Third time is the charm

By on January 7, 2015

Siegrist wins Manheim Tourney title

In the Manheim Tournament’s 170-pound championship match, Baron junior Jared Siegrist (right) catches Kiski Area’s Vinny Romano in a single-leg shot.

In the Manheim Tournament’s 170-pound championship match, Baron
junior Jared Siegrist (right) catches Kiski Area’s Vinny Romano in a single-leg shot.

With just eight seconds elapsed in his match last Tuesday, Dec. 30, Jared Siegrist didn’t feel any pain in his finger, but he knew something was wrong.

“I didn’t really know (it was dislocated),” the Manheim Central junior recalled. “I just saw my finger over in the wrong way. I showed the ref and the trainer came and put it back in.”

Ultimately, not even an injured finger could stop Siegrist from winning his first Manheim Tournament championship, as he scored five takedowns and cruised to an 11-4 victory over Kiski Area’s Vinny Romano in the 170-pound finals.

It marked the third time in as many years that Siegrist had advanced to the Manheim finals. As a freshman, he suffered a 12-6 loss to Kiski Area’s Cole Landowski in the 145-pound finals. Then in his sophomore year, Siegrist fell 5-4 in an ultimate tiebreaker to J.W. Robinson’s Zak DePasquale in the 160-pound weight class.

Nothing stood in his way of winning the gold last Tuesday, becoming the Barons’ first wrestler to win a Manheim Tournament title since Jordan Enck took home top honors at 215 in 2007.

“Pretty big (thrill),” said Siegrist, who improved to 16-0 with the win. “It took me three years to get it, so it’s pretty big, I guess.”

“It’s nice to get a champ at our own tournament, for sure,” Manheim Central skipper Troy Sunderland said. “It’s exciting for the fans to have a champion as well and he’s been in the finals twice before, so for him to finally get the championship on the home mat is important.”

Once the trainers taped up his fingers, it didn’t take Siegrist long to set the tone, scoring two of his five takedowns in the first period to get the lead.

“I just wanted to score points. Try to stay where I’m strong at and keep the momentum going,” Siegrist said of his game plan. “I saw (Romano) was pretty good at throwing legs, so I just decided to stay on my feet.”

Romano gave Siegrist and Sunderland plenty to look at on his way to defeating State College’s Will Roeshot 4-2 and Council Rock North’s Josh Shalinsky 8-4 in his first two matches.

“We knew the Kiski boy was pretty tough on the mat from the top,” Sunderland said. “(Jared)’s tough on top as well, but he feels comfortable on his feet and he’s really been working a lot over the summer and this fall to become a little bit better. But he feels comfortable and confident there.”

His confidence showed in the second period when Siegrist added two more takedowns to extend the advantage over Romano.

“I’m feeling pretty good. I feel pretty confident with myself, able to hit the shots that I want and get to the legs,” Siegrist said.

“(Jared)’s wrestling really well, he’s firing on all cylinders,” Sunderland added. “He was dominant from the neutral position.”

The victory improved Siegrist’s record to 16-0 on the season heading into last Saturday’s Cumberland Valley Tournament.

“It’s a tough tournament and just to wrestle some new people and be able to be dominant in that (Manheim Tournament) field is good for him confidence-wise,” Sunderland said. “That’s one of the goals he had set, so it’s nice to check that off the list and move forward and keep setting his sights on the continuing the rest of the season and the post-season.”

Elsewhere, Manheim Central’s Connor Pavlik earned a fifth-place medal at 145. Pavlik went 2-2 in the weight class, decking Solanco’s Ben Root in 1:42 in the fifth-place match.

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