If anyone took a Mifflin County team picture after they won the district championship, could you please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to post it on the site and coach Kirby Martin would like to have it as well.
Celebrating the Victory
The Gruesome Twosome
Austin Haubrick & Joey Taptich
(Editors note: I will be posting videos throughout the day. I have a bunch of them to edit and render, but I will try to have all of them up today)
The Mifflin County wrestling team left no doubt who the best in District 6 is. For the second consecutive year and third time in four years, the Huskies reign as kings of their District 6 realm.
And this year it wasn’t even close.
Mifflin County blasted Bellefonte 51-19 in the semifinals and then gained revenge for an early season loss on Central Mountain, controlling the Wildcats for a 39-16 victory to capture the District 6 Class AAA Dual Meet championship Saturday in Tyrone.
The Huskies (16-4) move on to the PIAA Dual Meet championships with a first round matchup with the Nazareth-Cedar Cliff winner on Thursday at 6 p.m.
“The early season loss to them was a lot of motivation but also just repeating as district champs. This group has high goals and so winning district duals no matter who it was is a priority,” Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin said. “Our good kids got the bonus points and the kids that lost only gave up one major decision, the rest were regular decisions and that’s how you beat good teams.”
The key to the championship was a combination of smart coaching moves, the luck of the draw and a loss that felt much more like a win.
The draw had the Huskies starting with Trent Hidlay at 160 against Bellefonte and ending with Hayden Hidlay at 152. With Central Mountain, the match started at 170 with Noah Stewart and finished with Trent at 160. Heavy hitters indeed. Starting and ending with the strengths in your lineup was a nice gift for Mifflin County.
After playing it close to the vest against the Red Raiders, Martin made some key moves against the Wildcats. He bumped up Christian Smith to heavyweight, dropped Joey Taptich to 106, moved Christian Fisher up to 113 and inserted Austin ‘Bubba’ Haubrick in at 220.
All of the moves paid big dividends for Mifflin County.
Taptich beat Cody Coleman 6-4 with a takedown in overtime, while Smith, Fisher and Haubrick came through even though they lost.
Smith kept Bryce Bittner, who outweighed him by 19 pounds, to a regular 3-1 decision and Fisher lost only 13-4 to state ranked Geo Barzona. It was the only bonus points Central Mountain had in the dual meet.
However, the biggest non-win came from Haubrick.
The Husky junior faced state ranked Hunter Weaver and brought the Mifflin County crowd to its feet with his performance.
Down 5-1 after two periods and almost being pinned in the opening minute of the match, Haubrick roared back in the third period to tie it before dropping a 7-6 decision. Looking over at the Central Mountain fan base, you would have sworn they lost the match.
“I’m sure they thought they were going to get an easy six and the first minute of the match it was nip and tuck but Haubrick did a great job of fighting it off,” Martin said. “He just wore him out and kept it close. I’d be curious to know how it would have gone in overtime. Outstanding on his part to go out and keep it close.”
Weaver, ranked tenth in the state, scored the opening takedown and put Haubrick flat on his back in a cradle. Haubrick somehow fought off his predicament and escaped to end the first down 5-1. Bubba chose neutral to start the second and the two remained on their feet. Weaver took top in the third and Haubrick escaped and hit a takedown to narrow the deficit to 5-4. Weaver escaped to make it 6-4, but Haubrick caught him in a headlock for the deuce to even things up at 6-6. Weaver escaped with just three seconds left to eke out the 7-6 win.
“I knew my job was not to go out there and give up a pin, tech fall or major. My job was to go out there and win or just lose by decision,” Haubrick said. “My role is to go out there and win those close matches we need. If we are facing a good heavyweight, we may bump up Trey (Hartsock) and put me in at 195 or 220 to get bonus points that we need to win. I had the whole gym going and pumped. It was nice.”
Stewart (26-3) started things off with a 49-second fall over Andrew Petruzzi at 170. Brandon Wilson (18-9) followed with three takedowns en route to a 7-3 victory over Caleb Turner at 182. The Huskies made it 12-0 when Hartsock (24-4) handed Isaac Porter a 5-1 loss in a battle of state ranked wrestlers at 195.
The Wildcats (11-1) won the next two before Taptich’s victory at 106 made it 15-6. Barzona’s major at 113 cut the lead to 15-10, but Mifflin County won the next two bouts to extend the lead to 21-10.
At 120, Kyle Smith (15-10) flattened Dalton Bechdel in 1:34 and Noah Myers (9-6) dominated Seth Andrus at 126 with three takedowns and two back points for the 9-3 win. Wins by Central Mountain at 132 and 138 made it 24-16 but the Huskies closed out the meet with three straight victories.
At 145, Brandon Fultz wrestled his best match of the year, defeating Asher Corl by a 4-1 margin. A takedown in the first and a two-point nearfall in the second being the difference. The Gruesome Twosome followed and didn’t fail to entertain.
At 152, top ranked Hayden Hidlay (28-1) made a slick move at the edge of the mat – pulling Tanner Weaver back from the edge and simultaneously putting him in a tight cradle for the 20-second fall.
Closing out the match at 160, Trent Hidlay (28-2) hit Brandon Miller in a lateral drop and pinned him in 2:47 all the while looking up at the Central Mountain crowd, getting a rise out of their rivals from Mill Hall.
Against Bellefonte, the Huskies captured 10-of-14 bouts scoring the bonus in all ten matches. All in all, it was a dominating performance by Mifflin County.
“We had some injuries early in the year and that cost us some dual meets we could have won. I think the Central Dauphin match was a huge confidence builder for our team. We wanted to build momentum and keep it going. Where each match started helped us to build a lead and just keep pounding,” Martin said. “It (Haubrick’s win) was big. He (Taptich) pinned the kid first time he wrestled him. Fisher did a great job battling Barzona. As far as start and finish, you can’t ask for a better position for us to be in. Again, you have to look at every kid who stepped on the mat today and it was a very good dual meet. The kids really battled. Next is to get a win at states.”
District 6 Duals Results
Mifflin County 51, Bellefonte 19
Central Mountain 46, Philipsburg-Osceola 25
Mifflin County 39, Central Mountain 16
Mifflin County 51, Bellefonte 19
160: Trent Hidlay (MC) pinned Dakota Parson, 3:51.
170: Noah Stewart (MC) pinned Brien McChesney, 1:08
182: Brandon Wilson (MC) dec. Dillon Kephart, 3-2.
195: Trey Hartsock (MC) won by forfeit.
220: Christian Smith (MC) dec. Max Mondy, 1-0.
285: Gavin Erb (MC) pinned Sean Irvin, 4:31.
106: Cole Stewart (B) dec. Christian Fisher, 5-4.
113: Shafiq Blake (B) pinned Joey Taptich, 1:24.
120: Kyle Smith (MC) dec. Cameron Coppollo, 5-3.
126: Noah Myers (MC) pinned Jadon Lucas, 2:43.
132: Aaron Witherite (B) major dec. Logan Wise, 14-4.
138: Jonah Kile (MC) pinned Matt Jacobs, 1:27.
145: Brock Port (B) pinned Brandon Fultz, :58.
152: Hayden Hidlay won by forfeit.
Mifflin County 39, Central Mountain 16
170: Noah Stewart (MC) pinned Andrew Petruzzi, 1:16.
182: Brandon Wilson (MC) dec. Caleb Turner, 7-3.
195: Trey Hartsock (MC) dec. Isaac Porter, 5-1.
220: Hunter Weaver (CM) dec. Austin Haubrick, 7-6.
285: Bryce Bitner (CM) dec. Christian Smith, 3-1.
106: Joey Taptich (MC) dec. Cody Coleman, 6-4 OT.
113: Geo Barzona (CM) major dec. Christian Fisher, 13-4.
120: Kyle Smith (MC) pinned Dalton Bechdel, 1:34.
126: Noah Myers (MC) dec. Seth Andrus, 9-3.
132: Logan Long (CM) dec. Logan Wise, 6-0.
138: Colton Weaver (CM) dec. Jonah Kile, 11-4.
145: Brandon Fultz (MC) dec. Asher Corl, 4-1.
152: Hayden Hidlay (MC) pinned Tanner Weaver, :20.
160: Trent Hidlay (MC) pinned Brandon Miller, 2:47.
Kirby Martin on D6 Duals
Coach Kirby Martin and his Mifflin County wrestling team will be gunning for its third district duals championship in four years when the District 6 Class AAA Dual Meet championships kick off Saturday morning in Tyrone.
Standing in the way from another title is a familiar foe – the Bellefonte Red Raiders. For the fourth consecutive year the Huskies and Red Raiders face off in the semifinals, beginning at 10 a.m.
Bellefonte, seeded third, is 11-6 on the season with victories over Philipsburg-Osceola (46-15), Tyrone (58-21), Arvada West, Virginia (41-13), Stauton River, Virginia (38-31), Floyd E. Kellam, Virginia (35-23), BEA (47-27), State College (55-15), Altoona (43-18), Warwick (49-18), Hollidaysburg (52-21), and Central (43-24).
The losses were to Shikellamy (31-30), Huntingdon (46-24), Eastern View, Virginia (42-24), Erie Prep (56-17), Clearfield (45-24) and Central Mountain (38-30).
Brock Port leads the Bellefonte charge. The junior is ranked third in the state at 145 and owns a 24-1 record. He is 89-12 in his career. Senior Aaron Witherite (18-7) is ranked 13th at 126 and junior Chase Gardner (9-5) is ranked No. 25 at 152.
Other quality Red Raider wrestlers include freshman Cole Stewart (19-4) at 106, senior Shafiq Blake (17-7) at 113 and senior Dillon Kephart (20-5) at 170.
Bellefonte is coached by former BEA state champ Mike Maney.
Mifflin County comes in 14-4 and the number two seed. The No. 15 Huskies have wins over Lebanon (78-0), Garden Spot (51-24), Hempfield (48-21), Biglerville (46-15), Chambersburg (45-25), Carlisle (54-12), CD East (63-16), Altoona (47-22), Erie McDowell (47-18), Lower Dauphin (44-15), Northampton (35-34), West Perry (69-3), Harrisburg (72-9) and State College (50-14). The losses were to Downingtown East (49-29), Central Mountain (37-32), Cumberland Valley (46-19) and Central Dauphin (32-30).
Mifflin County features four ranked wrestlers in the lineup: Hayden Hidlay (No. 1 at 152 and No. 2 nationally), Trent Hidlay (No. 3 at 160 and No. 16 nationally), Noah Stewart (No. 4 at 170), and Trey Hartsock (No. 8 at 195).
The winner will meet the Central Mountain-Philipsburg-Osceola winner in the finals at noon. The Wildcats, the top seed and ranked 14th in the state, are 10-0 on the season. The Mounties, seeded fourth, come in at 8-7 overall.
Here are the potential match-ups for the semifinals:
(Mifflin County wrestlers are listed first)
106: Christian Fisher, 9th (15-8) vs. Cole Stewart, 9th (19-4).
113: Joey Taptich, 10th (9-14) vs. Shafiq Blake, 12th (17-7).
120: Kyle Smith, 12th (13-10) vs. Cameron Coppolo, 11th (7-8) or Zach Taylor, 10th (3-5).
126: Noah Myers, 11th (7-6) vs. Coppollo or Taylor.
132: Logan Wise, 10th (6-9) vs. No. 13 (at 126) Aaron Witherite, 12th (18-7).
138: Jonah Kile, 11th (10-10) vs. Matt Jacobs, 9th (6-11).
145: Brandon Fultz, 12th (4-17) vs. No. 3 Brock Port, 11th (24-1).
152: No. 1 Hayden Hidlay, 12th (26-1) vs. No. 25 Chase Gardner, 11th (9-5) or Dakota Parson, 11th (15-8).
160: No. 3 Trent Hidlay, 10th (26-2) vs. Parson or Lukas McClure, 11th (6-6).
170: No. 4 Noah Stewart, 12th (24-3) vs. Dillon Kephart, 12th (20-5) or Brien McChesney, 11th (10-15).
182: Brandon Wilson, 12th (16-9) vs. Kephart or McChesney.
195: No. 8 Trey Hartsock, 12th (22-4) vs. Max Mondy, 10th (7-9).
220: Christian Smith, 12th (8-7) or Austin Haubrick, 11th (5-3) vs. Sean Irvin, 11th (9-12) or Forfeit.
285: Smith or Gavin Erb, 12th (8-9) vs. Irvin or Forfeit.
Hayden Hidlay & Brandon Wilson Talk D6 Duals
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