Barons prevail over Warwick in battle of back-yard rivals

By on February 6, 2014

Warwick’s Carson Snavely (right) looks to finish a single-leg shot against Manheim Central’s Brock Fittery in the 195-pound bout last Friday. Photo by Stan Hall

Warwick’s Carson Snavely (right) looks to finish a single-leg shot against Manheim Central’s Brock Fittery in the 195-pound bout last Friday. Photo by Stan Hall

The odds were stacked against Joseph Giffin.

The Manheim Central junior was behind 11-7 with just 26 seconds remaining in the heavyweight match after Warwick’s Austin Maguire took him down to the mat.

The outcome seemed to be a done deal.

Giffin, though, had other ideas.

In the little time left, he managed to wriggle off the bottom and score a five-point reversal on his way to pulling off a stunning 12-11 win.

It was the signature decision for the Barons in their 43-26 win over Warwick in a battle of back-yard rivals last Thursday in Lititz.

“That was a great moment for Joseph and obviously for the team,” Manheim Central coach Troy Sunderland said. “That’s what I’ve been saying to the guys is, ‘Who’s going to step up tonight?’ We have a bunch of guys banged up and sore and whatnot, which is what it is. But they did a great job.”

Both teams, in fact, had wrestlers who were injured and not able to go – Jared Siegrist, Rey Lasanta and Connor Pavlik for Manheim Central and Josh Charles for Warwick.

Still, Warrior coach Ned Bushong was pleased with how his grapplers battled against a more seasoned Manheim Central squad. Warwick actually had a 22-18 lead after Brock Lieberman scored a fall at 106 and then Devin Schnupp won by forfeit at 113, but the Barons took five of the final six to clinch it.

“I think we gave them an interesting match,” Bushong said. “We didn’t have enough to win, but we made it interesting … They were better than us and they could pick up the bonus points and we didn’t.”

Indeed, Central earned bonus points in each of its first three wins en route to an early 15-0 advantage. David Fantom pinned Eric Esbenshade in 4:44 in the 160-pound match, then Tyler Rhoads broke open a 5-2 lead after two with an 11-point third in a 16-6 major over Josh Miller at 170, and J.J. Sanchez scored a 15-0 tech fall in 5:51 over Avery Quinn at 182.

Carson Snavely got Warwick on the board at 195, scoring five takedowns and three back points in a 17-6 major decision over Brock Fittery. Then when David Brubaker won by forfeit at 220, the Warriors cut Manheim Central’s lead to 15-10.

It appeared that Warwick might make it a little bit closer at 285. Maguire overcame a 3-2 first-period deficit with a big second period, getting a takedown and three back points while going in front 8-4 heading to the third.

Giffin’s takedown with 1:04 left cut the gap to 8-7, but Maguire escaped and then extended his advantage to 11-7 on a takedown with :26 left on the clock. The Barons’ junior, though, stepped up with a shocking finish.

“It was a great effort,” Sunderland said. “I mean, (Joseph) hung in there.”

Lieberman turned in a great effort for the Warriors at 106, taking a 5-0 lead after one before pinning Ryan Gandy in 3:16. Next, Schnupp’s forfeit in the 113-pound bout gave the Warriors their only lead.

“We were sorta forced to move up with Siegrist out,” Sunderland said. “I hate to forfeit to Schnupp, he’s a great wrestler, but it just worked out for us to bump everybody up. It was a good team win overall.”

With Charles still sidelined after suffering a concussion at the L-L League Tournament, the Warriors forfeited to Caleb Enck at 120, which put Central back in front 24-22.

Warwick’s Ben Hershey gave Kyler West a battle at 126, but the Central senior went up 3-0 on a takedown with :57 left in the second, then sealed a 5-2 decision down the stretch.

Logan Stroh answered for Warwick at 132, taking a 14-1 edge after two on James Harless before putting away a 16-3 major decision.

That cut the Barons’ lead to 27-26 with three bouts remaining, but Justice Prall won by a 12-3 major decision over Tanner King at 138 and then Kyle Zeamer pinned Alex Tshudy in 3:09 in the 145-pound bout to remove all doubt.

Ben Metzler’s fall in 1:38 over Peter Harris at 152 completed the scoring.

“Being able to finish off with (Ben) tonight was definitely a confident feeling,” Sunderland said.

With the regular season now behind them, the Barons will look to carry some confidence into the post-season, starting with Sectionals on Feb. 15. They will be idle for just over two weeks until then, but the layoff is not a concern for Sunderland.

“Obviously for the seniors, it’s their last trip to Sectionals,” he said. “We just have to have a mindset of we can still get better, we can still work on our conditioning to get to that next level. All those things have to come into play. We’ve got to minimize mistakes and be able to go to the Sectional tournament as healthy as possible and just be ready to wrestle all three positions for six minutes.”

The Warriors, meanwhile, still have some competition in front of them before Sectionals. They wrestled Ephrata on Tuesday and they will head to the Salisbury Tournament this Saturday, Feb. 8.

“We’re getting there. From where we were at the beginning of the season to where we are now, there’s a lot of the improvement – still not what we need though,” Bushong said. “This year is a year to get experience.”

They gained a little more experience at the Gettysburg Tournament last Saturday, where Lieberman (106), Schnupp (113), Snavely (195) and Maguire (285) all won golds to lead Warwick to the team championship.

Stroh (132) and Brubaker (220) took home silver, while Hershey (126) and Quinn (182) chipped in with bronzes to help lead the medal haul. Other place-finishers for the Warriors included Esbenshade (160) and Miller (170), who were fourth, Jake Kempinski (138) and Harris (152), who took fifth, and Tim Seepaul, an eighth-place finisher at 145.

Manheim Central 43, Warwick 26

160-D. Fantom, MC, p. E. Esbenshade, 4:44 (6-0).

170-T. Rhoads, MC, m.d. J. Miller, 16-6 (10-0).

182-J. Sanchez, MC, t.f. A. Quinn, 15-0, 5:51 (15-0).

195-C. Snavely, W, m.d. B. Fittery, 17-6 (15-4).

220-J. Bushong, W, by forfeit (15-10).

285-J. Giffin, MC, d. A. Maguire, 12-11 (18-10).

106-B. Lieberman, W, p. R. Gandy, 3:16 (18-16).

113-C. Schnupp, W, by forfeit (18-22).

120-C. Enck, MC, by forfeit (24-22).

126-K. West, MC, d. B. Hershey, 5-2 (27-22).

132-L. Stroh, W, m.d. J. Harless, 16-3 (27-26).

138-J. Prall, MC, m.d. T. King, 12-3 (31-26).

145-K. Zeamer, MC, p. A. Tshudy, 3:09 (37-26).

152-B. Metzler, MC, p. P. Harris, 1:38 (43-26).

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