Gettysburg High freshman Lane Sherman entered the 2011-12 campaign without the high expectations, hype and hearsay. After developing a rugged psyche midway through the season, the freakish freshman has turned heads.
On Saturday at the District 3 Class AAA Section I Tournament, Sherman scored an 11-5 victory over Red Land grappler Leo DeJeus to claim a third-place finish in the 106-pound division at Mechanicsburg High School.
"He's really been very coachable here the last half of the season. He's really kind of buying into the things he's been asked to do," said Gettysburg wrestling coach Perry Smith. "It's paying off for him. Even though he lost in the semifinals, he wrestled very well to get in and qualify for the district tournament. Just to qualify and to get into the top three or four is pretty impressive."
Gettysburg senior Jordan Stouch, who also punched his ticket to next week's District 3 Class AAA Championships at Hersheypark Arena, overcame a sluggish start to register a 7-4 win over Waynesboro's Tyler Warner.
Warner started in attack mode, with Stouch countering before inflicting some manipulative moves and hastily chasing a pin. Warner went ahead 2-1 on an escape and Stouch was workmanlike the rest of the way.
Gettysburg's Scott Six, another district qualifier, battled his way to fourth place. After defeating Big Spring's Micah Weaver and Shippensburg's Ben Martin, Six encountered a buzzsaw in Dennis Zaitsev.
No.4-seeded Jesse Stouch fell victim to the same grappler to whom he lost in the semifinals. Mechanicsburg's Tristan Skelly. Skelly gutted out a 4-0 defeat to take third.
With the level of competition hiked up a notch, Smith thought his team performed up to par.
"Coming in, we thought maybe the best case scenario was to get five guys through," Smith said. "So, we're pretty happy about getting four through this session because this session is tough, really tough. Our guys are wrestling really well. Just given the quality of these matches and the competition, to get in the top four is pretty impressive."
Northern York's Zach Ross defeated Red Land's Jake Green in the semifinals. Ross, the top-ranked 138-pounder, slid past Cedar Cliff's Chris Vassar, 7-5, to claim the championship.