The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 28, 2013

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


Williamson and Bucktail, the only others eligible to compete, opted out of the tournament.

The top two teams advance to Hershey the following Thursday. The third-place team travels to Whitehall High School for a 6 p.m. Feb. 4 match with District 11 runner-up.

In Class AAA, No. 1 Shikellamy (8-8) will meet No. 2 Jersey Shore (10-4) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Milton for the championship and a berth in the state tournament in Hershey the following Thursday. The Bulldogs beat the Braves by one point earlier in the season, and won last year's title match 47-16.

Line Mountain coach Mike Martz said recently that, before the season, his team fully expected to be battling for one of the three state tournament berths (the PIAA is taking three instead of two from D4-AA this season).

But injuries, wrestlers either not coming out for the team or coming out and then quitting, have left the Eagles with more holes than the Manti T'eo story.

Martz wanted so badly to make the tournament, knowing that advancing past the first round would be a monumental achievement.

The Eagles barely made it, beating Shamokin on the fourth criteria on Tuesday night to get into the 16-team field by a hair in their final regular-season dual meet. They got the 13th seed over South Williamsport because they beat the Mountaineers in their tournament.

The winner of Wednesday's meet at the Donald Eichhorn Middle School will take on the winner of the first-round match between No. 5 Wyalusing and No. 12 Hughesville. The Warrior Run-North Penn winner gets the winner of Benton-Southern.

n Sports editor Harold Raker covers high school wrestling for The Daily Item. Email comments to

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