Cumberland Valley has a very powerful wrestling team and the Eagles put on a vulgar display of that power to spoil Mifflin County’s home dual meet opener Thursday evening.
Things looked bright early when the Huskies jumped out to a 13-0 advantage. The excitement was short-lived however as Cumberland Valley reeled off 11 straight wins for the 43-13 Mid-Penn Commonwealth victory.
“Realistically, we knew they were very good at every single weight class,” Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin said. “For us it was a matter of stepping up and we didn’t do it. Give them all the credit. They are a solid team.”
The Huskies (5-1, 1-1 Commonwealth) took the first three bouts to get the crowd into it early. At 132, Logan Wise (7-2) took Parker Hilliard to his back for a five-point move in the first period and made it stand for a 7-5 victory.
Next up were the Hidlay brothers and both came away with impressive wins. Trent Hidlay improved his record to 11-2 with a solid 8-0 major decision over Cal Reichart at 138. Hidlay, ranked sixth in the state as a freshman, had a takedown in the first and six points in the second to beat Reichart, who is also state ranked.
Hayden Hidlay, ranked second in the state at 145, continued his dominant season with a 5:09 fall over former Mifflin County wrestler Quentin Milliken. Hayden was up 15-1 at the time of the fall and improved his record to a perfect 10-0.
“We started out well. Logan Wise is just a ninth grader and he won his first home match against a state and nationally ranked team,” Martin said. “He opened things up and got us going. Trent looked very good. He’s wrestled that kid in the past and lost to him. Hayden showed just how much work he’s put in between seasons. I thought there were some kids who did go out there and battle for three periods, but I also felt like we could have done more.”
The euphoria of an early lead quickly evaporated as the Eagles showed why they are second in the state and 19th nationally.
Felix Belga, a state qualifier a year ago, got the ball rolling for CV with a 4-2 win over Isaac Underhill. West Virginia bound Patrick Duggan collected three takedowns and an escape for a 7-1 win over Noah Stewart in a battle of ranked wrestlers at 160.
At 170, Jacob Schalles had four takedowns for a 9-5 victory over Mike Bielski, subbing for the injured Brandon Wilson. The Eagles evened things up at 13 when Trent Cook majored Keith Corson 11-2. Cook scored five points in the third period to earn the major decision.
At 195, Francis Duggan, a solid freshman for the Eagles pulled off the upset with an 8-4 victory over Trey Hartsock. Duggan collected three takedowns while limiting Hartsock to just four escapes. The Husky junior came in ranked fifth in the state, while Duggan is 15th.
Cumberland Valley (3-0, 2-0 Commonwealth) took the lead for good at 19-13 when Jake Black escaped in the third for a 1-0 win over Wyatt Renninger at 220.
“It doesn’t matter what team your facing you don’t want to lose one point matches. You don’t want to lose in the third period. You don’t want to lose a lead late in matches or overtime,” Martin said. “Those are things you can’t let happen. We need to do a better job of finishing matches.
“The last couple of years going down there I thought we were timid. I wouldn’t say we were timid tonight. I thought our kids showed up and wrestled. This will be a chance to emphasize the things we have to clean up, especially if we want to achieve our goals of winning districts and going to the state duals and win matches down there.”
The Eagles blew the match open with forfeit victories at 285 and 106 and 3:45 fall by William Kaldes over Kyle Smith at 113. In a blink of an eye, a close match became a 37-13 rout.
At 120, Wyatt Long scored a takedown with 33 seconds left to hand Noah Myers at tough 3-1 defeat. Jake Barrick closed things out for the Eagles with a 15-11 overtime victory over Jonah Kile at 126.
Kile and Barrick battled to a 4-4 stalemate after one. Kile chose bottom and reversed Barrick to his back for a five-point move. Barrick returned the favor with his own reversal and two back points, making it 9-8 at the halfway point of the second. The Husky sophomore hit another reversal to take an 11-8 lead into the final frame.
Barrick escaped and recorded a late takedown to send the match into overtime. In the extra session, Barrick got the double leg and put Kile to his back with a four-point move and the victory.
The Huskies lost the takedown battle 22-9. The Mifflin County junior high lost 73-23.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Huskies with a match against District 6 rival Central Mountain set for Saturday at the Husky gym.
“I think it will be good for us. I think we’ll be ready to get back on the mat,” Martin said. “Central Mountain is our rival right now. I know both teams will be pumped up for this match.”
Cumberland Valley 43, Mifflin County 13
132: Logan Wise (MC) dec. Parker Hilliand, 7-5.
138: Trent Hidlay (MC) major dec. Cal Reichart, 8-0.
145: Hayden Hidlay (MC) pinned Quentin Milliken, 5:09.
152: Felix Belga (CV) dec. Isaac Underhill, 4-2.
160: Patrick Duggan (CV) dec. Noah Stewart, 7-1.
170: Jacob Schalles (CV) dec. Mike Bielski, 9-5.
182: Trent Cox (CV) major dec. Keith Corson, 11-2.
195: Francis Duggan (CV) dec. Trey Hartsock, 8-4.
220: Jake Black (CV) dec. Wyatt Renninger, 1-0.
285: Jackson Stanford (CV) won by forfeit.
106: Russell Zimmerman (CV) won by forfeit.
113: William Kaldes (CV) pinned Kyle Smith, 3:45.
120: Wyatt Long (CV) dec. Noah Myers, 3-1.
126: Jack Barrick dec. Jonah Kile, 15-11 OT.
Jr. High – Cumberland Valley 73-23
You couldn’t ask for a better home dual meet opener for Mifflin County than the one we have tonight.
Cumberland Valley, the No. 2 ranked team in the state, invades the Husky gym for a Mid-Penn Commonwealth barn-burner beginning at 7 PM.
The Eagles are 2-0 on the season, 1-0 in the Commonwealth, with wins over Big Spring (57-6) and State College (53-3). They also won their own CV Classic to kick off the season.
CV is loaded with talent and don’t have a weak link in the entire lineup. Leading the way is senior Patrick Duggan. The West Virginia recruit is 6-0 on the season wrestling between 152-170. He is ranked second in the state at 152 and seventh nationally by Intermat.
State qualifiers William Kaldes (4-1 at 113) and Jackson Stanford (5-1 at 285) return and are ranked No. 6 and No. 14 respectively. Other ranked wrestlers include Wyatt Long (No. 11 at 120), Cal Reichart (No. 15 at 138), Felix Belga (No. 13 at 145), Trent Cook (No. 11 at 170) and freshman Francis Duggan (No. 15 at 195).
Also on the roster is former Mifflin County wrestler Quintin Milliken. The freshman is 2-0 on the season at 145 pounds.
Cumberland Valley is ranked No. 19 in the nation by Intermat.
The Huskies come into the meet with a 5-0 mark holding victories over Ephrata (73-5), Reading (52-21), Biglerville (49-15), Downingtown East (38-27) and CD East (50-15). In addition, Mifflin County is coming off an impressive third-place finish at the King of the Mountain tournament last weekend.
The Huskies are paced by NC State commit Hayden Hidlay (9-0 at 145), Noah Stewart (10-1 at 160), Trey Hartsock (9-1 at 195), Trent Hidlay (10-2 at 138), Isaac Underhill (8-3 at 152) and Brandon Wilson (9-3 at 170).
Hayden is ranked second in the state and seventh in the nation, while Stewart and Hartsock are ranked fifth in the state, Trent Hidlay is rated sixth, Underhill is 17th and Wilson comes in at 23rd.
Here are the potential match-ups for tonight’s dual:
(Mifflin County wrestlers are listed first)
106: Forfeit to Russell Zimmerman, 9th (4-3).
113: Kyle Smith, 11th (5-3) vs. No. 6 William Kaldes, 10th (4-1).
120: Noah Myers, 10th (6-2) vs. No. 11 Wyatt Long, 10th (6-0).
126: Jonah Kile, 10th (4-4) vs. Jake Barrick, 10th (3-2).
132: Logan Wise, 9th (6-2) vs. No. 15 Cal Reichart, 10th (6-0).
138: No. 6 Trent Hidlay, 9th (10-2) vs. Parker Hillard, 11th (7-1).
145: No. 2 Hayden Hidlay, 11th (9-0) vs. No. 13 Felix Belga, 11th (6-1) or Quintin Milliken, 9th (2-0).
152: No. 17 Isaac Underhill, 12th (8-3) vs. No. 2 Patrick Duggan, 12th (6-0) or Belga.
160: No. 5 Noah Stewart, 11th (10-1) vs. Jacob Schalles, 11th (3-2) or P. Duggan.
170: No. 23 Brandon Wilson, 11th (9-3) or Mike Bielski, 11th (1-0) vs. No. 11 Trent Cook, 11th (5-1) or P. Duggan.
182: Keith Corson, 12th (7-3) vs. Dayne Ross, 11th (3-2) or Cook.
195: No. 5 Trey Hartsock, 11th (9-1) vs. No. 17 Francis Duggan, 9th (4-2) or Brad Drabenstadt, 12th (0-1).
220: Wyatt Renninger, 12th (3-4) vs. Jake Black, 11th (7-1) or F.Duggan.
285: Forfeit to No. 14 Jackson Stanford, 12th (5-1).
Kirby Martin on Cumberland Valley
Four members of the Siglerville Mat Club competed at the VAC Duals in Virginia.
Trey Kibe went 8-0 at the event, while Hunter Johnson was 7-2, Nic Allison 6-3 and Rylan Bailey 2-6.
Next up for Siglerville is a match with Glendale on Dec. 27th
The Huskies, with two starters down (106 and 285) and an inexperienced lightweight group, put two in the finals, placed six and finished third in the team race of one of the toughest tournaments in the country.
Don’t know about you but I would call that a damn big statement!
Only Bethlehem Catholic, with five straight Class AA state team titles to its credit and Greater Latrobe, led by Luke Pletcher, the No. 3 ranked junior in the nation, finished in front of Mifflin County.
Not rival Central Mountain (9th), not state powers Pennridge (4th) or Boyertown (5th) and not Class AA powerhouse Boiling Springs (6th). Only Greater Latrobe (9) and Bethlehem Catholic (8) had more KOM placewinners than the Huskies.
“This was a good way for us to start the season,” Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin said. “It is a high level of wrestling because we are seeing a lot of kids who are highly ranked in the state. Our goal now is to continue wrestling at a high level and really peak at the end of the year.”
High level wresting is what you get at King of the Mountain. This year’s tourney featured 34 teams with 15 of those posting a state ranking. Individually, there were 60 state qualifiers in attendance and five state gold medal winners from last season.
If you survive KOM, you can compete with anybody and the Huskies proved that way beyond a reasonable doubt.
At 145 pounds, Hayden Hidlay channeled his inner Klondike Kat and made mincemeat out of the competition posting a fall, two technical falls and a 12-3 major decision victory in the finals for his second KOM championship.
By the way, if you know who Klondike Kat is you are just like me – old.
Hayden is another year older, physically stronger and mentally tougher than he’s ever been and he was above average mentally before. He wanted Mike Kemerer back at Super 32 and his intensity level is in the stratosphere right now. I can’t wait to see Hayden come tournament time in March.
Trey Hartsock made it to the finals before dropping a tough 3-1 decision to Zach Smith of North Allegheny. Smith is a physically imposing, hard-to-score on wrestler who went 38-9 last season and qualified for states.
Hartsock knows what he has to do and a match like that will only help him down the road come postseason time.
Noah Stewart (3rd at 160), Trent Hidlay (5th at 138), Isaac Underhill (5th at 152) and Brandon Wilson (5th at 170) rounded out the KOM placers for Mifflin County.
The Huskies finished the event with an overall bout record of 34-20, good for a .630 winning percentage. Here is the breakdown by individual:
113: Kyle Smith (1-2)
120: Noah Myers (1-2)
126: Jonah Kile (1-2)
132: Logan Wise (2-2)
138: Trent Hidlay (5-2)
145: Hayden Hidlay (4-0)
152: Isaac Underhill (4-2)
160: Noah Stewart (5-1)
170: Brandon Wilson (5-2)
182: Keith Corson (3-2)
195: Trey Hartsock (3-1)
220: Wyatt Renninger (0-2)
The young guys are improving and that will only help down the road. The more matches they get, the better off Mifflin County will be.
With Cumberland Valley and our friends at Central Mountain paying visits this Thursday and Saturday – the schedule doesn’t get easier. Hopefully, we won’t have to forfeit two weight classes to either team.
Huskies Have Five Wrestlers State Ranked
The first week of the PA Power Wrestling Rankings are out and Mifflin County has five kids state ranked in Class AAA.
Hayden Hidlay is ranked third at 145 behind Kemerer and Sam Krivus (who wrestled 138 at KOM). Hartsock is fourth at 195, Stewart comes in ranked fifth at 160, Wilson is 15th at 170 and Underhill is 21st at 152.
PA Power Rankings lists the top 25 kids at each weight.
Here are the top ranked wrestlers at each weight in Class AAA:
106: Matt Parker, 10th (Pennridge)
113: Devon Brown, 12th (Franklin Regional)
120: Spencer Lee, 10th (Franklin Regional)
126: Luke Karam, 11th (Bethlehem Catholic) - Beaten at KOM by Ethan McCoy
132: Luke Pletcher, 11th (Greater Latrobe)
138: Cameron Coy, 10th (Penn-Trafford) - Beaten at KOM by Sam Krivus
145: Mike Kemerer, 12th (Franklin Regional)
152: Vincenzo Joseph, 12th (Pittsburg Central Catholic)
160: Josh Shields, 12th (Franklin Regional)
170: Cody Cordes, 12th (Wyoming Valley West)
182: Kellan Stout, 12th (Mount Lebanon)
195: Drew Phipps, 11th (Norwin)
220: Jan Johnson, 12th (Governor Mifflin) – Jordan Wood is injured
285: Bo Spiller, 12th (Solanco)
For those keeping count that’s nine District 7 wrestlers ranked in the top spot. District 3 has two wrestlers ranked first, while Districts 1, 2 and 11 have one each.
Mifflin County junior Hayden Hidlay had no trouble capturing his second King of the Mountain championship with a dominating performance in the two-day event in Mill Hall this weekend.
Hidlay (9-0) made his top seed at 145 pounds hold true with a fall, two technical falls and a major decision in the finals. He opened the tournament with a 1:59 fall over Dazjon Casto of McDowell, followed by a 15-0 tech fall of Joe Little (Council Rock South) and a 23-7 tech of Cole Karam (Bethlehem Catholic) in the semifinals.
Hidlay, now 75-12 in his career, dominated Joe Willochell of Greater Latrobe by a 12-3 major decision in the finals.
Junior Trey Hartsock reached the 195-pound championship match but came up short by a 3-1 count to Zach Smith of North Allegheny. Hartsock is now 9-1 on the season.
Also placing for Mifflin County was Noah Stewart (3rd at 160). Trent Hidlay (138), Isaac Underhill (152) and Brandon Wilson (160) finished fifth at their respective weights.
The Huskies capped off a very successful tournament by taking third in the team race with 135 points. Bethlehem Catholic won its third straight team title with 198 points. Greater Latrobe took second with 189 points.
138: Cameron Coy, Penn-Trafford pinned Trent Hidlay, 3:34.
145: Hayden Hidlay technical fall Joe Little, Council Rock South, 15-0 (4:00).
152: Isaac Underhill dec. Connor Wurst, Erie Prep, 4-0.
160: Noah Stewart dec. Dylan Schwartz, Council Rock South, 5-0.
170: Ryan Dailey, McDowell dec. Brandon Wilson, 5-4.
195: Trey Hartsock dec. Xavier Ferrizzi, Owen J. Roberts, 3-1.
145: Hayden Hidlay technical fall Cole Karam, Bethlehem Catholic, 22-7 (5:32).
152: Trevor Corl, Bellefonte dec. Isaac Underhill, 6-1.
160: Devin Austin, Penn-Trafford dec. Noah Stewart, 2-0.
195: Trey Hartsock dec. Garrette Reinwald, Fort LeBouef, 2-1 TB.
145: Hayden Hidlay major dec. Jake Willochell, Greater Latrobe, 12-3.
195: Zach Smith, North Allegheny dec. Trey Hartsock, 3-1.
1. Bethlehem Catholic 198
2. Greater Latrobe 189
3. Mifflin County 135
4. Pennridge 132
5. Boyertown 124
T6. Boiling Springs 123
T6. Owen J. Roberts 123
8. Council Rock South 121.5
9. Central Mountain 113.5
10. Penn-Trafford 109
11. North Allegheny 108.5
12. General McLane 94
13. Jersey Shore 88.5
14. Hempfield Area 88
15. Bellefonte 83
16. Huntingdon 81
17. Erie Cathedral Prep 71
18. Erie McDowell 70.5
19. Downingtown East 70
20. Burrell 68.5
21. Benton 63.5
22. South Western 62.5
23. Stroudsburg 61.5
24. Wyalusing 59
25. Schuylkill Valley 58.5
26. Lower Dauphin 50
27. Bishop McDevitt 47.5
T28. Fort LeBoeuf 44
T28. Kittanning 44
30. Penns Valley 40.5
31. Bedford 37.5
32. Archbishop Wood 28
33. Hamburg 27
34. DuBois 15.5
1. Matt Parker, Pennridge
2. Alan Diltz, Benton
3. Jakob Campbell, Boyertown
4. Job Chishko, Penn-Trafford
5. Jalin Hankerson, Boiling Springs
6. Geo Barzona, Central Mountain
7. Abe Guariello, Fort LeBoeuf
8. Brady Sherback, Greater Latrobe
1. Riley Palmer, Council Rock South
2. Kordell Rush, Pennridge
3. Hunter Zondory, Jersey Shore
4. Ryan Resnick, Owen J. Roberts
5. Leno Ciotti, General McLane
6. Alex Shaffer, Archbishop Wood
7. Luke Carty, Bethlehem Catholic
8. Luke Yonkin, Wyalusing
1. John Pipa, Bishop McDevitt
2. Charles Lenox, Erie McDowell
3. Jake Riegel, Bethlehem Catholic
4. Derek Gulotta, Owen J. Roberts
5. Luke Kemerer, Hempfield Area
6. Keanan Bottorf, Central Mountain
7. Sean Stanish, Hamburg
8. Aaron Witherite, Bellefonte
1. Zach Trampe, Council Rock South
2. Ethan McCoy, Greater Latrobe
3. Luke Karam, Bethlehem Catholic
4. Collin Glorioso, Huntingdon
5. Wade Cummings, Downingtown East
6. Luke Landefeld, North Allegheny
7. Lucas Miller, Boyertown
8. Derek Wilson, South Western
1. Luke Pletcher, Greater Latrobe
2. Korbin Myers, Boiling Springs
3. Brock Port, Bellefonte
4. Josh Giorgio, Schuylkill Valley
5. Owen Wherley, South Western
6. Mike Stuart, Benton
7. Josh Stillings, Pennridge
8. Curtis Decker, Penns Valley
1. Sam Krivus, Hempfield
2. Cameron Coy, Penn-Trafford
3. Kyle Shoop, Boiling Springs
4. Demetri DOrsaneo, Owen J. Roberts
5. Trent Hidlay, Mifflin County
6. Stephen Maloney, Bethlehem Catholic
7. Joel Cawoski, Greater Latrobe
8. A.J. Boeh, North Allegheny
1. Hayden Hidlay, Mifflin County
2. Jake Willochell, Greater Latrobe
3. Cole Karam, Bethlehem Catholic
4. Mike Risnear, Penn-Trafford
5. Owen Watkins, General McLane
6. A.J. Kostyak, Boiling Springs
7. Joe Little, Council Rock South
8. Collin Edsell, Wyalusing
1. Trevor Corl, Bellefonte
2. Mikey Labriola, Bethlehem Catholic
3. Ethan Smith, Greater Latrobe
4. Dominick Petrucelli, Owen J. Roberts
5. Isaac Underhill, Mifflin County
6. Damon Greenwald, Burrell
7. Keller Watkins, General McLane
8. Connor Wurst, Erie Cathedral Prep
1. Devin Austin, Penn-Trafford
2. Jacob Oliver, Huntingdon
3. Noah Stewart, Mifflin County
4. Dylan Schwartz, Council Rock South
5. Hadyn Smartwood, Jersey Shore
6. John Vaughn, Boiling Springs
7. Demtri Probst, Central Mountain
8. Shane Jones, Stroudsburg
1. Jake Shaffer, Greater Latrobe
2. Adam Soldridge, Bethlehem Catholic
3. Gavin Caprio, Central Mountain
4. Ryan Dailey, Erie McDowell
5. Brandon Wilson, Mifflin County
6. Ethan Laird, General McLane
7. Jon Wagner, Huntingdon
8. Ian Maliewski, Erie Cathedral Prep
1. John Jakobsen, Stroudsburg
2. Kyle Gentile, Pennridge
3. Corey Hazel, Penns Valley
4. Gregg Harvey, Boyertown
5. Max Mason, Jersey Shore
6. Clay Byerly, North Allegheny
7. Ben Kenis, Council Rock South
8. Mike Hughes, Erie Cathedral Prep
1. Zach Smith, North Allegheny
2. Trey Hartsock, Mifflin County
3. Garrette Reinwald, Fort LeBoeuf
4. Xavier Ferrizzi, Owen J. Roberts
5. Jonathan Tindall, Schuylkill Valley
6. Matt McGillick, Penn-Trafford
7. Dominic Loffredo, Jersey Shore
8. Travis Schmeling, Greater Latrobe
1. Andrew Dunn, Bethlehem Catholic
2. Jacob Robb, Kittanning
3. Dylan Otis, Wyalusing
4. Freddie Mantsch, Hempfield
5. Seth Janney, South Western
6. Layne Skundrich, North Allegheny
7. Billy McGinley, Downingtown East
8. Phil Selker, Erie Cathedral Prep
1. Al Beattie, Burrell
2. Tyler Mears, Greater Latrobe
3. Joe Kracz, Pennridge
4. Tommy Killoran, Boyertown
5. Bryce Hanley, Central Mountain
6. Ian Mallory, General McLane
7. Owen Morris, Downingtown East
8. Chase Logan, Hempfield