The matchups for the 2014 Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic have been released. The event will take place on March 16 at the Fitzgerald Field house at the University of Pittsburgh.
At 4 p.m., the undercard dual meet between a team of seniors from Oklahoma and seniors from the WPIAL (Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League). Then, at 6:00 p.m. it will be a match of top seniors from Pennsylvania against those from across the United States.
Below are the lineups for both events. Rankings are by Intermat.
Team USA vs. Pennsylvania
126: No. 1 Stevan Micic (Hanover Central, Ind.) vs. No. 3 Zeke Moisey (Bethlehem Catholic)
152: No. 1 Bryce Brill (Mt. Carmel, Ill.) vs. No. 3 T.C. Warner (Cumberland Valley)
113: No. 7 Brian Rossi (Lockport, Ill.) vs. No. 6 at 120 Ethan Lizak (Parkland)
132: No. 4 Josh Alber (Dakota, Ill.) vs. Ian Brown (Hanover)
170: No. 2 Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas) vs. No. 12 at 182 Stephan Loiseau (Lancaster Catholic)
220: *Kyle Snyder (Good Counsel, Md./USOTC) vs. No. 11 Michael Boykin (Coatesville)
182: No. 9 Joel Dixon (Edmond North, Okla.) vs. No. 3 Zack Zavatsky (Greater Latrobe)
160: No. 1 Ryan Blees (Bismarck, N.D.) vs. No. 3 Garrett Peppelman (Central Dauphin)
195: No. 4 Chip Ness (Buford, Ga.) vs. No. 20 Tristan Sponseller (Bermudian Springs)
120: No. 2 Nathan Boston (Woodford County, Ky.) vs. No. 6 at 126 Dalton Macri (Canon-McMillan)
285: No. 1 Nick Nevills (Clovis, Calif.) vs. No. 2 Thomas Haines (Solanco)
138: No. 1 Joey McKenna (Blair Academy, N.J.) vs. No. 3 at 145 Solomon Chishko (Canon-McMillan)
145: No. 6 at 152 Tyler Berger (Crook County, Ore.) vs. No. 2 Jason Nolf (Kittanning)
*Snyder did not compete scholastically during 2013-14, so he is not weight class ranked; however, Snyder is the No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2014
Oklahoma vs. WPIAL
113: Braden Bennett (Locust Grove) vs. Brendan Price (Canon-McMillan)
120: Jacob Findley (Collinsville) vs. Kevin Kinyua (Mt. Lebanon)
126: No. 20 at 132 Cub Yeager (Locust Grove) vs. No. 11 Dom Forys (North Allegheny)
132: Justin Fletcher (Bixby) vs. No. 6 Tyler Smith (Franklin Regional)
138: Will Steltzen (Collinsville) vs. Tyler Buckiso (Peters Township)
145: Jonce Blaylock (Berryhill) vs. Grant Fetchet (South Fayette)
152: No. 19 Dakota Head (Tuttle) vs. Steven Edwards (Burrell)
160: Jacobe Smith (Muskogee) vs. Jonathan Avon (North Hills)
170: No. 6 Chandler Rogers (Stillwater) vs. Kyle Coniker (Pittsburgh Central Catholic)
182: No. 10 at 220 Lance Dixon (Edmond North) vs. Terrell Fields (Valley)
195: No. 5 Derek White (Edmond North) vs. Cole Macek (Montour)
220: No. 12 at 285 Andrew Dixon (Edmond North) vs. Jake Temple (Avella)
285: Trey Loveall (Locust Grove) vs. Shane Kuhn (Kiski Area)
We also saw the emergence of a new generation of stars like freshman state champs Spencer Lee, Cameron Coy and Jake Riegel.
Here are some of my observations as we close out an exciting 2013-14 high school wrestling season here in the Keystone State:
Mifflin County saw four kids qualify for states and one, Hayden Hidlay, got up on the medal stand. Things are only going to get better.
Three of the four qualifiers were sophomores and Noah Stewart was one win away from placing. Stewart majored Carlisle’s Ian Shannon in the regular season and Shannon made the state finals at 160. Anything can happen at Hershey.
Trey Hartsock was a district and regional champion who I think got a little caught up in the bright lights and atmosphere of the Giant Center. He’s a solid wrestler.
They will all be back older, wiser and more mature.
Hidlay was very disappointed with his sixth-place finish and was visibly shaken. That’s good. Champions hate to lose. It drives them crazy. This will be his juice, his motivation in the spring and summer. Look for him to be much higher on the platform next season.
Still, Hidlay is only the second PIAA medalist in the school’s brief three-year history (Tyson Searer was the other) and in time he will come to appreciate just how great an accomplishment it is to be on the medal stand, even if it’s for a sixth-place award.
Add in the experience of Isaac Underhill, Noah Myers, and Brandon Wilson, throw in newcomers Trent Hidlay and Isaad Maclay, and it’s easy to see Mifflin County will be strong again in 2014-15 with the goal of a District 6 Dual Meet title and more state qualifiers on the docket.
One thing I did see at Hershey our kids need, in my humble opinion, is to get a little bigger and stronger. We had a hard time finishing shots and by the same token, the guys had trouble stopping their opponent’s shots. The kids at the state level just looked a little bigger and stronger than our Huskies. Some off-season weight training and wrestling should do the trick.
I finally got my first look at Spencer Lee of Franklin Regional and all I can say is – WOW!
The kid has serious game.
He is non-stop action and aggression. He stays low, has great balance, doesn’t get out of position and he’s a great chain wrestler. Always on the attack, he’ll take you down, let you up and as soon as you turn to face him, Lee is back at your legs again.
Lee’s first PIAA appearance featured four wins; 16-1 and 19-4 tech falls, a 2:17 pin and a 15-5 major in the finals.
He finished the season 49-0 with 28 falls, 12 technical falls, five major decisions, three forfeits and one regular decision. In 49 matches, only six guys went the full six minutes with Lee.
We all knew Marsteller was good. Four state titles and a career mark of 166-0 proved that, but how about winning a state title with a stress fracture in your back?
It was announced after the tournament that Marsteller was wrestling with a fracture but he still came through to win his fourth title and remain unbeaten in his career.
How dominate was he?
Here are his results this past weekend – fall in 1:27, 19-3 and 16-1 technical falls, and a 14-2 major decision in the finals. He was named Outstanding Wrestler of the Class AAA tournament.
Marsteller, wrestling with a cracked back, is better by a wide margin, than most wrestlers 100 percent healthy.
Haines won his fourth title as well making him and Marsteller only the 11th and 12th in PIAA history to accomplish the feat.
Haines finished his stellar career with a 174-5 record. Ironically, Haines may never see the light of day as a starter at Ohio State with Kyle Snyder coming into the fold.
Snyder gave up his senior season to train at Colorado Springs, site of the Olympic training center. Snyder, who went undefeated in high school and has never been taken down, defeated Haines twice. The decisive wins were by major decision and tech fall at the Ironman and Powerade tournaments.
Haines may have to go to 197 just to break the Buckeye lineup.
How hard is it to win a PIAA title?
Just ask Parkland’s Ethan Lizak, Hempfield Area’s Sam Krivus, Franklin Regional’s Tyler Smith, Father Judge’s Joe Galasso and Derry Area’s George Phillippi.
What do they all have in common? All were returning state champions who failed to repeat in 2014.
Next year we will have 11 returning or former state champs back. Seven of those will be in AAA and four in AA
Below is the list:
Devon Brown – Franklin Regional (106)
Spencer Lee – Franklin Regional (113)
Luke Pletcher – Greater Latrobe (120)
Cameron Coy – Penn Trafford (132)
Vincenzo Joseph – Pittsburgh Central Catholic (138)
Jan Johnson – Governor Mifflin (195)
Sam Krivus – Hempfield Area (120 in 2013)
Jake Riegel – Bathlehem Catholic (106)
Luke Karam – Bethlehem Catholic (113)
Korbin Myers – Boiling Springs (120)
George Phillippi – Derry Area (113 in 2013)
Another high school wrestling season has come to a close. I’d like to thank everyone who supported MifflinCountyWrestling.com and for all the nice compliments I received for my first-time coverage of the Huskies on MERF Radio during the tournament trail. I truly appreciate it.
Don’t worry. Even though the season is over the site will still march on.
We will follow the youth wrestling all through the spring and summer when freestyle and greco kick into high gear.
Wrestling is now a year-round sport and as long as the Mifflin County kids are out there doing their thing, this site will have the coverage.
That’s it for now. Thanks for reading.
From Penn State Media Relations
The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team rode a strong and balanced performance to its fourth-straight Big Ten Championship this weekend, sparked by two historic individual champions. Penn State out-distanced second place Iowa by 5.5 points. Head Coach Cael Sanderson’s squad took the title with 140.5 points while the Hawkeyes were close behind at 135.0.
In addition to its fourth straight team trophy, Penn State will return home with its first ever four-time individual champions as seniors David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio) and Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.) made school and conference history with final, historic, title runs. All 10 Nittany Lion wrestlers are headed to the NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City as Penn State now sets its sights on a fourth straight NCAA crown.
Taylor was named the 2014 Big Ten Wrestler of the Year, the third time he has won the honor. The Lion senior also pulled in his first Big Ten Championship Outstanding Wrestler honor as well. Sanderson won his fourth-straight Big Ten Coach of the Year award.
2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championships – FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
Sunday, March 9, 2014 – Kohl Center, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wis.
1: PENN STATE, 140.5
2: Iowa, 135.0
3: Minnesota, 118.5
4: Ohio State, 86.5
5: Nebraska, 79.0
6: Illinois, 78.5
7: Wisconsin, 73.0
8: Michigan, 71.5
9: Northwestern, 58.0
10: Indiana, 37.0
11: Purdue, 34.5
12: Michigan State, 21.5
2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championships – Championship Finals
Sunday, March 9, 2014 – Kohl Center, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wis.
125: Jesse Delgado ILL dec. Nico Megaludis PSU, 3-2 (TB2; 0:15 RT)
133: Tony Ramos IOWA dec. Tyler Graff WIS, 2-1
141: Logan Stieber OSU dec. Zain Retherford PSU, 7-3
149: Jason Tsirtsis NU dec. Jake Sueflohn NEB, 6-2
157: James Green NEB dec. Derek St. John IOWA, 7-4
165: David Taylor PSU maj. dec. Nick Moore IOWA, 14-5
174: Robert Kokesh NEB dec. Mike Evans IOWA, 6-4
184: Ed Ruth PSU maj. dec. Ethan Lofthouse IOWA, 10-2
197: Nick Heflin OSU dec. Morgan McIntosh PSU, 5-3 (SV2)
285: Tony Nelson MINN dec. Adam Chalfant IND, 2-1 (TB)
Penn State Individual Results
125: #2 Nico Megaludis (Murrysville, Pa.), Jr. – #1 seed – 26-3 overall-NCAA QUALIFIER – 2nd Place
133: #15 Jimmy Gulibon (Latrobe, Pa.), Fr. — #7 seed – 17-13 overall =NCAA QUALIFIER – 7th Place
141: #2 Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.), Fr. — #1 seed – 29-1 overall NCAA QUALIFIER – 2nd Place
149: #26 James English (York, Pa.), Sr. – #7 seed – 11-5 overall NCAA QUALIFIER – 5th Place
157: #11 Dylan Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), Jr. – #5 seed – 18-5 overall NCAA QUALIFIER – 8th Place
165: #1 David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), Sr. – #1 seed – 29-0 overall NCAA QUALIFIER – BIG TEN CHAMPION
174: #5 Matt Brown (West Valley City, Utah), Jr. – #2 seed – 28-4 overall NCAA QUALIFIER – 3rd Place
184: #2 Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), Sr. – #1 seed – 29-1 overall NCAA QUALIFIER – BIG TEN CHAMPION
197: #3 Morgan McIntosh (Santa Ana, Calif.), So. – #1 seed – 27-3 overall NCAA QUALIFIER – 2nd Place
285: #14 Jon Gingrich (Wingate, Pa.), Jr. – #8 seed – 22-8 overall NCAA QUALIFIER – 6th place.
Kirby Martin on States and 2014 Season
Mifflin County’s Hayden Hidlay went 1-2 on the final day of the PIAA Class AAA state wrestling championships to earn a sixth-place medal on Saturday.
The Husky sophomore opened the morning session with a 3-2 victory over Manheim Township’s Cortland Schuyler in the third round of consolations. Hidlay had an escape in the second and a takedown in the third to down Schuyler.
In the fourth round consolations, Hidlay dropped a 3-1 decision to Patrick Duggan of Cumberland Valley. Duggan, a state runner-up last season, made a second-period escape and takedown hold up for the victory.
The loss dropped Hidlay into the fifth-place match with Punxsutawney’s Kaleb Young, who Hayden beat in the regional finals the previous week.
This time the outcome was much different.
Young scored first with a late takedown with just three seconds left in the first period. Young chose down and escaped to start the second, but Hidlay made it 3-2 with a late takedown of his own.
Hidlay escaped to even things at 3-3 and force the bout into overtime. In sudden death, Hidlay took a quick shot but Young countered and put the Husky to his back for a five-point move and an 8-3 victory.
Hidlay, who went to states a year ago and failed to place, finished his sophomore campaign with an impressive 38-5 record.
Complete Mifflin County PIAA Results
138: Hayden Hidlay major dec. Wesley Hoover, Dallastown, 12-2.
152: Mason Bentzel, Pine Grove dec. Noah Stewart, 3-0.
182: Casey Glunt, James Buchanan dec. Trey Hartsock, 3-2.
195: Nezar Haddad, Parkland pinned Timmy Pearce, 3:30.
138: Michael Kemerer, Franklin Regional dec. Hayden Hidlay, 7-4.
152: Noah Stewart dec. Tyler Tarsi, Nazarethm, 4-2.
182: Caleb Edwards, Avon Grove major dec. Trey Hartsock, 9-1.
195: Karon Lucas-Tillery, Pennwood dec. Timmy Pearce, 4-2.
138: Hayden Hidlay dec. Joey Alessandro, Hempfield Area, 5-2.
152: Jake Shaffer, Greater Latrobe dec. Noah Stewart, 3-1.
138: Hayden Hidlay dec. Cortland Schuyler, Manheim Township, 3-2.
138: Patrick Duggan, Cumberland Valley dec. Hayden Hidlay, 3-1
138: Kaleb Young, Punxsutawney dec. Hayden Hidlay, 8-3 OT.
PIAA Class AAA Placewinners
1. Devin Brown, jr, Franklin Regional
2. Dan Moran, fr, Northampton
3. Connor Sheehan, sr, Solanco
4. Kordell Rush, so, Pennridge
5. Brett Kulp, so, Exeter Twp.
6. Gage Curry, so, North Hills
7. Riley Palmer, fr, Council Rock South
8. Luke Werner, fr, Liberty
1. Spencer Lee, fr, Franklin Regional
2. Joe Wheeling, sr, General McLane
3. Tyshawn White, so, Central Dauphin
4. Derek Gulotta, jr, Owen J. Roberts
5. Jacob Lizak, so, Parkland
6. Michael Scheetz, jr, Northampton
7. Ryan Hayes, jr, Spring Ford
8. Dustin Steffenino, jr, Upper Perkiomen
1. Luke Pletcher, so, Greater Latrobe
2. Scott Parker, sr, Pennridge
3. Tyrone Klump, sr, Nazareth
4. Ethan Lizak, sr, Parkland
5. Jake Gromacki, sr, Cathedral Prep
6. Michael Marino, sr, Garnet Valley
7. Brendan Hasson, sr, Belle Vernon Area
8. Chandler Olson, fr, Shippensburg
1. Dalton Macri, sr, Canon McMillan
2. Zach Valley, jr, Northampton
3. A.C. Headlee, jr, Waynesburg
4. Sam Krivus, jr, Hempfield Area
5. Rodney Sunday, sr, Dallastown
6. DJ Fehlman, jr, Warren
7. Dan Martoccio, sr, Council Rock South
8. Ben Ross, sr, Pennridge
1. Cameron Coy, fr, Penn Trafford
2. Chase Zemenak, sr, Nazareth
3. Tyler Smith, sr, Franklin Regional
4. Zach Elvin, jr, Central Dauphin
5. Matthew Grossmann, sr, Manheim Township
6. TY Buckiso, sr, Peters Township
7. Jalen Palmer, sr, Delaware Valley
8. Tommy Stokes, sr, Bensalem
1. Vincenzo Joseph, jr, Pittsburgh Central Catholic
2. Michael Kemerer, jr, Franklin Regional
3. Patrick Duggan, jr, Cumberland Valley
4. Colby Ems, East Stroudsburg South
5. Kaleb Young, so, Punxsutawney
6. Hayden Hidlay, so, Mifflin County
7. Cortlandt Schuyler, sr, Manheim Twp.
8. Demetri DOrsaneo, jr, Owen J. Roberts
1. Solomon Chishko, sr, Canon McMillan
2. Joseph Galasso, sr, Father Judge
3. Josh Maruca, jr, Franklin Regional
4. Chad Wickard, sr, Big Spring
5. Max Good, sr, Cedar Cliff
6. Fancesco Fabozzi, sr, Central Bucks East
7. Michael Hartman, sr, Spring Grove
8. Nathan Cheek, sr, Wyoming Valley West
1. TC Warner, sr, Cumberland Valley
2. Josh Shields, jr, Franklin Regional
3. Paul Dunn, jr, Bethel Park
4. David Hollingshead, jr, Altoona
5. Michael Springer, sr, Norristown
6. Josh Ortman, sr, Parkland
7. Mason Bentzel, sr, Spring Grove
8. Jake Shaffer, so, Greater Latrobe
1. Garrett Peppelman, sr, Central Dauphin
2. Ian Shannon, sr, Carlisle
3. Jonathan Avon, sr, North Hills
4. Matthew Carr, sr, Abington Heights
5. Ehrin Lee, sr, Titusville
6. Dominic Scalise, sr, Greater Latrobe
7. Bobby Fehr, sr, Northampton
8. Chad Reese, sr, Central Mountain
1. Chance Marsteller, sr, Kennard-Dale
2. Kyle Coniker, sr, Pittsburgh Central Catholic
3. Cody Seibert, sr, Big Spring
4. Noah Wilps, sr, Chartiers Valley
5. Ben Swarr, sr, Garden Spot
6. John Dambro, sr, Garnet Valley
7. Idris White, jr, Father Judge
8. Connor Martinez, sr, Dallas
1. Zack Zavatsky, sr, Greater Latrobe
2. Kellan Stout, jr, Mt. Lebanon
3. Nicolino Sevi, sr, Nazareth
4. Kyle Koser, sr, Northern
5. Alex Price, sr, North Penn
6. Casey Glunt, jr, James Buchanan
7. John Shorter, sr, Manheim Twp.
8. Tyree Spearman, sr, McDowell
1. Jan Johnson, jr, Governor Mifflin
2. Nezar Haddad, sr, Parkland
3. Tom Sleigh, sr, DuBois
4. Andrew Phipps, so, Norwin
5. Jovon Reyes, sr, Dieruff
6. Cole Macek, sr, Montour
7. Jordan Wertz, sr, Boyertown
8. Dylan Herb, sr, Shippensburg
1. Michael Boykin, sr, Coatesville
2. Jordan Wood, so, Boyertown
3. Jake Gunning, sr, Liberty
4. Bo Spiller, jr, Solanco
5. Dwayne Pepper, sr, Shikellamy
6. Antonio Pelusi, sr, LaSalle
7. Omar Haddad, jr, Parkland
8. Fred Mantsch, jr, Hempfield Area
1. Thomas Haines, sr, Solanco
2. Pat Finn, jr, Pottsgrove
3. Shane Kuhn, sr, Kiski Area
4. Tracey Green, sr, Methacton
5. Scot Augustine, sr, McDowell
6. Ryan Monk, jr, Dallas
7. Joey Goodhart, sr, Hempfield
8. Zeynul Zaynullayev, jr, Mt. Lebanon
PIAA Class AA Placewinners
1. Jake Riegel, fr, Bethlehem Catholic
2. John Pipa, fr, Bishop McDevitt
3. Brian Courtney, fr, Athens
4. Joe Lobeck, so, Lancaster Catholic
5. Max Murin, fr, Central Cambria
6. Aaron Burkett, so, Chestnut Ridge
7. Sammy Hepler, fr, Tri-Valley
8. Ryan Carlson, so, Brockway
1. Luke Karam, so, Bethlehem Catholic
2. Jonathan Gabriel, so, Bedford
3. Taylor Ortz, so, Brookville
4. Seth Hogue, so, Reynolds
5. Collin Glorioso, so, Huntingdon
6. Austin McDermitt, jr, Burgettstown
7. Faris Messai, so, Jamestown
8. Kyle Drick, sr, Montgomery
1. Korbin Myers, jr, Boiling Springs
2. Todd Lane, so, Southern Columbia
3. George Phillippi, so, Derry Area
4. Joey Gould, so, Bethlehem Catholic
5. Triston Law, jr, Forest Hills
6. Mike Stuart, fr, Benton
7. Caleb Bordner, jr, Tri-Valley
8. Willis Gruver, sr, Redbank Valley
1. Zeke Moisey, sr, Bethlehem Catholic
2. Josh Giorgio, jr, Schuylkill Valley
3. Cody Blankenship, sr, Kane
4. Lewis Williams, jr, Central Columbia
5. Grant Bond, jr, Boiling Springs
6. John Demaske, sr, Jefferson-Morgan
7. Patrick Dewitt, sr, Valley
8. Dante Albanese, sr, Pius X
1. Ian Brown, sr, Hanover
2. Kyle Shoop, jr, Boiling Springs
3. Austin Harry, sr, Lake-Lehman
4. Tyler Vath, jr, Saegertown
5. Mike Carr, so, South Fayette
6. Stephen Maloney, so, Bethlehem Catholic
7. Ryan Easter, sr, Bedford
8. Andrew Sutton, sr, Pen Argyl
1. Brock Zacherl, sr, Brookville
2. Kent Lane, jr, Southern Columbia
3. Jake Wentzel, so, South Park
4. George McGuire, sr, Fort Leboeuf
5. Josh Evans, sr, Palmerton
6. Nick Monico, so, Saegertown
7. Mike Labriola, fr, Bethlehem Catholic
8. Garrett Thomas, sr, Bedford
1. Jason Nolf, sr, Kittanning
2. Billy Barnes, jr, Williamson
3. Zach Vroman, sr, Brookville
4. Jacob Oliver, fr, Huntingdon
5. Corey Falleroni, sr, Burrell
6. Dakota Nixon, jr, Muncy
7. Tyler Shafer, sr, Hanover
8. Michael Comunale, jr, Pius X
1. Steve Edwards, sr, Burrell
2. Blake Marks, so, Southern Columbia
3. Cole Walter, jr, Mifflinburg
4. Grant Fetchet, sr, South Fayette
5. Brodie Zacherl, sr, Brookville
6. Richie Cerebe, sr, Calvary Christian
7. Andrew Doak, jr, Blairsville
8. Brad Malinowski, sr, Fort Leboeuf
1. Kyle Bova, sr, Coudersport
2. Jared Walker, jr, South Fayette
3. Ryan Preisch, sr, Milton
4. Briton Shelton, jr, Bermudian Springs
5. Jeric Kasunic, sr, Benton
6. Levi Niebauer, jr, Cambria Heights
7. Samuel Coebert, sr, Oswayo Valley
8. Jimmy Miller, jr, Brookville
1. Evan Delong, sr, Kane
2. Nico Pecora, sr, Richland
3. Dakota Geer, so, Franklin
4. Nick Mort, sr, Fairfield
5. Corey Hazel, jr, Penns Valley
6. Garrett Hoffman, so, Montoursville
7. Auston Hummel, sr, North Schuylkill
8. Nick Cortopassi, sr, Bethlehem Catholic
1. Stephen Loiseau, sr, Lancaster Catholic
2. Jose Ortiz, sr, Bethlehem Catholic
3. Dylan Reynolds, jr, Saegertown
4. Isaiah Bobotas, sr, Montgomery
5. Terrell Fields, sr, Valley
6. Gavin Berkley, sr, Meyersdale
7. Colton Dull, jr, Bermudian Springs
8. Cody Miller, sr, Hamburg Area
1. Tristan Sponseller, sr, Bermudian Springs
2. Ryan Morris, sr, Corry
3. Garrett Wesneski, sr, Canton
4. Marcus Davenport, sr, Valley
5. Logan Womelsdorf, jr, Benton
6. Kyle Taylor, sr, Boiling Springs
7. Tyler Oliver, jr, United
8. Richard Nase, sr, Panther Valley
1. Jake Temple, sr, Avella
2. Reynold Maines, jr, West Branch
3. Andrew Dunn, jr, Bethlehem Catholic
4. Dylan Otis, jr, Wyalusing
5. Jacob Robb, so, Kittanning
6. Connor Overman, sr, Conneaut
7. Andrew Phelps, jr, North East
8. Sam McCollum, jr, Bermudian Springs
1. Sam Breese, sr, Lakeview
2. Brady Mutton, sr, Pen Argyl
3. Allan Beattie, jr, Burrell
4. Aaron Gill, Cambria Heights
5. Jake Beitel, so, Southmoreland
6. Devin Reed, jr, Everett
7. Brett Harris, sr, Fairfield
8. Gene Ringer, so, Reynolds
Hayden Hidlay made sure his second trip to states would be a memorable one by earning a spot on the medal stand when he beat Hempfield Area’s Joey Alessandro on day two at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championship on Friday.
Hidlay (37-3) defeated Alessandro 5-2 in the second round of consolations at 138 pounds, assuring him at least an eighth-place finish.
The Mifflin County sophomore had a takedown in the first, a reversal in the second and an escape in the third to seal the victory. Hidlay’s triumph marked the third time this season he’s beaten Alessandro (6-2 at King of the Mountain and 4-3 at Powerade).
Hidlay’s chance at a goal medal ended in the quarterfinals when Michael Kemerer collected three takedowns, en route to the 7-4 victory. Hidlay fell by a 7-2 score to Kemerer at the Powerade event back in December.
Hidlay faces Manheim Township’s Cortland Schuyler (36-4) in the third round of consolations, beginning at 9 am.
At 152, Noah Stewart saw his excellent sophomore season come to a close when he gave up a takedown with just three second left, falling by a 3-1 score to Jake Shaffer of Greater Latrobe in the second round of consolations.
Stewart (34-10) shot in on a single, but Shaffer countered for the winning points near the edge of the mat.
Class AAA action begins today at 9 am with semifinals and third-round consolations.