tried to belly up and not open up my arms. The main thing was mental, though - I had to keep my head in the match. He was getting frustrated, and that's what coach wanted to happen."
"Collin was trying to come up, but he was physically overmatched," Rine said. "Once they chose top in the third, I knew they were trying for the DQ."
With a seven-point lead, Rine opted to forfeit at 285 and it was time to celebrate.
Earlier, the Trojans got a pin by Garett Hammond at 152, a forfeit at 106 to Colin Runshaw and decisions by Tanner Shoap (113) and Garrett Kyner (120). In addition, David Law (132), John Hughes (138) and Adam Tardosky (170) dropped decisions, but avoided giving up bonus points.
Thomason said, "They won the flip, but once they put Hammond out at 152, we got all the matchups we wanted; we just didn't cash in. We were pushing for majors at a couple of weights and didn't get them."
Rine said, "I thought I was proud of these kids on Tuesday, but I'm even more proud tonight. Every kid we sent out there knew what he had to do and just about everyone did just that."
Ed Gotwals can be reached at 262-4755 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chambersburg 30, Wilson 29
106 - Colin Runshaw (C) won by forfeit
113 - Tanner Shoap (C) d Connor Moyer, 8-1
120 - Garrett Kyner (C) d Francesca Giorgio, 6-0
126 - David Rump (C) d Jacob Werner, 2-0
132 - Bryan Muchoney (W) d David Law, 9-4
138 - Mike Hafer (W) d John Hughes, 12-6
145 - Bryce Pych (W) md James McKenzie, 14-6
152 - Garett Hammond (C) p Jacob Yancey, 2:16
160 - Calvin O'Farrell (C) p Parker Eidle, 6:33 OT
170 - Adam Brown (W) d Adam Tardosky, 12-6
182 - Andy Francos (W) p Devon Williams, 1:15
195 - Dontez King (C) d Isaac Schannauer, 8-7
220 - Hunter Hatlee (W) md Collin Hansley, 11-0
285 - Sampson Hartman (W) won by forfeit
Next match: Saturday, District 3 Team championship vs. Central Dauphin, at Milton Hershey, 1:30.