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Manheim Central drops back-yard rival Warwick MC 39, Warwick 28
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor, Staff Writer
After watching his wrestlers beat back-yard rival Warwick 39-28 in a non-league battle last Thursday, Manheim Central coach Troy Sunderland was ready to start the post-season.
"I’d like to have Sectionals on Saturday the way they went after it," he said. "They really stepped up tonight."
Fortunately for the Warriors, however, the Sectional Tournament won’t be held until Feb. 16, which gives them some time to forget about their loss to the Barons.
"We were as flat as could be," Warwick coach Ned Bushong remarked. "I mean, we didn’t wrestle well. But (Manheim Central) wrestled very well. I don’t want to take anything at all away from them."
Central’s effort enabled them to win eight of the first 10 bouts and build an insurmountable 39-10 lead. The Barons earned bonus points in six of those wins, including falls by Ben Metzler at 138, J.J. Sanchez at 170 and Rey Lasanta in the 220-pound bout.
Even while losing the opening 126-pound bout, where Warwick’s Logan Stroh capped a 9-0 major decision over Jordan Esbenshade with his third takedown and three back points in the final stanza, the Barons felt like they had gained some momentum. Esbenshade had shown improvement after losing to Stroh by a 16-0 tech fall at the L-L Tournament.
For the people that know what happened at Leagues, that was huge. And for the team to see him keeping it close, that’s what we needed him to do. Sunderland said. "That started us out and we knew we had to get a big lead with where (Warwick) was favored at."
As things turned out, with Warwick’s Ethan Quinn sidelined by a shoulder injury, MC’s David Fantom received a forfeit win at 132 and the Barons took a lead they never lost.
Ben Metzler followed with a fall in 1:58 over Matt Mousetis in the 138-pound bout, then Jared Siegrist capitalized on a series of four near-falls to earn a 15-0 tech fall in 4:29 over Tyler Esbenshade, making the score 17-4.
Warwick, though, seemed to be in decent shape to get back on the scoreboard when Colin Schnupp broke a scoreless tie against Austin King on a reversal with 1:05 left in the second period of the 152-pound bout. King, however, tied it 2-2 after regulation, and then when each wrestler could manage only an escape in OT, it went to a rideout. There, King held Schnupp down for 30 seconds to prevail with the 4-3 victory.
"Austin King getting a rideout win like that," Sunderland said, "that was huge. Just right up and down (the lineup), we pinned where we needed to pin and get points. It was just a great team effort."
That continued at 160, where Tyler Rhoads came through with a 16-8 major decision over Steve Woolley. The Barons’ junior overcame a 2-0 first-period deficit to go in front 6-5 after two. While still maintaining a 10-7 lead in the third, he broke it open with an escape and a four-point takedown, leading him to the win.
"When Woolley stepped on the scale, he’s a big 52-pounder but moving up to 60 … (Tyler) did a nice job just wearing the kid down," Sunderland said.
"I was expecting wins (at 152 and 160)," Bushong said. "(Manheim Central) wrestled very well. There’s not much you can say. They outwrestled us."
The Barons’ J.J. Sanchez followed with a fall in 1:11 over sophomore Andrew Flury, stepping in for Ryan Gray, who was sick, and Brock Fittery took a 5-0 second period lead and cruised to a 9-3 win over David Brubaker in the 182-pound bout, pushing the Barons’ advantage to 33-4.
Warwick’s Carson Snavely, though, finally snapped the Barons’ streak at 195, building an 11-3 lead on Peter Michael early in the third and then pinning the MC senior in 5:40.
"(Carson) had a nice match for us there," Bushong said. "That kind of stopped (Central)’s momentum a little bit. We needed a little bit more."
Indeed, the Barons officially clinched their team victory in the 220-pound bout, where Rey Lasanta pinned Austin Maguire in a time of 1:28, putting the Barons up 39-10 with only four bouts remaining.
"We were debating a little bit who to send out at 95," Sunderland said, "but Pete (Michael)’s weighing in about 188 right now, so that’s why we felt like that would maybe be a better matchup and Rey just went out and went after it. That’s what he’s capable of doing when he just goes after it."
The Warriors ended with wins in the final four bouts, starting with Tom Devenney’s fall in 1:19 over Joe Giffin at heavyweight. Devin Schnupp then built a 10-2 lead after the first period on Central’s Caleb Enck prior to getting a fall in 2:59 at 106 and Josh Charles took a 4-3 lead at the end of the first on a reversal and went on to defeat Kyler West 9-6 in the 113-pound bout.
Marcus Tout ended it at 120, scoring a first-period takedown and then holding on for a 4-2 victory over Mike McCormick, setting the final score at 39-28.
"We lost by (only) 11 points," Bushong said. "If we get a bout somewhere that we win and they lose, that’s a six-point swing, if we get a couple bonus points here or there, or don’t give up bonus points … (Central) wrestled well."
"(Warwick) had a tough match on Tuesday (against Manheim Township in the District Team Duals) and they had some kids out and banged up, and we got some momentum started and got things going pretty good in our direction tonight," Sunderland said. "But they’re definitely a good team and have a lot of kids that can do a lot of things in post-season."
Sunderland is certainly hopeful that his Barons also have some wrestlers that can make a lot of noise in the post-season. Getting the upper-hand against back-yard rival Warwick shouldn’t hurt their cause.
"I was talking to coach Bushong and coach (John) Mousetis and they said back in the day of course there were fans all over the place and jam-packed gyms," Sunderland said. "It’s sort of a back-yard rivalry which I think is neat. We scrimmage together and a lot of their kids come to our freestyle practices. When the captains went out, usually you don’t have a whole lot of conversation with the captain from the other team and they were out there chit-chatting while the ref was getting ready to go. So it’s neat." 126 — L. Stroh, W, m.d. J. Esbenshade, 9-4 (0-4).
132 — D. Fantom, MC, by forfeit (6-4).
138 — B. Metzler, MC, p. M. Mousetis, 1:58 (12-4).
145 — J. Siegrist, MC, t.f. T. Esbenshade, 5-0 , 4:29 (17-4).
152 — A. King, MC, d. C. Schnupp, 4-3 (19-4).
160 — T. Rhoads, MC, m.d. S. Woolley, 16-4 (23-4).
170 — J. Sanchez, MC, p. A. Flurry, 1:10 (29-4).
182 — B. Fittery, MC, d. D. Brubaker, 9-3 (32-4).
195 — C. Snavely, W, p. P. Michael, 5:40 (32-10).
220 — R. Lasanta, MC, p, A. Maguire, 1:28 (39-10).
285 — T. Devenney, W, p. J. Giffin, 1:19 (39-16).
106 — D. Schnupp, W, p. C. Enck, 2:59 (39-22).
113 — J. Charles, W, d. K. West, 9-3 (39-25).
120 — M. Tout, W, d. M. McCormick, 4-3 (39-28). More RIVALRY, page B-4