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January 28, 2013

Lewisburg, Line Mountain battle in first round of District 4 duals

LEWISBURG -- After his Green Dragons had finished 4-1 in the Line Mountain Duals earlier this month, and despite a lopsided loss to Mount Union, Lewisburg coach Jim Snyder was ecstatic about the success of his team.

Although making it to the District 4 Class AA Duals is always a goal for Snyder and his program, there are years when he and his staff know it is not a realistic one.

But, after dispensing with Benton, one of the favorites in the tournament, on Wednesday night, Snyder couldn't contain his excitement.

That win clinched a first-round home meet on Wednesday night, meaning the Dragons are just one win away from what has become a great day of wrestling in Milton.

"We really want to get back to Milton," Snyder said that night. "We haven't been there in a while."

When the pairings were announced Sunday by district wrestling chairman Steve Gobble of Towanda, the Green Dragons, at the No. 4 seed, found themselves paired with Snyder's alma mater, the No. 13 Line Mountain Eagles.

The Eagles and Green Dragons did not meet in the tournament.

All of Wednesday's first-rounders are set for 7 p.m. at the home of the higher seed. The winners advance to the quarterfinals at 11 a.m. Saturday at Milton.

Central Columbia (18-1), last year's runner-up, is seeded No. 1 and will host Sullivan County (8-8). Warrior Run (14-3) is the No. 2 seed and the Defenders, who recently gave coach Wayne Smythe his 500th career win, will host No. 15 North Penn-Blossburg (9-9).

The other Valley team in the tournament is No. 10 Southern Columbia as coach Jerry Marks' Tigers make their first appearance in the tournament. Southern (15-10) will visit No. 7 Benton (11-4) in a rematch of a week ago, won by Benton 50-16.

The rest of the first-round meets: No. 14 South Williamsport (9-8) at No. 3 Montgomery (13-3); No. 11 Muncy (11-8) at No. 6 Troy (15-5); and No. 9 Montoursville (13-7) at No. 8 Towanda (15-8).

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