Archive for January, 2013

Mifflin County-Carlisle Match Postponed

| January 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Mifflin County match with Carlisle has been postponed due to the inclement weather. The match will be made up on Wednesday, February 6 provided the Huskies don’t win the District 6 duals.

If Mifflin County makes it to the PIAA duals, the match will be scheduled at a later date.

Mifflin County vs. Carlisle Preview

| January 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Mifflin County wrestling team hopes to end the regular season dual meet schedule on a high note against Carlisle tonight.

A victory would give the Huskies a winning record in their first year in the Mid-Penn Conference Commonwealth division. Mifflin County owns a 3-3 mark in Mid-Penn action this season.

The Thundering Herd come into the meet with a 10-5 overall mark and an identical 3-3 conference record.

Carlisle owns victories over Midd-West (37-22), Halifax (42-30), Newport (39-30), State College (52-24), West Perry (45-21), CD East (31-30), Central York (42-18), Pine Grove (36-27), Kennard-Dale (39-33) and Harrisburg (49-24). The losses are at the hands of Chambersburg (49-13), Gettysburg (43-33), Biglerville (55-15), Central Dauphin (55-13) and Cumberland Valley (47-21).

Ian Shannon (145/152) and Hasan Alic (195/220) lead the way for the Thundering Herd. Shannon, a regional qualifier a year ago, is ranked No. 11 in the state at 145 and sports a 19-2 record. Alic is ranked No. 18 at 195 and has a 23-3 mark.

Mifflin County comes in with an overall record of 14-5 with wins over Daniel Boone (57-9), Columbia (63-11), Ephrata (53-17), Garden Spot (52-17), Altoona (49-23), CD East (51-15), Shikellamy (48-15), Harrisburg (60-9), State College (54-9), Wellsboro (66-6), Souderton (70-3), Pen Argyl (49-22), Conestoga Valley (33-22) and Penn Manor (51-12). The losses came to Downingtown East (43-20), Cumberland Valley (42-18), Central Mountain (33-29), Chambersburg (31-23) and Central Dauphin (50-16).

Hayden Hidlay (No. 10 at 113) and Lucas Besch (No. 25 at 132) are state-ranked and lead a squad that features ten wrestlers with double-digits in the win column.

The Huskies are coming off a tough loss to Central Dauphin with four starters (Noah Stewart, Brandon Wilson, McKenon Todaro and Tre Carter) out of the lineup.

Here are the potential match-ups for tonight’s dual:

(Mifflin County wrestlers are listed first)

106: Daulton Wilson, 10th (16-10) vs. Andrew Lopez, 10th (4-8)
113:  No. 10 Hayden Hidlay, 9th (19-2) vs. Cody Gorsuch, 10th (2-5)
120: Isaac Underhill, 10th (25-6) vs. Tynan Donnelly, 11th (12-9)
126: Noah Stewart, 9th (22-5) vs. Brady Meals, 10th (15-5)
132: No. 25 Lucas Besch, 12th (18-8) vs. Tyler Vangi, 9th (3-12) or John Heffernan, 11th (1-1)
138: Kevin Bair, 12th (9-9) vs. Grant Shughart, 9th (7-15)
145: Brandon Wilson, 9th (18-5) vs. No. 11 Ian Shannon, 11th (19-2) or John Jancse, 9th (2-4)
152: Joe Knarr, 12th (19-10) vs. Shannon or Dakota Kuhn, 11th (16-9)
160: McKenon Todaro (8-7) vs. Kuhn or Dan King, 12th (4-8)
170: Keith Corson, 11th (4-12) vs. Chris McCullough, 10th (11-9)
182: Jake Lilley, 11th (7-11) vs. Adiz Zagorica, 11th (1-4)
195: Tre Carter, 11th (13-12) vs. No. 18 Hasan Alic, 11th (23-3) or Jed Thorson, 12th (10-6)
220: Kyle Kahley, 11th (19-7) vs. Allic or Thorson
285: Caleb Rhodes, 12th (11-8) vs. Quin Paynter, 11th (13-8)

Mifflin County to Meet Bellefonte in D6 AAA Duals Semifinals

| January 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Mifflin County will face Bellefonte in one semifinal of the District 6 AAA Duals on Saturday at Tyrone High School.

The Red Raiders, seeded third in the tournament, defeated Altoona 42-36 to reach the semis. The other semifinal bracket will feature top seeded Central Mountain going against fourth seed Bald Eagle Area, a 40-36 winner over Philipsburg-Osceola last night.

The Huskies are the second seed and face Carlisle in Mid-Penn action on Wednesday before meeting Bellefonte, now 12-3 on the season, on Saturday.

(Editors note: I will have a preview of the Carlisle match tomorrow and a preview of the District 6 AAA Duals on Friday or Saturday morning. Also, I have a feature story upcoming on the awesome season the junior high wrestling team is having. I was going to run that on Friday but I’m waiting until next week. I don’t want the district duals to distract from the junior high story and vice versa. Look for the junior high story early next week).

Mifflin County All-Time Career Winning Percentage

| January 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
WRESTLERS   WITH    BEST    WON – LOST    PERCENTAGE    IN    A    CAREER     
                         (.810  or  better  percentage  with  40  or  more  bouts)
CAREER
PCT. RANK NAME   /   SCHOOL   /   YEARS RECORD
.9537 1. Ken  Whitsel,  Lewistown   76 – 79 103 – 5 – 0
.9204 2. Rob  Ruby,  Kishacoquillas   88  /  Indian  Valley   89 – 91 103 – 8 – 2
.9143 3. Mike  DePellegrini,  Lewistown   04 – 05 64 – 6
.9143 Matt  Snyder,  Lewistown   05 – 08 128 – 12
.9013 5. Jim  Reeder,  Chief  Logan   70  /  Penn  Highlands   71 – 73 67 – 6 – 3
.8978 6. Nic  Bedelyon,  Indian  Valley   04 – 07 123 – 14
.8923 7. Tim  Noerr,  Chief  Logan   76 – 78 57 – 6 – 2
.8821 8. Joe  Daubert,  Chief  Logan   86 – 88  /  Indian  Valley   89 93 – 12 – 1
.8765 9. Mike  “Chub”  Robinson,  Lewistown   04 – 07 149 – 21
.8734 10. Joe  Heller,  Chief  Logan   77 – 79 69 – 10 – 0
.8690 11. Gary  Gill,  Lewistown   59 – 61 36 – 5 – 1
.8678 12. Justin  Hower,  Lewistown   98 – 01 105 – 16
.8636 13. Troy  Hartsock,  Chief  Logan   83 – 85 47 – 7 – 1
.8617 14. Ron  Maunder,  Lewistown   57 – 59 40 – 6 – 1
.8608 15. Charles  Faust,  Chief  Logan   64 – 67 67 – 10 – 2
.8509 16. Kaleb  Loht,  Indian  Valley   09 – 11 97 – 17
.8500 17. Tyson  Searer,  Lewistown   09 – 11  /  Mifflin  County   12 136 – 24
.8485 18. Mark  Cavanaugh,  Lewistown   94 – 97 56 – 10
.8426 19. Bill  “Woody”  Johnston,  Chief  Logan   63 – 65 44 – 7 – 3
.8368 20. Matt  Bonson,  Lewistown   04 – 07 159 – 31
.8333 21. Rod  Tate,  Chief  Logan   68 – 70  /  Penn  Highlands   71 59 – 11 – 2
.8311 22. Denny  Osborne,  Lewistown   90 – 92 61 – 12 – 1
.8293 23. Lew  Copenhaver,  Chief  Logan   78 – 80 67 – 13 – 2
.8293 Jeremy  Fisher,  Indian  Valley   92 – 95 68 – 14 – 0
.8222 25. Nam  Shartzer,  Indian  Valley   2006 37 – 8
.8148 26. Andrew  Winters,  Indian  Valley   02 – 04 88 – 20
.8143 27. Colton  Spade,  Lewistown   07 – 10 136 – 31
.8103 28. Nelson  Aurand,  Lewistown   58 – 61 46 – 10 – 2
.8100 29. George  Snook,  Lewistown   80 – 83 81 – 19 – 0

Carson’s Corner: The Future Looks Bright for MC Wrestling

| January 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

MugTo paraphrase the old Timbuk 3 song, Mifflin County wrestling has a future so bright it has to wear shades.

It’s been a slow, often grinding process, as most successful endeavors are. However, the seeds planted years ago are starting to sprout and the fruits of this vast labor are giving their yield.

Mifflin County wrestling has a varsity team capable of winning the District 6 Duals on a consistent basis now. They have closed the gap with Central Mountain and it is only a matter of time before they can compete with the giants of the Mid-Penn. The county also has a junior high team that can go toe-to-toe with any squad in the state. That is not hyperbole…it is a fact.

How did all this develop?

Two reasons stand out. Quality coaching and dedicated, committed athletes.

Let’s start with the coaching aspect.

The roots of this wrestling renaissance begins with two former state champions – Kenny Whitsel and Joe Daubert.

Whitsel and Daubert took over the Lewistown and Indian Valley programs respectively and immediately instilled a mantra of hard work and discipline to programs that lacked direction at the time.

They forged an attitude of mental toughness in the kids and slowly but surely the effort translated into victories, individual and team, on the mat.

The nice thing about hard work is that it’s universal. It doesn’t matter what industry or sport you’re in — hard work can be used to achieve positive long-term results regardless of the specifics.

The Whitsel and Daubert eras brought forth names like Nic Bedelyon, Mike “Chub” Robinson, Matt Snyder, Matt Bonson, Colton Spade, Adam Will, Tyler Bedelyon and Chad Frankhouser, just to name a few. They all flirted with PIAA gold.

Whitsel and Daubert were the products of two other men who instilled the same attributes into them many years ago. I’m talking about Charlie Roselle and Dick Tressler, two legends in the wrestling game.

Ripped from the same cloth is Kirby Martin, who cut his teeth in the sport at Messiah College with the great Neil Turner and Whitsel as his mentors.

Martin took over for Whitsel at Lewistown and became head coach of the Huskies with the merger in 2011. It was the perfect choice.

Kirby and his staff of Dale Searer, Joe Eckenroth and Adam “I will not talk to the media” Stout are all teachers first and foremost. You won’t hear much rah-rah out of them. They preach consistency and effort.

They were at their best at the Husky Duals. Teaching through every match, even in the 66-6 and 70-3 blowouts over Wellsboro and Souderton were lessons to learn.

Add to this a junior high staff of Bill and Justin Shafranich, Mark Cavanaugh and Dave Wray and you have coaches who are passionate about the sport, want to teach and get the most out of every kid that comes out. So far, the formula is working pretty well.

The Husky junior high team is 18-1 on the season with their only loss coming at the hands of Nazareth (51-41) back on December 15.

However, coaching is not enough that’s why you need the second component to a successful program – dedicated and committed athletes.

The 14-5 Huskies show no signs of slowing down. With only four seniors in the starting lineup, (Lucas Besch at 132, Kevin Bair at 138, Joe Knarr at 152 and Caleb Rhodes at 285) Mifflin County is young and only going to get better.

Hayden Hidlay, Noah Stewart and Brandon Wilson are three freshman starters who could eventually have the same impact as Snyder, Robinson and Bonson did for Lewistown. Tall order I know, but they have the talent to do it.

Sophomore Isaac Underhill is the most improved wrestler on the team. He spent the summer in the weight room and it shows. Daulton Wilson is a sophomore who needs to add some bulk in the offseason and he could go far as well. Kyle Kahley is much improved and kids like McKenon Todaro and Keith Corson just need some seasoning.

Coming attractions for next year include Quentin Miliken and Andrew Wert, both PAJW champions, and Trey Hartsock. Trent Hidlay, Hayden’s brother, is a few years away from the varsity.

There is also raw talent like Mike Bielski, who despite being a first-year wrestler is strong and shows a ton of natural ability. The cupboard is not bare it is stacked and only getting better,

The kids are all-in, the coaches are top-notch and the fans are buzzing about the current and future state of the Husky program.

A wrestling renaissance has returned to Mifflin County. Now is a great time to jump on the bandwagon and enjoy the ride.