Line Mtn. Eagles fall to Dragons

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LEWISBURG - Line Mountain coach Mike Martz didn't expect the outmanned Eagles to beat Lewisburg Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the first round of the District 4 AA Duals but he wanted his kids to wrestle well in preparation for the upcoming postseason.

He got all of that. Despite giving up four forfeits, Line Mountain won six of the actual 11 bouts wrestled, including a major upset, in dropping a 45-28 decision to the Green Dragons.

Lewisburg (18-4) advanced to the Saturday, Feb. 2 quarterfinals at Milton. Line Mountain (9-9) has some time off to prepare for the Southern Sectional.

In another first round match, Benton defeated Southern Columbia, 48-21, at Benton.

"We knew going in we were a little outgunned," Martz said. "But I'm proud of the way our guys wrestled. All of our guys wrestled hard. I'm proud of this group of kids, considering all the circumstances, this season."

None wrestled harder than freshman Brendan Renn (182). Going against Nick Bernstein, who had a 21-5 record, Renn was taken down at the start but came back with a reversal and back points before the first period was over, then did the same thing off the bottom in the second period on the way to a 14-5 major decision over Bernstein. Renn improved to 13-14 with the win.

"I think Renn's win was the highlight," Martz said. "He showed a lot of leadership. He got popped in the mouth early and came back and that's what leadership's all about."

Cameron Newman also had a good win, with a 2-0 decision over Brian Friery at 113, to improve to 25-6. Friery dropped to 22-3. Newman's second-period reversal was the only scoring.

A string of forfeits put the Eagles behind 30-3 before Blake Carl continued his good recent wrestling, pinning Andrew Fritchman at 138. Seth Lansberry (29-2) followed with a pin of Aaron Van Sickle at 145 to cut the gap to 30-15.

But in a key bout, the Green Dragons' Logan Aikey (21-6) took a 5-3 overtime win over Britton Heim (19-12) at 152 with a reversal in the second overtime period. Maxfield Reed (24-3) followed by putting Riley Shaffer in a cradle for a 38-second pin and a 39-15 lead for Lewisburg.

Erik Smeltz improved to 24-7 with a pin in 5:17 over Storm Brown at 170, followed by Renn's win and an 11-5 decision at 195 by Rayce Boyer over John Ward.

Palisades 41

Tri-Valley 34

BETHLEHEM - At the District 11 Team Wrestling Championships on February 1, the Dawgs weighed in just nine wrestlers. The problem: There were 14 weight classes.

The Dawgs won 5-of-6 contested bouts for a 22-5 advantage. The problem: Palisades accepted six forfeits for 36 team points.

The Dawgs wrestled without state bronze medalist Ty Schoffstall, who was on the bench in street clothes but is out of action with an injury. The problem: Schoffstall's absence likely made a 12-point swing in the team score.

"We tried to do the best we could as far as placing our kids most strategically to give ourselves the best shot to win,'' Tri-Valley co-head coach Ty Rothermel said. "We knew even with what we were going to do it was going to be a 50-50 shot at best.''

To get more favorable matchups, Tri-Valley weighed in several guys above their normal weight, then bumped them up another weight class. For example, Hunter Harner, a 138-pounder, wrestled at 152.

Harner and Lyle Troutman won by fall for the Dawgs (9-2). Chase Schaeffer added a major decision, while Anthony Snyder and Caleb Bordner contributed wins by decision. All but Troutman wrestled up in weight.

A state placewinner, Bordner (26-7) earned a hard-fought 4-0 decision over Nick Sanders (17-12), who qualified for regionals last season.

Tri-Valley 45

Tamaqua 24

TAMAQUA - After a slew of forfeits to begin the match, Tri-Valley won five of the next six bouts to take control en route to a 45-24 win over Tamaqua in a Schuylkill League Division I matchup January 30.

Caleb Bordner (120), Hunter Harner (138), Blake Bowman (145) and Anthony Snyder (152) all recorded falls during that run. Lyle Troutman (182) added a fall for Tri-Valley in the final bout as the Dawgs stayed unbeaten in Division I.

Steven Matukonis (126) recorded Tamaqua's lone fall.

Boiling Spr. 72

U. Dauphin 5

BOILING SPRINGS - Coy Campbell posted a technical fall over Jonathan Day at 106 for the Trojans' lone victory in the District 3 Class AA Team Tournament quarterfinals.

The Bubblers (15-1) won by fall in 11 bouts.

Wms. Valley 56

Mahanoy Area 18

TOWER CITY - Williams Valley (13-7, 3-1 D-II) defeated Mahanoy Area (0-10, 0-4) in a Schuylkill League Division II dual meet.

Coty Carr (145), J.R. Rummel (195), Trevor Martin (285), Erik Merwine (126) and Matt Miller (132) notched falls as the Vikings earned a Division II win on January 30. Rummel improved to 24-1.

Alex Witiszin (152) and Austin Forte (182) posted pins for the Golden Bears.

Halifax 62

S. Haven 12

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - Hunter Enders (120), Chad Meko (138) and Dalton Rode (145) had falls during a seven-bout win streak to open the match as the Wildcats (12-7,4-1 DII) defeated the Hurricanes (1-10,0-3) in a Schuylkill League Division II match.

Jack Hower (170) and Todd Zimmerman (182) had pins for Schuylkill Haven.

Line Mtn. 37

Shamokin 36

SHAMOKIN - Anthony Anonia, Zach Biddiscombe and Jordan Closek won by fall for Shamokin in a non-league loss to Line Mountain (9-8).

The dual ended 36-36 in regulation, but the Eagles prevailed on Criterion D, most bouts won, including forfeits (7-6).

Pine Grove 53

Tamaqua 22

PINE GROVE - Ryan Heim (138) started a run through the middleweights with a fall as the Cardinals downed the under-manned Blue Raiders in a Division I dual.

Josh Phillippy (145), Eli Brill (152) and Zach Sheffy (170) added pins for Pine Grove, which capitalized on four forfeits. Luke Matsago (285) recorded a fall and Dylan Rynkiewicz (132) tallied a major deciiion for Tamaqua.

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