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January 30, 2014

H.S. wrestling: Freshmen lead Lewisburg into Saturday's round

LEWISBURG — A see-saw battle between fourth-seeded Lewisburg and 13th seeded Montgomery came down to the final match at 138 pounds on Wednesday night in the District 4 Class AA preliminaries.

Following a win by district qualifier Tyler Betz at 220, Lewisburg trailed 19-17. Lewisburg then ran off five consecutive wins before the streak was stopped at 132 by Montgomery’s Kobe Galentine with a pin.

That win pulled the Red Raiders to within five points at 36-31.

In the final match, Green Dragons freshman Trey Delbaugh wrestled Zach Woodcock for the right to move on to Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Delbaugh would get an early takedown and added three back points to build a 5-0 first-period lead.

Starting in the down position in the second, he was able to earn points with an escape which eventually led to him getting a takedown and the pin as Lewisburg (14-4) advanced to Milton with a 42-31  win.

They Green Dragons face fifth seed Warrior Run, which beat North Penn 52-15 on Wednesday night.

“I like to ride on the back of the leg and then I set up my cradle so when he tries to post up with his other leg, I’ll go to the cross-face and put the cradle in and put him on his back,” Delbaugh said of the winning move “It was a very big win for us. There was a lot of pressure on me, but it feels good knowing you are in control of the match and I gave it my all.”

Junior Dante Taylor, who also plays on the football team, was locked in a physical match with Nicholas Buckle, who came in with a record of 22-2.

Taylor (17-4) used an early takedown and carried a 2-0 lead into the third where he was able to get an escape and rode out a frantic end to the match for a 5-0 decision.

“The takedown gave me great confidence for the match and the coaches told me to be more aggressive in the first period and it worked out perfect,” Taylor said.

Taylor said he did not know his opponent, but noted that he was a very good wrestler and he was excited to come away with the win and the match for Lewisburg.

According to Green Dragons coach Jim Snyder, Wednesday’s squad was a different team than the one that qualified for districts.

“We’re beat up a little bit and we have a couple of kids missing for various reasons and they won’t be back,” he said. “We have to make do. We are going to have to scrap now.”

Snyder acknowledged that the Red Raiders had good wrestlers in a lot of different weight classes.

“The coin flip helped us,” Snyder added. “We felt the 120 and 126 matches were going to be big for us and we thought that 145 was big as well, but we didn’t win it.”

The Red Raiders (12-8) won the first two matches of the night by a decision and fall.

“Overall, I thought that we had a great effort from 106 all the way to 285,” Montgomery coach Jeff Deisher said. “I told the kids that we needed to get bonus points and we got that for the most part. We did put 100-percent effort in, we just came up short.”

The teams exchanged the lead in the match on five separate occasions through the first seven matches.

Brian Friery, the state’s No. 1 ranked wrestler at 106, improved to 20-0 with a pin at 1:02 over Montgomery’s Giosia Wenner. Other pins on the night for Lewisburg came from Logan Aikey (170) and Cody Palmer (285).

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