Barons improve to 5-0 atop Section Two, Finish 1-4 at Exeter Duals

By on January 25, 2017
Manheim Central senior Nick Brown catches Lampeter-Strasburg’s Josh Beiler in a double-leg takedown in the 182-pound bout last Wednesday. Photo by Preston Whitcraft

Manheim Central senior Nick Brown catches Lampeter-Strasburg’s Josh Beiler in a double-leg takedown in the 182-pound bout last Wednesday. Photo by Preston Whitcraft

Battling from behind wasn’t the perfect scenario for the Manheim Central wrestlers.

But when the Barons turned the corner to 106 heading into the final eight bouts of the match against Lampeter-Strasburg last Wednesday, coach Troy Sunderland was nothing but confident.

“Starting at 106 with Will (Betancourt) and coming up through that swing,” Sunderland remarked, “we’ve got a pretty nice group of kids lined up, and if we’re down a little bit, we feel pretty good going into there.”

They didn’t disappoint.

Manheim Central (5-0 L-L) won six of the final eight bouts — all with bonus points — and remained unbeaten in Section Two, defeating the host Pioneers 47-24 in Lampeter.

With a win, L-S (3-2) could have forged a three-way tie atop the Section heap with MC and Garden Spot (4-1), but it wasn’t meant to be.

In the end, the Barons held a 9-5 edge in wins, recording four falls, two major decisions and two forfeits along the way.

“(Bonus points) is one of the things we’ve been focusing on,” Sunderland said, “and especially with us having a dual-meet tournament (at Exeter) on Saturday, it’s going to come down to a lot of bonus points to win those duals. So that’s one of the things we’ve been focusing on all year, really, but we gave up a couple too.”

One of those was in the match-opening 160-pound bout, where the Pioneers’ Connor Penry rallied from a 7-1 first-period deficit to pin Logan Hess in 3:00, giving L-S an early 6-0 lead.

“(Logan)’s giving up a lot of weight,” Sunderland remarked, “so I give him a lot of credit. He’s a great competitor, he wants to go out and help the team so that we can keep our lineup full by moving Isaac (Dorwart) up to 170 and then coming in with (Nick) Brown at 182.”

Dorwart scored two takedowns and a reversal in a 6-3 win over John Franklin, and then Brown rallied within a point of Josh Beiler on a takedown with :30 remaining in the third, but fell 5-4, as the Pioneers went in front 9-3.

MC senior Elliot Martin was dominant in a 13-3 major decision over Jack Eckman at 195, and Cayden Warner scored eight takedowns in an 18-9 major against Tyler Phenegar in the 220-pound bout, giving the Barons their first lead, 11-9.

The lead changes were just starting, however.

L-S regained the upper hand when Owen Hess pinned Tyler Dougherty in 4:23 at HWT, making it 15-11. But Betancourt put Manheim Central in front to stay in the 106-pound bout, quickly taking the upper hand in the first period, 9-2, before flattening Jared Pivec in 1:09.

“We never hit the panic button (down 9-3 and 15-11), but it’s not like you draw it up,” Sunderland said.

After Connor Zeamer won by forfeit at 113, Cade Zeamer seemed destined for a 3-0 shutout over the Pioneers’ Mason Blank at 120. But in the final seconds, the Baron sophomore, in the blink of an eye, got a takedown and pinned Blank in 5:59.

“That’s just continuing to wrestle,” Sunderland said, “not relaxing, not letting up and just continuing to go after it and that was a good win. You could just see the look on his face after that, just getting that win was a nice accomplishment.”

That made the score 29-15, Manheim Central.

The Pioneers took the next two bouts — Michael Hazboun’s takedown with :01 left was the difference in a 5-3 win over Ryan Kreider at 126 and Michael Kuhns won by injury default over Jared Groff in the 132-pound bout — but it wasn’t enough.

Leading 29-24 going into the final three bouts, the Barons put officially sealed it as Ryan McKee won by fall in 2:52 at 138 and Zack Zeamer decked Kaden Campbell in 1:53 in the 145-pound bout.

Mitchell Wagner’s forfeit win at 152 completed the scoring for Manheim Central.

“I never felt threatened, but you’ve just got to always be ready,” Sunderland said. “Ending with Zack, we shuffled the lineup a little bit trying to get a matchup there that we needed. We thought we were going to have a tough matchup at 152, Connor Miller was out tonight, so we weighed Zack up just a little bit above 138 so that he could go to 152 if we needed him.”

At the Exeter Duals last Saturday, the Barons finished 1-4, placing ninth after defeating Red Lion 48-24 in their final match of the day.

Against the Lions, MC capitalized on six forfeits and two finals in the lopsided decision.

Nick Brown (182), Tyler Dougherty (285), Will Betancourt (106), Connor Zeamer (113), Cade Zeamer (120), and Zack Zeamer (145) all picked up forfeits, as the Barons jumped to a 42-12 lead.

Ryan Kreider earned a 38-second fall in the 126-pound bout and Isaac Dorwart ended it with a pin in 1:39 in the 170-pound bout.

Earlier, MC dropped a 54-7 loss to Stroudsburg, then fell 56-9 to Downingtown West. Next, facing L-L foe Penn Manor, the Comets took an early commanding lead, 24-6, only to see Manheim Central rally to tie it 24-24 on three straight falls by Dougherty (2:39), Betancourt (:55) and Connor Zeamer (1:35).

But Penn Manor took four of the final six bouts, including a clinching pin by Thomas Aston in 1:57 in the 152-pound bout, to win 42-33.

Other winners for Central were Brown (5:53) and Zack Zeamer (1:47), each by fall, and Ryan McKee, who earned a 5-3 decision at 138.

The Barons also suffered a 42-24 loss to Hazleton before ending their day against Red Lion.


Manheim Central 47,

Lampeter-Strasburg 24

160—C. Penry, L, p. L. Hess, 3:00.

170—I. Dorwart, MC, d. J. Franklin, 6-3.

182—J. Beiler, L, d. N. Brown, 5-4.

195—E. Martin, MC, m.d. J. Eckman, 13-3.

220—C. Warner, MC, m.d. T. Phenegar, 18-9.

285—O. Hess, L, p. T. Dougherty, 4:23.

106—W. Betancourt, MC, p. J. Pivec, 1:09.

113—Co. Zeamer, MC, by forfeit.

120—Ca. Zeamer, MC, p. M. Blank, 5:59.

126—M. Hazboun, L, d. R. Kreider, 5-3.

132—M. Kuhns, L, by inj. default over J. Groff.

138—R. McKee, MC, p. D. Copeland, 2:52.

145—Z. Zeamer, MC, p. K. Campbell, 1:53.

152—M. Wagner, MC, by forfeit.



Manheim Central 48,

Red Lion 24

182—N. Brown, MC, by forfeit

195—Z. Shaffer, RL,by forfeit

220—No contest

285—T. Dougherty, MC, by forfeit

106—W. Betancourt, MC, by forfeit

113—Co. Zeamer, MC, by forfeit

120—Ca. Zeamer, MC, by forfeit

126—R. Kreider, MC, p. K. Oberdick, :38

132—R. Seredych, RL, d. C. Carvell, 8-1

138—I. Rivera, RL, d. A. Sauder, 9-7

145—Z. Zeamer, MC, by forfeit

152—C. Daugherty, RL, p. M. Wagner, 2:29

160—D. Gurreri, RL, p. L. Hess, :38

170—I. Dorwart, MC, p. J. Conrad, 1:39


Hazleton 42,

Manheim Central 24

170—B. Reed, H, p. I. Dorwart, 2:22

182—S. Noonan, H, t.f. N. Brown, 2:34 (15-0)

195—C. Kinney, H, by forfeit

220—No contest

285—T. Dougherty, MC, by forfeit

106—W. Betancourt, MC, by forfeit

113—Co. Zeamer, MC, p. J. Maurer, 3:31

120—C. Everdale, H, d. Ca. Zeamer, 4-3

126—C. Lasecki, H, p. R. Kreider, :50

132—A. Martoccio, H, p. H. Shreiner, :48

138—J. Hoffman, H, m.d. Z. Zeamer, 9-0

145—R. McKee, MC, p. W Barrientos, 1:54

152—J. Marnell, H, d. C. Miller, 3-1

160—D. Solomon, H, d. M. Wagner, 7-4


Penn Manor 42,

Manheim Central 33

160 ­ J. Barley, PM, by forfeit

170 ­ M. Sweigert, PM, p. I. Dorwart 5:03

182 ­ D. Jones, PM, by forfeit

195 ­ N. Brown, MC, p. T. Keener 5:53

220 ­ K. Groff, PM, by forfeit

285 ­ T. Dougherty, MC, p. B. Ruth 2:39

106 ­ W. Betancourt, MC, p. O. Rohrer 0:55

113 ­ Co. Zeamer, MC, p. A. Sikora 1:35

120 ­ J. Harsh, PM, d. Ca. Zeamer 5­3

126 ­ N. Fafel, PM d. R. Kreider 7-0

132 ­ A. Laughlin, PM, p. H. Shreiner 5:12

138 ­ R. McKee, MC, d. N. Baker 6-3

145 ­ Z. Zeamer, MC, p. Z. Gager 1:47

152 ­ T. Aston, PM, p. C. Miller 1:57


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