Siegrist gets the Sectional trifecta

By on February 24, 2016

 

Zeamer also wins gold, seven advance, as Barons capture team crown

After capturing his third straight Sectional gold with a 13-4 win over Penn Manor’s Jack Zimmerman in the 170-pound finals last Saturday, Manheim Central’s Jared Siegrist (left) gets a congratulatory hand-slap from Barons’ assistant coach Garret Barbush. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

After capturing his third straight Sectional gold with a 13-4 win over Penn Manor’s Jack Zimmerman in the 170-pound finals last Saturday, Manheim Central’s Jared Siegrist (left) gets a congratulatory hand-slap from Barons’ assistant coach Garret Barbush. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Manheim Central sophomore Zack Zeamer (top) clamps a headlock on Solanco’s Grayson Charles in the 126-pound Sectional finals. Zeamer pinned the Golden Mules’ sophomore in 4:37 for the gold medal. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Manheim Central sophomore Zack Zeamer (top) clamps a headlock on Solanco’s Grayson Charles in the 126-pound Sectional finals. Zeamer pinned the Golden Mules’ sophomore in 4:37 for the gold medal. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Jared Siegrist’s third straight District Three Triple-A Section Three title might have inspired awe in many onlookers last Saturday night.

For the Manheim Central senior 170-pounder, however, there was no big fuss.

He took it all in stride.

“To be honest, it’s not a big deal because what I’m shooting for is the State gold,” Siegrist remarked. “So it’s just kinda another step in the journey to get to where I need to get.”

Three other Manheim Central wrestlers also took a journey to the Sectional finals at Hempfield High School, with Zack Zeamer (126), Caleb Enck (132), and Sam Martin (195) all joining Siegrist in the Parade of Champions.

When the dust settled, Zeamer and Siegrist both claimed gold, while Enck and Martin grabbed silver medals.

It proved to be just the tip of the iceberg for the Barons, though.

Manheim Central sophomore Ryan McKee looks toward his coaches with a big smile after pinning Lampeter-Strasburg’s Mason Blank in 2:33 in the 120-pound Sectional fifth-place match last Saturday. It was McKee’s 16th win of the season. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Manheim Central sophomore Ryan McKee looks toward his coaches with a big smile after pinning Lampeter-Strasburg’s Mason Blank in 2:33 in the 120-pound Sectional fifth-place match last Saturday. It was McKee’s 16th win of the season. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Kyle Zeamer (138), Connor Pavlik (145), and Garret Fittery all earned bronze and raised Manheim Central’s total to seven qualifiers for the District Championships, to be held this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27 in the Hersheypark Arena.

With 11 total Sectional medalists, including Brock Fittery (4th at 182), Ryan McKee (5th at 120), Andrew Siegrist (5th at 152), and Elliot Martin (5th at HWT), the Barons captured the team crown with 197 points, easily ahead of runner-up Penn Manor (154).

“It was a great day,” Manheim Central coach Troy Sunderland said. “The kids wrestled hard and I’m just proud of the effort they gave. There have been few tournaments in my life that were as pleasant as today, and like I said, the kids put the work in and the coaches had them prepared … my assistants Billy Chamberlain, Garret Barbush and Jon Brosey did a great job.”

For Siegrist (28-0), it was his third straight Sectional gold medal. The last two of those, including Saturday night’s 13-4 major decision, have come at the expense of Penn Manor senior Jack Zimmerman (27-3). In fact, the Comet wrestler has also been on the losing end against Siegrist in the L-L finals the past two seasons.

“Jack’s a tough kid, he certainly is strong and he trains hard and we give him a lot of credit because that’s been the test the last couple years here at the (Sectional) Tournament and Leagues,” Sunderland said. “So he’s a great competitor and for Jared to be able to continue to really be dominant is another statement for him because it is difficult.”

The domination started from the opening whistle, as Siegrist picked up two takedowns in the opening 31 seconds and led 6-2 at the end of one.

The fact that he was able to dictate the match, even with tape wrapped around his head and covering his nose to curtail recurring nose bleeds, made his performance that much more remarkable.

“Three or four days before Sectionals started, I started getting nose bleeds,” Siegrist said. “Once I shot in (against Zimmerman), I guess I bumped it and it just started bleeding again. I would have bled through five or six plugs, so we just decided to tape it up right away. It definitely affected my conditioning a little bit. I definitely could feel myself getting more tired having to breathe out of my mouth, but other than that I just stuck to a plan.”

Siegrist, who pinned E-town’s David Rich in :38 and CV’s Levi Blain in :49 in his first two bouts, finished with six total takedowns in the finals while cruising to the nine-point victory over Zimmerman.

“I wanted to see if I could do anything on top, just ride him out a little more,” Siegrist said. “He’s got a wide base, it’s hard to break him down and stuff, so I just let him up and was able to take him down.”

Sophomore Zack Zeamer (27-8) had people talking as well, thanks to some third-period magic against Solanco’s Grayson Charles (23-11) in the 126-pound finals. Seeded No. 1, Zeamer was down 2-0 going to the final stanza. But he reversed the Golden Mules’ sophomore and then pinned him in 4:37 for his first Sectional title.

“I think he felt the Solanco boy fading a little bit, especially after he took the injury timeout, and that lit a fire a little bit,” Sunderland said of Zeamer, who decked McCaskey’s John Pacheco in 3:41 in the quarters and then Township’s Jose Perez in 2:38 in the semi-finals. “(Charles) was attempting to turn and (Zack) was just able to fight it off and that was the first time, I think, out of 10 times that he’s been able to beat him. So that’s a big win.”

Martin (14-11), too, had his share of big wins en route to the 195-pound silver medal, losing only 3-2 to Penn Manor’s unbeaten Jesse Kann (30-0) in the finals. It was a fabulous achievement, considering Martin is wrestling for the first time in his career.

“I think (Kann) is ranked number one or two in the District, and for Sam to do what he’s done this year is just tremendous,” Sunderland said.

Coming off a big win in the semi-finals, in which he trailed 5-3 to L-S’ Josh Beiler in the second period but rallied to win by fall in 4:40, Martin’s takedown at the edge of the mat with :02 left in the first period gave him a 2-0 lead over Kann.

The Penn Manor senior answered with a second-period takedown to go up 3-2 heading to the third. There, Martin, seeded No. 3, tried valiantly for an escape, and although Sunderland wanted a locked hands call against Kann late in the stanza, it wasn’t to be.

“For him to be in a 3-2 match against an undefeated wrestler, whether he got the locked hands call or not is really almost immaterial, just the fact that he’s able to be at that level with the experience he has is phenomenal,” Sunderland said.

Enck (19-11) was a first-time No. 1 seed and he lived up to the billing by decking Penn Manor’s Zach Gager in 1:48 and Hempfield’s Luke Granbois in 4:43 in his opening two 132-pound bouts.

In the finals, he ran into a tough foe in CV’s Pavel Dariychuk (24-11) and suffered an 11-3 loss, but Enck earned his first trip to Districts nonetheless.

“He’s worked so hard over the last four years that I’ve worked with him and previously, he’s just a great young man and you want to see him get a Sectional title here,” Sunderland said. “He just forced some things a little bit, got a little bit anxious I think and he just needs to wrestle and believe in himself and relax a little bit. And we’ll work on him as a staff coaching him that way as well.”

At 138, Kyle Zeamer (15-13) earned a pair of falls in his first two bouts, then dropped a 17-2 tech fall to Warwick’s Ben Hershey in the semi-finals. But the MC senior won his next two consolation bouts, including a fall in 2:17 over E-town’s Justin Shelly (24-12) for the bronze medal.

Pavlik (20-9) fell 11-0 to Solanco’s Wyatt Jennings (30-10) in the 145-pound semi-finals, but bounced back to pin Warwick’s Luke Hirtzel in 2:39 and then shut out Ephrata’s Tyler Mentzer 3-0 for a spot in Districts.

In the 220-pound brackets, Garret Fittery (16-10) overcame a 3-1 loss to E-town’s Josiah Boyer in the quarterfinals to win three straight in the consolations, including a fall in 2:22 over L-S’ Owen Hess to earn the bronze medal.

“We may have avenged seven or eight matches that we lost throughout the season,” Sunderland said. “One guy that comes to mind is Kyle Zeamer qualifying and beating some kids that he lost to during the year and then to get a pin to solidify the District qualification, that was a big day for him.”

Senior 182-pounder Brock Fittery (17-13) just missed punching his ticket to the Hersheypark Arena, as Penn Manor’s Matt Loiseau (25-9) broke open a tight 3-2 match on a four-point takedown with 1:02 left in the third on his way to a 7-2 decision in the third-place bout.

McKee (16-17), Andrew Siegrist (15-14) and Elliot Martin (18-10) also came up just short of qualifying for Districts. But all three ended their season on a positive note with a win for fifth place.

At 120, McKee pinned Lampeter-Strasburg’s Mason Blank (20-15) in 2:33. Those two also met in the quarters, with McKee winning by fall in 3:53.

In the 152-pound brackets, Siegrist recovered from a quarterfinal loss to win twice in the consis, including a 3-0 shutout of Ephrata’s Jordan Zahm in the fifth-place bout.

And Martin’s second fall of the tournament at heavyweight, in 3:21 over Solanco’s Averex Grant, clinched the fifth-place medal.

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