The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 7, 2013

Southern has perfect opening


"You just have to keep on working."

He credited his workouts with Bison Legends Club director and volunteer Bucknell University assistant coach Ian Assael for helping him. "He drove into my brain that you can't think too much during the match. You just have keep doing what your doing and that really helped a lot."

After a scoreless first, Lansberry escaped, got a takedown and two back points, followed by four more in the third on a reversal and two-point nearfall.

"I knew I could ride him on top, and I got the back points and the whole match changed," he said.

Ty Walter had to put his younger brother, Cole's, struggles (he is hampered by a breathing problem which surfaced in last week's regional finals) and his 13-2 loss in last year's opener.

"When I first walked onto the mat I was thinking about that first match last year, I was really hoping that didn't happen again," he said after his 18-7 major over Bryce Fochtman of Berlin Brothersvalley. "Last year I was really nervous and didn't wrestle the way I should have. I'm glad to have that first one out of the way.

"After I got that first takedown I knew I was in a much better place, my nerves went away and it was time to wrestle and I felt much better the rest of the match."

Last week as he took the mat, he didn't know what was wrong with Cole.

"People were coming up to me and emphasizing that he was going to be OK, and it really had me nervous. I was shaking when I went on the mat. I really don't remember my match and I have no idea how I won. I'm just glad I pulled that one out."

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