CHAMBERSBURG - Perhaps there is an advantage to hosting your own wrestling tournament.
Chambersburg, putting on the second Trojan Wars tournament, advanced eight wrestlers to Tuesday morning's semifinal round, after the first three rounds were finished Monday- the most of any of the 22 teams.
However, St. Marys, with seven in the semis, took the team lead after one day, 133-120.5 over the Trojans.
Among other area teams, Shippensburg has four still alive in the championship round and James Buchanan has one.
Semifinals begin Tuesday morning at 8:30, and the finals are set to start between 3 and 4 p.m. at the CASHS Field House. The finals will be live streamed on GameTimePA.com. Middle school and junior varsity wrestlers will also be in action Tuesday.
Chambersburg coach Matt Mentzer said, "Putting eight in the semis is a pretty solid day by the kids. They wrestled the way I expected them to wrestle. We got some pins in some places where we have been missing them recently, and scored more points."
Shippensburg 220-pounder Cameron Tinner is the top seed and he's shooting for his third tournament crown already this season, having won at Cumberland Valley and Carlisle. Tinner posted two second-period pins Monday.
His workout partner, Cole Forrester, also made it through at 195, but with a lot more drama. Forrester nipped Chambersburg's Dalton Grace 2-1 in an ultimate tiebreaker when he escaped in the final overtime period, then scored an 8-5 win over Lower Dauphin's Hunter Harnish in the quarterfinals.
Tinner said, "I'm a little surprised at how well I've done so far, and my teammates have joked with me that I really haven't faced the best competition yet. But I have worked hard in practice and it's paying off. And it really helps that Cole is back - last year one of my drill partners was (126-pounder Chandler) Olson. Cole gives me a bigger body to work with and he's at the same skill level."
Forrester, a Shippensburg resident, wrestled for Trinity as a freshman last year. He made it to districts, but his season was nearly wrecked when he ripped up his elbow in December. He had four practices under his belt before sectionals.
"I came back to wrestle at AAA at Ship," Forrester said. "Every class in Pa. is tough, but AAA has the real powerhouses. And I love wrestling in these individual tournaments. It's tough competition and you get to see what things you need to work on when the postseason tournaments come around."
Greyhound coach Tony Yaniello said, "It's a good mix in the room with our heavier weights, because we've got those two and (Collin) Dolbin and (Nick) Kubala, and they're all underclassmen. It's a good group and they push each other.
"Cole had a good match with Grace. They wrestle each other all the time in club, so they know each other well. We were fortunate to win the toss, and Cole was able to get out."
Also for the Hounds, Olson (126) and Kubala (285) reached the semis. Kubala nipped Greencastle-Antrim's Youssef Mohamed 2-1 in the quarterfinals on the strength of two locked hands penalties in the second period.
For James Buchanan, Kyle Lee reached the semis at 138 with a pair of first-period pins.
Chambersburg is being led by the Runshaw family so far - freshmen Seth (106) and Spencer (113), and older brother Colin (152) all advanced to the semifinals. Colin, a senior, had a pin, technical fall and decision at 152 pounds, hoping to improve on his fourth here a year ago.
"I'm happy," Runshaw said. "I'm not dropping weight right now, so I feel better physically and mentally. I can focus just on the wrestling, and that makes a difference."
At 145, Drake Brenize edged Stephen Carder of Parkersburg, W.Va. 4-3 in the quarters. With the score 3-3 after two, Carder let Brenize up for a point, but was not able to secure a winning takedown.
Top seeds Garrett Kyner (138) and Drew Peck (182) breezed through with no trouble, and Aaron Rump (132), a defending champion like Peck and Kyner, had to muster a 3-1 win in the quarters over Brock Talko of Penn Cambria.
The other semifinalist is Greg Wallace at 170, who notched a pair of pins in his first action of the season down at 170.
Mentzer said, "He really looked good for being down to weight for the first time. He beat a solid kid in the quarters; he's just so darn strong."
Trojan Wars Tournament
1.St. Marys (SM) 133, 2.Chambersburg (Ch) 120.5, 3.Lower Dauphin (LD) 109.5, 4.Southern Columbia (SoC) 107, 5.Lewisburg (Lew) 102, 6.Penn Cambria (PC) 101, 7.Shippensburg (Sh) 99, 8.Parkersburg, W.Va. (Par) 96.5, 9.St. Christopher's, Va. (StC) 96, 10.Warren County, Va. (WC) 92, 11.Central Dauphin East (CDE) 90, 12.Upper Dauphin (UD) 74.5, 13.Downingtown West (DW) 59, 14.Donegal (Don) 54, 15.Gettysburg (Get) 52, 16.Greencastle (GA) 47, 17.Washignton, W.Va. (Wash) 43.5, 18.James Buchanan (JB) 43, 19.Tamaqua (Tam) 41, 20.York Suburban (YS) 39, 21.Fairfield (Fair) 29, 22.Phelps School (PS) 23.
106 — Jaret Lane (SoC) p Chase Proudfit (PC), 1:24; Seth Runshaw (Ch) d Hunter Jost (WC), 4-0; Tyler Dilley (SM) p Bryan Eckenrode (GA), 1:51, Doug Zapf (DW) d Braxton Byrd (Par), 9-4. 113 — Bronson Garber (UD) p John Halbrendt (Get), 1:10; Spencer Runshaw (Ch) d Chase Mader (LD), 7-6; Shane Casey (SoC), d Connor Alexander (StC), 4-0; Davon Brantley (Don) p Bryce Eckenrode (GA), 3:06. 120 — Joey Prata (StC) p John Adams (Sh), 3:38; Tyler Walters (LD) md Austin Burkholder (Don), 11-3; Colin Shelton (York Suburban) d Luke Wilson (Wash), 13-7, Brian Friery (Lew) p Zach Rupp (UD), 0:42. 126 — Zach Beckner (WC) d Joe Rennie (DW), 5-1; Jordan Gessner (Lew) d Tanner McHugh (Tam), 4-1; Alec Bittler (SM) d Austin Spears (Par), 4-2; Chandler Olson (Sh) md Grey hart (StC), 10-0. 132 — Todd Lane (SoC) p Cody Small (Fair), 3:31; Cameron Resch (SM) p Dustin Knaub (YS), 2:40; Aaron Rump (Ch) d Brock Talko (PC), 3-1; Jared Donahue (Par) d Daniel Zeigler (Get), 8-5. 138 — Garrett Kyner (Ch) tf Chase Prutzman (Lew), 15-0, 3:55; Zach Stevens (PC) d Anthony Radic (CDE), 7-2; Jackson Turley (StC) p Garret Cook (SM), 4:45; Kyle Lee (JB) p Logan Nay (Par), 1:23. 145 — Cameron Pine (Wash) md Gavin Hale (DW), 9-1; Evan Hoffman (UD) md Noah Ezolt (GA), 11-3; Drake Brenize (Ch) d Stephen Carder (Par), 4-3; Chase Mueller (Get) p Ty Hinkle (Tam), 5:58.
152 — Kyle Pecht (SM) p Michael Fortney (Get), 1:02; John Gembic (SoC) p Kameron Miller (StC), 1:19; Colin Runshaw (Ch) d Gage Graham (Par), 6-3; Albert Ciccitto (Phelps School) md Derek Brown (PC), 15-2. 160 — Bailey Shutt (LD) p Levi Shoemaker (Sh), 1:11; Austin Farabaugh (PC) p Tanner Hood (StC), 1:41; Nick Johnson (Par) p Trey Defibaugh (Lew), 3:20; Blake Marks (SoC) p Jackson Kennerly (UD), 1:50. 170 — Carter Davis (StC) p Cole Zapf (DW), 3:07; Zach Becker (SM) p Collin Dolbin (Sh), 2:50; Greg Wallace (Ch) p Noah Weaver (Par), 1:44; Brendan Shaffer (LD) d Hayden McAllister (UD), 1-6. 182 — Drew Peck (Ch) p Tyler Moyer (CDE), 1:34; Andrew Shedleski (Lew) d Jacob Driskel (PC), 4-3; Christian Steffan (SM) d Evan Morrill (LD), 4-3; Pope Whitley (StC) d Jacob Schneider (WC), 3-1. 195 — Jens Ames (StC) md Mitchell Cashmer (SM), 8-0; Cole Forrester (Sh) d Hunter Harnish (), 8-5; Zach Smith (WC) d Jordan Hohney (CDE), 3-0; Jameel Coles (PS) d Seth Carbaugh (JB), 3-1, SV. 220 — Cameron Tinner (Sh) p Darion Conrad (PC), 2:46; Daniel Almarode (WC) p Keegan McCord (Don), 5:02; D.J. Salinas (SM) p Connor Fullmer (SoC), 1:30; Paul Bowlin (Wash) d Lance Klinefelter (Lew), 3-1, SV. 285 — Nathan Johnson (WC) d Andrew Bell (SoC), 10-3; Nate Bucks (LD) p Talon Hill (Wash), 0:48; Donavon McCune (Par) p Cody Palmer (Lew(, 2:48; Nick Kubala (Sh) d Youssef Mohamed (GA), 2-1.