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Wildcats handle MC in Districts Mechanicsburg 47, Man. Central 22
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor email@example.com, Staff Writer
If there was one spot in Mechanicsburg’s lineup that the Manheim Central wrestlers didn’t want to see first, it was the Wildcats’ middle weights.
Unfortunately for the Barons, that’s exactly what happened.
By luck of the draw in a first-round District Three Triple-A Duals Tournament match, things got underway at 145 and third-seeded Mechanicsburg, with seven top-ranked District wrestlers in the first eight weight classes, didn’t waste any time. The unbeaten Wildcats sprinted to a 41-0 lead and never looked back, defeating the 14th-seeded Barons 47-22 in Mechanicsburg.
In the nightcap, the Mid-Penn power faced 6th-seeded Spring Grove (a 57-18 winner over ELCO) and cruised 49-18 in the quarter-finals. That punched their ticket to Thursday’s semis against 2nd-seeded Big Spring, to be held at Central Dauphin at 7 p.m.
Manheim Central (10-7), meanwhile, began a nine-day layoff leading up to their regular-season finale next Thursday, Feb. 9 at home against Elizabethtown.
"They were just a better team," Barons coach Troy Sunderland said of Mechanicsburg (13-0). "They were pretty tough. It didn’t help us where we started. We started at 145 which is going into the strength of their lineup. But our kids fought hard. They did a nice job for just giving the effort that I was looking for."
Aaron Davis earned the first of the Wildcats’ eight straight wins to start the match, and his 11-4 major decision over J.J. Sanchez at 145 set the early tone. Then Rustin Barrick, the District’s 2nd-ranked wrestler at 160 according to the thepapowerrankings.com, followed with an 11-1 major over Ben Wise in the 152-pound bout, and Mitchell Ramsey and Joey Krulock followed with first-period falls over Reid Pavlik and Kyle Ganse at 160 and 170 to push the Wildcats’ advantage to 20-0.
"They got the momentum early and they took it to us," Sunderland said.
After Josh Thomson, the District’s top-ranked wrestler at 182, won by forfeit, Luke Weaver and Bryton Barr, both ranked second in their respective weights, followed with more bonus points. Weaver scored a 13-0 major at 195, while Barr earned an 18-3 tech fall in 5:20 in the 220-pound bout. Sawyer Mundorf then made the score 41-0 with a fall in 4:18 against MC’s Aaron Lefever at heavyweight.
Kyler West finally got the first of Central’s five wins with a 3-1 decision over Alex Spaseff in the 106-pound bout.
The Wildcats got their final win from Mike Crosson, courtesy of a fall in 2:35, and then Central ended it with four straight victories. David Fantom was on the winning side of a 14-1 major at 120, Ben Metzler pinned Tristan Shelly in 4:31 at 126, Cody Bucher scored a 6-3 decision at 132 and A.J. Votano won by forfeit at 138.
"Our effort was there," Sunderland said. "It’s just (Mechanicsburg) was a better team and had some better individuals tonight… We were just up against it today." 145 – Davis, Mech, m.d. Sanchez, 13-4 (4-0).
152 – Barrick, Mech, m.d. Wise, 11-1 (8-0).
160 – Ramsey, Mech, p. Pavlik, 1:17 (14-0).
170 – Krulock, Mech, p. Ganse, 1:57 (20-0).
182 – Thomson, Mech, by forfeit (26-0).
195 – Weaver, Mech, m.d. LaSanta, 13-0 (30-0).
220 – Barr, Mech, t.f. DelCarpio, 18-3, 5:20 (35-0).
285 – Mundorf, Mech, p. Lefever, 4:18 (41-0).
106 – West, MC, d. Spaseff, 3-1 (41-3).
113 – Crosson, Mech, p. Middleton, 2:35 (47-3).
120 – Fantom, MC, m.d. Willis, 14-1 (47-7).
126 – Metzler, MC, p. Shelly, 4:31 (47-13).
132 – Bucher, MC, d. Shuler, 6-3 (47-16).
138 – Votano, MC, by forfeit (47-22). More DISTRICTS, page B-6