Archive for February, 2014

Huskies Ready for NW Regionals

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kirby Martin

The tournament trail is a grinding and grueling affair.

Over a three-week period, its purpose is to weed out the individual with the skills and mental toughness from those who break. Wrestling on the tournament trail is a war of attrition and to the victors go the spoils.

The next stop on the trail for Mifflin County is the Northwest Regional Class AAA tournament, where Districts 4, 8, 9 and 10 will join District 6.

Head coach Kirby Martin brings a nine-man Husky contingent to the Altoona Field House Friday evening with the sole purpose of each kid cracking the top three in their respective weight classes. Do that and you punch your ticket to the PIAA state championships next week at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Mifflin County advanced 10 to the regional tournament last season with only Hayden Hidlay and Kyle Kahley breaking through to states, a stat Martin most definitely hopes to best in 2014.

Freshman Noah Myers (113), sophomores Hidlay (138), Noah Stewart (152), Brandon Wilson (160) and Trey Hartsock (182), junior Isaac Underhill (132) and seniors Timmy Pearce (195), Kahley (220) and Colton Craig (285) will get their chances to make a statement and advance to states when first-round action gets under way at 5 pm Friday.

Myers (23-11) opens with T’Naz Gregory (18-5), the District 10 runner-up from Erie Prep, Underhill (20-9) faces Owen Watkins (15-10) of General McLane, Stewart (32-7) meets Erie Strong Vincent’s Jared Carlson (24-7), Wilson (3-2) gets Dustin Coles (13-10) of Bradford, Hartsock hooks up with Warren’s Cody Gunn (20-10), Pearce (29-7) faces Daniel Salinas (12-14) of St. Mary’s, and Kahley takes on Meadville’s Luke Carr (22-7).

Hidlay (32-2) and Craig (18-10) have first-round byes.

Underhill, Stewart and Wilson all placed fourth last season, one spot away from going to states.

The team championship should be a four-team race between Mifflin County, Central Mountain, Erie McDowell and General McLane.

Below are state-ranked wrestlers participating in the Northwest Regionals this week:

Charlie Lenox, Erie McDowell, 10th, No. 10
Cole Manley, Altoona, 9th, No. 18
Carmine Ciotti, Erie Strong Vincent, 10th, No. 19

Joe Wheeling, General McLane, 12th, No. 2
Damian Huff, Hollidaysburg, 12th, No. 20
Chris Thompson, Philipsburg-Osceola, 12th, No. 21

Jake Gromacki, Erie Prep, 12th, No. 4
Brock Port, Bellefonte, 9th, No. 10
Roshaun Cooley, Williamsport, 11th, No. 11
Josh Caban, Erie Strong Vincent, 12th, No. 21

D.J. Fehlman, Warren, 11th, No. 11
Shae Bloom, DuBois, 10th, No. 22

Joel Bowers, Punxsutawney, 12th, No. 11
Trevor Corl, Bellefonte, 11th, No. 19

Hayden Hidlay, Mifflin County, 10th, No. 5
Kaleb Young, Punxsutawney, 10th, No. 6
Mike Kauffman, State College, 12th, No. 12
Keller Watkins, General McLane, 11th, No. 19
Tristan Paul, Shikellamy, 12th, No. 22

Demetri Probst, Central Mountain, 11th, No. 18

D.J. Hollingshead, Altoona, 11th, No. 3
Noah Stewart, Mifflin County, 10th, No. 9
Cameron Jacobson, Allderdice, 11th No. 23

Ehrin Lee, Titusville, 12th, No. 4
Chad Reese, Central Mountain, 12th, No. 5
Brandon Wilson, Mifflin County, No. 21

Gavin Caprio, Central Mountain, 11th, No. 8
Trent Zdarko, Oil City, 12th, No. 24

Tyree Spearman, Erie McDowell, 12th, No. 2
Trey Hartsock, Mifflin County, 10th, No. 20
Dennis Lumadue, Philipsburg-Osceola, 12th, No. 21

Tom Sleigh, DuBois, 12th, No. 1
Chris Laird, General McLane, 12th, No. 9
Austin Lewis, Selinsgrove, 12th, No. 17
Timmy Pearce, Mifflin County, 12th, No. 21

Cameron Porter, Central Mountain, 12th, No. 17
Kyle Kahley, Mifflin County, 12th, No. 22
Nick Gray, Philipsburg-Osceola, 12th, No. 23

Scott Augustine, Erie McDowell, 12th, No. 3
Deiondrew Plott, Erie East, 12th, No. 18

Searer, Eckenroth Making Big Strides With MC Upperweights

| February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Dale Searer

Assistant coaches never get much glory.

Most of the time they work in the shadows while the head coach gets all the attention. That’s the way it is in the sports world, but two assistants have stood out for the success they’ve produced during the past three seasons Mifflin County has been in existence.

Assistant wrestling coaches Dale Searer and Joe Eckenroth work their magic on the Husky upperweights and the results are quite impressive.

It all started with Tyson Searer in 2012, continued on with Kyle Kahley and Caleb Rhodes in 2013 and reached a critical mass in 2014.

Tyson Searer captured  district and regional championships, while placing third in the PIAA state tournament at 220 pounds two years ago.

Rhodes, a senior wrestling varsity for the first time in his career, catapulted himself all the way to regionals where his bid for a state tournament berth at 285 ended in 2013.

In 2014, the Mifflin County upperweights have been nothing short of spectacular with three of the Huskies four district titles this season coming from 182 on up.

Trey Hartsock (182), Timmy Pearce (195) and Colton Craig (285) won district gold, while Kahley, a state qualifier a season ago, finished second.

Proof of the duos excellent coaching can be seen in the success of Pearce and Craig.

Pearce was a 138-pound back-up last season who bulked up to 195 this year and thrived. The senior is currently 29-7 and looking for his first appearance in the PIAA state tournament.

Craig didn’t come out for wrestling until this, his senior season, and the football stud looks right at home on the wrestling mat, posting an 18-10 mark and a district gold medal in his short, but successful resume.

At the start of the season it looked like Craig would have trouble winning five matches let alone a district championship. Part of the reason for his success comes from the hard work Searer and Eckenroth put into polishing this rough diamond into a precious stone. The other part of the equation is the effort and attitude of Craig.

Put together the coaching, hard work and a great attitude and you have the makings of a successful wrestler and a successful program.

Both had solid wrestling careers in their own right. Searer was a District 6 champion and OW, while Eckenroth had a decent career at Bellefonte. They like to get down on the mat and wrestle with the kids. It’s a show don’t tell style the wrestlers respond to because the best way to learn is by doing.

Mifflin County wrestling  is blessed with great coaching at all levels, and none may be more important than the work of the varsity assistant coaches.

Timmy Pearce on Winning a District 6 Championship

| February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Timmy Pearce

Three MC Wrestlers Advance to PJW States

| February 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Mark Hidlay

At the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling Area 2 tournament held at Philipsburg-Osceola HS on Sunday three Mifflin County wrestlers advanced to the PJW State Championships on March 1 and 2 at Hempfield High School in Greensburg.

At 132, Jonah Kile lost by fall in 3:56 in the finals to Ian Barr of State College, but bounced back to claim a 9-7 decision over Levi Hobson of Chestnut Ridge to earn true second place and advance to Hempfield.

At 140, Trent Hidlay won by tech fall, 18-3 in 2:57 over Parker McClellan of Altoona in the semifinals, and won a 6-3 decision over Tanner Weaver of Central Mountain for the championship.

At 187, Isaac Maclay dominated the bracket with two falls leading up to a 16-0 tech fall win over Vincent Fernandez in the finals to advance to the state tournament.

Clayton Wolfgang (77), John Retherford (87), Logan Wise (124), all placed fourth while Scout Kyper (167) went 1-2 for the day.

***brackets can be found at

Area 2 is comprised of the following counties:

Indiana, Blair, Cambria, Clinton, Centre, Mifflin, Juniata, Huntingdon, Bedford, and Fulton.

Brackets Released For NW Regionals

| February 24, 2014 | 4 Comments

The brackets for the 2014 Northwest Regional Class AAA tournament were released this morning. I will have a preview with an interview from Kirby Martin either Thursday or Friday morning.

Here are the first round opponents for Mifflin County wrestlers:

113: 6-4 Noah Myers (23-11) vs. 10-2 T’Nauz Gregory, Erie Prep (18-5)
132: 6-2 Isaac Underhill (20-9) vs. 10-4 Owen Watkins, General McLane (15-10)
138: 6-1 Hayden Hilday (32-2) bye
152: 6-2 Noah Stewart (32-7) vs. 10-4 Jared Carlson, Erie Strong Vincent (24-7)
160: 6-2 Brandon Wilson (3-2) vs. 9-4 Dustin Coles, Bradford (13-10)
182: 6-1 Trey Hartsock (26-10) vs. 10-4 Cody Gunn, Warren (20-10)
195: 6-1 Timmy Pearce (29-7) vs. 9-4 Daniel Salinas, St. Mary’s (12-14)
220: 6-2 Kyle Kahley (10-4) vs. 10-3 Luke Carr, Meadville (22-7)
285: 6-1 Colton Craig (18-10) bye

To see the complete brackets click on the link below:

NW Regional Brackets