Barons capture five medals at Penn Manor

By on December 20, 2017
Manheim Central’s Andrew Siegrist tries to break the hold of Garden Spot’s Jeff Harley in the 170-pound bout last Wednesday. Photo by Alan Johnson

Manheim Central’s Andrew Siegrist tries to break the hold of Garden Spot’s Jeff Harley in the 170-pound bout last Wednesday. Photo by Alan Johnson

Led by silver-medalist Keegan McCord at 195, the Manheim Central wrestling team accumulated 92 points for an eighth place finish among 28 teams in the Penn Manor Holiday Tournament Friday and Saturday in Millersville.

Four additional Barons also reached the medal stand

State power Liberty (188 points) easily won the 31st annual event.

Solanco (101 1/2) led three Lancaster-Lebanon League teams that cracked the top-10, finishing fifth as A.J. Wilson (160) captured a title. Cocalico (90 1/2), led by Ben Fromm’s title at 195, was in the ninth slot. The county’s other champ was Pequea Valley’s Gabe Miller (145), who repeated.

McCord, when asked to evaluate his performance, said, “My positioning was really good. I took more shots than usual. I also got out of the bottom a lot better than I used to.”

McCord lost a razor thin 3-2 decision to Fromm in the 195-pound final. Neither wrestler scored in the first period, then McCord escaped quickly from the bottom position in the second period, but surrendered a takedown as the two battled from the neutral position for much of the match.

Before the second stanza ended, McCord again escaped, pulling even at 2-2. Period three began with Fromm on the bottom and the Eagle senior broke free for the go-ahead point and held on.

“I think Keegan battled very well today,” MC first-year coach Will Chamberlain said. “He’s improving every time out. He’s becoming more fundamental. He’s really starting to come into his own.”

In the end, Manheim Central was able to edge Cocalico in the team standings when the Barons’ four remaining medal-round wrestlers — Ryan McKee (3rd, 152), Garret Fittery (5th, 182), Cade Zeamer (7th, 126) and Zack Zeamer (7th, 145) — all came away victorious.

“I’m going to stay at 152 for two more weeks, then drop to 145,” McKee said. “I’m looking to improve on the bottom position. I need to work on getting out as fast as I can.”

“Ryan was on his offense the entire tournament,” Chamberlain said. “He was physical. He was aggressive. He was never complacent. He was trying to be a champion in every position.”

Manheim Central and Cocalico had several head-to-head matches in Millersville over the weekend, but they will settle the team score when the Barons travel to Denver for a dual meet Saturday, Jan. 6 against the Eagles.

“Every day is different. Every lineup can be different,” Chamberlain said about the match in two weeks. “We battled them well today. I like where we’re at, but we just need to keep on improving.”

“All I know is I’m excited for it,” Cocalico coach Matt Fittery added. “It’s great for our sport to have that rivalry. With football, we have that rivalry. With wrestling, we want to continue that. It’s going to be a great match, no matter who wins.”

The next mat action for the Barons is this evening (Thursday) as they host Red Land in a non-league match. The annual Manheim Holiday Tournament is next Thursday and Friday, Dec. 28-29.

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Last Tuesday, Dec. 12, the Barons topped Garden Spot 45-30 in their Section Two opener.

The Spartans climbed within three, 33-30, when Connor Finkey defeated Ryan McKee 13-2 at 152 and then Drew Finkey edged Ryan Kreider 7-5 in the 160-pound weight class.

But Andrew Siegrist clinched it for the Barons with a fall in 5:43 in the 170-pound bout and then Garret Fittery’s pin in 2:39 at 182 ended it.

Earlier in a back-and-forth match, Keegan McCord got things started with a fall in 3:53 at 195, and then Tyler Dougherty’s 23-second pin in the 285-pound match put MC up 12-6.

Spot took its first lead of the match with a fall at 106 and a forfeit at 113. But Will Betancourt answered with a pin in 4:50 in the 120-pound bout, tying it 18-all. From there, back-to-back falls by Cade Zeamer (:23) and Connor Zeamer (:49) at 126 and 132 gave the Barons a 30-18 lead.

Christian Schilling won by forfeit for GS at 145, and then MC’s Zack Zeamer pulled out a 6-2 win over the Spartans’ Gunner Gehr, putting the Barons in front by a 33-24 score. That set the stage for the final four bouts.

Manheim Central 45,

Garden Spot 30

195—K. McCord, MC, p. B. Sabasino, 3:53 (6-0).

220—D. Swanson, GS, p. D. Gayner, 1:25 (6-6).

285—T. Dougherty, MC, p. C. Martin, :23 (12-6).

106—M. Casey, GS, p. B. Kheuangthirath, 2:55 (12-12).

113—N. Molina, GS, by forfeit (12-18).

120—W. Betancourt, MC, p. J. Groff, 4:50 (18-18).

126—C. Zeamer, MC, p. C. Leaman, :23 (24-18).

132—C. Zeamer, MC, p. A. Martin, :49 (30-18).

138—C. Schilling, GS, by forfeit (30-24).

145—Z. Zeamer, MC, d. G. Gehr, 6-2 (33-24).

152—C. Finkey, GS, d. R. McKee, 13-2 (33-27).

160—D. Finkey, GS, d. R. Kreider, 7-5 (33-30).

170—A. Seigrist, MC, p. J. Harley, 5:43 (39-30).

182—G. Fittery, MC, p. J. Zook, 2:39 (45-30).

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