The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 2, 2013

Harold Raker's high school wrestling column: Losses not always bad


He said it was 7-5 Cotton going into the third, and Marks escaped to close it to 7-6 and was close to a takedown when time expired.

n Reversals needed

When the Valley's two remaining Class AA teams take the mats at Milton this morning in the D4 Duals quarterfinals, Lewisburg and Warrior Run will each need big-time reversals of their previous match-ups to stay alive.

Lewisburg gets Hughesville, a 57-18 victor little more than a week ago; Warrior Run meets Benton, a 53-21 winner in December.

After the Green Dragons' advanced by beating Line Mountain on Wednesday night, assistant coach Mike Brown (filling in for Jim Snyder) admitted he wanted Wyalusing to beat Hughesville that night. It didn't happen.

He said that the Green Dragons don't match up well with the Spartans.

But, Brown also said he has seen teams have 20-point swings from previous matches.

"You never know with high school kids. Who would have thought we were going to beat Benton? Nobody," he said, referring to Lewisburg's last-second win over the Tigers last week.

Indeed, the Tigers' fans might have imagined they saw yellow crime tape around the Donald Eichorn Middle School gym that night.

The Dragons have more incentive to keep going. Their 18 wins is the second most in a season in program history. Five more will tie the record and it will take a deep run in the state tournament to do it.

A win in the quarterfinals today would give them that chance, as three teams advance this year.

n Sports editor Harold Raker covers high school wrestling for The Daily Item. Email comments to

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