MECHANICSBURG — Adam Jacob’s postseason coming-out party was delayed by a year — entirely through his own making, the East Pennsboro sophomore will admit.
A motivated Jacob spent the time in between sectional tournaments working to make sure that breakout wouldn’t be postponed again.
Jacob, making the drop from 113 into a strong 106-pound bracket at the District 3 Class 3A Section III Individual Wrestling Championships, opened eyes Saturday by knocking off the weight’s top two seeds to claim his first sectional championship at Mechanicsburg High School.
The title comes one year after Jacob finished fifth at the same tournament, when he was wrestling just two days after having a cast removed from his arm. It had been broken in a New Year’s Day snowboarding accident that required a long-arm cast for three weeks and then a short-arm cast for another three.
“I’ve been working so hard,” Jacob said. “It feels surreal, almost, to get here after that injury last season and everything. I did Super 32, I did all these tournaments over the summer. I threw my summer away for wrestling. I was like, ‘You know what? You’re not going to let those six months go to waste, we’re going to get it right here.’”
To do so, Jacob had to navigate a rocky bracket.
The third seed scored a 6-1 victory over the second seed, Cedar Cliff’s Aiden Lewis, in the semifinals to set up a finals matchup with Cumberland Valley’s Ben Monn.
Like Jacob, Monn had also made the drop from 113, and he had tallied a 1-0 victory over the East Penn wrestler earlier in the season at Chambersburg’s Trojan Wars tournament.
The two wrestled a tight match again, this one requiring extra sessions after they ended regulation tied 2-2. The difference-maker was a reversal by Jacob in the first tiebreaker period; he allowed only an escape in the second tiebreaker, giving him a 4-3 win.
“At Chambersburg, I wrestled Ben Monn and all of them [at 113],” Jacob said. “I was losing to these guys 1-0, 2-0, and I was beating some of these great kids. I thought, if you can get down to , where can you go from there? To get to places like this is really great.”
Feite stays cool
Northern senior Paul Feite was already plenty familiar with the medal stand at the Section III championships. Now he’s finally become acquainted with its top spot.
The Polar Bears’ 138-pounder claimed his first sectional title Saturday, backing up his No. 1 seed with a solid 8-3 victory over Carlisle’s Colton Jumper.
Feite had given up the first takedown after an attempted throw didn’t connect, but from there he set a physical tone and controlled the action over the final two periods.
The initial deficit is something the postseason veteran has learned to shake off.
“You gotta give some risk to earn a reward,” Feite said. “The throw was there, I went for it, and I didn’t get it — well, who cares? You come back, you get more takedowns, you get more points, and you win your match. You’re not perfect. That’s something we’ve matured with over the years.”
Feite, looking to return to the state championships after falling short last season, was at the forefront of a strong day for Northern. Micah Hoffman claimed the 145-pound title with an entertaining 6-5 victory over Chambersburg’s Tate Nichter, while Jake Koser took his second straight 195-pound title with a first-period pin of East Penn’s McGee Schnarrs.
Bogardus steps in
It wasn’t long ago that Creed Bogardus was unsure if he’d even participate in the individual postseason.
He left the sectional tournament as a champion.
The Cedar Cliff sophomore, part of a loaded Colts lineup at the lower weights, slotted into the 113-pound bracket Saturday. That’s the weight class junior Cole Baer typically occupies — with Bogardus often bumping up to 120 during the team’s dual-meet schedule — but an injury to Baer opened the door at 113 for Bogardus, who entered as the fourth seed.(tncms-asset)c9efd4de-139a-11e8-9118-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)
Bogardus wasted no time in showing that the margin between the Colts’ lower-weight standouts is a thin one.
He knocked off the weight’s top seed, Shippensburg’s Jeffrey Russell, with a 4-3 decision in the semifinals, and then decked second-seeded Ruston Dzielak of Cumberland Valley in the finals.
The regular wrestle-off competition in the Cedar Cliff practice room paid off big for Bogardus, who finished sixth at sectionals as a freshman.
“In practice, it’s like 50-50 with me and Cole,” Bogardus said. “He has good days, I have good days. But it’s normally one-point matches, and one of us wins one day, the other wins one day.”
Forrester keeps rolling
The perfect record Cole Forrester brought into the sectional championships was never threatened Saturday, as the Shippensburg senior racked up a pair of pins to claim the title at 220 pounds.
“This year was definitely big,” Forrester said. “I wanted to get my first sectional title. I would have liked to win it last year, but that’s not how it went. This year, I wanted it to be big and it’s what’s going to put a forefront on the postseason.”(tncms-asset)186e217a-1417-11e8-bed9-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)
Forrester had competed in a meat grinder of a 195-pound bracket a year ago, dropping a semifinal decision to Big Spring’s Blake Barrick in ultimate rideout.
He’s been spotless since moving up, though, and he capped his tournament by sinking a half-nelson and racking up a first-period pin of Carlisle’s Zach Redcay.