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Chambersburg had too much ground to make up when it faced off against powerhouse Central Dauphin.

The Trojans surrendered a pair of forfeits to the Rams and did not have 182-pounder Drew Peck, who was “held out for medical reasons,” according to Chambersburg coach Matt Mentzer, and CD managed four pins to just one for the Trojans.

It added up to a 42-21 Mid Penn Commonwealth Division defeat at CASHS Field House on Thursday. The loss dropped the Trojans to 10-4 (3-3 MPC) and to No. 13 in the District 3 power rankings. Their final dual is at home Saturday at 1 p.m. vs. Waynesboro.

“In the 12 bouts we wrestled, we won six of them,” Mentzer said. “We had some kids wrestle some great matches.”

The best was probably at 160 pounds, where freshman Luke Nichter nipped CD’s Skitch Light 7-6 with a last-second takedown. Nichter trailed by two when he scored a takedown with 40 seconds left to tie it 5-5, then let Light up. He managed to score a scramble takedown just as the buzzer sounded.

“It was an exciting match between two state-caliber kids,” Mentzer said.

Dalton Grace (195) had Chambersburg’s only pin, while Aaron Rump (138), Alec Grove (145), Drake Brenize (152) and Guy Lozius (182) scored decisions.

Mentzer said, “That was Alec’s first varsity win and he beat a decent kid. He got a takedown in the first period and wrestled a smart match. Guy trailed 2-0 after one period, but had two takedowns and two reversals.”

Top performers

Boys basketball

  • Eli Riley bombed in 21 points to lead Mercersburg Academy over The Heights, 85-51. It was a season high and was Riley's sixth-straight game in double figures.

Girls basketball

  • The 33 points scored by McConnellsburg's McKenzie Gelvin in an 81-40 win over Fannett-Metal were just one point off her career high. Teammate Bronwyne Mellott had 24 and F-M's Ally Hoffmann scored 17.
  • Cumberland Valley Christian swamped the Frederick (Md.) Warriors, 49-11, helped by a career-high 23-point performance by Kyleigh Teal.

Boys swimming

  • Chambersburg won all three relays and six individual events to defeat Red Land, 100-53. Winners included Avery Barley (50 free), C.J. Pong (100 fly), Jacob Greenwood (500 free), Carlos Vera (200 free), Gabriel Johnson (100 breaststroke) and Nick Cover (diving).
  • Marcel Freixenet (200, 100 free), Noah Shank (200 IM, 100 breaststroke) and Nick Garbinski (50 free, 100 fly) each won two events for James Buchanan in an 82-46 win over Spring Mills, W.Va.

Girls swimming

  • Red Land earned a few more key places to edge Chambersburg, 100-83. "I made some adjustments to the lineup tonight that I thought we could overcome," Trojan coach Donnie Miller said. Winners included Kandace Loup (200 free), Ashlyn Ellis (100 free), Abbie Reichelderfer (500 free), Erika Rundquist (100 back) and Calista Myers (diving).
  • The James Buchanan girls 200 free relay missed the school record by just .13 seconds. Annabelle McCullough, Sarah Kimmel, Rachel Kimmel and Annaleisse Hissong had a time of 1:45.04 in a 107-51 win over Spring Mills, W.Va.

SCORES

Boys basketball
Mercersburg Academy (5-10) 85, The Heights 51

Girls basketball
McConnellsburg (9-4, 6-3 SHL, 4-3 ICC) 81, Fannett-Metal (7-8, 3-8 SHL, 2-8 ICC) 40
Southern Fulton (10-4, 8-2 SHL, 7-2 ICC) 44, Forbes Road (1-10, 0-8 SHL, 0-7 ICC) 25
Cumb. Valley Christian (3-9) 49, Frederick Warriors 11

Wrestling
Central Dauphin 42, Chambersburg (10-4, 3-3 MPC) 21
Shippensburg (9-2, 5-1 MPC) 68, West Perry 3
Big Spring 72, James Buchanan (0-11, 0-6 MPC) 6
Boiling Springs at Greencastle-Antrim, no report

Boys swimming
Chambersburg (4-4) 100, Red Land 53
James Buchanan 82, Spring Mills, W.Va. 46

Girls swimming
Red Land 100, Chambersburg (3-5) 83
James Buchanan 107, Spring Mills, W.Va. 51

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