The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 22, 2013

Harold Raker's wrestling column: Midd-West corrals five District 4 spots


"We are really hoping to build on this season and use it as a stepping stone for some good things to come in the future, " he said. "We had a nice junior high team this season and hopefully some of those wrestlers will make it into our lineup."

Among the top achievers for the Mustangs this year are wrestlers both young and old (or should I say veteran).

Senior Zach Heeter, at 145 pounds, has been a leader by his performances and by his leadership, as he enters the district meet at 33-2 and as a sectional champion.

"Zach Heeter as a senior has really helped out the team by working with the young guys in the room and putting in the time in the off-season," Swartz said.

He added, "Our younger wrestlers have really stepped up by working hard in the off-season and during the season."

It has paid off on the mat. Sophomore Tanner Ebright (126) is 24-9, sophomore Corey Stauffer (106) is 33-1 and even freshman Alexander Tittle finished 11-15 at 152 and freshman Dalton Klingler finished at 15-21 at 113. Junior Alex Lieberman (160), also a sectional champ, is 28-5 and junior Zach Longacre (195) finished 22-13.

So, by now you have noticed that the Mustangs have spent a lot of time on the mat, looking at their number of duals.

Swartz, whose former team, Warrior Run, wrestles lots of duals, has taken the same approach in Middleburg.

"We just try to get our guys as many quality matches as possible," Swartz said. "We aren't at a level as a whole team to go to some higher level individual tournaments so we go wrestle a lot of duals where our guys get some quality matches.

"Plus, we try to wrestle out of the area so we see a lot of different teams. We think it benefits us more to wrestle the duals and get a lot of matches than to go to tournaments where some of our wrestlers may only get two matches."

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