Another L-L gold for Siegrist

By on January 28, 2015
 Manheim Central junior Jared Siegrist (top) takes the upper hand against Penn Manor’s Jack Zimmerman in the 170-pound finals at Leagues last Saturday. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Manheim Central junior Jared Siegrist (top) takes the upper hand against Penn Manor’s Jack Zimmerman in the 170-pound finals at Leagues last Saturday. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

As satisfying as it was for Jared Siegrist to claim his second straight Lancaster-Lebanon League gold medal, the Manheim Central junior got an extra bonus last Saturday night.

That was a post-tournament visit from former Baron star and 2008 PIAA State gold medalist Jordan Enck.

“(Jordan) said, ‘Good job, you looked good out there, buddy,’” Siegrist recalled.

Anyone who saw Siegrist make his run to the 170-pound championship at Garden Spot High School &tstr; a 12-0 major decision over Penn Manor’s Jack Zimmerman in the finals gave him bonus points in all four of his wins &tstr; would not have argued.

In fact, when the dust settled, Siegrist (26-1) even outdid nationally-ranked and 285-pound L-L champ Bo Spiller of Solanco for the Outstanding Wrestler Award.

“It’s pretty cool,” Siegrist said of the honor. “I thought Bo got it, and then (the announcer) said, ‘OW and Manheim Central,’ and I was like, ‘Oh, alright.’”

Barons’ coach Troy Sunderland added, “He was dominant. I think that was expected going in really, but the level of his dominance probably was what got him voted the OW.”

While Siegrist led the way for the MC matmen, there were several others who contributed to the Barons’ eighth-place finish, scoring 110.5 points just behind seventh-place Manheim Township (116). Not bad considering the Barons had four open weights going into the tournament.

Freshman Zack Zeamer was fourth at 120, junior Connor Pavlik (145) and sophomore Elliot Martin (220) clinched fifth-place medals, junior Kyle Zeamer placed sixth at 152, senior Joseph Giffin took seventh at HWT, and freshman Ryan McKee (126) and junior Caleb Enck (132) finished eighth.

“The kids fought hard, they didn’t give up, which has been what I’ve been impressed with our guys. We’ve been outgunned in a lot of situations,” Sunderland said, recalling the Manheim Holiday Tournament and Cumberland Valley Duals, “they’ve seen a lot of the best kids and obviously we came up on the short end of the stick in some of those situations. But I think that tough competition has helped them get better, although sometimes you don’t see it until a weekend like we had. Our kids are sort of battle-tested.”

Siegrist gave up just three total points in tournament, winning by tech fall over Crest’s Jared Hockley (18-0, 2:18) and Lampeter-Strasburg’s Mason Miller (16-1, 4:43) in his first two bouts and then majoring Donegal’s Connor Maxwell (21-11) by a 12-2 score in the semi-finals.

In the championship bout against Zimmerman (23-4), Siegrist led 2-0 after the first, then broke it open with an eight-point second on his way to a 12-0 major. Starting in the bottom position to begin the middle stanza, Siegrist got a reversal in the first 19 seconds and then capitalized on a series of tilts.

“I just went for the tight-waist tilt and started getting back points,” said Siegrist, who won the 160-pound L-L gold as a sophomore. “I wasn’t able to hold him too long, but I heard the two and let him roll back over.”

“He’s tough in all three positions and a lot of times, if the takedowns aren’t coming as easy, he can get on top and extend his lead,” Sunderland said. “He’s good with the tilts and is developing a variety &tstr; when one isn’t working he can go to another.”

Zack Zeamer (16-9) had things working when he went up against Penn Manor’s top-seeded Brandon Harsh (21-6) in the 120-pound quarterfinals and his 8-5 upset was the key win that led him to a fourth-place finish.

“That was a huge match for (Ryan),” Sunderland remarked. “Zack’s been a little bit hot and cold. He puts a little bit too much pressure on himself to always win and we try to just focus on wrestling and winning and losing will take care of itself. But he’s certainly capable. He’s athletic, he has a good wrestling mind and he’s learning.”

In the consolation semi-finals, Zeamer decked the Pioneers’ Austin Stoltzfus in 1:08, and then he took a 1-0 lead into the third against Hempfield’s David Good in the bronze-medal match. But Good scored a reversal and takedown in the final stanza and held on for a 4-2 victory.

McKee (9-19), too, opened some eyes, nearly rallying from a 6-0 deficit to give Norlebco’s Shawn Campbell a scare in the 126-pound quarters before suffering an 11-9 loss.

The MC freshman’s 7-2 consi win over Penn Manor’s Alex Laughlin got him into the top eight, and his tournament ended with a tough 5-4 loss to L-S’ Tony Hazboun in the seventh-place bout.

“I thought Ryan McKee had a good tournament moving up to 126,” Sunderland said.

Ditto for Kyle Zeamer (10-13) at 152, where he ralllied from a 6-0 hole against Cocalico’s Trevor Fichtorn (19-8) to pin the Eagles’ junior in 3:56 in the consolation quarter-finals. In the fifth-place bout, Zeamer lost by fall in 3:31 to Solanco’s Ben Root.

“There were a lot of examples,” Sunderland said, “where we could have just packed it in and quit on ourselves and I guess that was the biggest part for me was those three or four kids where you see it on the mat where they just refuse to stop trying.”

Another one of those examples came in the 220-pound fifth-place match, where Martin (13-14) gave up the tying point to McCaskey’s Ricky White in the final OT rideout period, but pulled out a 4-3 win with two late back points.

Earlier, he also held on for a tough 4-3 conquest over A-C’s Kole Orfino in the consi quarterfinals.

“He had to hang on for dear life at the end,” Sunderland recalled.

Pavlik (17-14) capped a 4-2 tournament at 145 with a forfeit win in the 145-pound brackets. Earlier he won back-to-back consi matches by fall over Donegal’s Tyler Amspacher in 1:35 and CV’s Tommy Bragg in 2:48.

Giffin (15-13), the Barons’ only senior competing in the L-L Tournament, also earned back-to-back wins in the 285-pound consis, including a 58-second fall over Logan Penry of L-S, and wrapped it up with a forfeit win in the seventh-place bout.

Finally, in the 132-pound brackets, Enck (15-13) advanced into the top eight with a 9-5 win over CV’s Bradlee Ditzler in the consi quarter-finals, then suffered a 6-1 loss to Warwick’s Ben Hershey in the seventh-place bout.

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