Nick Nevills, three-time California state champion and Penn State recruit, made the Intermat 2014 All-American wrestling team at 285 pounds.
Nevills ended his career on a winning streak of 105 matches dating back to a state semifinal loss during his sophomore year, which came after he had already won a state title as a freshman. During his senior season, Nevills went 50-0 with 44 pins, two forfeits, a technical fall, and three major decisions.
He finished with a career record of 200-5.
Other Penn State recruits making the Intermat rankings are Kittanning’s Jason Nolf (No. 2 at 145), Bo Nickal (No. 2 at 170), and Corey Rasheed (No. 7 at 160). Nolf and Nickal are three-time Pennsylvania and Texas state champions respectively, while Rasheed won two New York state titles.
Four-time PIAA champion Chance Marsteller, who finished his career 166-0 at Kennard-Dale, was selected high school wrestler of the year.
Below is the Intermat All-American Team:
106: Yianni Diakomihalis, Hilton (N.Y.), Freshman
113: Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional (Pa.), Freshman
120: Nick Piccininni, Ward Mellville (N.Y.), Junior
126: Stevan Micic, Hanover Central (Ind.), Senior (Northwestern)
132: Zahid Valencia, St. John Bosco (Calif.), Junior
138: Joey McKenna, Blair Academy (N.J.), Senior (Stanford)
145: Micah Jordan, St. Paris Graham (Ohio), Senior (Ohio State)
152: Bryce Brill, Mt. Carmel (Ill.), Senior (Northwestern)
160: Dylan Milonas, Blair Academy (N.J.), Senior (Lehigh)
170: Chance Marsteller (Kennard-Dale, Pa.), 170 Pounds, Senior (Oklahoma State)
182: Johnny Sebastian, Bergen Catholic (N.J.), Senior (Northwestern)
195: Lance Benick, Totino-Grace (Minn.), Junior
220: Roy Nash, Taylorsville (Utah), Senior (Utah Valley)
285: Nick Nevills, Clovis (Calif.), Senior (Penn State)
Consolation – Fifth Round
138: Hayden Hidlay, Mifflin County dec. Brandon Lapi, New York, 3-2 TB.
Consolation – Sixth Round
138: Kaleb Young, Punxsutawney dec. Hayden Hidlay, Mifflin County, 5-2. (Hidlay eliminated)
Final MC Records
138: Hayden Hidlay (4-2)
138: Trent Hidlay (1-2)
152: Noah Stewart (2-2)
FloNationals Medal Results
1st: No. 1 Yianni Diakomihalis (Hilton, N.Y.) dec. No. 16 at 113 Rudy Yates (Brother Rice, Ill.), 7-4
3rd: Lucas Hall (Lowell, Mich.) maj. dec. Mitch Moore (St. Paris Graham, Ohio/8th grade), 13-2
5th: Sammy Sasso (Nazareth, Pa./8th grade) dec. Gage Curry (North Hills, Pa.), 7-3
7th: No. 4 Justin Mejia (Clovis, Calif.) dec. Brian Courtney (Athens, Pa.), 13-4
1st: Devin Schroder (Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Mich.) dec. No. 11 Vitali Arujau (Syosset, N.Y.), 7-3
3rd: Ryan Friedman (St. Paul’s, Md.) dec. Logan Griffin (Erie Mason, Mich.), 4-0
5th: Jesse Dellavecchia (East Islip, N.Y.) dec. Alex Martinez (Ida, Mich.), 1-1, ultimate tiebreaker rideout
7th: Cornelius Elliott (Perry Meridian, Ind.) dec. Damian Short (Archbold, Ohio), 4-0
1st: No. 4 Nick Piccinnini (Ward Mellville, N.Y.) maj. dec. No. 1 Luke Pletcher (Greater Latrobe, Pa.), 10-2
3rd: No. 18 at 132 Brandon James (Perry Meridian, Ind.) dec. Chad Red (New Palestine, Ind.), 6-3
5th: No. 14 George Phillippi (Derry Area, Pa.) dec. Luis Gonzalez (Don Bosco Prep, N.J.), 7-5 OT
7th: Lincoln Olson (Davison, Mich.) dec. Todd Lane (Southern Columbia, Pa.), 7-6
1st: No. 8 Sam Krivus (Hempfield Area, Pa.) dec. No. 16 Zach Valley (Northampton, Pa.), 2-1
3rd: No. 18 A.C. Headlee (Waynesburg, Pa.) dec. No. 15 at 138 Jaydin Clayton (Father Tolton Catholic, Mo.), 8-7
5th: Boo Lewallen (Yukon, Okla.) dec. Davion Jeffries (Broken Arrow, Okla.), 3-2
7th: William Koll (Lansing, N.Y.) dec. Khristian Olivas (Clovis, Calif.), 5-1
1st: Brent Moore (St. Paris Graham, Ohio) dec. Robert Lee (Kaukauna, Wis.), 6-3
3rd: No. 16 Keegan Moore (Putman City, Okla.) dec. Trae Blackwell (Union County, Ky.), 3-0
5th: Tommy Cash (New Palestine, Ind.) by injury default over Jesse Rodgers (North Allegheny, Pa.)
7th: Jamal Morris (Cardinal Gibbons, Fla.) over Kent Lane (Southern Columbia, Pa.) by medical forfeit
1st: No. 5 Brock Zacherl (Brookville, Pa.) dec. Chandler Pyke (Woodward Academy, Ga.), 3-0
3rd: Myles Amine (Detroit Catholic Central, Mich.) dec. Sergio Enloe (Poway, Calif.), 7-1
5th: Joe Grable (Deer Park, Wash.) by injury default over Chris Garcia (Montini Catholic, Ill.)
7th: Kaleb Young (Punxsatawney, Pa.) dec. Louie DePrez (Hilton, N.Y.), 7-2
1st: No. 6 at 152 Tyler Berger (Crook County, Ore.) dec. No. 10 at 138 Michael Longo (Santiago Corona, Calif.), 8-5
3rd: No. 20 Ralphy Tovar (Poway, Calif.) dec. D.J. Hollingshead (Altoona, Pa.), 2-1, ultimate tiebreaker
5th: Adam Martz (Mountain Ridge, Md.) dec. Collbran Meeker (Crook County, Ore.), 5-3
7th: Vincent DePrez (Hilton, N.Y.) dec. Austin Kraisser (Centennial, Md.), 5-2
1st: No. 9 Louis Hernandez (Mepham, N.Y.) dec. Kyle Bova (Coudersport, Pa.), 5-4
3rd: Devin Skatzka (Richmond, Mich.) pinned Dayton Racer (TBD, Mo.), 1:01
5th: Cole Walter (Mifflinburg, Pa.) dec. Max Elling (Phillipsburg, N.J.), 7-1
7th: Anthony DePrez (Hilton, N.Y.) dec. Ricky Padilla (Northview, Calif.), 4-2 OT
1st: No. 16 at 170 Xavier Montalvo (Montini Catholic, Ill.) dec. Josh Ugalde (Bound Brook, N.J.), 7-5 OT
3rd: Josef Johnson (Delbarton, N.J.) maj. dec. Dylan Lydy (Benjamin Davis, Ind.), 12-4
5th: Brett Donner (Wall, N.J.) over Ryan Preisch (Milton, Pa.) by injury default
7th: Tony Palumbo (Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Pa.) dec. Austin Bell (Belle Vernon, Pa.), 7-5
1st: No. 10 Josh Llopez (St. Mary’s Ryken, Md.) dec. No. 13 Taylor Lujan (Carrollton, Ga.), 3-1
3rd: Evan DeLong (Kane, Pa.) by injury default over Travis Linton (Rootstown, Ohio)
5th: Max Dean (Lowell, Mich.) over Austin Flores (Clovis North, Calif.) by forfeit
7th: Jared Walker (South Fayette, Pa.) dec. Dakota Geer (Franklin, Pa.), 4-3
1st: No. 15 Dylan Wisman (Millbrook, Va.) dec. No. 11 Christian Dietrich (Greene, N.Y.), 7-3
3rd: Boomer Fleming (Ridgeview, Ore.) dec. Derek Hillman (Woodhaven, Mich.), 7-4
5th: Jacob Cooper (Southport, Mich.) tech. fall Willie Bivens (East Guilford, N.C.), 19-4
7th: Drew Kasper (Lexington, Ohio) dec. Shane Rodenburg (New Kent, Mich.), 6-3
1st: Tom Sleigh (DuBois, Pa.) dec. Bailey Faust (Lexington, Ohio), 4-2
3rd: Tyree Sutton (Keansburg, N.J.) dec. Edgar Ruano (Montini Catholic, Ill.), 7-0
5th: No. 9 Kyle Conel (Ashtabula Lakeside) by injury default over Cody Vigoren (Lake Stevens, Wash.)
7th: Tyler Love (Centerville, Va.) dec. Anthony Mancini (Salesanium, Del.), 7-0
1st: No. 5 Michael Boykin (Coatesville, Pa.) dec. Youssef Hemida (Mamaroneck, N.Y.), 11-4
3rd: Seth Brennock (Loveland, Ohio) dec. No. 16 Jordan Brandon (John Glenn, Mich.), 5-1
5th: Reynold Maines (West Branch, Pa.) dec. Carl Neff (Exeter/West Greenwich, R.I.), 10-6
7th: Landon Pelham (Tecumseh, Mich.) pinned Thomas Alcaro (Emmaus, Pa.), 3:36
1st: Kevin Vough (Elyria, Ohio) dec. Ryan Prescott (Whitmore-Prescott, Mich.), 7-5 OT
3rd: Tate Orndorff (University, Wash.) dec. Tyler Poling (Brick Memorial, N.J.), 3-2
5th: Scot Augustine (Erie McDowell, Pa.) dec. Deaken McCoy (Galion, Ohio), 5-2
7th: Stephen Johnson (Bound Brook, N.J.) dec. Brian Darios (East Lansing, Mich.), 3-2
138: Chris Garcia, Illinois dec. Trent Hidlay, Mifflin County, 9-2.
138: Hayden Hidlay, Mifflin County tech fall Julian Korfine, New York, 17-2 (5:58).
152: Noah Stewart, Mifflin County tech fall Chris Couch, Georgia, 18-2 (5:52).
138: Hayden Hidlay, Mifflin County pinned Ryan Yorkdale, Virginia, 3:17.
152: Dominic Lampe, Kentucky dec. Noah Stewart, Mifflin County, 6-5.
138: Trent Hidlay, Mifflin County pinned Evan Zadick, Michigan, 2:44.
Consolation – Second Round
138: Logan Pavia, North Carolina dec. Trent Hidlay, Mifflin County, 11-6. (Hidlay eliminated)
152: Noah Stewart, Mifflin County dec. Luke Sorboro, Ohio, 12-6.
138: Joe Grable, Washington dec. Hayden Hidlay, Mifflin County, 4-3.
Consolation – Third Round
152: Noah Stewart, Mifflin County major dec. Matt Assael, New York, 11-0.
Consolation – Fourth Round
138: Hayden Hidlay, Mifflin County dec. Dylan Potter, Texas, 9-6.
152: Tyler Morland, Texas dec. Noah Stewart, Mifflin County, 4-2 OT. (Stewart eliminated)
Hayden Hidlay, Trent Hidlay and Noah Stewart
It is a simple fact.
Wrestling, like most sports, is now a year round entity and that includes high school. You must wrestle in the off-season to reach the upper echelon. It isn’t even debatable anymore.
Three Mifflin County wrestlers realize the importance of wrestling in the spring and summer and have registered to compete at the FloNationals in Indiana, PA over the weekend.
The FloNationals is one of the top out of season tournaments in the country. It has grown by leaps and bounds in a very short time with over 800 wrestlers registered for this year’s event.
Hayden Hidlay, Noah Stewart and junior high wrestler Trent Hidlay will represent the Huskies in Indiana with the hopes of gaining a place on the medal stand.
Hayden is coming off a stellar 38-5 campaign and sixth-place finish at the PIAA state championships. Stewart qualified for states but failed to place, ending the season at 34-10. Both are sophomores.
Trent had an unbeaten junior high regular season and finished second at the PJW Junior High state championships recently. The eighth grader will be one of the top newcomers to the varsity squad next season.
On an interesting side note, the Hidlay brothers are both registered to wrestle at 138, so a potential meeting is possible.
Some of the top competition at 138 pounds (there is a five-pound allowance) includes PIAA Class AA champion Brock Zacherl (Brookville) and PIAA state placers Colby Ems (East Stroudsburg South) and Kaleb Young (Punsutawney), along with state qualifiers Joey Alessandro (Hempfield Area) and Greg Konieczny (LaSalle College).
Zacherl is rated fifth in the nation in this weight class. He owns a 3-1 victory over Hayden Hidlay at the Powerade tournament last December.
At 152, Stewart is looking at a class led by Lewis Hernandez of New York, Corbin Allen of Virginia, PIAA Class AA state champ Kyle Bova of Coudersport and PIAA state placer Cole Walter of Mifflinburg. Bova won his state title at 160 but is down for FloNationals.
Hernandez is ranked ninth nationally. Allen is No. 18 and Bova is ranked at No. 20.
A grand total of 39 wrestlers at the tournament are nationally ranked by Intermat.
The competition is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. ET on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday (with the quarterfinals and semifinals). The championship and other medal matches are scheduled for just after 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
MifflinCountyWrestling.com will have live updates of all three wrestlers during the event, so check back often.
For only the third time in the 20-year history of the Dan Hodge Trophy, college wrestling’s top award will go to same individual more than once in a career. Penn State’s David Taylor dominated the official ballots in the same way he did opponents on the mat, winning 38 of the 43 official votes from the Hodge Trophy Voting Committee.
Taylor joins his coach and three-time winner Cael Sanderson (2000-2002) and Missouri’s Ben Askren (2006-07) as the only multiple-time winners in the two-decade history of the award, given annually to the most dominant college wrestler. He also won the Hodge in 2012.
The award, named after Oklahoma’s three-time (1955-57) NCAA champion Dan Hodge, will be presented to Taylor at the team’s banquet on Saturday, April 26.
The voting committee named Taylor (165 pounds) the 2014 Hodge winner over a pair of outstanding three-time NCAA champs in Ohio State’s junior Logan Stieber (141) and senior teammate Ed Ruth (184).
Hodge Trophy Voting Breakdown
1.) David Taylor, Penn State 167 45 38 6 0 1
2.) Logan Stieber Ohio State 107 44 3 18 18 5
3.) Ed Ruth, Penn State 102 42 2 18 18 4
4.) Chris Perry, Oklahoma State 47 32 2 2 5 23
5.) Alex Dieringer, Oklahoma State 20 15 0 1 3 11
6.) Jesse Delgado, Illinois 2 1 0 0 1 0
7.) Tony Ramos, Iowa 1 1 0 0 0 1
8.) Nick Gwiazdowski, NC State 1