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By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor email@example.com, Staff Writer
Trying to predict how many qualifiers you might get to the District Three Wrestling Tournament can be a tricky proposition.
Warwick and Manheim Central will both be competing this Saturday at the District Three Section Three Triple-A Tournament at Hempfield High School, where the top three place-finishers from each weight class will advance to Districts, to be held Feb. 24-25 at the Hersheypark Arena.
And looking ahead to the seeding meeting which was slated for last night (Wednesday), Warwick boss Ned Bushong believes that his squad has a good shot of having four wrestlers with top-three seeds.
"Realistically," Bushong said, "we should have two first seeds and two thirds."
But Warwick’s skipper is quick to add that anything can happen when the action gets underway at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday. Joining Warwick and Manheim Central will be Conestoga Valley, Donegal, ELCO, Ephrata, Hempfield, Lampeter-Strasburg, McCaskey, Manheim Township, Penn Manor and L-L Tournament champ Solanco.
"As far as qualifying for Districts, the kids are going to have to wrestle," Bushong said. "Nobody is going to give them anything. So we just have to wait and see."
Bushong believes that senior 160-pounder Cody Shoenberger (34-6) and junior heavyweight Tom Devenney (27-2) should be the favorites for number one seeds. Shoenberger placed second at the L-L Tourney to Double-A Pequea Valley’s Mitchell Ball. Having finished third at 152 last year, he will be looking for a second straight trip to Districts. Bryan McCall and Ian Stoeckl, who both graduated, were the Warriors’ other two District qualifiers last year.
Devenney was seeded number one at the L-L Tournament, but was unable to wrestle due to a medical condition. But he is among the favorites to go to Chocolatetown.
"Anything can happen, (but) the only two that (you) really can be fairly confident on would be Shoenberger and Devenney," Bushong said. "And then after that, (Josh) Charles and (Colin) Schnupp would be the closest based on the way they finished at the L-L’s."
Charles (20-9), a sophomore 106-pounder who took the L-L bronze behind Solanco’s Connor Sheehan and Township’s David Graves, and Schnupp (23-15), a junior 145-pounder who was seventh at Leagues, could land number three seeds.
Schnupp’s status for Sectionals, though, was cloudy as of deadline due to an injury.
"If (Colin) is healthy, I look at him as a sure qualifier," Bushong said. "But right now the way it is, it’s a question mark whether he will even be entering the tournament."
Bushong believes others could also be in the mix to qualify for Districts if they are on top of their game.
"(Ethan) Quinn (14-18 at 126) has come on strong here at the end of the season and I think he’s won his last three or four matches," Bushong said. "At 152, Ryan Gray (15-11) has an outside shot. It all depends on how Mitch Mellinger (12-12) wrestles at 170. He’s capable of being right in there. (Matt) Mousetis (12-20) has lost some real close matches (at 130). So if he puts it all together … anything can happen."
The good news for the Warriors is that they taken positive strides throughout the season while going 7-7 overall and they wrapped things up with a 45-27 win vs. Ephrata and a competitive 37-24 loss to South Western.
"As a team, they’ve come on," Bushong said. "They’ve improved as the year has gone on. It was not as well as we would have liked to wrestle, but everything considered, I think we’ve done pretty good this year. I think we have a pretty good base going into next year."
Likewise for Manheim Central, Barons’ coach Troy Sunderland thought that his squad finished strong with a convincing 52-15 win over E-town last week and he is hoping that’s a sign of things to come at Sectionals.
"I thought we wrestled pretty well against E-town in our last dual and that’s sort of what I was gauging going into the last several days of training," Sunderland said. "The kids have responded well and they’re doing a good job thus far. I think we’d probably have a great tournament if we had six kids moving on or something like that. Five, six, maybe seven would be awesome. We’d have to wrestle our best, catch some breaks and get some seeds."
Sophomores Ben Metzler (28-9 at 126) and Kyler West (23-15 at 106), Ben Metzler (28-9 at 126) and Aaron Lefever (24-6 at 285), along with senior Cody Bucher (20-14 at 132) are among the favorites to move on for the Barons.
"Aaron’s under the weather a little bit, he wasn’t at practice (Tuesday) and didn’t feel real well," Sunderland said. "But the other guys are looking pretty good and wrestling well."
Senior AJ Votano (24-9), a two-time District qualifier, is competing in a tough 138-pound weight class, but he also has the capabilities.
"He would be one of the kids that, certainly, if he’s wrestling well, has the ability (to advance)," Sunderland said.
The Barons will have an open weight at 113 and junior Manny DelCarpio (8-7) is a question mark at 220.
The following are the Warwick and MC wrestlers (along with records) who will compete at Sectionals. 106 — Josh Charles (20-9)
113 — Logan Stroh (20-16)
120 — Cody Diem (17-17)
126 — Ethan Quinn (14-18)
132 — Matt Mousetis (12-20)
138 — Evan Ney (5-29)
145 — Colin Schnupp (23-15)
152 — Ryan Gray (15-11)
160 — Cody Shoenberger (34-6)
170 — Mitch Mellinger (12-12)
182 — Donnie Erb (4-17)
195 — Carson Snavely (14-22)
220 — Zach Sayevsky (1-23)
285 — Tom Devenney (27-2) 106 — Kyler West (23-15)
120 — David Fantom (6-3)
126 — Ben Metzler (28-9)
132 — Cody Bucher (20-14)
138 — A.J. Votano (24-9)
145 — J.J. Sanchez (7-13)
152 — Ben Wise (25-15)
160 — Reid Pavlik (18-13)
170 — Mitchell Gingrich (5-1)
182 — Peter Michael (8-13)
195 — Rey LaSanta (7-5)
220 — Manny DelCarpio (8-7)
285 — Aaron Lefever (24-6) More SECTIONALS, page B-4