The biggest preseason high school wrestling tournament kicks off on Saturday and eight Mifflin County wrestlers will battle for the belt at the Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina.
In the high school division, Hayden Hidlay (145), Trent Hidlay (145), Noah Stewart (160), Brandon Wilson (170) and Trey Hartock (195) are representing the Huskies.
Hunter Johnson (55), Nic Allison (60) and Trey Kibe (95) are entered in the elementary division for the Siglerville Mat Club.
With 1,500 wrestlers registered, the Super 32 Challenge is bigger and better than ever. The tournament is the measuring stick for high school wrestlers. Look no further than last years NCAA championships as proof.
Seven of the finalists participated in this event during their high school career, including five of the ten NCAA champions: three-time champion Ed Ruth (Penn State), two-time champion and two-time Hodge Trophy recipient David Taylor (Penn State), Tony Ramos (Iowa), Jason Tsirtsis (Northwestern), and Nick Gwiazdowski (North Carolina State).
Here is a breakdown of each weight our Mifflin County high school wrestlers are entered in. The previews come from Josh Lowe of Intermat.
Three-time Super 32 finalist Michael Kemerer is one of three top 100 seniors in this field, joined by NHSCA Junior Nationals champion Max Thomsen (Union, Iowa) and NHSCA Junior Nationals runner-up Patricio Lugo (South Dade, Fla.). Joining Kemerer and Thomsen in this weight class as returning Super 32 placers are Kyle Lawson (St. Paris Graham, Ohio), who is ranked No. 6 in the sophomore class, and Thomas Dutton (Rocky Point, N.Y.). This is a relatively shallow weight class, with the lone other grade-level ranked wrestler being No. 27 overall junior, Hayden Hidlay (Mifflin County, Pa.)
Others to note in this weight class include state runner-up Ryan Burkert (St. Peter’s Prep, N.J.), two-time state placer Zac Carson (Uniontown Lake, Ohio), two-time Flo Nationals placer Kent Lane (Southern Columbia, Pa.), NHSCA Sophomore Nationals champion Kevin Budock (Good Counsel, Md.), two-time state champions Jake Adcock (Pope, Ga.) and Christian Villani (Bellevue, Wash.), along with two-time state finalists Logan Lacure (Dayton Christian, Ohio), Griffin Parriott (New Prague, Minn.), and Brock Cooper (Bremen, Ga.).
Two-time Super 32 placer Fox Baldwin (Osceola, Fla.) is one of seven top 100 seniors populating the field in this weight class. Those other ranked Class of 2015 prospects include Flo Nationals runner-up Josh Ugalde (Bound Brook, N.J.), Junior National double All-American Brett Bye (Vermillion, S.D.), Super 32 placer Dayton Racer (Bettendorf, Iowa), three-time state placer Paden Bailey (Broken Arrow, Okla.), NHSCA Junior Nationals champion Ben Schram (Bellbrook, Ohio), and three-time state placer Cole Walter (Mifflinburg, Pa.). There is also a pair of top 50 ranked juniors and a ranked sophomore in this weight class: the juniors include Alex Marinelli (St. Paris Graham, Ohio), ranked No. 9 in the Class of 2016, and FILA Cadet freestyle runner-up Trace Carello (Marmion Academy, Ill.); while Flo Nationals placer Louie Deprez (Hilton, N.Y.) is No. 29 in the Class of 2017.
Additional wrestlers to note in this field include three-time New England placer Cody Hughes (Marshwood, Maine); two-time state champion Carver James (Dakota, Ill.); Cadet Greco-Roman champion Owen Webster (Shakopee, Minn.); Junior Greco All-American Joey Gunther (Libertyville, Ill.); two-time state finalist Corbin Allen (Hanover, Va.); NHSCA Sophomore Nationals champion Thomas Bullard (Archer, Ga.); along with Flo Nationals placers D.J. Hollingshead (Altoona, Pa.) and Tony Palumbo (Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Pa.)
Two top 100 seniors, and potential in-state college rivals, are featured in this weight class: Taylor Lujan (Carrollton, Ga.), a Northern Iowa commit, finished runner-up at the Super 32 and Flo Nationals during 2013-14; while two-time state champion Colston DiBlasi (Park Hill, Mo.) is an Iowa State commit. Other notable wrestlers in this field include returning Super 32 placer Zach Hertling (Ocean Township, N.J.); NHSCA Junior Nationals runner-up Juan Garcia (Danbury, Ct.); Flo Nationals placer Brett Donner (Wall, N.J.); NHSCA Junior Nationals placers Sean Kennedy (Riverdale, Tenn.) and Fritz Hoehn (North Andover, Mass.); along with state champions Trevor Allard (Mexico, N.Y.) and Caleb Little (Jefferson, Ga.)
Two wrestlers in this weight carry a grade-level ranking into the tournament, FILA Cadet freestyle champion Hunter Ritter (John Carroll, Md.) is No. 35 in the senior class, while returning Super 32 placer Drew Phipps (Norwin, Pa.) is No. 50 in the junior class. Additional wrestlers to note in this field include Junior freestyle All-American Kevin Mulligan (Bergen Catholic, N.J.), NHSCA Junior Nationals champion Jeff Velez (David Brearley, N.J.), returning Flo Nationals placers Jacob Cooper (Springport, Mich.) and Drew Kasper (Lexington, Ohio), two-time state placers Dylan Reynolds (Saegertown, Pa.) and Jacob Worthington (Milan Edison, Ohio), along with state third place finishers Gabriel Rangel (Davenport Assumption, Iowa) and Steve Allen (Broken Arrow, Okla.)
Returning NCAA Division III National Champion Kaleb Loht (Indian Valley) of Messiah is ranked first in the country at 141 pounds in the Division III Preseason rankings by Intermat.
Loht was 48-1 last season and hold a 117-12 career record with 31 falls.
Messiah is No. 2 in the nation in the team rankings. Wisconsin-Whitewater is rated No. 1. The Falcons open the season Saturday hosting the Messiah Invitational.
Hayden Hidlay (147), Noah Stewart (172) and Trey Hartsock (197) won championships at the Lock Haven Fall Classic on Sunday.
Hidlay defeated Kyle Shoop of Boiling Springs by a 3-0 score in the 147-pound final. Shoop committed to Lock Haven over the summer.
At 172, Stewart took care of Jared Siegrist of Manheim Central by a 3-1 count, while Hartsock defeated Max Mason of Jersey Shore, 7-2.
Trent Hidlay finished third at 147. His only loss coming at the hands of Shoop by a 5-0 score. Joey Taptich (108), Jonah Kyle (128) and Brandon Wilson (184) competed but failed to place.
Here are the complete results for all Mifflin County wrestlers:
Hayden Hidlay 147 First Place (5-0) 12-1 over Richie Burke, Ithaca NY Fall 2:14 over Shane Ging, South Fayette 11-2 over John Ritter, Liberty Fall in 1:30 over Garrett Buckley, MatHawgs 3-0 over Kyle Shoop, Boiling Springs Noah Stewart, 172 First Place (5-0) 3-0 over Rowdy Harman, Northwest Guilford 3-1 over Adam Soldridge, Bethlehem Catholic 16-0 over Alondo Wallace, Chambersburg 6-0 over Brett Beltz, South Fayette 3-1 over Jared Siegrist, Manheim Central Trey Hartsock, 197, First Place (3-0) Fall in :29 over Austin Shanklin, South Williamsport Fall over Marcello Gennaro, Crusader Training Center 7-2 over Max Mason, Jersey Shore Trent Hidlay, 147 Third Place (7-1) 3-2 over nathan Jones, South Williamsport 0-6 loss to Kyle Shoop, Boiling Springs 3-0 over Righie Burke, Ithaca NY 3-1 over Noah Goss, Skyline, VA 4-0 over Kevin Dans, Liberty 1-0 over John Ritter, Liberty FF over Kevin Ciresa, Hunterdon Central NJ 2-1 over Nathan Jones, South Williamsport Joey Taptich, 108 DNP (0-2) 8-2 loss to William Evanitsky, Scranton 8-1 loss to Logan Ninos, Northampton Jonah Kyle, 128 DNP (0-2) 10-1 loss to Dylan Brown, Freedom Fall loss in 2:26 to Keenan Bottorf, Central Mountain Brandon Wilson, 184 DNP (3-2) 2-1 over Isaiah Burgette Mat Assassins 6-4 over Howie Nolan, Prescott Wrestling 4-2 over Jonathan Thomas, North Star 1-3 loss to Gavin Hoffman 1-11 loss to Conner Bohringer, Jackson Memorial
Intermat just released its preseason rankings and Penn State is rated fifth in the nation to kick off the 2014-15 season.
The Nittany Lions, who have eight wrestlers making the preseason individual rankings, trail No. 1 Minnesota, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Iowa and No. 4 Cornell.
The Big Ten continues its dominance of the sport with six teams ranked in the top 10.
Below are Penn State’s individual ranked wrestlers:
125: Jordan Conaway, Jr, No. 12
133: Jimmy Gulibon, So, No. 8
141: Zain Retherford, So, No. 3
149: Zack Beitz, So, No. 18
157: Dylan Alton, Sr, No. 9
174: Matt Brown, Sr. No. 3
197: Morgan McIntosh, Jr, No. 4
Hwt: Jon Gingrich, Sr, No. 7
(Redshirt freshmen Garrett Hammond at 165 and Matt McCutcheon at 184 are unranked)
WIN magazine released its preseason high school rankings and Mifflin County’s Hayden Hidlay made the top 20 at his weight class.
The Husky junior is rated 17th in the nation at 145 pounds. Hidlay is ranked 15th at the same weight by FloWrestling. Another District 6 competitor, D.J. Hollingshead of Altoona, is 17th at 152 pounds.
Franklin Regional’s Devin Brown and Spencer Lee are ranked first at 113 and 120 respectively to pace the Keystone State.