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Hannon Proves Wally Pipp Alive and Well at District 6 Championships

| February 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

The ghost of Wally Pipp made an appearance for Mifflin County at the District 6 Class AAA championships on Saturday.

For those who don’t know the story, Pipp was the starting first baseman for the New York Yankees until he got hurt and an unknown Lou Gehrig took over. The rest is history.

I don’t know if Drew Hannon will have the impact of a Gehrig, but he definitely can relate to the situation.

Hannon came into the tournament with an 0-3 record. He was wrestling for injured starter Tre Carter, who was out due to an injured ankle suffered at the PIAA state duals.

The Husky junior wasn’t given much of a chance by most anyone. He was a two-and-out on paper.

Hannon proved matches are won on the mat not on paper.

He opened the tournament with the upset of the opening round, knocking off third-seeded Loc Long of Central Mountain with a fall in 1:29. In the semifinals, Hannon was pinned by the rugged Mante Barnes of Altoona and fell to the consolations.

In the consys, Hannon secured a spot in the Northwest Regionals next week with a hard-fought 3-2 decision over Joaquin Alvarez of State College.

“He capitalized on his opportunity and to his credit, he’s moving on to regionals. Nothing could be better than that,” said Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin.

From zero wins on the season to regional qualifier. A Wally Pipp story if there ever was one.

“I just figured to go in and have fun, relax and not to be to stressed about anything,” said Hannon, who finished fourth in the district. “I’m pretty excited about going to regionals. I’m going to try and wrestle the same way there…not to get too stressed and just have fun.”

It’s a formula that paid big dividends for Mifflin County and an underdog wrestler nobody gave a chance to win.


Mifflin County District 6 Updates – Championships, 3rd & 5th Place

| February 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

District 6 Class AAA Finals:

106: Damian Huff, Hollidaysburg dec. Luke Leathers, Bellefonte, 5-1.
113: Hayden Hidlay, Mifflin County major dec. Travis Giedroc, BEA, 9-1.
120: Trevor Corl, Bellefonte dec. Isaac Underhill, Mifflin County, 5-1.
126: Noah Stewart, Mifflin County dec. Brian Evans, P-O, 4-1.
132: D.J. Hollingshead, Altoona pinned Lucas Besch, Mifflin County, 3:54.
138: T.J. Brandt, Altoona pinned Joseph Powers, BEA, 2:27.
145: Brandon Wilson, Mifflin County dec. Derek Horner, State College, 6-4.
152: Chad Reese, Central Mountain dec. Joe Knarr, Mifflin County, 2-1.
160: Gavin Caprio, Central Mountain dec. Markief Knode, Altoona, 1-0.
170: Nick Shawley, Bellefonte dec. John Prentice, P-O, 5-0.
182: Jacob Taylor, BEA dec. Blaze Buckwalter, Central Mountain, 7-3.
195: Aaron Varner, BEA dec. Mante Barnes, Altoona, 7-4.
220: Nate Sharkey, BEA major dec. Cameron Porter, Central Mountain, 11-1.
285: Matt Barton, Hollidaysburg dec. Garrett Poorman, Bellefonte, 4-0.

OW: T.J. Brandt, Altoona – 138
Coach of the Year: Kirby Martin, Mifflin County

3rd Place:

138: Kevin Bair default Caleb Shively, P-O.
195: Loc Long, Central Mountain dec. Drew Hannon, 4-2.
220: Nick Gray, P-O dec. Kyle Kahley, 3-2 UTB
285: Austin Rosenberry, Altoona dec. Caleb Rhodes, 6-0.

5th Place:

106: Daulton Wilson tech fall Jeff Bryan, Altoona, 16-0 (2:07).
160: Jesaiah Wilson, Johnstown dec. Darion Pierce, 6-4.
170: Keith Corson dec. Ian Bilofsky, Hollidasyburg, 9-6.

Final Team Score:

1. Mifflin County 198.5
2. Central Mountain 189.5
3. BEA 166.5
4. Bellefonte 134.5
5. Altoona 128.5
6. P-O 115
7. Hollidaysburg 89
8. State College 75.5
9. Johnstown 27

Mifflin County Sends Six to Finals: Ten Advance to Regionals

| February 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Mifflin County kept hold of its lead in the team race by advancing six wrestlers into the finals and ten into regionals at the District 6 Class AAA wrestling championships this morning.

Hayden Hidlay (113), Issac Underhill (120), Noah Stewart (126), Lucas Besch (132), Brandon Wilson (145) and Joe Knarr (152) guaranteed themselves a berth in the Northwest Regionals next week with semifinal wins.

“It’s a great number (getting ten through). To be honest, it’s not what I predicted but we’ll take it,” said Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin. “This is very exciting. I can’t be happier for the kids. They’ve been focused all week and this weekend…they deserve it. The kids have done a great job.”

Hidlay (23-4) had a 6-1 lead over Keanan Bottorf of Central Mountain before clamping him in 4:52. Hidlay will meet Bald Eagle Area’s Travis Giedroc for the title tonight at 7 pm.

The rest of the Fab Freshmen followed suit.

Stewart (27-5) came up big with a 3-2 win over Central Mountain’s Cole Hanley. Stewart scored a takedown in the first and an escape in the second before giving up a late takedown for the 3-2 advantage. In the third, Hanley chose down and Stewart rode him out for the victory. He will meet Philipsburg’s Brian Evans in the finals.

Wilson improved to 19-5 on the season with a solid 7-3 victory over Scott Yarger of P-O. Wilson was in control the whole match, scoring three takedowns and only giving up escapes. Wilson will take on State College’s Derek Horner in the finals.

Underhill advanced to the title bout with a 2:39 fall over Daniel Sills of State College. The Husky sophomore held a 6-0 advantage before scoring the deck job. Underhill (30-7) hooks up with Bellefonte’s Trevor Corl in the finals. Corl owns a 4-2 victory over Underhill at the state duals.

Besch, looking to get back to states for the second consecutive season, controlled Central Mountain’s Zach Knepp the entire match for a 5-0 victory. Besch (23-9) faces top-seeded D.J. Hollingshead of Altoona for the D6 crown.

Knarr held a 7-0 lead on Philipsburg’s Kaleb Guy before locking up the cradle for the fall in 3:45. Knarr (22-13) meets old nemesis Chad Reese of Central Mountain in the finals. Reese owns two victories over Knarr this season.

“To get six in the finals went according to the seeds. They took care of business,” Martin said. “Hopefully we’ll walk away with several champs. That would be the icing on the cake.

“I talked about winning the team title but I also talked about how important it was to get wins, score bonus points and move on. Getting bonus points on top of winning is awesome.”

Kevin Bair (138), Drew Hannon (195), Kyle Kahley (220) and Caleb Rhodes (285) advanced to the Northwest Regionals with victories in the consolation semifinals.

Hannon, who came into the tournament with an 0-3 mark, replaced an injured Tre Carter at 195 and advanced to the regionals with a 3-1 victory over State College’s Joaquin Alvarez.

“It was a weight class that was wide open. Hannon was a wrestler when he was younger. He came out this year and improved on what he already knew,” said Martin. “He capitalized on his opportunity and to his credit, he’s moving on to regionals. Nothing could be better than that.”

The Huskies lead the team race with 176 points. Central Mountain is second with 162.5 points.

Mifflin County District 6 Updates

| February 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

I will be updating throughout the day with all the Mifflin County action at the District 6 Class AAA tournament.


106: Luke Leathers, Bellefonte major dec. Daulton Wilson, 12-2.
113: Hayden Hidlay pinned Keanan Bottorf, Central Mountain, 4:52.
120: Isaac Underhill pinned Daniel Sills, State College, 2:39.
126: Noah Stewart dec. Cole Hanley, Central Mountain, 3-2.
132: Lucas Besch dec. Jacob Watt, Central Mountain, 5-0.
138: T.J. Brandt, Altoona pinned Kevin Bair, :34.
145: Brandon Wilson dec. Scott Yarger, P-O, 7-3.
152: Joe Knarr pinned Calob Walls, Hollidaysburg, 3:45.
195: Mante Barnes, Altoona pinned Drew Hannon, 2:46.
220: Cameron Porter, Central Mountain dec. Kyle Kahley, 5-4 OT.
285: Garrett Poorman, Bellefonte dec. Caleb Rhodes, 2-0.

Consolation Third Round

160: Darion Pierce dec. Jakob Wolk, Hollidaysburg, 9-3.
170: Keith Corson pinned Bailey Piscatello, Johnstown, 1:36.

Consolation Semifinals

106: Kyle Catral, State College dec. Daulton Wilson, 6-1. (Wilson eliminated)
138: Kevin Bair dec. Zach Knepp, Central Mountain, 5-3.
160: Alex Stover, State College dec. Darion Pierce, 3-1. (Pierce eliminated)
170: Ben Verbitsky, BEA dec. Keith Corson, 10-4. (Courson eliminated)
195: Drew Hannon dec. Joaquin Alvarez, State College 3-1.
220: Kyle Kahley dec. Jake Scheinberg, Altoona, 10-4.
285: Caleb Rhodes pinned Bryce Hanley, Central Mountain, 1:38.

Team Score:

1. Mifflin County 176
2. Central Mountain 162.5
3. BEA 147.5
4. Bellefonte 116.5
5. Altoona 110.5
6. P-O 106
7. Hollidaysburg 73
8. State College 68
9. Johnstown 23

Mifflin County Advances 11 Into District 6 Semis; Leads Team Race

| February 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Mifflin County head coach Kirby Martin couldn’t have asked for a better start to the District 6 Class AAA tournament.

The Huskies, one of the favorites to win the event, advanced 11 of 13 wrestlers into the semifinal round, which begins at 11 am tomorrow.

One of the keys to winning tournaments is scoring bonus points and Mifflin County did just that, getting the bonus in all nine contested victories. Noah Stewart (126) and Brandon Wilson (145) advanced on byes.

Daulton Wilson (106), Hayden Hidlay (113), Isaac Underhill (120), Kevin Bair (138), Joe Knarr (152), Drew Hannon (195), Kyle Kahley (220) and Caleb Rhodes (285) all scored falls, while Lucas Besch (132) won by a 12-2 major.

Hannon, who came into the tournament 0-3, had the biggest upset so far, pinning Loc Long, the No. 3 seed from Central Mountain, in 1:29.

Darion Pierce (160) and Keith Corson (170) lost in the quarterfinal round and dropped into the consolations.

Mifflin County leads the team race after day one with 68 points.

Team Scores:

1. Mifflin County 68; 2. Central Mountain 61; 3. Bellefonte 48.5; 4. Bald Eagle Area 47; 5. Altoona 43.5; 6. Philipsburg-Osceola 40; 7. Hollidaysburg 29; 8. State College 23; 9. Johnstown 0

Download the updated brackets below:

D6 AAA Brackets – Updated.