The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 2, 2014

H.S. wrestling: Valley teams struggle in Class AA district duals


Smythe said, despite falling behind the Black Knights 36-0, he thought his team was still in it and was good enough to win. Warrior Run (13-6) rallied behind falls from Jared Miller (106), Bradly Styer (113) and Zack LeBarron (126).

Elias George (160), Styer (113) and Zack LeBarron (126) had pins for the Defenders versus the Rams.

Lewisburg (16-6) followed its loss to Warrior Run with a 51-25 thumping of Line Mountain in the first round of consolations. The Green Dragons streaked to a decisive 39-4 lead eight bouts into the meet, getting falls from Trey Delbaugh (138), Max Reed (160), Logan Aikey (170), and John Ward (220).

Brian Friery (106) and Jordan Gessner (120) added falls for Lewisburg. The Eagles (11-8), who were pounded by No. 1 seed and eventual champion Towanda in the morning quarters, picked up pins from Garrett Kieffer (285), Cameron Newman (113) and Brian Earlston (126).

"We had some disappointments for us and a few bright spots," Line Mountain coach Mike Martz said. "Coming in to this tournament we thought we could compete with any team here if we wrestled to our capability. We were disappointed as a team because we thought could compete better as a team. We didn't win the close ones."

The Green Dragons, thumped by Hughesville, 47-23, in their regular-season dual two weeks ago, made it closer in a rematch in the late afternoon consolation round but fell, 36-24.

Lewisburg owned a 21-19 edge after Friery pinned Braden Stahlnecker in the ninth bout of the dual. But the Spartans, who were edged by Wyalusing in a battle for third place that was decided by Criteria H (most first points scored), used Trevor Sones' 10-8 decision over Jordan Gessner and bonus point wins from Nate Hampton and Zach Fry to seal the victory.

"We knew that it was going to be a tough day in this gym,'' said Lewisburg coach Jim Snyder. "I liked the way we battled. The difference was we lost the close matches, almost all of them. But I really liked the way we came after Hughesville."

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