MILTON — With the District 4 Class 2A Team Championship title on the line, Shane Miller and Cade Linn were looking to get their Southern Columbia team off on the right foot in Saturday night’s rematch with rival Muncy.

It took more than eight minutes, but Miller did his job with a gutsy 1-0 ride-out win over Coleman Good in the opening bout at 152 pounds, and Linn overcome a loss in the semifinals to top standout freshman Ty Nixon to put the Tigers up 6-0.

After back-to-back Muncy wins at 170 and 182, Southern steamrolled the Indians the rest of the way en route to a 47-13 victory in the district duals final at Milton Area High School.

The win was Southern’s 43rd consecutive against D4 opponents and gave the Tigers their third district team title in a row. Southern moves to the state tournament in Hershey’s Giant Center, for a 2 p.m. Thursday match-up with the winner of Monday’s preliminary round match between the District 10 runner-up and the District 7 third-place finisher.

Southern Columbia coach Jerry Marks said it started with Miller, who took on a wrestler who lives up to his surname, with an 11-2 record, and came through in overtime and gutted it out.

Miller battled through three scoreless regulation and two 30-second overtime periods, then got the choice for the rideout, took the top and was able to hold Good down for the win.

“It was a big match to start off with and gave us a good momentum,” said Miller, one of only two seniors on the team (Michael Miner is the other).

“I knew I had to hold him down. That’s when you just have to dig deep and be confident. I rode him for two minutes there and another 30 seconds and I just had to do it for 30 more and I got it done. It felt great,” Miller said.

Linn basically stopped wrestling late in his 6-1 semifinal loss to Mifflinburg’s Jansen Houdeshell, but stormed back with a comfortable win over Nixon.

Marks said, “We all have mental lapses and I think he just had a mental lapse in that match and just coming back and wrestling against Nixon, who’s a good kid, and pretty much dominating 3-0, it was pleasing to see him get back on track.

“You just have to be able to readjust and come back and wrestle well next match,” he said of Linn, a junior.

Indeed, Linn, who missed several weeks at the start of the season because of a football injury, said he shook off the loss and focused on the next one.

“I just have to work back into shape. I just focus on myself and trying to better myself for the post-season,” he said.

Linn didn’t know anything about Nixon but said he just always tries to go out and score as many points as possible, and then score more points than the time before.

He broke a scoreless match with an escape and takedown in the third for all the scoring.

“I dominated the match. He didn’t really do anything and I was aggressive,” Linn said.

Linn said Miller’s rideout win in front of him pumped he and his teammates up.

“That was awesome for Shane. When Shane wins, I feel more confident in myself,” Linn said.

The Tigers (18-0) broke a 6-6 tie with back-to-back first-period falls by Preston Zachman (16 seconds) and Gaige Garcia (20 seconds) at 195 and 220, respectively, as both wrestlers bumped up a weight.

“We put Zachman out at 195 and now we can bump Gaige up to 220 and so it’s really pleasing that our team has come together — the chemistry has come together — and we have some matches we can prepare for down in Hershey,” Marks said.

“We wanted to be the No. 1 team going down there from District 4 instead of No. 2 and we’re happy where we’re positioned,” he said.

Steady junior 285-pounder Lear Quinton topped Cael Hembury 7-2 to keep the Southern train rolling. Getting back to 106, Brady Feese got a 57-second fall and freshman Kole Biscoe rolled up a 20-5 technical fall in 5:04 at 113. Garrett Krebs finished the Southern run with a 6-2 win over Grady Oden to make it 35-6.

Marks said, “Quinton is just a quiet leader. He just doesn’t say anything, you don’t hear a word from him. He’s quieter than a mouse and he just goes out and does his work and he gets a lot of help from (assistant coach and two-time PIAA medalist) Bo Spiller.”

Bryce Vollman momentarily stopped the bleeding for the Indians, whose only two losses were to Southern, with a 4-3 win over Ian Yoder and the Indians forfeited to Patrick Edmondson at 132.

Muncy’s Mario Barberio, who got his 100th career win in the semifinals, majored Miner 12-0 before Gavin Garcia wrapped it up with a 1:39 pin over Christian Good at 145.

The top-seeded Tigers rolled over No. 9 Montoursville, ironically the last D4 team to beat Southern, 58-12 in the quarterfinals and dispatched No. 13 Mifflinburg 58-12 in the semis.

Muncy will also wrestle in Hershey on Thursday versus the District 11 champion. Danville, which topped Central Columbia 37-28 in the third-place match, will travel to Newport in a preliminary match on Monday night with the winner advancing to Hershey.

Southern will look to take the next natural step for the program — winning a state title — after falling to Reynolds in last year’s final.

Linn said, “I think we have a better team this year. We’re more experienced and we’re coming for the state championship.”

DISTRICT 4 TEAM WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP

QUARTERFINALS

No. 1 Southern Columbia 57, No. 9 Montoursville 16

132: Patrick Edmondson, SC, pinned Quenten Gonzalez, :49. 138: Mike Miner, SC, pinned Wyatt DeWald, 3:08. 145: Gavin Garcia, SC, pinned Jake Dinges, 1:01. 152: Cael Crebs, M, dec. Shane Miller, 5-2. 160: Cade Linn, SC, pinned Caleb Moser, :45. 170: Dylan Bennett, M, pinned Brandon Gedman, 2:44. 182: Tyler Waltman, SC, pinned Gavin Livermore, 1:39. 195: Gaige Garcia, SC, dec. Gable Crebs, 7-4. 220: Cameron Wood, M, dec. Preston Zachman, 3-1, sv. 285: Lear Quinton, SC, pinned Sawyer O’Connor, 1:30. 106: Brady Feese, SC, pinned Kayden Frame, 1:36. 113: Kole Biscoe, SC, pinned Xan Oberheim, 2:14. 120: Broc Lutz, M, maj dec. Garrett Krebs, 9-0. 126: Ian Yoder, SC, pinned Lucas Sherwood, 1:43.

No. 13 Mifflinburg 34, No. 12 Lewisburg 32

132: Justin Gessner, L, pinned Lane Kahley, 1:06. 138: Clayton Reed, M, maj. dec. Gavin Sheriff, 15-2. 145: Eric Gesnner, M, dec. Logan Bartlett, 5-1. 152: Broghan Persun, L, dec. Garrett Walls, 6-1. 160: Cody Rokavec, M, dec. Ronnie Lentz, 6-3. 170: Jansen Houdeshell, M, tech. fall Ricky Ahir, 18-3, 4:45. 182: Davidson Reigle, M, pinned Aaron Strosser, 1:43. 195: Roman Aksenov, L, pinned Deven Doane, :53. 220: Dakotah Snyder, L, pinned Graham Wiand, :22. 285: Grant Adams, L, maj. dec. Quentin Doane, 17-3 106: Collin Adams, L, won by forfeit. 113: Gabe Gramly, M, pinned Kaiden Wagner, 1:08. 120: Dylan Linn, M, dec. Thomas Lyons, 6-0. 126: Troy Bingaman, M, maj. dec. Cole Temple, 12-0.

No. 3 Danville 40, No. 11 Wyalusing 39*

132: Logan Newton, W, pinned Conner Jones, 5:13. 138: Zach Shaffer, W, pinned Jared Dewalt, 4:58. 145: Kaiden Kurzawa, D, pinned Dylan Whipple, :19. 152: Evan Welliver, D, dec. Trent Nickeson, 10-6. 160: Eric Sees, D, pinned Hunter Shaw, 3:01. 170: Mike Cook, D, pinned Brian Arnold, 3:12. 182: Matt Dunkle, D, won by forfeit. 195: Zach Zerbe, D, pinned Shane Malinowski, 3:03. 220: Jackson Chilson, W, won by forfeit. 285: Randy Wildrick, W, pinned Hugh Vastine, :34. 106: Andrew Johnson, D, pinned Alexander Boyd, :44. 113: Hunter Manahan, W, dec. Landon Hopper, 20-13. 120: Jacob Bruyn, W, pinned Brayden Sarviss, 3:37. 126: Nick Woodruff, W, pinned Logan Walters, 3:04. *Match tied 39-39, Danville wins on Criteria H (most first points scored)

No. 2 Muncy 45, No. 7 Central Columbia 19

132: Isaac Kester, CC, dec. Bryce Vollman, 2-0, sv. 138: Mario Barberio, M, dec. Gabe Waltman, 6-4. 145: Christian Good, M, dec. Nate Snyder, 5-3. 152: Coleman Good, M, dec. Troy Johnson, 8-5. 160: Ty Nixon, M, dec. Jacob Busch, 13-9. 170: Ethan Gush, M, maj. dec. Isaac Gensemer, 11-2 182: Mike Kustanbauter, M, pinned Owen Yorty, :46. 195: Dylan Devlin, CC, pinned Tristen Ditzler, 4:26. 220: Jack Schchterly, CC, maj. dec. Donovan Diehl, 13-1. 285: Cael Hembury, M, pinned Alex Eveland, 1:12. 106: Mason Yorty, CC, pinned Alex Maiorana, 1:06. 113: Chase Crawley, M, pinned Marcus Long, 4:15. 120: Grady Oden, M, tech. fall Patrick O’Connell, 17-1, 4:15. 126: Jacob Hill, M, pinned Ihor Marchenko, 1:11.

SEMIFINALS

No. 1 Southern Columbia 58, No. 13 Mifflinburg 12

138: Clayton Reed, M, dec. Mike Miner, 3-1. 145: Gavin Garcia, SC, maj. dec. Eric Gessner, 13-1. 152: Shane Miller, SC, pinned Cody Rokavec, 4-1. 160: Brandon Gedman, SC, won by forfeit. 170: Jansen Houdeshell, M, dec. Cade Linn, 6-1. 182: Tyler Waltman, SC, pinned Davidson Reigle, :33. 195: Gaige Garcia, SC, pinned Deven Doane, :31. 220: Preston Zachman, SC, pinned Quintin Doane, :23. 285: Lear Quinton, SC, pinned Graham Wiand, 1:24. 106: Brady Feese, SC, won by forfeit. 113: Gabe Gramly, M, dec. Kole Biscoe, 7-2. 120: Troy Bingaman, M, dec. Garrett Krebs, 3-2. 126: Ian Yoder, SC, pinned Dylan Linn, :58. 132: Patrick Edmondson, SC, pinned Lane Kahley, :42.

No. 2 Muncy 40, No. 3 Danville, 30

138: Mario Barberio, M, pinned Jared Dewalt, 1:39. 145: Christian Good, M, pinned Kaiden Kurzawa, 3:12. 152: Coleman Good, M, dec. Evan Welliver, 3-0. 160: Eric Sees, D, dec. Ty Nixon, 6-4. 170: Ethan Gush, M, pinned Mike Cook, 5:49. 182: Mike Kustanbauter, M, maj. dec. Matt Dunkle, 9-1. 195: Zach Zerbe, D, pinned Tristen Ditzler, :58. 220: Cael Hembury, M, pinned Wes Beaver, :37. 285: Hugh Vastine, D, pinned Gavin Hillman, 2:20. 106: Andrew Johnson, D, pinned Alex Maiorana, :57. 113: Chase Crawley, M, dec. Landon Hopper, 3-1. 120: Brayden Sarviss, D, dec. Grady Oden, 8-5. 126: Bryce Vollman, M, pinned Logan Walters, no time. 132: Conner Jones, D, won by forfeit.

CONSOLATION QUARTERFINALS

No. 9 Montoursville 48, No. 12 Lewisburg 28

138: Gavin Sheriff, L, pinned Wyatt DeWald, 3:38. 145: Logan Bartlett, L, dec. Jake Dinges, 7-0. 152: Broghan Persun, L, dec. Emery Balint, 12-11. 160: Cael Crebs, M, pinned Ricky Ahir, 1:46. 170: Dylan Bennett, M, pinned Ronnie Lentz, :44. 182: Gavin Livermore, M, pinned Aaron Strosser, :55. 195: Gable Crebs, M, pinned Roman Aksenov, :44. 220: Dakotah Snyder, L, pinned Lane Stutzman, :21. 285: Cameron Wood, M, pinned Grant Adams, 4:20. 106: Kaiden Wagner, L, maj. dec. Kayden Frame, 13-3. 113: Xan Oberheim, M, pinned Thomas Lyons, 1:33. 120: Broc Lutz, M, pinned Ethan Daniels, 1:06. 126: Lucas Sherwood, M, pinned Cole Temple, 1:55. 132: Justin Gessner, L, pinned Quenten Gonzalez, 1:54.

No. 7 Central Columbia 45, No. 11 Wyalusing 31

138: Gabe Waltman, CC, pinned Zach Shaffer, :45. 145: Nate Snyder, CC, pinned Dylan Whipple, 4:27. 152: Trent Nickeson, W, dec. Troy Johnson, 3-1. 160: Jacob Busch, CC, pinned Hunter Shaw, :26. 170: Isaac Gensemer, CC, won by forfeit. 182: Dylan Devlin, CC, pinned Shane Malinowski, 2:09. 195: Jack Schechterly, CC, won by forfeit. 220: Jackson Chilson, W, tech. fall Logan McWilliams, 15-0, 5:39. 285: Randy Wildrick, W, pinned Alex Eveland, 2:25. 106: Mason Yorty, CC, pinned Alex Boyd, 3:16. 113: Hunter Manahan, W, pinned Marcus Long, 2:57. 120: Jacob Bruyn, W, pinned Patrick O’Connell, :54. 126: Nick Woodruff, W, tech. fall Ihor Marchenko, 17-0, 3:29. 132: Isaac Kester, CC, dec. Logan Newton, 8-2.

CONSOLATION SEMIFINALS

No. 3 Danville 45, No. 9 Montoursville 36

145: Kaiden Kurzawa, D, pinned Jake Dinges, 1:10. 152: Evan Welliver, D, pinned Emery Balint, 1:37. 160: Cael Crebs, M, won by forfeit. 170: Dylan Bennett, M, pinned Eric Sees, 3:21. 182: Matt Dunkle, D, pinned Gavin Livermore, 5:39. 195: Gable Crebs, M, won by forfeit. 220: Cameron Wood, M, pinned Zach Zerbe, 2:17. 285: Hugh Vastine, D, pinned Sawyer O’Connor, :51. 106: Andrew Johnson, D, pinned Kayden Frame, 1:04. 113: Landon Hopper, D, pinned Xan Oberheim, 5:16. 120: Broc Lutz, M, pinned Brayden Serviss, :45. 126: Logan Walters, D, dec. Lucas Sherwood, 5-2. 132: Conner Jones, D, pinned Quenten Gonzalez, 1:50. 138: Wyatt DeWald, M, pinned Jared DeWald, 2:44.

No. 7 Central Columbia 44, No. 13 Mifflinburg 30

145: Eric Gessner, M, dec. Nate Snyder, 6-0. 152: Troy Johnson, CC, pinned Cody Rokavec, 3:10. 160: Jacob Busch, CC, won by forfeit. 170: Jansen Houdeshell, M, pinned Owen Yorty, 3:25. 182: Isaac Gensemer, CC, pinned Davidson Reigle, 5:19. 195: Dylan Devlin, CC, pinned Deven Doane, :50. 220: Jack Schechterly, CC, dec. Quentin Doane, 10-6. 285: Alex Eveland, CC, pinned Graham Wiand, 5:55. 106: Mason Yorty, CC, won by forfeit. 113: Gabe Gramly, M, pinned Marcus Long, 1:54. 120: Troy Bingaman, M, pinned Patrick O’Connell, 1:32. 126: Dylan Linn, M, pinned Ihor Marchenko, 2:59. 132: Isaac Kester, CC, pinned Lane Kahley, 1:25. 138: Clayton Reed, M, dec. Gabe Waltman, 7-0.

THIRD-PLACE MATCH

No. 3 Danville 37, No. 7 Centra Columbia 28

152: Evan Welliver, D, maj. dec. Troy Johnson, 10-2. 160: Jacob Busch, CC, dec. Eric Sees, 5-2. 170: Isaac Gensemer, CC, maj. dec. Mike Cook, 19-5. 182: Matt Dunkle, D, dec. Dylan Devlin, 5-0. 195: Zach Zerbe, D, dec. Jack Schechterly, 3-1. 220: Logan McWilliams, CC, won by forfeit. 285: Hugh Vastine, D, dec. Alex Eveland, 7-3. 106: Andrew Johnson, D, pinned Mason Yorty, 2:44. 113: Landon Hopper, D, pinned Mascus Long, 5:30. 120: Brayden Sarviss, D, pinned Patrick O’Connell, 1:11. 126: Conner Jones, D, pinned Ihor Marchenko, 1:29. 132: Isaac Kester, CC, pinned Logan Walters, 1:05. 138: Gabe Waltman, CC, pinned Jared DeWalt, :31. 145: Nate Snyder, CC, dec. Kaiden Kurzawa, 10-9.

CHAMPIONSHIP

No. 1 Southern Columbia 47, No. 2 Muncy 13

152: Shane Miller, SC, dec. Coleman Good, 1-0, UTB. 160: Cade Linn, SC, dec. Ty Nixon, 3-0. 170: Ethan Gush, M, dec. Brandon Gedman, 3-0. 182: Mike Kustanbauter, M, dec. Tyler Waltman, 8-4. 195: Preston Zachman, SC, pinned Tristen Ditzler, :16. 220: Gaige Garcia, SC, pinned Donovan Diehl, :20. 285: Lear Quinton, SC, dec. Cael Hembury, 7-1. 106: Brady Feese, SC, pinned Alex Maiorana, :57. 113: Kole Biscoe, SC, tech. fall Chase Crawley, 20-5, 5:04. 120: Garrett Krebs, SC, dec. Grady Oden, 6-2. 126: Bryce Vollman, M, dec. Ian Yoder, 4-3. 132: Patrick Edmondson, SC, won by forfeit. 138: Mario Barberio, M, maj. dec. Mike Miner, 10-0. 145: Gavin Garcia, SC, pinned Christian Good, 1:39.

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