The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 7, 2013

Southern has perfect opening


Walter, a state place-winner as a sophomore said of his brother, a bronze medalist last year, "It really is tough for him. I think he's definitely one of the best kids in the bracket, if not the best. I feel bad for him. I know what it's like to be injured in that position. You still want it as bad, but you just don't have it. He didn't have it last week."

Heeter, another first-timer, was almost taken down in the first period, but kept his composure and got a takedown of his own en route to a 5-3 win over Conemaugh Township's Tanner Cahill.

"I relaxed a little bit too much and he caught me off guard. I had to keep my hips square, I just had to keep him tied up and stay square. He was definitely a lot bigger, but I just had to relax."

Preisch, after an 8-0 win over Bethlehem Catholic's Mark Maloney, said, "I need to wrestle better on my feet. As long as I am on the attack, I wrestle better. Once I got that first takedown (in the first period), that really helped my offense."

Smith, who had no trouble in a 7-0 win over Mitchell Walker of Berlin Brothersvalley, said, "He gave me some opportunities to score, and thank God I was able to take advantage of it. It's going to be tough down here. It becomes harder and harder to score."

Benton is second to favorite Bethlehem Catholic in the points with 14, having advanced all five of its wrestlers — Matt Welliver (120), Zain Retherford (138), Colt Cotton (145), Jeric Kasunic (160) and Logan Womelsdorf (182) to the semis.

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