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For the teams wrestling today at district duals, the goals are simple wrestle well, win some matches and qualify for the state tournament.
Shikellamy and Selinsgrove head to DuBois for the Class 3A District 4/9 Duals.
“I’m feeling pretty confident,” Shikellamy coach Mike Egan said. “I’m expecting us to wrestle two matches and both should be pretty competitive. The flip of the disk will be important.
“If we wrestle well, we could be headed to states.”
Egan said he expected the final against DuBois, Selinsgrove or Williamsport to be tougher than the semifinal. DuBois has a handful of ranked wrestlers and the Braves defeated the Seals 41 27 last week.
In that potential match, the flip which determines which team has to announce their wrestler first at a given weight may take on added significance.
“The flip is important,” Egan said. “Once we know that, and what weight the match will start at, then we can start gameplanning.
“A lot comes into play and at times in can be quite challenging.”
Starting off with a District 9 opponent and possibly facing one in the final provides a challenge of its own.
“The only thing I know about them is from looking at results,
” Egan said. “You get an idea of how good they are and where they strengths are. for a spot in the finals.
“I feel pretty good,” Selinsgrove coach Seth Martin said. “In my career, we’ve only been to district duals once. This is my eighth year as head coach and the second time we’re going, so being there is an accomplishment.
“I’m thinking about taking it one match at a time.”
That first match comes against the Millionaires and is a rematch of a 45 27 Selinsgrove win on Jan. 4.
“We wrestled them early in the year and they were missing a couple guys and we won three matches by forfeit,” Martin said. “That’s not the case anymore, so as far as I’m concerned it’s a completely different match.”
Martin said he expected the match to be close.
“If you go by paper which doesn’t mean too much I think it could go 7 7 and come down to bonus points,” Martin said. “But I could be completely wrong. How often do things go the way you plan?”
In Class 2A, five Valleysquads are part of eight teams vying to finish in the top three at the District 4 Duals in Milton. quarterfinal. In another quarterfinal, Line Mountain takes on Wyalusing. Both the Eagles and Rams were at the King of the Mountain tournament at Central Mountain and Line Mountain won all three head to head matches at the tournament.
The winners of those two quarterfinals will face off in the semifinals.
On the other half of the bracket, Danville takes on Montoursville and Mount Carmel faces Muncy.
Montoursville defeated Danville 57 24 on Dec. 14. Muncy defeated Mount Carmel 54 18 on Dec. 29.
The winner advances to the state tournament next Thursday at the Giant Center.
The runner up will host the District 9 runner up on Monday. Also on Monday,
the District 4 third place team travels to take on the District 3 runner up. The winner of those matches earn a spot at the dual tournament in Hershey.