Five falls boost MC past Ephrata Man. Central 40, Ephrata 33Wrestling
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor email@example.com, Staff Writer
If the Manheim Central wrestlers had any hopes of defeating Ephrata, they had to score bonus points.
Lots of them.
Such is the case when you’re forced to give up three forfeits and 18 points from the outset.
But the Barons came through with five falls and a major decision, while taking eight of 14 bouts overall, en route to a 40-33 decision over the Mounts last Wednesday, Dec. 21 in their Section Two opener in Manheim. Ephrata was without two of its returning District qualifiers, Chad and Mike Lammer.
"We got the bonus points which was key for the amount of points we were giving away that night," Manheim Central coach Troy Sunderland said. "The kids went out and got the big pins that enabled us to win … That was one of the points when we talked to them before the match was, with giving up three weight classes, that’s 18 points right there. So it was a point of emphasis before the match, that’s for sure."
With just three bouts left, the two teams were deadlocked at 30-30. But Ben Metzler gave Central a lead it never lost, dominating in a 16-7 major decision over Riley Eidemiller at 126, and then Cody Bucher notched the Barons’ fifth and final fall at 132, decking Ben Pauley in 1:03 to clinch it.
Ephrata’s Ethan Sipe completed the scoring with a 5-0 shutout over Austin King in the 138-pound weight class.
"Cody Bucher is a senior and has been pretty dominant, particularly in dual meets for us over the last three years and Ben Metzler obviously is one of our steady wrestlers as a sophomore," Sunderland said. "We knew their 120-pounder (Todd) Dumas was pretty experienced and a pretty tough kid going against (Kyle) Winters, so it would be an uphill battle to win at 120 going against Dumas. But we felt pretty confident in the other two."
Central also had to like its chances with A.J. Votano, Reid Pavlik and Ben Wise leading things off at 145, 152 and 160, respectively. When all three stepped up with first-period falls, the Barons were off to a perfect start. After Votano set the early tone by flattening Dakota Andes in 1:10, Pavlik took care of Jeremick Agudelo in 1:52 and Wise decked Sebby Alvarez in 1:34.
"Not that I was surprised, but I was pleased that they went and put kids on their back," Sunderland said. "I was pleased with Pavlik’s effort getting the pin and Ben Wise too because he’s not a big pinner. I guess Pavlik maybe more so than Wise (is a pinner), but in a lot of matches, Wise grinds them out and wears kids down."
Kyle Ganse added to Central’s lead when he pulled off an 8-4 win over Bobby Nye, making the score 21-0.
All of those points proved big when Ephrata’s Jeff Halligan (182), Eric Miller (195) and Cameron Eisenhauer (220) won the next three weights by forfeit, closing the gap to 21-18.
But Aaron Lefever and Kyler West got the Barons back on track at 285 and 106. Lefever, a sophomore who has already won the heavyweight title at Brandywine Heights and placed third at the Battle at the Beach this year, decked Danny Matos in 1:43 and then West held on for a 5-4 decision over Randy Wintersohl, riding out the Mounts’ wrestler in the final minute to seal the deal.
"(Kyler) is doing a nice job — he wrestles hard," Sunderland said. "It wasn’t easy. He had to ride the kid out for the last 30 or 40 seconds to win by a point. (Aaron) has really surprised a lot of people that don’t know him, but he moves well for a big guy, he’s been doing real well on top and he’s solid on his feet. And he’s been consistent. He’s probably one of our most consistent performers so far."
Still, the Mounts stayed close, cutting the Barons’ lead to 30-24 thanks to a fall by Joey Sarmento in 2:53 over MC sophomore Will Middleton, who normally wrestles 106 and was giving up some weight. Then Dumas pulled Ephrata even 30-all by pinning Winters in 2:54 in the 120-pound bout.
But Metzler and Bucher got it done for the Barons in the next two weights.
The Central wrestlers have now turned their attention to their annual Manheim Holiday Tournament, which got underway yesterday (Wednesday, Dec. 28) and concludes today (Thursday, Dec. 29). The Barons are hoping to build on last year’s performance, when Votano and David Fair were the only MC wrestlers to earn medals. Votano has dropped to 138 and the Barons will have just two open weights in the tournament after getting their 195-pounder back this week.
"We didn’t wrestle really well (in the 2010 Manheim Tournament) and obviously we’re going against a lot of the best competition in Pennsylvania and surrounding states, but we need to have some more guys place and hopefully we can get a guy or two in the finals," Sunderland said. "That would be a good tournament for us probably. We have a couple seniors like a Cody Bucher and an A.J. Votano. So this is their time. Between maybe Metzler, Bucher, Votano and Aaron at heavyweight, they will probably be our best chances for a high placer." 145 — Votano, MC, p. Andes, 1:10 (6-0).
152 — Pavlik, MC, p. Agudelo, 1:52 (12-0).
160 — Wise, MC, p. Alvarez, 1:34 (18-0).
170 — Ganse, MC, d. Nye, 8-4 (21-0).
182 — Halligan, E, by forfeit (21-6).
195 — Miller, E, by forfeit (21-12).
220 — Eisenhauer, E, by forfeit (21-18).
285 — Lefever, MC, p. Matos, 1:43 (27-18).
106 — West, MC, d. Wintersohl, 5-4 (30-18).
113 — Sarmento, E, p. Midleton, 2:53 (30-24).
120 — Dumas, E, p. Winters, 2:54 (30-30).
126 — Metzler, MC, m.d. Eidemiler, 16-7 (34-30).
132 — Bucher, MC, p. Pauley, 1:03 (40-30).
138 — Sipe, E, d. King, 5-0 (40-33).
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