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Drew Peck of Chambersburg made his way into the semifinals of the Beast of the East wrestling tournament at 182 pounds on Sunday morning.

Then he ran into a beast in Michael Beard of Malvern Prep.

Beard, ranked No. 1 in the country at that weight, handed Peck a 15-0 technical fall in 4:13 to send Peck to the consolation rounds. He won one more bout, 3-1 over Jack Parr of St. Paul's (Md.), then fell 3-0 to A.J. Pedro of Philips Exeter Academy (N.H.) to finish in fourth place.

Peck, who had two pins Saturday, ended up 4-2 in the tournament.

Trojan coach Matt Mentzer said, "Beard is the real deal. Drew had wrestled the No. 2-ranked guy, but Beard was the best by far. Drew just couldn't get started and got caught on his back a few times."

Aaron Rump went 5-2 at 138 pounds and fell one win short of a medal. Drake Brenize (152) and Dalton Grace (195) each went 3-2, while Seth Runshaw (120), Cole Grove (132) and Luke Nichter (160) were all 2-2.

"You go to these tournaments to find out what the kids have to do better, and we found some things," Mentzer said. "If you can come out with a winning record, that's some quality wrestling."

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