The Escape the Rock Tournament is becoming tougher each year and has developed into one of the best in-season high school wrestling events.
After one day of competition, Chambersburg’s Drew Peck is the only area wrestler still alive in the championship brackets. However, five others are one consolation victory away from securing a top-eight finish.
Peck advanced at 182 pounds with a bye, a 16-3 major decision and a 7-4 decision over Frank Guida of Parkland. In Sunday morning’s semifinals, the No. 2 seeded Peck will face No. 3 Dom Maniero of Queen of Peace, N.J. If he wins, he’s likely to meet the top-ranked wrestler in the country, Michael Beard of Malvern Prep, who handed Peck a tech fall at the Beast of the East.
Four other Trojans are in the round of eight in the consolations: Seth Runshaw (120), Aaron Rump (138), Drake Brenize (152) and Luke Nichter (160). All four won in the first round and fell in the second round.
Mercersburg Academy freshman Aurelius Dunbar, of Greencastle, won his first two bouts at 145 by pin, but was pinned in the quarterfinals by John Pipa of Bishop McDevitt.
Waynesboro went 3-2 in its own duals tournament and a pair of Indians were 5-0 for the day - Laken Rouzer at 126 pounds and Seth Egolf at 195-220. Egolf notched three pins and Rouzer had two. Bryce Mull (152) was 3-0 with all being pins.Bryan Layman (113) and Noah Carmack (145-152) were each 4-1.
In the Dutchmen Duals at Annville-Cleona, Greencastle was 1-4 as a team. The top wrestlers were Noah Ezolt (152) and Nick Wolf (195) each had 3-2 records.
McConnellsburg had a good first quarter (21-10) and again in the fourth (15-5) to subdue Fairfield. The Spartans, who have won six straight, were led by Chase Novak (16 points), Chance Hawbaker (14) and Ethan Barclay (12).
A scoring binge in the first half (ahead 49-11) carried McConnellsburg over Fairfield. Bronwyne Mellott exploded for 36 points for the Spartans, and she was helped by McKenzie Gelvin (17) and Kellyn Perry (12).
Track & field
Finley Stewart of Mercersburg Academy tied for first place in the 55-meter dash in a time of 7.51 seconds at the Maroon & Black Relays on Friday. That is the third best-ever indoor time for the Blue Storm.
- The Mercersburg boys finished second in the Maroon & Black Relays. Alden Littlefield took first place in the shot put with a toss of 50-2.
Dunks for Drew, Mechanicsburg 47, Greencastle-Antrim (8-5) 31
Dunks for Drew, Chambersburg (9-5) 52, Shippensburg (9-4) 39
McConnellsburg (9-3) 61, Fairfield 43
Mercersburg Academy at Hun, ppd. to Sunday, 2:30
Dunks for Drew, Mechanicsburg 35, Greencastle-Antrim (10-2) 34
Dunks for Drew, Shippensburg (6-7) 38, Chambersburg (3-11) 27
McConnellsburg (6-3) 69, Fairfield 23
Mercersburg Academy at Hun, ppd. to Sunday, 1
Shippensburg at Gettysburg Duals
Dutchmen Duals: Greencastle-Antrim 36, Columbia 12; Annville-Cleona 59, Greencastle 12; Lampeter-Strasburg 66, Greencastle 4; Middletown 69, Greencastle 9; Lower Dauphin 72, Greencastle (4-10) 5
Waynesboro Duals: Waynesboro 83, Lancaster Catholic 0; Central York 48, Waynesboro 27; Waynesboro 60, West York 21; South Western 42, Waynesboro 35; Waynesboro (8-7) 54, Mechanicsburg 29