Keegan McCord is happy to be wrestling for Manheim Central.
And Manheim Central is happy to have him.
McCord, a junior 195-pounder who transferred from Donegal after starting two years for the Indians, improved his season mark to 7-2 Tuesday evening as the Barons swamped an undermanned Elizabethtown in Manheim, 65-12.
Executing a very effective single shot, McCord scored five takedowns in an 11-3 major decision of previously unbeaten Blake Andrews.
“I’m a lot happier here,” said McCord. “I felt a lot more at home the first week than I ever did.”
“We love having him in the room,” said senior 182-pounder Garret Fittery, himself an “addition” to the squad after missing last year with an injury.
“He’ s great partner for a lot of us upperweights. He works hard and he encourages the other kids.”
“I was working out with (Austin) Sauder, the 160-pounder, for a while,” said McCord, “before Garret came back from football.
“(Sauder) helped me with my speed and agility and Garret’s helped me with my technique with bigger guys.”
Fittery, who preceded McCord Tuesday, scoring a 6-1 victory over Bears’ veteran David Rich, observed, “I’m getting back into it, getting the rust off.”
It hasn’t taken that long for Fittery, who improved to 6-2, to regain his matsense.
“It’s pretty much muscle memory,” he said. “I’ve been wrestling all my life.”
With the evening beginning at 132 Manheim threw a Triple-Z attack at the Bears (0-1 L-L, 0-3 overall).
Brothers Zack and Connor Zeamer and cousin Cade gave the Barons (2-0, 2-0) a 16-0 lead as Cade majored Cameron Olson 10-0 at ‘32, Connor used 42 seconds to cradle Bobby Walters at ‘38 and Zack reversed Cole Rice into a cradle, and fall in 49 seconds at 145.
Ryan McKee pinned Zach Frank in 59 seconds at 152 and Sauder built a 10-0 lead before turning Cayden Livingston in 5:07 at 160.
At 170, Andrew Seigrist collected the first of four forfeits from the Bears before Fittery and McCord increased the Baron bulge to 41-0.
E-town’s Noah Myers countered three headlock tries from Dalton Gainer, opening a 16-3 lead before securing a fall — and the Bears first points — in 3:18.
A forfeit to Tyler Dougherty at 285 turned the lineup over before Brandon Kheuangthirath pinned Cade Spencer in 3:48 in the last contested match of the night.
E-town’s Ethan Carl walked over at 113 and Will Betancourt and Josiah Lutz got their hands raised at 113 and 120, respectively, for the 65-12 final.
The Barons step away from league action Thursday, hosting the Mid-Penn’s Red Land, then open the gates for the 48th Manheim Lions Holiday Tournament next Thursday and Friday.
“We like where we’re looking as a team,” Fittery said, “We work hard and we want to keep improving.”