By Frank Dimon
For The Daily Item
WILLIAMSPORT -- On a night nearly devoid of upsets, Warrior Run's Eli George knocked off Troy's Nick Stephani in convincing fashion Friday to highlight a solid night by Warrior Run during the quarterfinals of the District 4 Class AA tournament at Williamsport.
George, the sixth seed at 160 pounds, turned Stephani, the third seed, for three back points in the second period and then sealed an 8-3 victory with a late takedown. He will face Benton's Jeric Kasunic in today's semifinals that might have significant implications in the race for the team title.
The Tigers, the defending champions, enjoyed a terrific evening with six wrestlers advancing to the semis and they own a 54-39 edge over the Defenders.
Warrior Run will send three other wrestlers to the semis. Eric Hunt (113) pinned Ethan Landis of Canton in 1:10 and will get state qualifier Ethan Calkins of Troy. Zack LeBarron (120) blanked Milton's Logan Bennett, 9-0, and will face Benton freshman Mike Stuart.
The Defenders other semifinalist, Brian LeBarron (126), eased past Mifflinburg's Noah Kuba, 5-1, and will face top seed Lewis Williams of Central Columbia.
Southern Columbia, Midd-West, and Milton will each have three wrestlers in the semis. Todd Lane (120) and Kent Lane (138) both had falls in the quarterfinals, while Blake Marks (152) opened with a fall in the preliminary round and then overpowered Towanda's Justin Sheets in an 18-2 (5:34) technical fall in the semis.
Todd Lane will face Williamson's Tyrus Hamblin, and Kent Lane will face Cody Klinger of Bloomsburg. Marks gets Benton's Dom Vitale.
Midd-West advanced Tanner Ebright (132), Alex Leiberman (170), and Zach Longacre (220). Ebright saw no time on the mat when Towanda senior Terrick Vargeson re-injured his knee in a win in the prelims and defaulted. Ebright will face once-beaten Keith Batkowski of Montoursville.