By Todd Hummel
For The Daily Item
SUNBURY -- A young Shikellamy wrestling team had one major goal this season, qualify for the District 4 Class AAA dual meet.
After Tuesday night's Big Seven meet with Central Mountain, the Braves' margin of error for meeting their goal got a little smaller.
Central Mountain won nine of 14 bouts, including six of the first seven to start the meet on its way to 45-17 Big Seven League win over the Braves.
The loss drops the Braves to 7-7 on the season with two matches remaining before Saturday's deadline for qualifying, Thursday against Williamsport and Saturday against Bald Eagle Area.
"We have to win Thursday to qualify for district duals. We are favored to win that," Shikellamy coach John Supsic said. "We'll have our guys ready and the guys know what is on the line. I'm pretty confident we'll take care of business on Thursday night."
The Wildcats were coming off a long weekend down at the Escape the Rock Tournament at Council Rock South High School where they finished eighth. Coach Doug Buckwalter knew his charges were tired with the addition of Tuesday's long road trip to Sunbury.
"It was definitely a long weekend and it will be a long drive home (tonight)," Buckwalter said. "(The kids) responded real well. I gave them a little incentive that if they wrestled hard tonight, we might even give them a day off tomorrow."
Shikellamy (7-7) hoped to get the night kicked off with a close win in the opening bout at 145 pounds. Shikellamy's Nick Cashdollar and Zach Knepp of Central Mountain were evenly matched and were scoreless for the first two periods. Cashdollar let Knepp up, allowing an escape and Knepp then capitalized with a takedown to open up a 3-0 lead. Cashdollar answered with an escape with 27 seconds left in the match and a takedown with 20 seconds left to tie the match.