Siegrist reaches finals in Manheim Tourney

By on December 30, 2014
Manheim Central junior Jared Siegrist needed just 38 seconds to pin Solanco’s Hunter Smith in the 170-pound quarterfinals on Monday. (Photo by Dick Wanner)

Manheim Central junior Jared Siegrist needed just 38 seconds to pin Solanco’s Hunter Smith in the 170-pound quarterfinals on Monday. (Photo by Dick Wanner)

A year ago, Jared Siegrist had hoped to become Manheim Central’s first Holiday Tournament champion since Jordan Enck achieved the feat in 2007.
His aspirations were dashed with a 5-4 ultimate tiebreaker loss loss to J.W. Robinson’s Zak DePasquale in the 160-pound finals.
This is a new year, however, and the Barons’ junior earned himself another shot at gold.
In a match held after deadline, Siegrist wrestled Kiski Area’s Vinny Romano for the 170-pound title on Tuesday in the 45th edition of the Manheim Holiday Wrestling Tournament.
Siegrist (15-0) advanced with a fall in 5:34 over Spring Ford’s Steven Rice, while Romano (16-2) reached the finals with an 8-4 conquest of Council Rock North’s Josh Shalinsky.
“Jared looked awesome,” Manheim Central coach Troy Sunderland said. “He was really dominant on his feet and was just really doing a nice job.”
After a first-round bye, Siegrist drew Solanco’s Hunter Smith in the quarterfinals and made quick work of the Golden Mules’ junior, decking him in just 38 seconds to punch his ticket to the semi-finals.
His match against Rice marked the second time in just over two weeks that they had wrestled. In dual-meet action on Dec. 13 at the Exeter Duals, Siegrist easily took the upper hand on the Rams’ junior, winning by tech fall 19-2 in 4:56.
“He’s really looked good &tstr; dominant in all three positions,” Sunderland said.
Unfortunately for the Central matmen, however, the news wasn’t as good elsewhere, with only two other wrestlers remaining entering Tuesday’s action &tstr; junior Connor Pavlik at 145 and sophomore Elliot Martin in the 220-pound brackets.
In the quarterfinals, Pavlik (6-10) had a solid 10-3 decision over Kiski Area’s Anthony D’Incau, but then was pinned by Easton’s James Saylor (16-2) in 1:32 in the semi-finals.
At 220, Martin (6-6) earned a bye to the quarter-finals, where he was pinned by North Allegheny’s Jeff Clemens (15-5) in a time of 1:52.
“They’re both going to have a lot of matches (Tuesday) &tstr; it’s going to be a tough haul, but they’ve got to be ready to wrestle,” Sunderland said.

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