Central bounces back to beat CV SECTION TWO Manheim Central 34, CV 31 Garden Spot 43, Manheim Central 24 Wrestling

By on January 15, 2014


BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor bmorgan.eph@lnpnews.com

, Staff Writer

The Manheim Central wrestlers needed to have a short memory last week.

Less than 48 hours after suffering a tough 43-24 loss to Garden Spot last Thursday in a key match in the Section Two race, the Barons were back on the mats against another contender in Conestoga Valley.

On Saturday, if the Central matmen were still feeling the effects of their setback to GS, they didn’t show it.

Trailing 31-25 with three bouts remaining, Manheim Central got decisions from Ben Metzler, David Fantom and Jared Siegrist to pull out a 34-31 win over the Buckskins in a Section Two showdown in Manheim.

There were four different lead changes in the match, with the final one coming when Siegrist defeated CV senior Zach Cain 6-3 in the 160-pound bout, snapping a 31-31 tie and clinching the win for the Barons.

Earlier, Central capitalized on bonus points to grab a 16-3 advantage. Tyler Rhoads started things off by decking Sheldon Supplee in 2:35 in the 170-pound bout, then J.J. Sanchez was dominant in a 12-4 major over Devin Kruup to make it 10-0.

Zach Fox’s 3-2 win over Brock Fittery at 195 got CV on the board, but Rey Lasanta responded for the Barons with a 56-second fall over Colin Hunt in the 220-pound bout.

That’s where the Buckskins put together a run and took their first lead of the day with some bonus points of their own. At heavyweight, Michael Kneisley pinned Joseph Giffin in 5:07, then Pavel Dariychuk put Ryan Gandy’s shoulders to the mat in 3:10 at 106 and Chris Morales won by forfeit in the 113-pound bout, making it 21-16.

Caleb Enck stopped the bleeding for MC at 120, where he flattened Matt Zimmerman in 3:32, and Kyler West followed with a 7-0 shutout in the 126-pound match to put the Barons back in front 25-21.

Each team had three pins in the match, and CV recorded its final fall courtesy of Austin King in 2:46 over James Harless at 132. That, coupled with Vince Maldonado’s 8-0 major against Connor Pavlik at 138, put the Buckskins in front 31-25 with three bouts left.

Metzler chipped into the lead at 145, scoring a third-period takedown en route to a 3-1 decision over Lucas Ortiz, and then Fantom pulled the Barons even thanks to a 5-1 conquest of Ilya Dariychuk at 152.

With just one match remaining, it all came down to Siegrist, and the Barons’ sophomore answered the bell with his 6-3 decision.

Last Thursday, Garden Spot broke open a 19-12 lead by taking five of the final seven matches, lifting them to a big 43-24 Section Two win in New Holland.

"We knew it was going to be nip-and-tuck," MC coach Troy Sunderland remarked. "They’ve got some injuries, we’ve got some injuries. But in those critical matches, they won the close ones and they got the bonus points when they needed the bonus points. That’s why the score is what it is."

A year ago, Fittery stepped up in a critical match for the Barons, edging out the Spartans’ Jake Riehl 8-7 on a late reversal in the 182-pound bout to seal a 34-31 win in Manheim.

"That’s painful (to remember), quite frankly," GS coach Brian Schilling laughed. "What we were concerned about is that (our guys) come out and just wrestle like they had been lately. If they wrestled the way we wrestled against L-S, we knew we could beat them and they did."

The Barons, meanwhile, were unable to find the magic that helped them win each of the past two meetings against the Spartans, including a 31-30 decision in 2012.

"With these close matchups and the rivalries we have between the teams, somebody has stepped up in the past," Sunderland said. "Last year was Fittery. Peter Michael a couple years ago and Kyle Ganse that won when they shouldn’t have. So that’s the message I sorta sent to the kids is, ‘Who’s going to be that guy and steps up?’ Unfortunately, when those opportunities sort of arose, we didn’t seize it."

To a degree, Pavlik stepped up at 138 against Spot’s heavily-favored Alex Aharonian, saving a bonus point or two by keeping the score to a 14-1 major.

But the Spartans’ Mack Focht, an underdog to Metzler at 145, did likewise in his match, losing by just a 6-1 decision, enabling GS to maintain a 4-3 advantage.

"I felt like we had a moral victory with Pavlik not getting teched or pinned," Sunderland said. "They certainly had a big moral victory with Metzler in the next match. I think that just sorta snowballed a little bit for them there."

The two teams traded falls at 152 and 160, with Spot’s Will Finkey pinning Fantom in 3:49 and then Siegrist decking Kobi Martin in 1:50. But the Spartans won a tight battle at 170, where Dan Swarr snapped a 2-2 tie on a takedown with :31 left in the second and went on to win 5-2 over Tyler Rhoads. Overall, the Spartans won three of the five matches decided by five or fewer points.

Next, Spot senior Ben Swarr won by forfeit at 182 to push the lead to 19-9.

From there, Central shuffled things up in the upperweights to try for some favorable match-ups, and it appeared to be going their way when Sanchez took a 4-0 lead on a reversal with 1:43 left in the second and then held on for a 4-2 win over Sam Mancuso at 195, cutting the Barons’ deficit to 19-12.

But in the 220-pound bout, Fittery, trailing 6-2 after two, sliced Alex Wilson’s lead to 6-5 on a takedown with :28 left in the third, only to see the GS senior clinch a 9-5 win on a takedown with just :08 remaining.

"That was not the nail in the coffin, but it was pretty darned close," Sunderland said.

LaSanta kept the Barons’ hopes alive by decking Mike Bressi in 1:06 in the heavyweight match, narrowing Garden Spot’s advantage to 22-18.

But Tanner Schrock pinned Gandy in 2:37 at 106 and Gary Clark capitalized on a takedown with :28 left to defeat Enck 4-3 in the 113-pound bout, making it 31-18.

After West flattened Garden Spot’s Jordan Tudor in 1:28 at 120, Tyler Marburger clinched it for the Spartans at 126 by pinning Harless in 1:19, pushing the lead to 37-24 with just one bout left.

Zac Martin then completed the scoring for the Spartans with a fall in 2:58 over Justice Prall in the 132-pound bout.

"Garden Spot deserved to win and that’s the bottom line," Sunderland said.

170-T. Rhoads, MC, p. S. Supplee, 2:35 (6-0).

182-J. Sanchez, MC, m.d. D. Kruup, 12-4 (10-0).

195-Z. Fox, CV, d. B. Fittery, 3-2 (10-3).

220-R. Lasanta, MC, p. C. Hunt, :56 (16-3).

285-M. Kneisley, CV, p. J. Giffin, 5:07 (16-9).

106-P. Dariychuk, CV, p. R. Gandy, 3:10 (16-15).

113-C. Morales, CV, by forfeit (16-21).

120-C. Enck, MC, p. M. Zimmerman, 3:32 (22-21).

126-K. West, MC, d. B. Ditzler, 7-0 (25-21).

132-A. King, CV, p. J. Harless, 2:46 (25-27).

138-V. Maldonado, CV, m.d. C. Pavlik, 8-0 (25-31).

145-B. Metzler, MC, d. L. Ortiz, 3-1 (28-31).

152-D. Fantom, MC, d. P. Dariychuk, 5-1 (31-31).

160-J. Siegrist, MC, d. Z. Cain, 6-3 (34-31).

138-A. Aharonian, GS, m.d. Pavlik, 14-1 (4-0).

145-B. Metzler, MC, d. M. Focht, 3-1 (4-3).

152-Finkey, GS, p. D. Fantom, 3:49 (10-3).

160-J. Siegrist, MC, p. R. Martin, 1:50 (10-9).

170-D. Swarr, GS, d. T. Rhoads, 5-2 (13-9).

182-B. Swarr, GS, by forfeit (19-9).

195-J. Sanchez, MC, d. S. Mancuso, 4-2 (19-12).

220-A. Wilson, GS, d. B. Fittery, 9-5 (22-12).

285-R. Lasanta, MC, p. M. Bressi, 1:06 (22-18).

106-T. Schrock, GS, p. R. Gandy, 2:37 (28-18).

113-G. Clark, GS, d. C. Enck, 4-3 (31-18).

120-K. West, MC, p. D. Tudor, 1:28 (31-24).

126-T. Marburger, GS, p. J. Harless, 1:19 (37-24).

132-Z. Martin, GS, p. J. Prall, 2:58 (43-24).

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