Archive for November, 2014

Husky Trio Ranked in Top 100 of PA Power Wrestling Class of 2016

| November 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pennsylvania Power Wrestling released their top 100 rankings for the class of 2016 and Mifflin County’s Hayden Hidlay, Noah Stewart and Trey Hartsock made the list.

Hidlay, ranked No.9,  brings a 66-12 career mark and a PIAA sixth-place medal into his junior campaign. Stewart, ranked No. 58, is a 2014 state qualifier who owns a 55-17 career record. Hartsock, also a state qualifier a year ago, is ranked No. 71 and is 30-12 for his career.

The top dog of the Class of 2016 is Luke Pletcher of Greater Latrobe. Pletcher is a two-time state champion with a 84-2 career record. He is rated by Intermat as the third best junior in the United States behind Mark Hall of Minnesota and Penn State commit Mason Manville of New Jersey.

The only other District 6 wrestlers on the list are Huntingdon’s Collin Glorioso (No. 36) and Penns Valley’s Curtis Decker (No. 57).

Below is the top 10 wrestlers in the Pennsylvania class of 2016:

# Name -2013- 2014- -2012-2013- -Career- Team -Weight- College
1. Luke Pletcher S1 43-0 S1 41-2 84-2 Greater Latrobe 133 –
2. Jordan Wood S2 41-2 S2 46-2 87-4 Boyertown Area 285 Lehigh
3. Luke Karam S1 40-2 S2 32-3 72-5 Bethlehem Catholic 125 Bucknell
4. George Phillippi S3 42-5 S1 42-4 84-9 Derry Area 133 –
5. Chris Weiler NP2 48-5 NP5 33-11 81-16 Wyoming Seminary 157 –
6. Drew Phipps S4 26-3 SQ 37-8 63-11 Norwin 184 Bucknell
7. Jake Wentzel S3 40-2 S8 34-12 74-14 South Park 149 Pittsburgh
8. Kaleb Young S5 33-3 SQ 27-3 60-6 Punxsutawney Area 141 Iowa
9. Hayden Hidlay S6 38-5 SQ 28-7 66-12 Mifflin County 141 –
10. Blake Marks S2 35-6 S8 36-8 71-14 -Southern Columbia Area- 157 –

The Rich Get Richer: Manville Commits to Penn State

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mason Manville (Blair Academy, N.J.), a FILA Cadet World champion this summer in freestyle at 69 kilos (152 pounds), verbally committed to Penn State as part of their 2016 recruiting class on Wednesday morning.

He was undefeated during his sophomore season competing at 152 pounds, including titles at the Walsh Ironman, Beast of the East, Escape the Rock, and National Prep tournaments. He also won a FILA Cadet national freestyle title and Junior National freestyle title at 152 pounds this summer, along with a FILA Junior national Greco-Roman title this spring.

Manville starts the 2014-15 season ranked No. 2 nationally at 160 pounds, and No. 2 overall in the Class of 2016. He projects as a 165-pounder for the Nittany Lions.

Penn State Blanks Clarion 44-0

| November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

#7 Penn State 44, Clarion 0
November 22, 2014 – Tippin Gymnasium — Clarion, Pa.

125: #12 Jordan Conaway PSU tech fall Seth Carr CUP, 20-3 (TF; 5:41) — 5-0
133: #5 Jimmy Gulibon PSU pinned Matt Liggett CUP, WBF (3:47) — 11-0
141: Kade Moss PSU maj. dec. John Pezze CUP, 12-1 — 15-0
149: #15 Zack Beitz PSU maj. dec. Sam Sherlock CUP, 15-5 — 19-0
157: Cody Law PSU dec. Even Delong CUP, 5-1 — 22-0
165: Garett Hammond PSU maj. dec. Slade Horner CUP, 13-4 — 26-0
174: #3 Matt Brown PSU pinned Michael Pavasko CUP, WBF (0:51) — 32-0
184: #19 Matt McCutcheon PSU maj. dec. Danny Sutherland CUP, 12-3 — 36-0
197: #4 Morgan McIntosh PSU tech fall Ryan Darch CUP, 16-1 (7:00) — 41-0
285: #7 Jon Gingrich PSU dec. Evan Daley CUP, 9-4 — 44-0
Attendance: 2,875
Records: Penn State 3-0, 0-0 B1G; Clarion 0-5
Up Next for Penn State: Nittany Lion Open, Sunday, Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m. in Rec Hall.

Nearfall Newsletter Update

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

As you may or may not know, I recently launched a new digital wrestling magazine called the Nearfall Newsletter.

The first issue will be released in December and the magazine will focus on District 6 and the Mid-Penn Commonwealth. It is my hope to eventually expand it as a statewide print magazine. We shall see if that works out in time.

However, some readers have pointed out to me that while $8 a month sounded good in theory, it actually came out to $96 a year. Pretty high for a digital magazine. Also, some readers wanted to buy but PayPal wasn’t working for them.

I decided to kill two birds with one stone. I have made the Nearfall Newsletter a yearly subscription at $25 for 12 issues. You can get it through PayPal or mail a check or money order to the address below. (Make the check or money order payable to yours truly).

Brian Carson
4 Green Tree Lane
Lewistown, PA. 17044

The Nearfall Newsletter will feature the following:

  • Feature stories on wrestlers, coaches and contributors to the sport
  • Columns
  • Nutrition and Training tips
  • History feature
  • PA roundup
  • Junior High and elementary coverage
  • Weekly District 6 and State rankings (beginning in January)
  • and much more!

If you’re interested, you can order from PayPal below or you can send a check or money order to the address above. Thanks for reading and your support.





Nittany Lions Move to 2-0 After Beating Pitt

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

#7 Penn State 24, #16 Pittsburgh 12
November 21, 2014 – Petersen Events Center – Pittsburgh, Pa.

125: #12 Jordan Conaway PSU dec. Dom Forys PITT, 8-4 — 3-0
133: #5 Jimmy Gulibon PSU maj. dec. Nick Zanetta, 11-2 — 7-0
141: Edgar Bright PITT dec. Kade Moss PSU, 3-2 — 7-3
149: #15 Zack Beitz PSU dec. #13 Mike Racciato PITT, 11-5 — 10-3
157: Ronnie Garbinsky PITT dec. Cody Law PSU, 6-4 — 10-6
165: Cody Wiercioch PITT dec. Garett Hammond PSU, 11-8 — 10-9
174: #3 Matt Brown PSU maj. dec. Troy Raeghard PITT, 17-6 — 14-9
184: #4 Max Thomusseit PITT dec. #19 Matt McCutcheon PSU — 14-12
197: #4 Morgan McIntosh PSU pinned #10 Nick Bonaccorsi PITT, WBF (4:05) — 20-12
285: #7 Jon Gingrich PSU maj. dec. John Rizzo PITT, 9-1 — 24-12
Attendance: 7,103
Records: Penn State 2-0, 0-0 B1G; Pittsburgh 3-2
Up Next for Penn State: at Clarion, Saturday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m.