Archive for December, 2012

Carson’s Corner: Powerade Potpourri and Recruiting News

| December 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

MugWhile Mifflin County was fighting it out at the Conestoga Valley Tournament, most of the wrestling world was focused on the Powerade, one of the toughest tournaments in the nation, and the battle between Kennard-Dale’s Chance Marsteller and Canon-McMillan’s Cody Wiercioch at 170 pounds.

The match, if you’ve seen it on YouTube or at the Powerade site, more than lived up to the hype with Marsteller gaining a 3-2 ultimate tie-breaker win with an escape in the final OT session.

There were zero takedowns. All points came the escape route, but it was awfully entertaining. The two best wrestlers at 170, not only in the state but in the nation, battling for mat supremacy.

It brought back memories of the Bob Truby-John Likins state title match in 1987.

Both were returning state champions: Truby at 119 for Trinity and Likins at 112 for Bethlehem Catholic. Likins moved up to challenge and what transpired was a 1-0 victory for Truby and one of the best PIAA finals ever.

It was hard to believe how much action and solid wrestling took place in that 1-0 contest but it did. The same can be said for Marsteller and Wiercioch.

Marsteller, now 97-0 in his career, and Wiercioch, cemented their names as two of the all-time best the Keystone State has produced. Matches like that are what make wrestling the great sport it is.

Here’s hoping we get to see Marsteller-Wiercioch II at Hershey.

Another much anticipated final was No. 1 ranked Kyle Snyder of Good Counsel, Maryland facing off with Solanco’s Thomas Haines, ranked third in the nation by Intermat at 220 pounds.

Haines, who verbally committed to Penn State as a junior, came into the bout with a 13-0 record with 11 falls. Snyder, also a junior, has never been beaten or taken down in his high school career. It had all the makings of a classic.

It wasn’t.

Snyder dominated to the count of 16-6 and solidified himself as one of the top-two recruits in the nation for next season, Marsteller being the other.

Haines lost to Snyder at the Super 32 in October by an 8-4 score, but the final tally was deceiving since all of Haines’ points were from escapes.

This time there was no doubt who the top man is at 220.

Penn State recruit Zain Retherford (138) continued his winning ways and capped a stellar 2012 with a 2-0 victory over Blair Academy’s Mason Manville at the Powerade Tournament.

Retherford beat the Blair freshman earlier in the season at the Ironman by a 4-2 count. The Benton grappler also won the Super 32 in October and a cadet national and world championship over the summer.

He is now 15-0 on the season with 10 falls and will be a nice addition to the Nittany Lions next season.

Imagine the recruiting haul Penn State could have in 2013 if Marsteller and Snyder join Haines in the Blue and White?

Marsteller is the top target of Cael Sanderson, who’s been working on getting him since the kid was in eighth grade, and Snyder recently narrowed his choices down to Maryland, Penn State, Ohio State and Oklahoma.

Even though the Terps are the favorites to land Snyder, never count out the Sanderson mystique or the fact that 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Jake Varner is an assistant at Penn State who works with the heavyweights.

Haines, Marsteller and Snyder. Tell me that wouldn’t be the best class in the country?

Have a happy and safe New Year!

Thanks for reading.

Southern Scuffle Preseeds Released

| December 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

The preseeds were released for the 2013 Southern Scuffle, which takes place Jan. 1-2 at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga.

1. Nico Megaludis — Penn State
2. David Thorn — Minnesota
3. Matt Snyder — UVa.
4. Nahshon Garrett — Cornell
5. Nick Soto — UTC
6. Jerome Robinson — ODU
7. Josh Martinez — AFA
8. Dominic Parisi — Appalachian State
9. David Terao — American
10. Brian Bokoski — UNC

1. Chris Dardanes — Minnesota
2. Nick McCormick — Missouri
3. Jon Morrison — Oklahoma State
4. George Dicamillo — UVa.
5. Scott Festejo — ODU
6. Jimmy Gulibon — Penn State
7. Mark Grey — Unattached
8. Jake Smith — Appalachian State
9. Joey Ward — UNC
10. Joe Martinez — UVa.
11. Jordan Thome — ARMY
12. Brandon Gambucci — DUKE

1. Michael Nevinger — Cornell
2. Ugi Khishghyam — The Citadel
3. Julina Feikert — Oklahoma State
4. Nick Dardanes — Minnesota
5. Nick Hucke — Missouri
6. Chris Mecate — ODU
7. Justin Lavalle — ODU
8. Dean Pavlou — UTC
9. Nick Flannery — Ohio
10. Joe Spisak — UVa.

1. Jordan Oliver — Oklahoma State
2. Dylan Ness — Minnesota
3. Cole VonOhlen — AFA
4. Daniel Young — Army
5. Derek Valenti — UVa.
6. Chris Villalonga — Cornell
7. Justin Gonzalez — Northern Colorado
8. Drake Houdashelt — Missouri
9. Gus Sako — Unattached
10. James English — Penn State
11. Seth Lange — Minnesota

1. Alex Dieringer — Oklahoma State
2. Jedd Moore — Uva.
3. Joshua Kreimier — AFA
4. Bobby Barnhisel — Navy
5. James Vollrath — Penn State
6. Jesse Shanaman — Cornell
7. Kyle Bradley — Missouri
8. David Zilverberg — Minnesota

1. Kyle Dake — Cornell
2. David Taylor — Penn State
3. Tyler Caldwell –Oklahoma State
4. Nick Sulzer — UVa.
5. Cody Yohn — Minnesota
6. Zach Toal — Missouri
7. Josh Condon — UTC
8. Corey Mock — UNC
9. Nijel Jones — NC State
10. Peyton Walsh — Navy
11. Gabe Martinez — AFA

1. Chris Perry — Oklahoma State
2. Logan Storley — Minnesota
3. Matt Brown — Penn State
4. Matt Miller — Navy
5. Blake Stauffer — Arizona State
6. Cody Walters — Ohio
7. Turtogtokh Luvsandorj — The Citadel
8. Todd Porter — Missouri
9. Jon Fausey — UVa.
10. George Pickett — Cornell
11. Marshall Peppelman — Cornell
12. Coleman Gracey — Army

1. Ed Ruth — Penn State
2. Steve Bosak — Cornell
3. Kevin Steinhaus — Minnesota
4. Mike Larson — Missouri
5. Chris Chionuma — Oklahoma State
6. Kevin Radford — Arizona State
7. Mason Bailey — Navy
8. Konner Witt — AFA

1. Quentin Wright — Penn State
2. Brent Haynes — Missouri
3. Jake Meredith — Arizona State
4. Scott Schiller — Minnesota
5. Jace Bennett — Cornell
6. Niko Brown — UTC
7. Michael Salopek — UVa.
8. Conner Hartman — Duke
9. Craig Scott — Cornell

1. Tony Nelson — Minnesota
2. Dom Bradley — Missouri
3. Alan Gelogaev — Oklahoma State
4. Nick Gwiazdowski — NC State
5. Levi Cooper — Arizona State
6. Jimmy Lawson — Penn State
7. Jonathan Gingrich — Penn State
8. Odie Delaney — The Citadel
9. Jeremy Johnson — Ohio
10. Stryker Lane — Cornell

Noticeable by their absence are the Alton twins – Andrew and Dylan. The 21-year-old twins from Central Mountain High School, were cited in Lock Haven on Dec. 21 for disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and harassment.

Fifteen wrestlers can compete and score for a team. Wrestlers redshirting also can compete so it’s likely that four-time PIAA champ Jimmy Gulibon (133) will compete as well as Zack Beitz (141) of Juniata.

Penn State ran away with last year’s Southern Scuffle Championship. In the first year of the event being hosted in Chattanooga, Penn State claimed the title with 191.5 points, far ahead of second place Minnesota’s 177.5. Two years ago, Penn State and Cornell tied for the crown. Last year, the Nittany Lions had four champions as Frank Molinaro won at 149, David Taylor at 165, Ed Ruth at 174 and Quentin Wright at 184.

Former Lewistown wrestler Matt Snyder is seeded third at 125 for Virginia.

Hidlay Out With Possible Concussion

| December 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Hayden Hidlay, having a stellar freshman season for Mifflin County, didn’t compete at the Conestoga Valley Tournament because of a possible concussion.

If it is a concussion, Hidlay may not return until the Chambersburg match on January 17th, meaning he’d miss the Cumberland Valley (Jan. 3), Central Mountain (Jan. 9) and State College (Jan. 10) dual meets.

Hidlay is 13-1 on the season and ranked fifth in the state at 113.

Huskies Have Six Place, Finish 12th at CV Tournament

| December 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Mifflin County had six wrestlers still alive after day one and all six did their jobs on day two by placing at the Conestoga Valley Holiday Wrestling Classic on Saturday.

Kyle Kahley led the way at 220 with a fourth-place finish. Isaac Underhill (120) and Noah Stewart (126) came in fifth; Tre Carter (195) placed sixth; Joe Knarr (152) took seventh, while Caleb Rhodes (285) was eighth.

The Huskies finished 12th in the team race with 87.5 points.

Kahley advanced to the third-place bout with wins over Mechanicburg’s Lucas Chestnut and Patrick Fitzgerald of Juniata. Kahley came up short in his third-place bid, losing by fall to Crestwood’s Zack Parker in 1:34.

Underhill beat Marple Newtown’s David Graves 7-0, before dropping a tough 8-7 decision to top-seeded Patrick Callaghan of Marple Newtown. In the match for fifth, Underhill scored a 9-0 major over Juniata’s Rich Gilson.

Stewart lost 13-5 in the semifinals to eventual champion Mica Hight, two-time Delaware state champ from Cesar Rodney. In the wrestlebacks, Stewart was pinned by Waynesboro’s Colbey Mowen in 2:53, dropping him to the fifth-place bout where he defeated Hamburg’s Kerry Mega by medical forfeit.

Carter beat Exeter’s Scott Scheaffer 3-0 before losing to Chris Orantes of Conestoga Valley by a 4-3 decision. Carter lost a 4-2 OT decision to Tyreek Smith of Marple Newtown for fifth place.

Knarr advanced to the medal rounds by defeating Marple Newtown’s Nick Hershey 2-0. The Husky senior dropped a 7-2 decision to Mechanicsburg’s Sam Marsicano to fall into the seventh-place bout. It was there that Knarr posted a 4-3 decision on Zach Cain of Conestoga Valley.

Rhodes went 0-2 on the day but still finished in the medals after losing a 2-0 decision to Nick Reber of Hamburg for eighth.

Juniata had four placewinners to finish tenth in the team race with 93 points. Sean Heggs was third at 138; Adam Barrick took fourth at 132; Patrick Fitzgerald was fifth at 220, and Gilson placed sixth at 120 to lead the Indians.

Owen J. Roberts won a tight team race with two champs, nine place earners and 178 points. Spring Grove was second with 177.5 points. Rounding out the top five were Westfield,Virginia with 161.5, Dubois (155), and Manheim Township (143).

You can download the team standings and complete brackets below:

Team Standings

Complete Brackets


Six Still Alive for Huskies at CV Holiday Classic

| December 29, 2012 | 2 Comments

The Mifflin County wrestling team has six grapplers still alive after day one of the Conestoga Valley Holiday Wrestling Classic.

The Huskies, currently in 11th place with 65.5 points, have one wrestler in the championship round and five fighting it out in the consolation bracket.

Freshman Noah Stewart (13-2) advanced to the semifinals with a 15-0 technical fall over Donald Smith of Red Lion and a 11-0 whitewashing of Kerry Mega (Hamburg) in the quarters. Stewart will face top-seeded Micah Hight of Cesar Rodney, Delaware in the semis.

Isaac Underhill (120), Joe Knarr (152), Tre Carter (195), Kyle Kahley (220), and Caleb Rhodes (285) are still alive in the consolations. Hayden Hidlay did not participate at 113.

Underhill defeated Alec Pupo of Owen J. Roberts, 3-0, before being pinned in the quarters. In the consolation bracket, Underhill advanced with a 2:19 fall over Kody Cox of Dubois. He will meet David Gates (Manheim Township) this morning.

Knarr earned a 3:55 pin over Marple Newtown’s Anthony Williamson in the opening round, but then dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision to Parker Eidle of Wilson (West Lawn) to fall into the consolations. Knarr moved on with a 2-0 victory over Nick Hershey (Manheim Township) and will face Tyler Miller of Spring Grove.

The big boys earned their keep this week as all three upper weights are still alive. Carter defeated Ty Treaster (Juniata) 8-4, and then lost a 5-0 match to Austin Knies of Westfield, Virginia. A 3-1 victory over Tyler Robinson (Crestwood) set up today’s meeting with Scott Schreffer of Exeter.

Kahley started things off on a high note with a 9-2 win over Tom McHale of Manheim Township. A loss to second-seed Alex Guinn of Spring Grove dropped the junior into the consolations where he bounced back with a 1-0 victory over Bob Long of Penncrest. Kahley will take on Mechanicsburg’s Lucas Chestnut this morning.

Rhodes opened with a 9-6 victory over Robert Zilhaver (DuBois), lost by fall to Marple Newtown’s James Dever, and pinned Juniata’s Brandon McDonaugh in 2:03 to set up a match with New Oxford’s Brock Hartman.

Juniata has two wrestlers alive in the championship round – Sean Heggs at 138 and Patrick Fitzgerald at 220. Richie Gilson (120) and Adam Barrick (132) are still alive in the wrestlebacks. The Indians are in a seventh place tie with Mechanicsburg with 71 points.

Spring Grove leads in the team scoring with 121.5 points. Rounding out the top five are Owen J. Roberts (99), Westfield, VA (98), Dubois (89) and Wilson (West Lawn) with 80.5 points.

Action gets underway today at 10:30 am.