Top 25 Franklin County District 3 wrestlers of the last 25 years
Wrestling has always been a crucial part of the Franklin County sports scene. But over the last quarter century, the sport has been as hot as ever, with handfuls of local athletes making their way to becoming some of the best grapplers in the state.
So, we tried our best to rank the 25 Best Franklin County District 3 wrestlers of the last 25 years.
Here's what we came up with in this unenviable task:
25. Nathan Geesman, Waynesboro
1999-2003, 130 pounds
Geesman went 98-33 with the Indians, seeing his career highlighted by two fourth-place finishes in districts in 2002 and 2003.
24. Aaron Rump, Chambersburg
2013-2017, 138-145 pounds
The first of two Rumps on the list, Aaron never reached the state podium like David did, but still had a stellar run for the Trojans, winning 128 matches in his career and earning two fifth-place finishes at districts.
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23. Dustin Pine, James Buchanan
2002-2006, 189-215 pounds
Pine recorded back-to-back second-place finishes at districts, and a third and fourth place finish at regionals. He finished with 93 career wins.
22. Dylan Herb, Shippensburg
2010-2014, 195 pounds
With a career peaking as a senior, finishing eighth in states and second in districts, Herb was a 102-win wrestler, continually improving from season to season before committing to play football for Shippensburg University.
21. Jimmy Hughes, Chambersburg
2006-2010, 125-130 pounds
Hughes was consistent in regular-season competition for the Trojans, with one of the highest win totals in program history, winning 30-plus matches all four years of his career and securing a third place District 3 finish in 2010.
20. David Rump, Chambersburg
2011-2015, 138-145 pounds
The second Rump on this list, David gets the nod here with two top-three finishes in districts. He earned a spot on the podium at states in 2015 with seventh place.
19. Cameron Tinner, Shippensburg
2014-2017, 285 pounds
Tinner ended up focusing on football in college but had a stellar campaign on the mats as well. The 2016 District 3 champ, he also earned a silver in districts in 2017. Despite never medaling at states, a 91-19 career record is more than enough to earn a mention on this list.
18. Cary Hess, Shippensburg
2009-2013, 285 pounds
At one time Shippensburg's all-time win leader, Hess finally burst through in the postseason in 2013 as a senior, winning his first sectional and placing seventh in states, before attending Bucknell for football.
17. Wayne Medina, Greencastle-Antrim
1997-2000, 135 pounds
Medina has a strong claim for the top Blue Devil from this timespan, highlighted by back-to-back top-two finishes in regionals, including a title in 2000. He never placed in states.
16. Josh Proctor, Shippensburg
2002-2005, 103-125 pounds
Proctor was the top dog for the Greyhounds in this era, and found a lot of success in the postseason in the light weight classes. As a junior, he earned a sixth-place finish in states, while as a senior didn't place after losing early to eventually champion Mike Rappo.
15. Garrett Kyner, Chambersburg
2012-2016, 138 pounds
Kyner was another one of those wrestlers that racked up victories from the jump, winning four sectional titles in four years and reaching 30 victories in all four. He broke through as a senior with a seventh-place finish in states and finished with 128 career victories.
14. Brian Lisko, Waynesboro
2000-2004, 135-140 pounds
Lisko is second all-time on Waynesboro's career win list with 114 victories and had a career marked by consistent improvement. After not placing in districts his first two seasons, he made it to the podium in states in 2004 (sixth place).
13. Denis Alampiyev, Waynesboro
1996, 160 pounds
Born in Russia, Alampiyev had one of the best state finishes in Waynesboro history in 1996, taking fourth place at 160 pounds. He would eventually have a very nice college career at American.
12. Tyler Hart, Chambersburg
1996-2000, 275 pounds
A two-time state medalist, including a fourth-place finish in 2000, Hart had a bevy of impressive victories. But perhaps the most impressive was in the 1999 District 3 semifinals, when he defeated future Penn State All-American Pat Cummins, 2-1 in overtime.
11. Cole Forrester, Shippensburg
2014-2018, 220 pounds
The Air Force standout arrived to Shippensburg as a sophomore after wrestling for Trinity as a freshman and hit the ground running with 29 victories. He incrementally improved each year, highlighted by a District 3 title and a fourth-place finish at states in his senior year. He finished with 119 career victories.
10. Tate Nichter, Chambersburg
2017-2021, 145-189 pounds
The younger brother of Luke, who also made the list, Tate had his own standout career for the Trojans, winning two district titles and medaling at statesin all four years. His best state tourney finish was sixth as as a sophomore, but with his massive district bracket success and 122 career wins, he's a clear choice here.
9. Billy Chamberlain, Shippensburg/Cumberland Valley
2003-2006, 119 pounds
This is kind of cheating, as Chamberlain only wrestled for a year at Shippensburg before transferring to Cumberland Valley. But Chamberlain did end up winning a state title for the Eagles, so it felt like he deserved some mention. After going to Sacred Heart, he accepted a head coaching position at CV last June.
8. Tanner Shoap, Chambersburg
2009-2013, 113-120 pounds
Shoap might have never landed a top-four finish at states, but with two district titles and 150 career wins, the Trojan wrestler was a model of consistency throughout his career. He went on to have a strong career at Drexel.
7. Casey Glunt, James Buchanan
2011-2015, 182 pounds
The most accomplished Rocket of this time frame, Glunt went from not even placing at sectionals as a sophomore to back-to-back state placings his final two years, including a third-place finish as a senior, before heading to Bloomsburg for college.
6. Karl Shindledecker, Chambersburg
2018-2022, 120-126 pounds
Shindledecker capped his career with a seventh-place finish at states, after earning bronze as a freshman and silver his junior year. He captured his second straight District 3 title as a senior, winning his 100th match during the 2022 championship bout. He's the third Trojan to earn three state medals and ends his career with a 103-26 record.
5. Drew Peck, Chambersburg
2013-2017, 182-195 pounds
It's hard to sort through such a strong crop of Chambersburg wrestlers of late, but Peck gets the nod this high because of how ultra-competitive his weight class was. Two fourth-place finishes at states before earning a scholarship to Virginia isn't anything to sneeze at, along with 130-plus career wins.
4. Dawson Peck, Chambersburg
2008-2012, 285 pounds
The Trojan heavyweight is development personified, as Peck lost 14 matches his freshman year, then lost 11 total matches in his final three. With a second- and third-place finish in states his final two seasons, Peck came so close to tasting gold at the state level. But even without it, his reputation is clear.
3. Chandler Olson, Shippensburg
2013-2017, 126-138 pounds
A rare four-time state medalist, Olson was a model of consistency throughout his high school career. He never dropped more than seven matches in a season, never won fewer than 32, and is well ahead of every other Greyhound in career wins (147-19). He wrestled collegiately at Drexel.
2. Luke Nichter, Chambersburg
2016-2020, 160-182 pounds
Nichter gets the nod here as the most recent state champion in Franklin County, and for the method in which he won it, upsetting Clayton Ulrey in the championship match after losing to him in districts. Nichter, second all-time in Chambersburg wins, currently wrestles for Drexel.
1. Garett Hammond, Chambersburg
2010-2013, 152-160 pounds
Hammond is a fairly easy choice here, the only two time state-champion in this time period in Franklin County. With two state golds, a state silver, and an absurd 125 victories in three seasons after a freshman year at Wyoming Seminary, Hammond parlayed his stellar resume as a Trojan to a nice collegiate career with Penn State and Drexel.
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