Fast fall: Shippensburg’s Cary Hess, shown here in a match vs. Waynesboro earlier this season, pinned Camp Hill’s Majd Errafi in seven seconds
Fast fall: Shippensburg's Cary Hess, shown here in a match vs. Waynesboro earlier this season, pinned Camp Hill's Majd Errafi in seven seconds last weekend. (Public Opinion file/Ryan Blackwell)
When the District 3 Team Wrestling Championships roll around each January, Franklin County teams are typically on the outside looking in.

Since the event began in the 1989-90 season, only two of the five area wrestling schools have qualified - Waynesboro made it three times, in 1991-92, 1996-97 and 2008-09, and Greencastle-Antrim was involved in each of the first two years, 1989-90 and 1990-91.

The Franklin County record is 1-5, with a win over Reading by the Indians in 1996-97 the only victory.

Chambersburg is hoping to add to the county's slim history this year.

With less than a week remaining before the district cutoff date (pairings will be announced Sunday), the Trojans are currently ranked No. 6 in Class AAA with a 12-3 record. Chambersburg has winnable matches left against Shippensburg (it was held Wednesday) and Harrisburg (Thursday), so at least in theory, two wins should keep the Trojans at that same ranking, since they are not likely to catch No. 5 Manheim Township (9-1).

"We're not taking anything for granted, but hopefully we can win those two matches," Chambersburg coach Doug Rine said Tuesday night. "We're just happy to be in the hunt with a week to go, although I don't think we can get any higher than sixth."

The tournament begins on Tuesday, with the top four seeds (currently, 1. Central Dauphin, 2. Solanco, 3. Cedar Cliff and 4. Spring Grove) hosting the first-round matches. Two first-round matches will be run at the same time and the two winners would meet in a quarterfinal match following that.


So, if the current seeds were used, No. 6 Chambersburg would meet No. 11 Mechanicsburg, and No. 3 Cedar Cliff would meet No. 14. Garden Spot at Cedar Cliff.

"However it falls, it falls," Rine said of the seeding. "We think there are some teams below us who could lose again this week, so it could change things a lot."

QUICK STICKS: A nine-second pin in wrestling is pretty rare.

Chambersburg 126-pounder David Rump pulled off that feat Saturday in the first round of the Escape the Rock Tournament at Council Rock South when he decked Sean Gleason of Malvern Prep in 0:09.

That's impressive. But it wasn't the fastest pin of the weekend among area wrestlers.

In the Gettysburg Duals, Shippensburg 285-pounder Cary Hess topped that with a pin in 0:07 over Majd Errafi of Camp Hill.

BY A HAIR: At that tournament, the Greyhounds went 4-1, with the only loss to Gettysburg. The Warriors pulled out a 31-30 victory over Ship, which was eerily similar to a 32-30 Gettysburg win over the Hounds just a week and a half ago.

Once again, Gettysburg rallied late from a deficit. In the first meeting, the Warriors trailed 30-17 and won the last four bouts (three decisions and a pin) to pull it out. Saturday, Ship led 30-16 until Gettysburg won the final four bouts - three decisions and a forfeit.

Strangely, both matches started at 145 pounds and ended at 138. And both times it came down to the Warriors' John Boehner vs. Nathan Coldsmith. Boehner won 5-4 the first time and 4-2 the second time.

Only six of the 14 matches had the same pairings as the first time.

RANKED: Chambersburg's defending state champion Garett Hammond was ranked only No. 3 at 152 in the Jan. 16 Pa. Power Wrestling rankings, behind Heath Coles of Norwin and Austin Rose of Central Dauphin, who beat Hammond at the Beast of the East Tournament.

Hammond is, however, ranked ahead of both of them in the latest national rankings, where is listed at No. 13.

Also in the state rankings at 152, James Buchanan's Casey Glunt was No. 18.

THE ROCK: Chambersburg competed in the last of its three top-notch in-season tournaments last weekend, at Council Rock South's Escape the Rock Tournament. The Trojans had five placewinners and finished 12th among a field of 32 teams.

Rine said, "From the team perspective, I thought we did pretty well. We had a couple of matches not go our way that I thought we could win, and we had three kids finish one win away from getting a place.

"All but two kids on the team scored points for us, so overall I was happy."

Hammond won his second straight ETR title, Tanner Shoap was fifth at 113, David Rump was sixth at 126 after having to default his two consolation bouts, and Garrett Kyner (120) and Calvin O'Farrell (160) were seventh.


Ed Gotwals can be reached at 262-4755 and