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Official District 4 Class AA Duals predictions

February 2, 2013 - Mitch Rupert
QUARTERFINALS

Central Columbia 49, Towanda 12

I don't think many people will find this as a surprise as Central Columbia is the runaway favorite to win the tournament. This is a tough matchup for Towanda, who has plenty of bodies to be able to shuffle their lineup. But it's really tough to avoid a tough matchup against the Blue Jays.

Hughesville 46, Lewisburg 24

I don't think there's a person in District 4 who wasn't surprised by the Spartans' 51-18 win over Lewisburg a couple weeks ago. But this is a tough matchup for the Green Dragons. Hughesville may be the hottest team in the district right now, and they're young wrestlers are becoming consistent winners to support their horses in the middle.

Muncy 36, Montgomery 31

Muncy won a lopsided contest in their first matchup earlier this year, but I think a lot of matches could match-up differently. I had a best-case scenario for Montgomery where the Red Raiders won, 43-27, but Muncy has that equalizer of their kids knowing how to get big falls in tight bouts. The Indians have to continue to get big bonus points from the top of its lineup, and the matchup at 106 with Angelo Barberio and Kyle Drick is must-see.

Warrior Run 42, Benton 27

Benton's 53-21 win over the Defenders in their December dual was by no means a fluke, but Warrior Run was missing five starters which completely changes the dynamics of this matchup. Having Zack LeBarron back at 106 as well as Nick Rohm at 160 and Matt Kilgus at 220 is going to be huge for the Defenders to try and pull out a win. It's a shame one of these teams will be going home after this match as both could win matches in Hershey.

SEMIFINALS

Central Columbia 46, Hughesville 24

Hughesville got the guns to go get bonus points through the heart of its lineup with Dakota Nixon, Kyle Barnes, Matt Herr and Robert White, but the Spartans have to be able to pull an upset or two from 106-45 if they want an opportunity to pull the biggest upset of the tournament. But don't put it past a team which had the second-toughest dual-meet schedule of the 16 team which qualified for district duals.

Warrior Run 53, Muncy 15

This is a tough matchup for Muncy because of Warrior Run's strength in the lightweights. The second match of the season between the Defenders' Zack LeBarron and the Indians' Angelo Barberio should be a dandy. LeBarron won the first one, 6-2, but Barberio pushed the pace and was in deep numerous times. The Indians likely don't have enough big-point moves in them against this lineup to pull out a win.

THIRD-PLACE MATCH

Hughesville 39, Muncy 30

Anybody remember when these two teams met last month and finished tied at 39-39? Yeah, that was a whole lot of fun. This has the potential to be a fast-paced match because there's likely to be a lot of falls, but the fast pace makes it fun. Hughesville being able to add Matt Heinreich (4-1) to their lineup in recent weeks could shake things up here. The flip winner will be in control to get the best matchups for where to forfeit and to minimize bonus points. With everything on the line, this is going to be an absolutely stellar match.

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Central Columbia 39, Warrior Run 21

Warrior Run's biggest hope in reversing this season's 39-18 loss to Central Columbia is to find a way to get bonus points from their most dominant wrestlers. Dan Breech had a 3-1 win over Jacob Coombe at 170 and Garrett Moser had a 3-0 win over Cyler Wedge at 182. While adding a few bonus points isn't going to make up the 19-point gap, it may help build some momentum. Central Columbia won four matches by four points or less, but also lost three by three points or less. So this match has the potential to be extremely close, or could pull apart even farther, but there should be plenty of exciting bouts to keep the fans entertained.

 
 

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