The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 20, 2013

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

Senior leads same weight as Retherford


Lansberry was 23-14 as a freshman, just missing a trip to the regional tournament when he lost a 5-0 decision to Milton's Eric Wolfe in the District 4 consolation finals. He bettered his performance as a sophomore, winning the rugged Escape the Rock tournament during the regular season before losing to Towanda's Cody Wheeler in the finals of the district and regional tournaments. Lansberry went 1-2 in his first visit to the state tournament and finished his season with a 35-11 record.

Last year, as a junior, Lansberry earned his first state medal, finishing seventh at 132. But his 41-6 record was marred by several tough losses during the post-season, including two narrow ones to Benton's Colt Cotten. The latter prevailed 4-2 in sudden victory in the district final and again, 1-0, in the regional final.

"They were tough losses," Martz said. "Cotten is a good wrestler; he was just a little better in those matches."

Two tough losses in Hershey followed. After winning his opening match, 7-0, over Josh Kwasny of Charleroi, Lansberry was beaten by eventual runner-up Dylan D'Urso of Reynolds, 5-2. He bounced back with a 9-2 decision over Burrell's Steve Edwards but then dropped a 1-0 bout to Jake Keller of Curwensville when a victory would have given him another shot at Cotten.

"It was an eye-opening experience for me because I knew that I was good enough to hang with the best kids in the state," Lansberry said. "Overall, it was a good experience for me."

Lansberry finished the state tournament on a positive note, beating Shane Gentry of SouthSide Beaver, 6-2, for his seventh-place finish.

Martz said Lansberry has used the disappointment of last season as motivation for his final year.

"I think he has used that as motivation," Martz said. "He's always been a hard worker and done whatever he can to improve. This season he tried to open up a little more, maybe not have those close matches."

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