Siegrist’s third L-L gold helps MC place second

By on February 4, 2016

 

Manheim Central’s Jared Siegrist (left) fights off a shot from Penn Manor’s Jack Zimmerman in the L-L 170-pound finals last Saturday. Siegrist eventually won 19-9 to earn his third straight League gold. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Manheim Central’s Jared Siegrist (left) fights off a shot from Penn Manor’s Jack Zimmerman in the L-L 170-pound finals last Saturday. Siegrist eventually won 19-9 to earn his third straight League gold. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Prior to the season getting underway, Jared Siegrist made a list of goals he wanted to accomplish.

Last Saturday, the Manheim Central senior wrestler crossed one off.

Thanks to his dominant 19-9 conquest of Penn Manor’s Jack Zimmerman in the 170-pound finals, Siegrist took home Lancaster-Lebanon League gold at Garden Spot High School.

It was his third straight L-L title.

And for the second consecutive year, he also won the tournament’s D. Kenneth Ober Outstanding Wrestler Award.

“That was cool being able to check off one of goals I put down,” said top-seeded Siegrist, who improved to 21-0 and notched his 117th career win.

His third League crown once again came at the expense of Zimmerman (22-2), who was on the receiving end of a 12-0 major decision to Siegrist in the 170-pound finals last year.

“(Jared)’s solid,” MC coach Troy Sunderland said. “It’s an honor for him to be voted OW once again. And for Jack Zimmerman, he’s clearly a top-notch kid and one of the best kids in the league, and unfortunately for him, he’s paired up again with Jared. But Jared’s just done a great job.”

The Barons, as a team, did a great job en route to scoring 182 points and placing second behind only champ Northern Lebanon (237 1/2). Although Siegrist was MC’s only finalist, they had 11 total place-winners. Senior Caleb Enck (15-8) took bronze at 132, sophomore Zack Zeamer (21-7), senior Sam Martin (10-8) and junior Elliot Martin (15-6) were fourth at 126, 195 and HWT, respectively, senior Connor Pavlik (15-6) finished fifth at 145, sophomore Ryan Kreider (10-13), senior Kyle Zeamer (10-9) and senior Brock Fittery (15-8) claimed sixth-place medals at 113, 138 and 182, sophomore Garret Fittery (12-9) placed seventh at 220 and sophomore Ryan McKee (12-13) was eighth at 120.

“The thing that I think you take away from this is we had one guy in the finals and placed second as a team,” Sunderland said. “That’s a total team effort. It’s not one guy scoring all the points or even three or four guys getting in the finals and winning. It’s a total team effort. It’s nice to see 11 guys coming back today and placing. We didn’t place as high in some of those instances as we wanted to do individually, but all the kids fought hard and gave great effort. So I’m proud of that.”

There was no questioning Siegrist’s effort.

In dominant form, he pinned his first three foes &tstr; Garden Spot’s Devon Lewis in 2:26, E-town’s Blake Andrews in just 17 seconds and Norlebco’s Quinn Blatt (29-7) in 1:48.

“I figured if I pushed the pace and just wrestled my style, I’d be able to pretty much dominate,” Siegrist remarked.

Dominate is also what he did against Zimmerman.

Manheim Central senior 145-pounder Connor Pavlik has his arm raised in victory after pinning Ephrata’s Tyler Mentzer in 3:57 to claim the L-L’s fifth-place medal last Saturday. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Manheim Central senior 145-pounder Connor Pavlik has his arm raised in victory after pinning Ephrata’s Tyler Mentzer in 3:57 to claim the L-L’s fifth-place medal last Saturday. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Three first-period takedowns put Siegrist up 6-3. Four more made it 15-6 after two. When the dust settled, he had nine takedowns and a 19-9 major decision against Zimmerman, whose record of 22-1 entering the match was not too shabby.

“He’s been working a lot on his feet and we’ve been pushing him a lot to get a lot of takedowns and that was evident tonight,” Sunderland said.

“It’s mostly probably just preparing me for State competition,” Siegrist acknowledged, “just getting my conditioning going and trying to push the pace the whole time and working from neutral. A lot of the action at the State Tournament will happen on your feet, and a takedown can decide the match.”

The difference between Enck winning and losing in the 132-pound quarterfinals was slim, as Spot’s Gary Clark pulled out a 4-3 decision. But the MC senior answered with four straight wins in the consis, including a 5-2 victory over CV’s Pavel Dariychuk in the bronze-medal match, clinching it on a takedown with :56 left in the third.

“I thought Caleb Enck had a great performance … avenging the loss to Dariychuk, he was just a little bit short with Clark, but for him to come back and get third was really a great step for him,” Sunderland said.

Zack Zeamer punched his ticket to the 126-pound bronze-medal match by capitalizing on a two-point nearfall in the third period against Cocalico’s Nate Fritz and winning 5-4. There, he dropped a hard-fought 7-5 decision to Pequea Valley’s Gabe Miller.

At 195, first-year wrestler Sam Martin won four consecutive bouts in the consolations in his inaugural L-L appearances, three of those on falls, to reach the third-place match, where he was pinned by Solanco’s Josh Weder in 3:57.

Elliot Martin, too, had a nice run to secure a spot in the bronze-medal match at HWT. In the semi-finals, Warwick’s Ryan Stewart got a takedown with :19 left and held on for a 4-3 decision. But Martin by pinning Columbia’s Cole Freeland in 2:49 in the Final Four of consolations, before losing by fall in 2:37 to L-S’ Connor Feister for third place.

“Elliot had a good tournament, and Sam being inexperienced and going for third at the League Tournament is an amazing accomplishment,” Sunderland said. “I thought for Zack Zeamer to come back and beat Fritz … The fight with our kids was there and the effort and they’re trying and giving everything they’ve got.”

After dominating the L-L League’s 170-pound weight bracket, Manheim Central senior Jared Siegrist (center) was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

After dominating the L-L League’s 170-pound weight bracket, Manheim Central senior Jared Siegrist (center) was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Pavlik fell into that description as well. After losing 15-4 to Township’s Victor Kenderdine in the 145-pound semi-finals, he had a hard-fought 3-2 setback to Norlebco’s Steve Herb in the consis. In the fifth-place match, he pinned Ephrata’s Tyler Mentzer in 3:57.

The Barons nearly had another fifth-place finisher at 182, but Brock Fittery was on the short end of a 9-3 loss to McCaskey’s Carlos Lugo.

In the fifth-place match at 113, Ryan Kreider was pinned by Penn Manor’s Brandon Miller in 2:37.

Kyle Zeamer was 3-3 in the 138-pound brackets at the L-L’s, but his bid for a fifth-place medal fell just short in a 7-2 loss to Ben Hershey, who capitalized on three takedowns.

At 220, Garret Fittery used a three-point nearfall to go up 3-0 after two against ELCO’s Tony Rodriguez, then pinned the Raider senior in 4:59 for the seventh-place medal.

Finally, in the 120-pound brackets, McKee got himself into the final eight by decking L-S’ Mason Blank in the consolations. Later, in the seventh-place bout, he was pinned in 1:43 by McCaskey’s Manny Canfijn.

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