The Indians received big points from their top wrestlers and plenty of other contributions on their way to a 38-25 victory over the Trojans in a preliminary round match at CASHS Field House on Monday night.
Chambersburg finishes with a 17-5 record. Upper Perkiomen (18-7) faces La Salle College in the first round on Thursday evening at Giant Center.
"We rode an emotional roller-coaster last week and tonight we seemed a little flat, a little slow," Trojan coach Doug Rine said. "We didn't have the same intensity."
A big crowd and the Trojans had to wait for over an hour to start the match because Upper Perk's bus got caught behind an accident on I-78 and was late arriving.
Then the Indians went out and won the first four bouts to zoom to a 19-0 lead and any kind of buzz the crowd could provide was gone in a hurry.
Indian coach Tom Hontz said, "Starting at 132 was a good weight class for us. We got on a nice little roll right away and the crowd couldn't get into it."
Upper Perkiomen was favored heavily in the first three matches, but Rine hoped to make his move starting at 152. He bumped Garett Hammond up to 160 and inserted James McKenzie to face Chris Kramer hoping to get a jump start with two pins.
Unfortunately, the first pin was by Kramer, not McKenzie. The Trojan led 5-1 to early in the third period, but Kramer escaped and caught McKenzie in a headlock for a crushing pin.
"That's all the kid was going for, and he kept going for it until he got it," Rine said. "We were telling James, 'No underhooks,' but he's relatively green and he got caught."
Hontz said, "Absolutely, that was the big one there. Kramer has been JV most of the year, but he did get a big pin for us in the district duals."
The 19-0 deficit was simply too steep of a climb. Chambersburg won six of the last 10 bouts, but Upper Perkiomen had two pins and a major among those four wins and the Trojans never got closer than 11 points.
Rine said, "The stuff we've been getting by on lately, they got by on tonight. Their role players were saving bonus points, they won some close matches and we got pinned too much tonight and that hasn't been happening."
Hammond (160) scored the only pin for the Trojans. Tanner Shoap (113) and Dontez King (195) each nailed down technical falls.
King had to be a little frustrated. As the second period came to a close, he turned Dan Heinrichs with a bar and flattened him, but the official's slap came about a half-second too late. Then, leading 11-0 and hoping for a pin in the third, King was awarded three points for locked hands and one for a given escape, so he never got another chance to turn Heinrichs.
"I didn't know how close I was (in the second period)," King said. "I just kept working trying for the pin and lost track of the time."
Chambersburg also got decisions from Calvin O'Farrell at 170, Cameron Kiger at 285 and David Rump at 126.
O'Farrell scored a takedown with 20 seconds left to win 4-2 by countering a headlock by Trevor Weeks. Kiger notched four takedowns in an 11-5 verdict over Justin Crossley, and a third-period takedown secured a 3-1 victory for Rump over Dylan Steffenino.
Rine said, "It is difficult to do well the first time you experience something, and this is our first time in states. We won't be overwhelmed the next time.
"And we won't let what happened tonight diminish what we did this year. It was not our best effort tonight, but the kids had a great season."
Notes: The Indians held a takedown advantage of 19-15 In addition to Kramer, Wolfgang McStravick (138), Casey Cook (182) and Dustin Steffenino (106) scored pins for Upper Perk.
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Upper Perkiomen 38
132 - Dan Jordan (UP) d David Law, 7-3
138 - Wolfgang McStravick (UP) p Steven Smith, 3:51
145 - Kyle Fellman (UP) md John Hughes, 13-5
152 - Chris Kramer (UP) p James McKenzie, 5:20
160 - Garett Hammond (C) p Ray Young, 2:24
170 - Calvin O'Farrell (C) d Trevor Weeks, 4-2
182 - Casey Cook (UP) p Devon Williams, 1:03
195 - Dontez King (C) tf Dan Heinrichs, 15-0, 4:16
220 - Tyler Godshall (UP) d Collin Hansley, 6-3
285 - Cameron Kiger (C) d Justin Crossley, 11-5
106 - Dustin Steffenino (UP) p Colin Runshaw, 3:33
113 - Tanner Shoap (C) tf Eric Miller, 16-1, 5:00
120 - Dante Steffenino (UP) md Garrett Kyner, 10-2
126 - David Rump (C) d Dylan Steffenino, 3-1
Next meet: Feb. 16, Class AAA Section I Tournament at Mechanicsburg, 9 a.m.