Schnupp wins silver medal at Bethlehem Classic

By on December 30, 2014
 Warwick junior Devin Schnupp wrestled returning State silver-medalists in back-to-back matches at the Bethlehem Wrestling Classic and took home a runner-up finish in the 113-pound bracket.

Warwick junior Devin Schnupp wrestled returning State silver-medalists in back-to-back matches at the Bethlehem Wrestling Classic and took home a runner-up finish in the 113-pound bracket.

From the frying pan to the fire.
That was Devin Schnupp’s experience at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic.
In his final two bouts in the 113-pound brackets, the Warwick High School junior got back-to-back returning State runners-up.
His reward for knocking off Northampton’s Daniel Moran 3-2 in the semi-finals?
A berth against Brandon Paetzell, of Phillipsburg, N.J. in the championship match.
These two were no strangers to one another.
Two years ago, Schnupp capitalized on a late four-point headlock to defeat Paetzell 5-3 for the 106-pound title.
Looking to win a Bethlehem title for the second time in two years, Schnupp came up a little bit short, dropping a 5-2 decision to Paetzell on Monday. It was the first loss of the season for Schnupp (9-1).
“(Paetzell) is a quality wrestler and Devin was right in there with him,” Warwick coach Ned Bushong said.
Reflecting on bringing home the silver medal, he said, “I beat Moran, he’s tough and I got some other good matches in, so I did pretty good. But then of course, I lost to Paetzell, who’s good. I had some good moments and bad. It’s good, I’m happy, but you can always improve a lot.”
Overall, Schnupp was one of four Warwick wrestlers who earned hardware at Bethlehem. Senior Austin Maguire placed fifth at 285, senior Avery Quinn took sixth in the 195-pound brackets and senior David Brubaker won the seventh-place medal at 220.
That gave the Warriors one more medalist than they had a year ago, when Josh Charles, Maguire and Carson Snavely all placed in the Classic.
“We’re pleased &tstr; it’s the best that we’ve done here in a few years,” Bushong said. “We were real close to getting a fifth (medalist) with Brock Lieberman. So we’re pleased with our results.”
There were no complaints with Schnupp’s results.
After a tough 6-4 decision over Council Rock South’s Ben Radner in the first round, Schnupp dominated in a 14-3 major decision against Northwestern Lehigh’s Baily Wehr in the quarters.
Next up was Moran, who presented a challenge for Schnupp, but the Warwick grappler moved on with a hard-fought 3-2 decision.
“I’ve got room to improve,” Schnupp said. “This tournament definitely was a tester to see where I am. To be at States, I think I’ve got to up it a bit.”
Paetzell was no doubt up to get a rematch against Schnupp, and the Phillipsburg wrestler used a second-period takedown to go in front 3-0 heading to the third. There, Schnupp got a quick escape to get on the board, but Paetzell scored on a counter to grab control at 5-1.
“I kinda pushed the pace a little too much and I got taken down again,” Schnupp recalled. “Pretty much everyone here is tough. (Moran and Paetzell) are experienced, so little things are going to matter in matches.”
“Both of them had opportunities and (Paetzell) scored and Devin didn’t,” Bushong said. “We’re even with him. It wasn’t like we were dominated.”

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