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District Four Wrestling Notebook: Sullivan County's Stockdill Inducted into Hall of Fame

Former Sullivan County head coach Hal Stockdill was one of the five new inductees into the District Four Hall of Fame.

Joining Stockdill for induction in a brief ceremony held before Saturday's championship finals were Milton's Steve Greenly, Lycoming College's Roger Crebs and Mifflinburg's Bob Manotti, Sr. and Dustin Manotti.

Four members from the Class AAA schools were inducted at their District Four tournament. They were Paul Gemberling and John Gemberling from Shikellamy, Williamsport's Matt Neenan and Jersey Shore's Jeff Lorson.

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Lewisburg's Nathaniel Brown was the recipient of the $1,000 Max Shnyder Scholarship presented by the District Four Wrestling Coaches Association.

Sayre's Joe Licata and Muncy's Ryan Hembury each received $500 scholarships.

Several other awards were presented before and after the championship finals.

Jerry Marks, representing Southern Columbia, accepted the Bloomsburg Chapter of Wrestling Officials' Sportsmanship Award.

Towanda's coaching staff, including head coach Bill Sexton and assistants Jeremy Sluyter, Bob Watkins, Jake Stroud, Mike Geurin, Jass Sheets and Don Butler, swept the District Four Coaches' Association's Coach of the Year and Assistant Coach of the Year awards.

Warrior Run's Randy Watts was the Junior High Coach of the Year.

Mike Millward received the Max Shnyder Official of the Year Award.

Danville's Dylan Dailey took home the Max Shnyder Memorial Award for recording the most pins in the least amount of time. Dailey, wrestling at 215 pounds, recorded three falls in 3:56.

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Benton, which had three champions—Matt Welliver (103), Colt Cotton (119) and Coltin Fought (130)—won a very tight battle for the team title with 119.5 points. Line Mountain was second with 113, followed by Towanda (111), Muncy (108.5) and Mifflinburg (105.5).

Locally, Wyalusing was 11th with 59 points; Northeast Bradford was 16th with 30, and Sullivan County was 21st with 24 points.

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The Northern Tier League had one of its poorest showings in years, producing just one champion—Towanda's Cody Wheeler at 125 pounds—and advancing 18 wrestlers on to this weekend's Northeast Region tournament.

Towanda led the NTL contingent with six wrestlers advancing to the regional tourney, followed by Wyalusing with three and Northeast Bradford, Wellsboro and North Penn with two each. Williamson, Canton and Troy will each have one wrestling in Williamsport Friday.

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Sullivan County's Shawn Nitcznski also advanced with his second-place finish at 103 pounds.

He lost his first match of the year in the championship final to Welliver, 4-1. In earlier rounds, Nitcznski defeated Towanda's Kyle Blascak, 13-2, and pinned Canton's Daniel Killian in 3:47.

Dane Woodruff, wrestling at 140 pounds for the Griffins, reached the consolation quarterfinals before he was eliminated.

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Northeast Bradford had two wrestlers advance—Zack Green at 125 and Jake Balchikonis at 160.

Green finished third with a 4-2 win over Mifflinburg's Zane Rowe.

Balchikonis also finished third after edging Montgomery's Garrett Shnyder, 5-4, in overtime.



Northeast Bradford's Jake Balchikonis, right, battles Danville's Garrett Llewellyn during their 160-pound consolation quarterfinal bout. Balchikonis won the bout, 7-2.

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The match of the weekend came in the 140-pound championship final where Montoursville's Luke Frey and Line Mountain's Tyler Erdman put their undefeated records on the line.

Frey won the epic clash, 2-0, on a reversal to open the second period.

While Frey demonstrated outstanding quickness and balance, it was clear that Erdman was the stronger wrestler.

It would be no surprise to see the two foes meet twice more over the next two weekends, and there's a very good chance that Erdman will avenge Saturday's loss at least once.

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Notes: After all these years, the bleachers at Williamsport's Magic Dome haven't gotten any more comfortable. One observer on press row suggested if they took a collection from the crowd at both the district and regional finals, they could get enough cash collected to put in newer stands. ?The stadium pretzels at the concession stand come highly recommended. ?Thirteen of the 14 weight classes were won by the top seeded wrestler with the only exception at 103 pounds. ?Ten of the championship finals were between first and second seeded wrestlers. ?A number of grapplers were pretty beat up by the end of action Saturday, but there was a relatively low number of injury stoppages. ?Northeast Bradford's Zack Green and Central Columbia's Ben Emmett earned their 100th career wins Saturday. North Penn's Tyler Stettler, who was second at 160 pounds, has 99 wins entering the regional tourney.

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