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Lansberry went to Line Mountain High

School, placing twice at the PIAA Class

AA championships and finishing as the

state runner-up his senior year.

He came to Lycoming on the

recommendation of brother, Nick ’11, with

high expectations. He won a freshman-

record 35 matches before winning 31 more

as a sophomore.

“I wanted to do good things, but I didn’t

realize how much work you have to put

in,” Lansberry said. “I got that little taste

and just wanted to work harder for it.”

He came back from a season-ending

injury in 2015 by winning 38 matches

as a junior and finishing second at the

NCAA Regional to earn his first bid to

the Division III Championships, where he

finished fourth. During the breakthrough

season, he became the fifth Warrior to

reach 100 career wins, sitting 23 away

from the school record of 127 set by Royce

Eyer (1997-01).

“It has crossed my mind,” Lansberry

smiles and says when asked about the wins

record. “Having Nolan so close has pushed

me to work harder. I hate losing, though,

so that is extra motivation.”

A three-time district champion at

Clearfield Area High School, Barger

finished fourth in the PIAA as a senior,

leaving him seeking more when he

followed his brother, Tom ’11, and sister,

Emily ’15, to Lycoming College.

As a freshman, he won 29 matches

at 157 pounds before moving to a new

weight class as a sophomore, finishing

36-8 at 165 pounds, winning the NCAA

Mideast Regional with two wins over

nationally-ranked opponents. Last year,

he was the marked man — ranked second

from the start of the season to the NCAA

Championships. He won his first 31

matches, the second-longest streak in

program history, and he picked up his

second All-American honors.

Much like Lansberry, he enters this

season within reach of the program’s all-

time wins mark and he could become the

first three-time All-American in program

history.

“The goal is to win the tournament,”

Barger said, with an intent focus in his

gaze. “I don’t want to end on the same note

that I did the last two years. I just want to

constantly improve.”

During his sophomore season, Conrad

won 36 matches for the Warriors before

his outstanding work as a chemistry

major helped him earn recognition as an

Academic All-American.

A two-time section and district

placewinner at Bloomsburg High

School, Conrad didn’t come to

Lycoming with the sparkling resume

of Barger or Lansberry. He won the

starting job at 174 pounds early in his

freshman year, though.

Now as a junior, he is primed to

continue working toward a national

qualifier, All-American status and a

national title.

“My first day of college, Dr. [Jeremy]

Ramsey [assistant professor of

chemistry], put a quote on the classroom

board that said, ‘Discipline is choosing

what you want now and what you want

most,’” Conrad said. “That has stuck

with me.”

The Warriors have had some great

wrestling trios and quartets in the past,

from Lee Wolfe, Harry Romig and Bill

Kehrig in 1960 to Eyer, Eric Walker,

Andy Lausier and Rob Cosper in

2000, but the trio of Barger, Lansberry

and Conrad could once again firmly

implant the Warriors back in the heart

of the discussion of the best programs

in Division III. Of course, they’d also

welcome any of their teammates along

for the ride.

“I wasn’t in the top 30 my sophomore

year when I qualified for the first time,”

Barger said. “We have guys in the room

that have a chance to make the podium.

A few big wins and peaking at the right

time is a big factor.”

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