WEST HANOVER TWP. — After a roaring start, Cumberland Valley was on shaky ground by the time the 120-pound bout rolled around in Tuesday’s district quarterfinal matchup with rival Central Dauphin.
The Rams had gone on a run through the upper weights, cutting a once-formidable CV lead. They had saved bonus points in critical bouts at 106 and 113. And they had one of their hammers, Chris Wright, ready to go in the night’s final bout at 126.
That left Eagles sophomore Hunter Arbogast with the night’s most important assignment — reverse his result from the teams’ regular-season dual meet and send the Eagles on to the district semifinals in the process.
Arbogast did exactly that in a thrilling sudden-victory win at 120, clinching a 32-30 victory for Cumberland Valley in the District 3 Class 3A quarterfinal match at Central Dauphin High School. The win advances No. 11 CV (18-4) to Thursday’s semifinal round at Spring Grove High School, where the Eagles will meet the host Rockets (22-0), the bracket’s second seed.
“I wasn’t focused on the score, I was just focused on my match,” Arbogast said. “It’s pretty cool. I don’t know if anyone expected us to make it this far at the beginning of the year. It’s cool to see how far we’ve come as a team.”
Cumberland Valley had a 29-24 lead when Arbogast’s bout came up.
He was matched up with CD’s Mitchell Arch, who had pinned Arbogast in the teams’ regular-season dual meet. This time Arbogast avoided the big move that had caught him in the previous meeting, and he gained strength as the two battled toward the end of regulation.
It didn’t take long into overtime for Arbogast to win, scoring a takedown that saw the CV bench erupt in celebration. It adds another exciting chapter into the storied rivalry between the two teams, which wrestled for a District 3 record 12th time in the district team championships.
“I’ve been telling him all week that he’s going to get a big one for us,” CV coach Dave Heckard said. “He’s been in some close matches this year with some pretty good guys. All week at practice, ‘You’re going to have a big day for us, you’re going to come through big.’ We’ve been prepping that all week.”
The Eagles had built a big lead thanks to their middleweights. Mason Viehman kicked off things with his second cradle-for-pin of the night, getting a big six points at 138 after CV had opened the match by forfeiting to CD’s Andrew Wert at 132.
From there Russell Zimmerman made the move to 145 and scored a decision, Cole McCoy nabbed a pin at 152, Matt Barrick added a decision at 160, and Jake Lucas scored a last-second five-point move to secure a tech fall at 170.
The run added up to a 23-6 lead for the Eagles, and it allowed them to withstand CD’s furious comeback that began with Jackson Talbott’s major at 182.
The Rams won the three bouts after that to go up 24-23, finally seeing their run ended by back-to-back wins from CV’s Ruston Dzielak (106) and Ben Monn (113). Those victories made it 29-24, setting the stage for Arbogast’s heroics.
CV had advanced the quarters with a first-round victory over Chambersburg, 37-20. CV won five of the match’s final six bouts to get the win.