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Powerade Results – Day One; Hidlay Makes Semis

| December 27, 2013 | 1 Comment

Pigtails:

113: Noah Myers, Mifflin County dec. Justin Kawaji, Walsh Jesuit (OH), 8-4.
132: Jeff Murphy, Mifflin County pinned Alex Preaux, Chartiers Valley, 3:16.
170: Marques Sturdevant, Parkland pinned Eli Habbershon, Mifflin County, 3:41.

Preliminary Round:

106: John Pipa, Bishop McDevitt pinned Jonah Schultz, Mifflin County, 3:34.
113: Noah Myers, Mifflin County dec. Josh Tazzetta, Pope (GA), 4-3. (Tazzetta was fourth seed)
120: Ethan Lizak, Parkland pinned Daulton Wilson, Mifflin County, 1:36.
126: Bret Shurina, Eastern View (VA) pinned Brandon Fultz, Mifflin County, 1:16.
132: Bryan Ramey, Eastern View (VA) tech fall Jeff Murphy, Mifflin County, 17-0 (6:00).
138: Hayden Hidlay, Mifflin County tech fall Trent Ferguson, Buford (GA), 15-0 (3:55).
145: Issac Underhill, Mifflin County pinned Kody Hart, Solanco, 1:07.
152: Noah Stewart, Mifflin County pinned Dakota Martin, Norwin, 2:26.
160: No Entry
182: Trey Hartsock, Mifflin County dec. Jessie Lesko, Canon-McMillan, 6-1.
195: Timmy Pearce, Mifflin County pinned Lucas O’Reilly, Pope (GA), :53.
220: Mike Roper, Chartiers Valley pinned Zane Walters, Mifflin County, 2:53.
285: No Entry

Consolation – 1st Round:

106: Jonah Schultz, Mifflin County pinned Nick Kazousky, Penn Trafford, :41.
120: Taylor Morrison, Norwin dec. Daulton Wilson, Mifflin County, 6-4. (Wilson eliminated)
126: Kris Demorest, Hempfield dec. Brandon Fultz, Mifflin County, 9-3 (Fultz eliminated)
132: Kyle Mallon, Father Judge dec. Jeff Murphy, Mifflin County 8-3. (Murphy eliminated)
170: Matt Chu, St. Vincent (OH) major dec. Eli Habbershon, Mifflin County, 13-5. (Habbershon eliminated)
220: Zane Walters, Mifflin County pinned Jacob Turner, Altoona, 2:07.

Second Round:

113: Logan Blackburn, Westmont-Hilltop major dec. Noah Myers, Mifflin County, 9-0.
138: Hayden Hidlay, Mifflin County dec. Mike Kostandaras. Walsh Jesuit (OH), 3-1. (Kostandaras was the fifth seed)
145: Matt Humes, Saegertown pinned Isaac Underhill, Mifflin County, 1:05.
152: Noah Stewart, Mifflin County pinned Kevin Willems, Eastern View (VA), 3:21. (Willems was the 8th seed)
182: Trey Hartsock, Mifflin County dec. Cullen Burnett, Eastern View (VA), 5-1 (Burnett was the 7th seed)
195: Timmy Pearce, Mifflin County dec. Matt Butler, Connellsville, 5-2. (Butler was the fifth seed)

Consolation – 2nd Round:

106: Gavin Park, Brookville pinned Jonah Schultz, Mifflin County, 3:17. (Schultz eliminated)
113: Noah Myers, Mifflin County dec. Jarrett Ruhl, Saegertown, 5-1.
220: Dominic Sciaretti, St. Vincent (OH) pinned Zane Walters, Mifflin County, 4:07. (Walters eliminated)

Consolation – 3rd Round

113: Andrew Mastrangelo, Parkland dec. Noah Myers, Mifflin County, 6-3. (Myers eliminated)
145: Nathan Christman, Parkland dec. Isaac Underhill, Mifflin County, 9-4. (Underhill eliminated)

Quarterfinals:

138: Hayden Hidlay, Mifflin County dec. Ryan Skonieczny, St. Vincent (OH), 11-7.
152: Josh Shields, Franklin Regional dec. Noah Stewart, Mifflin County, 7-4.
182: Aaron Adkins, St. Vincent (OH) major dec. Trey Hartsock, Mifflin County, 11-3.
195: Jake Robb, Kittanning major dec. Timmy Pearce, Mifflin County, 12-4.

Powerade Tournament Preview

| December 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin is always looking to beef up his schedule to get his wrestlers ready for the postseason.

A difficult Mid-Penn Commonwealth schedule, along with the King of the Mountain tournament does a good job of making his wrestlers, as he likes to call it, Husky Tough.

But, Mifflin County took a giant leap forward as far as tough competition goes by entering into the Powerade Tournament, arguably the toughest in-season tournament in the nation. Action gets underway tomorrow, starting at 8:30 am.

Powerade boasts some of the top teams in the country like Franklin Regional, No. 1 team Class AAA team in Pennsylvania, Greater Latrobe, Hempfield Area, Good Council (Maryland) and Walsh Jesuit (Ohio).

The field features 24 returning state champions and 56 wrestlers who competed or placed in the PIAA tournament last season, 10 in the National Prep championships and six in the Ohio state championships.

Mifflin County has zero wrestlers seeded but Hayden Hidlay (138) and Noah Stewart (152) could prove the seeds wrong with strong showings.

Here’s a look at the top 8 seeds in each weight class:

106

Franklin Regional

Devin

Brown

11

1

106

Solanco

Connor

Sheehan

12

2

106

Huntington – WV

Logan

Grass

11

3

106

Parkland

Jacob

Lizak

10

4

106

Chestnut Ridge

Aaron

Burkett

10

5

106

Father Judge

Tim

McCall

10

6

106

Blue Mountain

Hunter

Blankenhorn

10

7

106

Erie Cathedral Prep

Brandon

Sauers

10

8

113

Franklin Regional

Spencer

Lee

9

1

113

Collins Hill – GA

Codi

Russell

10

2

113

Erie McDowell

Charles

Lenox

10

3

113

Pope – GA

Josh

Tazzetta

11

4

113

Brookville

Taylor

Ortz

10

5

113

Canon-McMillan

Brenden

Price

12

6

113

Greater Latrobe

Ethan

McCoy

10

7

113

Good Counsel – MD

Adam

Whitesell

12

8

120

Parkland

Ethan

Lizak

12

1

120

Greater Latrobe

Luke

Pletcher

10

2

120

Collins Hill – GA

Sean

Russell

12

3

120

Derry

George

Phillippi

10

4

120

Walsh Jesuit – OH

Alex

Mackall

10

5

120

Erie Cathedral Prep

Jake

Gromacki

12

6

120

Huntington – WV

Jordan

Allen

11

7

120

St. Pauls – MD

Ryan

Friedman

11

8

126

Canon-McMillan

Dalton

Macri

12

1

126

Collins Hill – GA

Ryan

Millhof

12

2

126

Waynesburg

A.C.

Headlee

11

3

126

Ripley – WV

Lucas

Simpkins

10

4

126

Eastern View – VA

Bret

Shurina

10

5

126

Pope – GA

Sam

Skinner

12

6

126

Huntington – WV

Johnathan

Spence

12

7

126

Bishop McDevitt

Terrence

White

12

8

132

Hempfield

Sam

Krivus

11

1

132

Franklin Regional

Tyler

Smith

12

2

132

Buford – GA

Brayden

Hartley

12

3

132

Pope – GA

Tyler

Haskin

12

4

132

Eastern View – VA

Bryan

Ramey

11

5

132

Walsh Jesuit – OH

Nolan

Whitely

12

6

132

St. Pauls – MD

Jack

Mutchnik

12

7

132

St. Vin./St. Mary – OH

Garrett

Carter

11

8

138

Franklin Regional

Michael

Kemerer

11

1

138

Central Catholic

Vincenzo

Joseph

11

2

138

Brookville

Brock

Zacherl

12

3

138

St. Vin./St. Mary – OH

Ryan

Skonieczny

12

4

138

Walsh Jesuit – OH

Mike

Kostandaras

12

5

138

Pope – GA

Jake

Adcock

11

6

138

Saegertown

Nick 

Monico

10

7

138

Good Counsel – MD

Matt

Kelly

12

8

145

Kittanning

Jason

Nolf

12

1

145

Eastern View – VA

Austin

Jenkins

12

2

145

Franklin Regional

Josh

Maruca

11

3

145

Collins Hill – GA

Michael

Roquet

12

4

145

Pope – GA

TJ

Collins

12

5

145

Buford – GA

Rudy

Guillen

11

6

145

Cedar Cliff

Max

Good 

12

7

145

Saegertown

Matt

Humes

12

8

152

Franklin Regional

Josh

Shields

11

1

152

Pope – GA

Davis

Burson

11

2

152

Parkland

Josh

Ortman

12

3

152

Burrell

Steve

Edwards

12

4

152

Altoona

D.J.

Hollingshead

11

5

152

Mifflinburg

Cole

Walter

11

6

152

Ripley – WV

Jake

Martin

11

7

152

Eastern View – VA

Kevin

Willems

12

8

160

Pope – GA

Jake

Henson

12

1

160

Eastern View – VA

Logan

Shurina

12

2

160

Benton

Jeric

Kasunic

12

3

160

Brookville

Brodie

Zacherl

12

4

160

Greater Latrobe

Dom

Scalise

12

5

160

Penn Trafford

Devin

Austin

11

6

160

Belle Vernon

Austin

Bell

10

7

160

Saegertown

Garrett

Zuver

11

8

170

Kennard-Dale

Chance

Marsteller

12

1

170

Chartiers Valley

Noah

Wilps

12

2

170

Brookville

Zach

Vroman

12

3

170

Central Catholic

Kyle

Coniker

12

4

170

Belle Vernon

Milton

Kobaly

10

5

170

Chartiers-Houston

Derek

Hull

12

6

170

Father Judge

Idris 

White

11

7

170

Huntington – WV

Carter

Capehart

11

8

182

Greater Latrobe

Zack

Zavatsky

12

1

182

St. Vin./St. Mary – OH

Aaron

Adkins

12

2

182

Cedar Cliff

Josh 

Colello 

10

3

182

Saegertown

Dylan

Reynolds

11

4

182

Erie McDowell

Tyree

Spearman

12

5

182

Mt. Lebanon

Kellan

Stout

11

6

182

Eastern View – VA

Cullen

Burnett

11

7

182

Good Counsel – MD

Nick

Miller

11

8

195

Buford – GA

Chip

Ness

12

1

195

Parkland

Nezar

Haddad

12

2

195

Good Counsel – MD

Kevin

Snyder

10

3

195

Kittanning

Jake

Robb

10

4

195

Connellsville

Matt

Butler

11

5

195

Benton

Logan

Womelsdorf

11

6

195

Blue Mountain

Zach

Yackenchick

12

7

195

Franklin Regional

Jake

Pickup

10

8

220

Solanco

Bo

Spiller

11

1

220

Parkland

Omar

Haddad

11

2

220

Belle Vernon

Patrick

Mayernik

11

3

220

Eastern View – VA

Carrington

Travers

10

4

220

Hempfield

Fred

Mantsch

11

5

220

Cedar Cliff

Austin 

Shires 

12

6

220

Chartiers Valley

Mike

Roper

11

7

220

Erie McDowell

Benjamin

Bish

10

8

285

Solanco

Thomas

Haines

12

1

285

Mifflinburg

Nazar

Mironenko

12

2

285

Burrell

Al

Beattie

11

3

285

Huntington – WV

Nigale

Cabell

12

4

285

Chestnut Ridge

Austin

Buttry

12

5

285

St. Vin./St. Mary – OH

Drek

Brumley

11

6

285

Erie McDowell

Scot

Augustine

12

7

285

Mt. Lebanon

Zeynul

Zaynullayev

11

8

And here are the teams participating at Powerade:

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

1 Altoona (Pa District 6)
2 Belle Vernon
3 Benton (Pa District 4)
4 Bethel Park
5 Bishop McDevitt (PA District 3)
6 Blue Mountain (Pa District 11)
7 Brookville (Pa District 9)
8 Buford (Georgia)
9 Burrell
10 Canon McMillan
11 Cedar Cliff (Pa District 3)
12 Central Catholic
13 Chartiers-Houston
14 Chartiers Valley
15 Chestnut Ridge (PA District 5)
16 Collins Hill (Georgia)
17 Connellsville
18 Derry
19 Erie McDowell (Pa District 10)
20 Erie Prep (PA District 10)
21 Father Judge (Pa District 12)
22 Franklin Regional
23 Good Counsel (Maryland)
24 Greensburg Salem
25 Hempfield
26 Huntington (West Virginia)
27 Kennard-Dale (Pa District 3)
28 Kittanning
29 Latrobe
30 Mifflin County (PA District 6)
31 Mifflinburg (Pa District 4)
32 Mt. Lebanon
33 Norwin
34 Parkland (Pa District 11)
35 Penn Trafford
36 Peters Township
37 Pope (Georgia)
38 Ripley (West Virginia)
39 Saegertown (Pa District 10)
40 Solanco (Pa District 3)
41 St. Pauls (Maryland)
42 St. Vincent/St. Mary’s (Ohio)
43 Walsh Jesuit (Ohio)
44 Waynesburg
45 Westmont Hilltop (Pa District 6)
46 Eastern

Here is the schedule for the Powerade Tournament:

Friday, December 27

  • 8:30 AM
    Pigtail Round
    Round of 32
    Round of 16
    Pigtail Consolations
    1st Consolation Round

  • 6:00 PM
    2nd Consolation Round

  • 7:30 PM
    Quarter-finals
    3rd Consolation Round

Saturday, December 28

  • 10:00 AM
    4th Consolation Round

  • 11:30 AM
    Semi-finals 

    5th Consolation Round

  • 1:30 PM
    6th Consolation Round

  • 5:00 PM
    Consolation Finals

  • 7:30 PM
    Championship Finals

Look for updated results here all day long Friday and Saturday.

Merry Christmas

| December 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

I want to wish all of you a safe and very Merry Christmas.

Enjoy the food, family and friends. I hope Santa gave you everything you wanted.

Take care and have a great day!

Huskies Dominate the Cougars

| December 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Zane Walters

Mifflin County wrestling coach Kirby Martin knew the match with Harrisburg was over before it even began.

The Cougars were forfeiting six weights, an insurmountable obstacle to come back from against a solid Husky squad. All Martin wanted was to see his wrestlers stay focused and wrestle hard.

Mission accomplished.

Mifflin County won six of the eight contested matches, scoring bonus points in four of those, while rolling to the 65-9 Mid-Penn Commonwealth victory over Harrisburg (0-2, 0-2) Thursday night.

“It was one of the things I talked about before we came out,” Martin said. “This was an easy match and it’s hard to be motivated for it because you know all the forfeits that are coming to you, but I think these kids are on a mission. They have more in mind than just kind of being complacent in a match like this.

“They want to do well against the stronger Mid-Penn teams and when the district duals roll around. I wasn’t too worried about our intensity once we were out on the mat.”

Mifflin County (7-1, 2-0) started out with a 30-0 lead thanks to forfeit victories by Noah Myers (113), Kyle Smith (120), Daulton Wilson (126), Brandon Fultz (130) and Hayden Hidlay (138).

At 145, Isaac Underhill (7-3) battled back from a 2-1 first period deficit to earn a hard fought 6-4 win over Rashien Phillips. A reversal and two nearfall points in the second period proved to be the difference.

The Huskies made it 39-0 when Noah Stewart, now 12-2 on the season, pinned Jose Garcia in 1:49 at 152.

The Cougars got on the board when Christian Gayle scored a 17-3 major decision over Mike Bielski at 160. Gayle collected half of Harrisburg’s eight total takedowns.

Mifflin County won the next four bouts, scoring bonus points in three, to take a commanding 59-3 advantage.

Eli Habbershon caught Karrington Washington in a Peterson for a five-point move in the second period on his way to a 7-1 victory at 170.

At 182, sophomore Trey Hartsock improved to 10-4 on the season with a 3:53 fall over Sean Proctor. Hartsock was leading 4-1 when he caught Proctor in a headlock for the pin.

Timmy Pearce continued his hot wrestling with a dominating 20-5 technical fall in 5:53 over Treysean Roebuck at 195. Pearce (10-3) racked up six takedowns and three nearfall points, en route to the win.

Zane Walters made a rare varsity start a memorable won by forcing Sean Brown to quit at the 4:18 mark in their 220-pound bout. Walters took the action to a visibly tired Brown, who laid on the mat and told the referee he couldn’t continue. Harrisburg was deducted a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct when Brown argued with the official. 

“I love it and I love the fact it can come from any kid in the lineup,” said Martin, when asked about Walters making Brown quit. “He got to do something that he may only get to do a couple of times in your entire career and I hope for him that was an exciting experience. He just kept plugging away.”

The Huskies were dominant from the top position, controlling the action and being aggressive, going for back points.

“We talked about weathering the storm if you were wrestling a good kid in the first period,” Martin said. “They guys we have now are really good from the top position and that hasn’t always been the case in the past. These guys have a very strong skill set from the top and we emphasize being relentless on top with the pressure.”

In the match of the night, state-ranked Andrew Brown got all he could handle from Colton Craig at 285.

A takedown for Brown and an escape for Craig made it 2-1 after one. In the second period, Brown escaped to make it 3-1. Craig scored a takedown of his own and put the Cougar senior on his back for two nearfall points. A late escape by Brown made it 5-4 after two.

Craig escaped to make it 6-4, but Brown’s experience paid off with a late takedown to force overtime with just one second left in regulation, making it 6-6.

After a scoreless minute of sudden death, Brown (5-1) reversed Craig in the first 30-second overtime and recorded the fall in 7:57.

Jonah Schultz ended the scoring with a forfeit win at 106.

Mifflin County is off for the Christmas holiday and will return to action on Friday, December 27, at the Powerade Tournament.

“Are first month is a heavy schedule. Last year I didn’t think we weathered that storm very well,” Martin said. “I’m very pleased with the enthusiasm of this group. They’ve handled it a lot better. Now going into the Christmas break I think will have good practices. For those kids going to Powerade they really have something to work for.”

The Mifflin County junior high won 79-24.

Mifflin County 65, Harrisburg 9

(At Mifflin County High School)

113: Noah Myers (MC) won by forfeit.

120: Kyle Smith (MC) won by forfeit.

126: Daulton Wilson (MC) won by forfeit.

132: Brandon Fultz (MC) won by forfeit.

138: Hayden Hidlay (MC) won by forfeit.

145: Isaac Underhill (MC) dec. Rashien Phillips, 6-4.

152: Noah Stewart (MC) pinned Jose Garcia, 1:49.

160: Christian Gayle (H) major dec. Mike Bielski, 17-3.

170: Eli Habbershon (MC) dec. Karrington Washington, 7-1.

182: Trey Hartsock (MC) pinned Shawn Proctor, 3:53.

195: Timmy Pearce (MC) technical fall Treysean Roebuck, 20-5 (5:53).

220: Zane Walters (MC) won by injury def. Sean Brown, 4:18. *

285: Andrew Brown (H) pinned Colton Craig, 7:57 OT.

106: Jonah Schultz (MC) won by forfeit.

* Harrisburg had a point deducted for unsportsmanlike conduct

Junior High: Mifflin County 79-24

Stewart Makes Big Jump in Rankings, Hartsock Debuts

| December 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

The latest PA Power Rankings are out and Mifflin County’s Noah Stewart (11-2) made a huge jump at 152 after an impressive performance at King of the Mountain.

The sophomore moved from No. 21 all the way up to No. 6. Franklin Regional’s Josh Shields holds down the top spot, while Altoona’s D.J. Hollingshead, a district rival, is third.

Hayden Hidlay (10-0) and Isaac Underhill (6-3) each moved up a notch at 138 and 145 respectively. Hidlay is now N0. 4 and Underhill cracks the top ten at No. 10. Franklin Regional’s Michael Kemerer is No. 1 at 138, while defending state champ Solomon Chishko of Canon-McMillan is the top gun at 145.

Sophomore Trey Hartsock (182)  debuted in the rankings at No. 16, thanks to an eighth-place finish at KOM. Hartsock is 9-4 on the season.

Also, Andrew Brown of Harrisburg, the Huskies opponent tonight, is down to 220 pounds. The senior is ranked 22nd in the state at his new weight.

Here are the top ranked Class AAA wrestlers at each weight:

106: Devon Brown, Franklin Regional, 11th
113: Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional, 9th
120: Luke Pletcher, Greater Latrobe, 10th
126: Dalton Macri, Canon-McMillan, 12th
132: Sam Krivus, Hempfield Area, 11th
138: Michael Kemerer, Franklin Regional, 11th
145: Solomon Chishko, Canon-McMillan, 12th
152: Josh Shields, Franklin Regional, 11th
160: T.C. Warner, Cumberland Valley, 12th
170: Chance Marsteller, Kennard-Dale, 12th
182: Zack Zavatsky, Greater Latrobe, 12th
195: Tom Sleigh, DuBois, 12th
220: Jordon Wood, Boyertown, 10th
285: Thomas Haines, Solanco, 12th

For those keeping track, District 3 and 7 combined have 13 of the 14 top-ranked wrestlers. District 7 has nine at the top and District 3 has four. District 9 is the outsider with Sleigh ranked first.