By Frank Dimon
For The Daily Item
WILLIAMSPORT -- In an outstanding freshman season, Brian Friery was missing just one item on his young resumé. Of his 27 wins, none could be called a signature victory.
Friery corrected that deficiency during the quarterfinal round of the District 4 Class AA wrestling tournament at Williamsport on Friday night.
Friery handled Line Mountain's Cameron Newman, tilting the state qualifier from last season early in the match and then added a takedown on the way to a convincing 7-3 decision that propelled him into this morning's semifinals. Eighteen area wrestlers moved into the semifinals, led by Milton and Warrior Run with four each.
Benton leads the team race with 48 points, just in front of Central Columbia (44). Milton is third with 36.5 points followed by Warrior Run (34)
Newman was the lone No. 1 seed to fall -- though 13 sectional champions failed reach the semis -- thanks to Friery, who will face Muncy's Angelo Barbario in the semis.
"We are pleased because that's what we've been waiting for, a signature win," Lewisburg coach Jim Snyder said. "I like the way he approached the match. He was having difficulty scoring on the bottom and he did that. He had a great takedown. He did what he had to do to beat a quality opponent. Hopefully, he can build on that."
Friery, who lost a 2-0 decision to Newman at 113 pounds during their dual meet, wanted to go after Newman more aggressively this meeting.
"I wanted to attack and just try to win a close match," Friery said. "That's what the postseason is about."
If Friery's advancement to the semis was a bit of a surprise, his teammate, Brandon Smith's wasn't. The top seed at 220, Smith pinned Muncy's Nick Roberts in jut 50 seconds and will face Connor Bassett of Montoursville today.