Mike Lammer claims gold Chad Lammer, Dumas advance to Districts
By: TODD RUTH Review Sports Editor email@example.com, Staff Writer
Mike Lammer doesn’t claim to be the best dancer in the family. That distinction goes to his younger brother Sean, a freshman, who is a rising star on the local dance and theater scene.
But while the elder Lammer may not be up to his brother’s level on the dance floor, he is pretty good on his feet as well. And he proved that this past Saturday night in the 145 pound finals at the Section Three Wrestling Tournament at Hempfield High School.
Playing the "take-him-down, let-him-up game," the Ephrata senior secured a whopping eight takedowns vs. Elco’s Zach Layser in a 17-4 rout which clinched his first sectional title.
"I’m just really happy right now," Lammer said after winning the gold. "I knew if I came in here and wrestled my own matches they’d most likely go my way."
Ephrata Coach Josh Clair agreed.
"Mike was definitely hands down better than anybody at his weight," he said. "Everyone knows his strength is on his feet and once he got it going…When he’s on top of his game he wrestles very well, like he did tonight."
Mike Lammer was one of three Ephrata wrestlers to make the finals. Lammer’s twin brother Chad Lammer, as well as junior teammate Todd Dumas, were finalists at 138 and 120 pounds, respectively. Chad Lammer was on the losing end of a 10-1 decision to Manheim Township’s Adam Smith, while Dumas was pinned in the final round by Manheim Township’s Cortlandt Schuyler.
All three Ephrata wrestlers did, however, qualify for the District Three Meet, which is scheduled for this Friday and Saturday at Hersheypark Arena.
"These are the three we kind of expected to get through," Clair said. "We would have liked to have gotten a couple other guys through but things didn’t quite go our way. We had a couple kids who were sick or dinged up a little bit."
"I am pleased we got three guys through," he continued. "I’m a little disappointed, wishing we could take more, but at the same time we are pleased to get three guys through."
Mike Lammer (25-3) opened the tourney with a 14-7 victory over Manheim Township’s Ryan Lopez before dominating CV’s Ryan O’Shea, 16-6 in the semifinals.
Against Layser (27-12), it was more of the same. Lammer opened up a 6-2 lead after two minutes and had his way the rest of the bout for the easy victory and the title.
"All season I’ve been working on my feet with Chad every day at practice," Mike Lammer said. "I’m just working on my feet in the matches, trying to get them to wrestle my style. When I get to wrestle my match I’m usually pretty successful.
"I came in here pretty confident, knowing the kids in my weight class. I thought I could definitely do big things if I just wrestle my match. And that’s what I did."
Chad Lammer (18-8) techfalled Elco’s Uriah Alleman, 20-5 in the opening round before gaining a 5-3 semifinal victory over Solanco’s Kyle Hammond to advance to the finals. There he was hoping to duplicate his 7-6 victory over Smith at the L-L Tournament, but Smith was a man on a mission.
Smith (28-4) got in deep and dumped Lammer in the first period to build a commanding 5-0 lead. Smith increased it to 8-0 after two and locked it down in the third for the 10-1 win.
"Chad definitely didn’t wrestle as well as he did last time (against Smith)," Clair said. "He definitely didn’t look as into it as he has in the past. Nothing against Smith, who is a tough kid, but he came out and worked his stuff and Chad kind of was hesitant. Against a kid like Smith you definitely can’t be that way."
Dumas (26-4) majored both Cody Diem of Warwick and Austin Laws of Solanco to earn his spot in the finals opposite Schuyler, the top seed going in.
Schuyler built a 4-1 second-period lead before locking down the victory with a cradle late in the second.
"It was a relatively close match," Clair said. "They got into a scramble and Todd got caught in a cradle…It was a tough situation to get out of. Schuyler is a tough kid who definitely has stepped up his game."
Looking ahead to this weekend, where all three Mounts will be making their second appearances at Districts, Mike Lammer has drawn the fourth seed at 145. He is scheduled to face Josh White (30-10) of Hamburg in the opening round which begins Friday afternoon at 3:15 p.m.
At 138, Chad Lammer will open against Mason Bentzel (33-3) of Spring Grove in Round One. Dumas will battle former State qualifier Kenny Arentz (27-7) of Governor Mifflin in the first round at 120. Arentz made it to the finals this past weekend at the Section IV site but defaulted because of injury.
The top three finishers at each weight class will advance to the State Championships to be held at Hershey’s Giant Center March 8-10. More LAMMER, page B-4