Mifflin County’s Hayden Hidlay finished 3-2 and was eliminated from the competition on day one of the Junior National Freestyle Championships in Fargo, North Dakota on Friday.
Hidlay, who earned All-American status earlier with a fifth-place finish in Greco, opened up the 145-pound weight class with a 11-0 technical fall over Nate Malinowski of Maryland.
In the second round, Hidlay dropped a tough 5-4 decision to Minnesota’s Mark Voss falling into the consolation bracket.
Hayden bounced back with a 12-2 technical fall victory over Jake Bell of Texas and a 10-0 tech fall over Tyler Gilger of West Virginia.
Hidlay’s tournament came to an end after a 10-0 tech fall loss to Mike Longo of California.
Hayden Hidlay tech fall Nate Malinowski, Maryland 11-0.
Mark Voss, Minnesota dec. Hayden Hidlay, 5-4.
Consolation – Second Round
Hayden Hidlay tech fall Jake Bell, Texas, 12-2.
Hayden Hidlay, Mifflin County tech fall Tyler Gilger, West Virginia, 10-0.
Mike Longo, California tech fall Hayden Hidlay, 10-0.
Mifflin County’s Hayden Hidlay (145) went 6-2 and finished in fifth place at the Junior National Greco-Roman Championships at the Fargodome.
Hidlay breezed through to the quarterfinals with two pins and a technical fall before losing to Sir Romeo Howard of Illinois by a 14-1 tech fall.
The soon-to-be junior battled back with two wins in the consolations before dropping a 14-4 tech fall to Larry Early of Illinois. In the match for fifth place, Hidlay dominated Chase Lemons of Idaho by a 10-0 score.
Hayden will compete in the Junior National Freestyle Championships this weekend.
Sir Romeo Howard, Illinois tech fall Hayden Hidlay, 14-1.
Consolation Round 8:
Hayden Hidlay dec. Patricio Lugo, Florida, 4-2.
Hayden Hidlay tech fall Keenan Carter, Illinois, 10-0.
Larry Early, Illinois tech fall Hayden Hidlay, 14-4.
Hayden Hidlay tech fall Chase Lemons, Idaho, 10-0.
Hayden Hidlay, bye.
Hayden Hidlay tech fall Jay Oakes, New York, 10-0.
Hayden Hidlay pinned Anthony Africano, Connecticut, :18.
Hayden Hidlay pinned Wyatt Wycoff, California, 2:23.
Mifflin County junior-to-be Hayden Hidlay is set to compete this week at the ASICS Junior National Championships at the Fargodome on the campus of North Dakota State University.
Hidlay spent three days training at UPJ before embarking on the journey to Fargo.
Hayden was a Cadet double finalist last year; earning All American status as runner up in both Greco and Freestyle. He was defeated by Zahid Valencia, who verbally committed to Arizona State and is currently ranked #6 in the class of 2015.
Greco competition is on Monday and Tuesday while Freestyle gets underway on Thursday with the finals on Saturday.
Check back here regularly for Hidlay’s results. For complete tournament coverage, go to Intermat or FloWrestling.
Update: Here is a preview of the 145 pound weight class from Intermat.
Two of the nation’s top Class of 2014 wrestlers is the lead figures in this absolutely loaded weight class, No. 35 Grant Leeth (Missouri) and No. 42 Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer (New York). Leeth was champion in Junior folkstyle this April, and is after the second leg of a Triple Crown, and was ffith in Junior freestyle last summer; while Rodriguez-Spencer is a highly productive Greco-Roman wrestler, third in Junior Greco-Roman in 2012 at 132 pounds, and a three-time FILA Junior All-American in this style.
Additional challengers in this weight class include a trio of top 100 Class of 2015 prospects: No. 74 Patricio Lugo (Florida), a Cadet double All-American (runner-up in Greco-Roman, fifth in freestyle) last summer at 138 pounds; No. 81 Wyatt Wyckoff (California), a two-time state runner-up; and No. 100 Isaac Dulgarian (Kansas). Also in this weight class is a trio of top 50 ranked Class of 2016 wrestlers: No. 25 Hayden Hidlay (Pennsylvania), a Cadet double runner-up last year at 126 pounds; No. 28 Kevin Budock (Maryland); and No. 43 Austin Kraisser (Maryland), a Cadet double All-American (fouth Greco-Roman, runner-up freestyle) last year at 145 pounds.
Additional contenders include returning Cadet Greco-Roman runner-up Logan Kass (Minnesota); additional Cadet Greco-Roman All-Americans in Rudy Guillen (Georgia), Chandler Michael (Oregon), and Fritz Schierl (Wisconsin); along with Sir Romeo Howard (Illinois), who was fifth last year in this weight class in Junior Greco-Roman.