Chambersburg's Nick Cover won gold at the South Western Diving Invitational, blowing away the competition by more than 60 points. The junior racked up 491.65 points on his way to the podium.
"Nick had a great meet today, he was very spot on for all of his dives and was very focused," Chambersburg diving coach Ryan Crider said. "He has picked up this season where he left off."
His highest-scoring dive during the preliminary round was the forward 1 1/2 somersault which he received an eight or above from each judge for an even 25.0 score. Then he wowed the judges again in his first dive of the semifinal round, a reverse dive, scoring a pair of 8.5 scores.
Although he earned just one 8 in his final three dives, his first of the final round - the back dive - was his highest score of the night, a 25.5. He was awarded a 9 from one of the judges, which was the highest score handed out by any judge at the invitational.
"His twisting dives were keeping him in front of the group," Crider said. "The better divers are pushing those twisting dives and Nick has been in the hunt to keep improving and to keep moving to the front of the pack."
Cover also won the South Western Diving Invitational as a sophomore.
Chambersburg wins 3-of-4 at Wilson Duals
The Trojans had a fine showing at the Wilson Duals wrestling tournament on Saturday, with their only loss coming from the hands of Spring Grove in a one-point defeat.
Chambersburg defeated Wilson (39-21), Scranton (49-20) and Downingtown West (37-31) as six wrestlers finished the day with a perfect 4-0 record. Spencer Runshaw (126), Aaron Rump (138), Drake Brenize (152), Luke Nichter (160), Drew Peck (182) and Dalton Grace (195) all went undefeated.
“We had a couple really nice wins over Downingtown West and Wilson," Chambersburg coach Matt Mentzer said. "Wilson beat us in the playoffs last year so it was nice to get a win over them. Downingtown West was right behind us at Trojan Wars, and Spring Grove is very good and a quality program. It was a very evenly matched tournament.
Claiming a win over the Whippets was not an easy feat as the match came down to the final bout, Phillipe Lozious at 220. But Lozious earned a fall midway through the third period at 4:59 to lock in the win.
Seth Runshaw was in the spotlight in the deciding match against Spring Grove, but fell in a 3-0 decision.
"It all came down to Seth and Dalton Rohrboaugh of Spring Grove, but the catch was Dalton was a state placewinner last year," Mentzer said. "Seth wrestled him real tough and it was 0-0 going into the third period. He was very impressive in the loss.
"Luke Nitcher and Drake Brenize also had wins against very, very good kids against Scranton."
Fannett-Metal earned a pair of big victories over Belleville Mennonite as the boys and girls teams clobbered the Trojans by a combined score of 128-24.
The boys team claimed a 69-8 win, heading into the locker room at halftime with a 48-5, and allowed just three points in the second half.
Four players scored in double figures, including a career day for Frank Ryder, who had previously contributed only five total points this season. Ryder scored 10 points, while Timber Brookens (11), Austin Raymer (14) and Mikell McGee (22) also put up big numbers for the Tigers.
On the girls side, nine scorers contributed to a 59-16 win, with Katie Johns coming home with a season-high 14 points, followed by Ally Hoffmann with 10. Maddy Johns had 10 rebounds.
- Greencastle-Antrim heavyweight Rolondas Green went 4-1 at the Juniata Tournament, coming home with two pins, a tight 2-0 decision and a forfeit. Green's best match of the day came against West Perry when he pinned his opponent Brandon Kurtz in 1:35.
- Waynesboro's Mitch Neterer put up his fourth straight double-figure performance in a 61-42 loss to Mechanicsburg. Neterer scored 13 points, while Cameron Keck led the Indians with 14.
- Southern Fulton's Drew Gordon was just shy of a double-double, putting forth a nice defensive effort for the Indians in a 57-38 SHL/ICC loss to Tussey Mountain. She had nine points, including a 5-for-5 performance from the foul line. She pulled down seven rebounds and added on four blocks, just for fun.
- Isiuwa Oghagbon of Mercersburg Academy finished with a double-double in a 51-43 loss to Peddie. She had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Chambersburg (7-4) 63, Donegal 47
Northeastern 80, Greencastle-Antrim (7-4) 45
Fannett-Metal (4-2) 69, Belleville Mennonite 8
Mechanicsburg 61, Waynesboro (7-4) 42
McConnellsburg (6-3) 64, Cumberland Valley Christian (2-6) 23
Peddie 64, Mercersburg Academy (2-7, 0-1 MAPL) 39
Greencastle-Antrim 60, Northeastern 18
Fannett-Metal (5-3) 59, Belleville Mennonite 16
Tussey Mountain 57, Southern Fulton (6-3, 4-1 SHL, 3-1 ICC) /38
Peddie School 51, Mercersburg Academy (1-7, 0-1 MAPL) 43
Chambersburg at Wilson Duals
Chambersburg 49, Scranton 20
Spring Grove 34, Chambersburg 33
Chambersburg 39, Wilson 21
Chambersburg 37, Downingtown West 31
Greencastle-Antrim at Juniata Tournament, 8th place
Danville 39, Greencastle 38
Greencastle 43, West Perry 31
Trinity 38, Greencastle 27
Greencastle 39, Tulpehocken 21
Huntingdon 77, Greencastle 0