Schnupp claims L-L gold

By on January 30, 2014

Devin Schnupp

Devin Schnupp

Devin Schnupp had a little bit of motivation under his belt last Saturday.

A year ago, he was just two minutes away from winning the Lancaster-Lebanon League’s 106-pound title as a freshman.

Solanco’s Connor Sheehan, though, overcame a 6-4 deficit going into the third period and pulled out a 9-6 decision on a three-point tilt in the championship match.

Last Saturday, Schnupp made his second straight trip to the L-L finals, this time at 113, and he would not be denied, decking Northern Lebanon’s Zach Kelly in 1:00 for the gold.

“It made it more special to win because I did fall short (in 2013),” Schnupp acknowledged after improving his record to 17-1. “Falling short, I guess that helps drive you, obviously, but I didn’t really let that affect me during my match. Maybe some motivation.”

Warwick sophomore Devin Schnupp captured his first Lancaster-Lebanon League title last Saturday by pinning Northern Lebanon’s Zach Kelly in 1:00 in the 113-pound finals at Garden Spot High School.

Warwick sophomore Devin Schnupp captured his first Lancaster-Lebanon League title last Saturday by pinning Northern Lebanon’s Zach Kelly in 1:00 in the 113-pound finals at Garden Spot High School.

As a team, the Warriors wrestled like they were motivated, sending five to the semi-finals and finishing with seven medalists. Junior Austin Maguire (14-6) took bronze at 285, sophomore Brock Lieberman (14-8) was fourth at 106, senior Logan Stroh (17-8) and junior David Brubaker (15-5) claimed fifth at 132 and 220, while senior Josh Charles (15-9) and senior Carson Snavely (15-10) placed sixth at 120 and 195, respectively. Charles was injured in the semi-finals and was forced to medical default in his final two matches.

Overall, Warwick tied Penn Manor for sixth place in the team standings, each with 130 points. Solanco, with five champs, captured the team crown with 223!-W points, with Manheim Central (164!-W) taking runner-up.

“We had a good tournament,” Warwick boss Ned Bushong said. “Quite pleased with (seven place-finishers). Overall our boys wrestled well. Of course, you’d like to do better, but I can’t complain.”

There was certainly no complaining about the efforts of Schnupp. Leading up to the finals, he got his biggest test from Hempfield’s Aidyn Miller (24-7) in the semi-finals, but prevailed by a 7-4 score.

“I think I remained patient and tried to let him make mistakes,” Schnupp said. “I wasn’t overly aggressive, but I capitalized on some of his mistakes and just had a solid win.”

In his match against Kelly, however, Schnupp was aggressive from the outset, catching the Viking No. 3 seed for a takedown with 30 seconds elapsed. That was just the start of things to come.

“I knew I could take him down again, so I let him up pretty much right away,” Schnupp recalled. “Then I had an opportunity, got an underhook, just kinda threw it by, got a cross-face and bungled him up and that was pretty much the match.”

Added Bushong: “That was real nice. Devin is our 106-pounder, so he wrestled guys that were a lot bigger than him. We’re pleased with the way Devin wrestled.”

Schnupp bumped up to 113 to allow Lieberman to wrestle at 106, and the strategy paid off, with both wrestlers taking home medals. Schnupp acknowledged that he would have liked another shot at Sheehan, but he’s hopeful to get it when the post-season starts in a couple of weeks.

“We should meet up at Sectionals (on Feb. 15) if everything goes right,” he said.

Maguire, too, is looking forward to the Sectional Tournament and crossing his fingers to be on the opposite side of the bracket from Solanco’s Thomas Haines (30-0). Saturday marked the third time in the past two seasons that they have faced in the semi-finals, and the Golden Mules’ three-time PIAA champ pinned Maguire in 1:30 before going on to win his fourth L-L gold medal.

“I got fourth (at Leagues last year) and I ended up making it to Districts,” Maguire said. “This year I got third and now in Sectionals, my goal is to beat Tommy Haines in the final.”

While Haines flattened Columbia’s Andres Munoz (19-4) in the L-L finals, fourth-seeded Maguire defeated No. 3 seed Wes Bankus (26-8) by a 2-0 score for the bronze. The match was still scoreless until Maguire got a reversal with 41 seconds left in the middle stanza.

“(Bankus) put his legs in earlier and he flattened me out,” Maguire said. “He went to do it again and this time, I posted and he got real high and I started shaking and he fell off.”

Maintaining his 2-0 at period’s end, Maguire was careful not to get taken down in the third.

“When he took neutral, originally I was like, ‘I’ve got to take him down, I’ve got to stay in good position,’” Maguire said. “He’s really good at throwing, Greco stuff, so I had to stay out of that. I got a few leg shots in there and it ended up ending 2-0.”

Maguire’s 7-0 shutout of Annville-Cleona’s Austin Meyer in the first round started a run in which he finished 4-1 in the tournament.

“I thought my first match, I should have gotten a pin, but besides that, I felt I wrestled pretty good from where I was,” he said.

Lieberman, the No. 5 seed at 106, pulled off a mild upset when he decked Northern Lebanon’s fourth-seeded Dustin Breidegan (18-12) in the quarter-finals in 1:50, punching his ticket to the final four.

“That was a big one,” Bushong said. “That was a nice win for us.”

Sheehan pinned Lieberman in 3:17 in the semi-finals, but the Warwick sophomore responded with a fall in 2:43 over Pequea Valley’s Max Styer (12-11) to get to the bronze-medal match. There he trailed just 2-0 after one, but CV’s No. 3 seeded Jose Morales (27-3) ended it with a pin in 2:45.

“The first three (Sheehan, Lancaster Catholic’s Joe Lobeck and Morales) are very good,” Bushong said. “When (Brock) came back in the wrestlebacks that was a big win for him (over Styer). He just had a very nice tournament for us.”

Charles, the No. 3 seed at 120, seemed to be on his way to the finals after taking an 8-0 lead on Solanco’s Alec Proffitt (17-6) through two periods. But an injury stymied his efforts, and although he was able to finish the match against the Mules’ senior, he lost by fall in 5:12.

“Josh was having a good tournament and then he got injured, which there’s nothing you can do about,” Bushong said.

Snavely, seeded fifth at 195, was the Warriors’ other semi-finalist, getting past CV’s Zach Fox 15-3 in the quarters. Cedar Crest’s Adam Gilson (23-2), the eventual gold-medalist, scored four takedowns to defeat him 8-4, and then Township’s Griffin Schultz pulled off a one-point win, 6-5, in the wrestlebacks. In the fifth-sixth place match, Fox snapped a 3-3 tie on a reversal with :16 left and held on to win 6-3.

In the 132-pound weight class, Stroh, the No. 3 seed, was pinned by E-town’s Chad Rosenberger (14-6) in 2:46 in the quarterfinals. But he recovered to win back-to-back matches in the consolations, and later clinched fifth place after scoring two takedowns in a 5-2 win over CV’s Vincente Maldonado.

Brubaker, the No. 4 seed at 220, also earned back-to-back wins in the consolations, and then flattened CV’s Colin Hunt (20-13) in 39 seconds for the fifth-place medal.

“Looking at our season and the way we did in the tournament, we have to be happy with it,” Bushong said of his team’s sixth-place finish. “Now it’s back to the room and try to work on a little bit more. We’re starting to put things together and our next big one is Sectionals. That will be very similar to today.”

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