Schnupp makes it three L-L golds and eight Warriors place

By on February 4, 2016

 

Warwick’s Devin Schnupp (top) cradles Northern Lebanon’s Dustin Breidegan for a fall in 4:38 to win the L-L League’s 113-pound gold medal last Saturday night. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Warwick’s Devin Schnupp (top) cradles Northern Lebanon’s Dustin Breidegan for a fall in 4:38 to win the L-L League’s 113-pound gold medal last Saturday night. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Warwick senior 113-pound wrestler Devin Schnupp still doesn’t feel like he’s peaking yet.

Last Friday and Saturday at the L-L League Tournament, however, Schnupp sure seemed like he was at the top of his game.

After pinning his first three opponents in a combined 7:37, he captured his third straight League championship by decking Norlebco’s Dustin Breidegan in 4:38 in the 113-pound finals at Garden Spot High School. After becoming Warwick’s first wrestler to win three L-L titles since Antonio Giorgio did so from 2008-10, Schnupp received the Floyd ‘Shorty’ Hitchcock Award for most falls in the shortest amount of time.

“He’s good. He works hard at it and he dominates,” Warrior coach Ned Bushong said.

Schnupp was one of two Warwick grapplers to reach the championships, as sophomore Ryan Stewart capped his first L-L appearance with a silver medal at heavyweight.

With eight overall place-finishers, the Warriors took sixth in the team standings with 118 points. Sophomore Evan Clark (16-6) took home a fourth-place medal at 220, seniors Brock Lieberman (16-10) and Ben Hershey (21-7) finished fifth at 132 and 138, respectively, freshman Mateo Chacon (11-12) was sixth at 106, junior Eric Garner (15-11) placed seventh in the 182-pound brackets, and sophomore Logan Boring (13-13) took eighth at 152.

“They all wrestled well. It didn’t always come out the way we’d like it, but they wrestled well,” Bushong said. “Chacon had a great tournament, Stewart, Clark … Garner wrestled well. They’re right in there. We still have another three weeks before Sectionals, so hopefully we’ll be ready.”

Schnupp (26-1) was clearly ready for the L-L’s, capitalizing on cement jobs and pulls to flatten CV’s Trent Rider (:15), ELCO’s Alex Puglio (2:27) and Ephrata’s Cameron Terry (4:55).

Manheim Central junior Elliot Martin (left) and Warwick sophomore Ryan Stewart (right) pose for pictures after receiving the fourth and second-place medals, respectively, in the heavyweight brackets at the L-L League Tournament last weekend. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Manheim Central junior Elliot Martin (left) and Warwick sophomore Ryan Stewart (right) pose for pictures after receiving the fourth and second-place medals, respectively, in the heavyweight brackets at the L-L League Tournament last weekend. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

That earned him a first-ever match-up against Breidegan (27-5), who had two first-period falls in his own right. But this one was all Schnupp, who got the first of three first-period takedowns with just :09 elapsed in the stanza and never looked back.

“I heard (Breidegan)’s pretty good on top and I thought I could probably get my takedown game going on my feet if I kept moving,” Schnupp said. “So the plan was basically to break him, to wear him out, be on attack, be aggressive, hand-fight, score points and then get the pin.”

His advantage, thanks to three more takedowns and a three-point nearfall in the second, grew to 17-5, and then Schnupp eventually ended it by pinning the Viking senior with :38 elapsed in the third.

“He’s healthy and feeling good and that’s important,” Bushong said.

That health is a key reason for his third straight League gold.

Reflecting on the feat, Schnupp quipped, “It will make me mad I didn’t win four. I think (being healthy) really stands out because there’s a ton of guys that are hurt right now and were top seeds and had the potential of winning and couldn’t. That’s probably the most important thing to me right now.”

Stewart (22-5) would have loved to take home his first L-L gold, but it wasn’t meant to be.

“I was just looking to place. I didn’t think I would even go into the championship round,” he said.

Coming off a pair of tight wins, beating L-S’ Connor Feister 3-1 in the quarters and Manheim Central’s Brock Fittery 4-3 in the semi-finals, Stewart battled ELCO’s Ryan Rolon (21-4) through a scoreless first in the finals.

Starting in the bottom position to start the second, the WHS sophomore rolled to try for a reversal, but got caught by Rolon for three back-points.

Warwick senior Devin Schnupp dominated the L-L’s 113-pound brackets, pinning all four of his opponents in a combined 12:15. Afterward, he was honored with the tournament’s Floyd ‘Shorty’ Hitchcock Award for most pins in the least amount of time.

Warwick senior Devin Schnupp dominated the L-L’s 113-pound brackets, pinning all four of his opponents in a combined 12:15. Afterward, he was honored with the tournament’s Floyd ‘Shorty’ Hitchcock Award for most pins in the least amount of time.

“It probably wasn’t the smartest move and I probably could have executed it better,” he said. “I knew once I got into the position, that was the difference-maker and I’d have to come a long way back from that.”

Stewart started the comeback on an escape with :27 left in the second, and he was hoping to return the favor to Rolon with back points in the third. But although he worked the Raider senior for a late stalling point, Stewart couldn’t quite come all the way back and suffered a 3-2 loss.

“I thought I could have done better, but I’m happy with the place I got,” he said. “(Previously), I only (faced Rolon) in a scrimmage and I thought I did pretty well against him there. I’m really hoping I get to face him at Districts.”

Overall, Warwick had five wrestlers in the semi-finals, including Clark, Lieberman, and Hershey.

At 220, Clark was tied 2-2 with Norlebco’s Matt Vines (27-7), the eventual champ, going to the third, where Vines’ escape turned out to be the difference in a 3-2 win. Clark bounced with a 3-2 decision of his own in the consolation semi-finals against Annville-Cleona’s Brandon Light, then suffered a 3-1 loss to Penn Manor’s Dante Jones (16-7) in the bronze-medal match.

Lieberman, meanwhile, faced a tough foe in the 132-pound’s Final Four in Norlebco’s Trevor Leonard (32-4), the eventual gold-medalist, and dropped a 15-1 loss. After losing by fall in :57 to MC’s Caleb Enck in the consolation semi-finals, Lieberman’s escape with :51 left in the third gave him a 4-3 win over Hempfield’s Luke Granbois for the fifth-place medal.

Solanco’s Joey Davis (23-9) took the gold medal at 138, but first, he recovered from a 6-2 third-period deficit against Hershey in the semi-finals to pin in 4:14.

Hershey also led 2-1 after two against Norlebco’s Zach Kelly in the consi semi-finals before suffering a 4-2 loss. The Warrior senior ended the tournament on a positive note, though, scoring three takedowns in a 7-2 win over MC’s Kyle Zeamer.

Elsewhere, Chacon finished 3-3 at 106, but had his hands full against Norlebco’s Kyler Anspach in the fifth-place match and suffered a 15-0 tech fall loss in 4:38.

At 182, Garner won three of his five bouts, including a 3-2 conquest over Solanco’s Hunter Smith in the seventh-place match, in which he scored a takedown with :12 left to seal it.

In the 152-pound brackets, Boring’s 4-1 tiebreaker win over Lebanon’s Ben Kutz was one of two wins he recorded. In the seventh-place match, Boring rallied from a four-point deficit to pull within 4-3 against Penn Manor’s Evan Phelan on a reversal with :24 remaining in the third period, but ultimately suffered a 5-3 loss.

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