The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 15, 2014

Harold Raker's wrestling column: Stars rise in the East sectional

Area's best compete at Mifflinburg

In the past, I did not start doing postseason predictions until after the sectional tournaments.

Wrestling gets under way this morning in Mifflinburg, Benton and Sayre to determine the field for next weekend's District 4 Class AA tournament in Williamsport. With only three sectionals, instead of the previous four, each sectional will advance four wrestlers.

So with the sectionals down to three and all but one of the local teams competing in the East (at Mifflinburg), and looking for something to do between shoveling snow Thursday, I decided to add an extra round of picks.

So here goes:

106: This is as good a place as any to apologize to Lewisburg's Brian Friery, the top seed at the weight. I inadvertently left his name out of a story in Friday's edition about the East Sectional and the top seeds.

Friery, ranked No. 1 in the state by Off the Mat, comes away with the title with a win over one of Line Mountain's fine freshmen, Collin Klinger. Third to Southern Columbia's Shane Casey and fourth to talented soph D'varon Feliciano of Mifflinburg.

113: Line Mountain junior Cameron Newman gets the nod here, but could have a challenge in the final from Midd-West junior Corey Stauffer. Lewisburg's Ryan Gessner is the choice for third with fourth to Mifflinburg's Patrick Wetzel.

120: The best of a talented Valley freshman class, Southern Columbia's Todd Lane, takes the title over another outstanding Line Mountain freshman, Brian Earlston. Milton freshman Logan Bennett is the pick for third over Midd-West soph Dalton Klingler.

126: Give Mifflinburg's Noah Kuba a slight edge over Lewisburg's Dante Taylor in a battle of seniors. Line Mountain junior Blake Carl is the pick for third with fourth to Southern Columbia senior Brett Shepard.

132: The only two wrestlers in the class with winning records should battle in the final, with Midd-West junior Tanner Ebright taking the title over Mifflinburg's Cooper Wagner. Shamokin sophomore Brett Long takes third with Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech sophomore Anthony Keen getting the final ticket out.

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