But Hughesville (13-9) closed it out with a 3-0 win by Robert White and Dakota Gee's clinching pin over Jamison Bond in 5:30.
In Warrior Run's quarterfinal loss to eventual runner-up Benton the Defenders couldn't sustain a solid start that saw them lead the Tigers 30-5 after seven bouts. The Defenders got wins from Matt Kilgus (in the opening bout at 220), Zack LeBarron (106), and Brandon Giannantonio (132) and took advantage of Benton forfeits at 285, 113, and 126.
"That wasn't the start I was looking for," said Benton coach Russ Hughes. "Warrior Run came to wrestle and we got beat up a little bit in the lighter weights. But we did weather the storm."
Kilgus beat Marcus Welliver 6-1 while LeBarron upped his perfect record to 25-0 with a second-period fall over Alan Diltz. Giannantonio picked up a solid 6-1 decision over Ron Flick. Tyler Hornberger also saved the Defenders a point when he limited No. 2-ranked Matt Welliver to a technical fall at 120.
"We had our opportunity and certainly the opening part of our lineup created that opportunity. They did a great job," Warrior Run coach Wayne Smythe said.
But Warrior Run didn't win again after Giannantonio's decision at 132. Still, the Defenders held a 30-24 lead and had state-ranked Dan Breech waiting at 170 against Brandon Lontz. But Lontz pulled off a mild upset of the Defenders' junior, getting a fall in 3:53.