Local wrestlers prepare for Sectional Tourney Warwick Manheim Central Warwick 58, Ephrata 16
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor, Staff Writer
The road to Hersheypark begins this Saturday for local wrestlers.
While the ultimate goal is to reach the PIAA State Championships, slated for March 7-9 at the Giant Center in Hershey, the first order of business is Sectionals this Saturday.
Both Warwick and Manheim Central will head to Hempfield High School for the District Three Triple-A Section Three Tournament. The first session will get underway at 9:30 a.m. with the wrestlers competing on three mats.
The Warriors recently completed a regular season in which they finished 17-5, defeating back-yard rival Ephrata 58-16 last Thursday and then winning the team championship at the Salisbury Invitational last Saturday.
"They’re wrestling well right now," Warwick coach Ned Bushong said. "It’s just a matter coming into the tournament of who’s hot, who’s not. Are they going to be healthy? Are they going to be injury-free? But right now, I like the way they’re wrestling. I just hope we can peak them at the right time."
The top three finishers in each weight class will advance to the District Three Triple-A Championships, to be held Feb. 22-23 at the Hersheypark Arena.
Bushong believes his Warriors could have five challenge to get into the finals — freshman Devin Schnupp (34-1) at 106, junior Josh Charles (32-5) at 113, senior Steve Woolley (30-6) at 160, senior Ryan Gray (24-10) at 170 and senior Tom Devenney (31-1) at 285. The seeding meeting was held last night (Wednesday) after deadline.
"If I have some kids that really, really, really wrestle well, we could have maybe eight, possibly nine, qualifying for Districts," Bushong remarked.
The 106-pound finals could easily feature a rematch of the L-L championship bout, in which Solanco’s Connor Sheehan dealt Schnupp his only loss of the season after rallying for a 9-6 decision in the third period.
"I think it will definitely be (Schnupp and Sheehan in the finals)," Bushong said. "That’s two of the top kids in the District right there … I think Schnupp’s chances are very good."
Don’t be surprised to see another a rematch of the L-L finals at 113 either, where Charles defeated Solanco’s Austin Laws 6-4 in OT.
Then at heavyweight, Devenney and Solanco’s Bo Spiller appear to be on another collision course for the finals. Spiller pulled out a 6-5 win in dual-meet action and then Devenney returned the favor in the L-L finals, prevailing 2-1 in overtime.
"I feel fine with that match-up," Bushong remarked.
Last Thursday, the Warriors completed their dual-meet season with a 58-16 pummeling of Ephrata in a non-league match in Lititz. Warwick won 10 of 14 bouts, with eight falls, on their way to the victory. The hosts took a lead they never relinquished with falls by Devin Schnupp (3:15), Josh Charles (2:56) and Marcus Tout (4:57) from 106 to 120, making the score 18-0.
Ephrata won the next two bouts to cut the Warriors’ lead to 18-9, but Matt Mousetis answered with a 16-5 major at 138, and then after the Mounts’ Ethan Sipe won by a 17-4 major decision in the 145-pound bout, Warwick won the next three to put it away. Colin Schnupp (:52), Steve Woolley (1:37) and Ryan Gray (:17) had three straight falls for the Warriors. Bobby Nye won by a 9-6 decision at 182, but Warwick completed the scoring behind Carson Snavely’s fall in 3:50 at 195, Zach Sayevsky’s forfeit at 220 and Tom Devenney’s fall in 1:26 in the heavyweight bout.
Records of the Warwick and Manheim Central wrestlers going into the Sectional Tournament are as follows: 106 – Devin Schnupp34-1
113 – Josh Charles32-5
120 – Marcus Tout11-18
120 – JT Gross1-5
126 – Logan Stroh23-13
132 – Ethan Quinn10-14
138 – Matt Mousetis14-15
145 – Tyler Esbenshade10-13
152 – Colin Schnupp20-12
152 – Trevor Havemann0-3
152 – Alex Tshudy0-6
160 – Steve Woolley30-6
170 – Ryan Gray24-10
182 – Avery Quinn3-4
195 – David Brubaker10-21
220 – Carson Snavely20-11
220 – Austin Maguire17-10
220 – Zach Sayevsky 1-1
285 – Tom Devenney31-1 Caleb Enck: 19-15
Kyler West: 23-12
Mike McCormick: 5-17
Jordan Esbenshade: 15-15
Connor Pavlik: 0-7
Ben Metzler: 24-6
Jared Siegrist: 25-7
Austin King: 15-9
Mitchell Gingrich: 6-5
Peter Michael: 14-18
David Fantom 16-9
Rey Lasanta: 22-7
Tyler Rhoads: 16-8
Duncan Aston: 1-1
Jordan Shimer: 0-2
Skylar Munoz: 4-5
Brock Fittery: 9-7
Joesph Giffin: 7-10
James Harless: 0-2
Kyle Ganse: 0-2 106– D. Schnupp, W, p. V. Evans, 3:15 (6-0).
113– J. Charles, W, p. T. Evans, 2:56 (12-0).
120– M. Tout, W, p. E. Osorio, 4:57 (18-0).
126– R. Eidemiller, E, p. L. Stroh, 5:10 (18-6).
132– B. Mulvenna, E, d. J. Kempinski, 7-3 (18-9).
138– M. Mousetis, W, m.d. I. Powers, 16-5 (22-9).
145– E. Sipe, E, m.d. T. Esbenshade, 17-4 (22-13).
152– C. Schnupp, W, p. J. Welch, :52 (28-13).
160– S. Woolley, W, p. N. Hatch, 1:37 (34-13).
170– R. Gray, W, p. B. Rohrbaugh, :17 (40-13).
182– B. Nye, E, d. D. Brubaker, 9-6 (40-16).
195– C. Snavely, W, p. C. Eisenhauer, 3:50 (46-16).
220– Zach Sayevsky, W, by forfeit (52-16).
285– T. Devenney, W, p. Kreider, 1:26 (58-16). More WRESTLERS, page B-2