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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

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Lansberry spent this season at 145, losing only to Pen Argyl's Michael Racciato, 8-2, in the finals of the King of the Mountain tournament, and Ian Brown of Hanover, 2-1, in the finals of the New Oxford tournament. Along the way he beat state-ranked wrestlers like Blake Bowman of Tri-Valley and Ty Haines of Redbank Valley.

"Anytime you beat state-level wrestlers like that, it's good for your confidence," Lansberry said.

Even with his success at 145, Martz and Lansberry finally agreed that 138 would be the best weight for him in the postseason.

"There was a little bit of a question what weight he would go at," Martz said. "We talked at the end of the season last year and the plan was to get as big as he possibly could. Last year we thought he was kind of a small 132-pounder. His brother, Nick, wrestled at 152 and grew a lot his last two years. So there was a question whether (Seth) would go (138) or (145). We chose 138 because we think that's the better weight class for him."

Lansberry, who will take his talents to Lycoming College, mainly because the Division III school has a marine biology major, is comfortable to be down at 138.

"I definitely wasn't the biggest 145-pounder out there," he said. "My coaches (told me) that I have a chance of winning (a state championship) at 145 but a better chance of winning at 138. They said it was my decision. (They said) 'Do what you want.' "

The drop also meant that Lansberry and Zain Retherford, who won a state title at 103 for Line Mountain as a freshman and finished third at 112 the following year before his acrimonious transfer to Benton, are in the same weight class. Thanks to an advantage in seeding points, Lansberry is the top seed in the 138-pound bracket.

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