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February 20, 2013

H.S. wrestling: Line Mountain's Lansberry dances to top district seed

Senior leads same weight as Retherford

By Frank Dimon

For the Daily Item

On a corner of mat 1 at the Cats Den in the Mifflinburg Intermediate School, with Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust" blaring through the sound system before the finals of the South Sectional wrestling tournament Saturday evening, Line Mountain's Seth Lansberry broke out a few dance moves to the iconic hit from the 80s.

The impromptu dance session had most of Lansberry's teammates, and even a few wrestlers from opposing teams, gathered 'round, laughing at the senior's antics. It was a lighthearted moment before the more serious business of qualifying for the District 4, which followed.

It's unlikely that Lansberry will ever be remembered for his dancing technique on the Resilite.

Lansberry will be remembered for his wrestling skills. He etched his name in the Line Mountain record book shortly after his dance session when he pinned Mount Carmel's Blake Panko in the second period of the 138-pound final. The victory, the 130th of his career, gave him his fourth South Sectional championship and placed his name alongside Todd Laudenslager, Mike Shingara and Kellon Balum, the Eagles' other four-timers.

Lansberry won South crowns at 112 pounds as a freshman, at 125 as a sophomore and at 132 last year. It's that kind of steady performance that Eagles coach Mike Martz has come to expect.

"Seth has improved every year," Martz said. "He was good coming into the program and he worked and he was steady. The best way to describe his wrestling career is that he was a 'Steady Eddie.' He dedicated himself to the program and the sport."

Lansberry said the key to his improvement has been the work he's done in the offseason.

"I work a lot in the offseason, going to camps and stuff like that," he said. "I try to workout every day and get a little bit better. As a wrestler, you put the hard work in the bank and then exchange it for gold at the state tournament, hopefully."

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