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Carson’s Corner: Powerade Leftovers

| December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

MugIf the Powerade Tournament showed one thing about the 2014-15 version of the Mifflin County wrestling team it is this – right now the Huskies are a much better tournament team than they are a dual meet team.

Not that Mifflin County is a terrible dual meet squad, far from it, it’s just as constructed right now, the Huskies will have trouble keeping up with some of the better teams on the remaining schedule – like Central Dauphin and whoever awaits them at the Parkland Duals.

While they are still a favorite, along with Central Mountain and maybe Bellefonte, for the District 6 Dual Meet crown, inconsistency in the lightweights and inexperience in the heavyweights has hurt them – as it did against the Wildcats recently.

Tournament wise, it’s a much different story. Through the middle of the lineup, Miffin County is solid and can score a ton of points. Look no further than the third-place finish at King of the Mountain and the 13th it took at Powerade as proof.

To finish 13 out of 48 teams in the toughest tournament in Pennsylvania and next to the Ironman, the roughest in the country, is a testament to the tournament power the Huskies possess.

Mifflin County can still have a successful dual meet season, but look for them to do real damage when the postseason rolls around, thanks in part to the strength Kirby Martin has from 138 to 195.

Hidlay Closing in On Kemerer

Despite dropping a 5-2 decision to Franklin Regional’s Michael Kemerer in the 145-pound Powerade finals yesterday, Hayden Hidlay can feel confident about the way his junior season is shaping up.

Hidlay was right there with Kemerer the entire match and only a late desperation takedown attempt, gave Kemerer the extra deuce at the end.

Most of the match was a back-and-forth, action-packed affair with the Franklin Regional senior holding a slim 3-2 advantage.

Hidlay was in deep twice, late in the first period and early in the third, but couldn’t finish his shots. If he finishes, he wins.

What’s even more impressive is his attitude. Hidlay knows what he has to do and is ready to put in the time, effort and work to do it.

As he said to the Sentinel: “He likes to shoot at my right leg. I knew it was coming, but I just couldn’t stop it. I just have to work on that more. I just need coach to shoot on that leg a thousand times and hopefully I can get it right. Overall, I’m pleased with the way I wrestled. I’m one takedown away from beating him.”

That, my friends, is the mindset and attitude of a true champion.

I can’t wait until they meet again. Kemerer better be ready. I know Hayden will be.

Hartsock and Stewart Place

Placing at Powerade is no small matter, so kudos to Trey Hartsock (5th at 195) and Noah Stewart (6th at 160) for doing so.

Both qualified for states a year ago and proved beyond a reasonable doubt they have the ability to reach the podium at Hershey.

Stewart ran into old nemesis D.J. Hollingshead of Altoona in a preview of the probable district and regional championship matchups this season. Hollingshead, who stays low and is notoriously tough to score on, came away with the 2-0 victory.

I would like to see Trey and Noah shoot a little more though. They are already quality wrestlers with the skills to wrestle and excel at the next level, but if they were a little more aggressive, a PIAA gold medal could be in their futures.

Powerade Record for Mifflin County Wrestlers

Here are the individual records for each Mifflin County wrestler at Powerade:

113: Kyle Smith (0-2)
120: Noah Myers (1-2)
126: Jonah Kile (1-2)
132: Logan Wise (0-2)
138: Trent Hidlay (2-2)
145: Hayden Hidlay (4-1) 2nd Place
152: Isaac Underhill (2-2)
160: Noah Stewart (4-3) 6th Place
170: Keith Corson (1-2)
182: Scout Kyper (0-2)
195: Trey Hartsock (4-2) 5th Place
220: Wyatt Renninger (2-2)
285: Gavin Erb (0-2)

One final note: Spencer Lee of Franklin Regional toyed with the competition at Powerade. He went 5-0 with three falls, a technical fall and a 15-4 major in the finals. He is the best high school wrestler to come out of the Keystone State since Carey Kolat.

Lee was the OW and he won the award for most falls.

He is that good!

Here are the complete Powerade results:

Full Results

Southern Scuffle Pre-Seeds

| December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

1. Nahshon Garrett- Cornell
2. Alan Waters- Missouri
3. Jordan Conaway- Penn State
4. Tyler Cox- Wyoming
5. Darian Cruz- Lehigh
6. Eddie Klimara- Oklahoma State
7. Evan Silver- Stanford
8. Trey Andrews- Northern Colorado
9. Tim Lambert- Nebraska
10. Max Soria- Buffalo
11. Sean Boyle- Chattanooga
12. Dalton Macri- Unattached

1. Jimmy Gulibon- Penn State
2. Mason Beckman- Lehigh
3. Rossi Bruno- Michigan
4. George DiCamillo- Virginia
5. Earl Hall- Iowa State
6. Nick Soto- Chattanooga
7. Mark Grey- Cornell
8. Mackenzie McGuire- Kent State
9. Kevin Devoy- Drexel
10. Matt Manley- Missouri
11. Troy Heilmann- North Carolina
12. Gary Wayne Harding- Oklahoma State

1. Lavion Mayes- Missouri
2. Zach Horan- Central Michigan
3. Geo Martinez- Boise State
4. Joe Spisak- Virginia
5. Joey Ward- North Carolina
6. Anthony Abidin- Nebraska
7. Randy Cruz- Lehigh
8. Dean Heil- Oklahoma State
9. Tyler Small- Kent State
10. Dante Rodriguez- Iowa State
11. David Pearce- Drexel
12. Brandon Gambucci- Duke

1. Josh Kindig- Oklahoma State
2. Drake Houdashelt- Missouri
3. Dyllan Cottrell- Appalachian State
4. Gus Sako- Virginia
5. Alec Pantelo- Michigan
6. Gabe Moreno- Iowa State
7. Edgar Bright – Pittsburgh
8. Zach Beitz- Penn State
9. Michael DePalma- Kent State
10. Luke Frey- Penn State
11. Mike Racciato- Pittsburgh
12. Shawn Greevy – Chattanooga

1. James Green- Nebraska
2. Ian Miller- Kent State
3. Brian Realbuto- Cornell
4. Mitch Minotti- Lehigh
5. Dylan Alton- Penn State
6. Joseph LaValle- Missouri
7. Russell Parson- Army
8. Anthony Collica- Oklahoma State
9. Steven Hernandez- Boise State
10. Brian Murphy- Michigan
11. Tommy Gantt- North Carolina State
12. Immanuel Kerr-Brown- Duke

1. Alex Dieringer- Oklahoma State
2. Nick Sulzer- Virginia
3. Dylan Palacio- Cornell
4. Jim Wilson- Stanford
5. Peyton Walsh- Navy
6. Mike England- Missouri
7. Austin Trott- Gardner Webb
8. Austin Wilson- Nebraska
9. Dakota Friesth- Wyoming
10. Chandler Smith- Army
11. Elton Ramos- North Carolina
12. Chandler Rogers- Oklahoma State

1. Robert Kokesh- Nebraska
2. Matt Brown- Penn State
3. Tyler Wilps- Pittsburgh
4. Tanner Weatherman- Iowa State
5. John Eblen- Missouri
6. Andy McCulley- Wyoming
7. Jordan Rogers- Oklahoma State
8. Keaton Subjeck- Stanford
9. Brian Crutchmer- Oklahoma State
10. John Staudenmayer- North Carolina
11. Bo NIckal- Penn State
12. George Pickett- Cornell

1. Gabe Dean- Cornell
2. Max Thomusseit- Pittsburgh
3. Nate Brown- Lehigh
4. Willie Miklus- Missouri
5. Nolan Boyd- Oklahoma State
6. Matt McCutcheon- Penn State
7. Ben Stroh- Wyoming
8. Dominic Abounader- Michigan
9. Timothy Dudley- Nebraska
10. Jacob Kasper- Duke
11. James Suvak- Virginia
12. John Lampe – Chattanooga

1. J’den Cox- Missouri
2. Kyven Gadson- Iowa State
3. Conner Hartmann- Duke
4. Morgan McIntosh- Penn State
5. Max Huntley- Michigan
6. Nick Bonaccorsi- Pittsburgh
7. Elliot RIddick- Lehigh
8. Shane Woods- Wyoming
9. Zach Nye- Virginia
10. Jace Bennett- Cornell
11. Bryce Barnes- Army
12. Cole Baxter- Kent State

1. Austin Marsden- Oklahoma State
2. Jimmy Lawson- Penn State
3. Adam Coon- Michigan
4. Denzel Dejournette- Appalachian State
5. Riley Shaw- Cleveland State
6. Jon Gingrich- Penn State
7. Devin Mellon- Missouri
8. Collin Jensen- Nebraska
9. Nathan Butler- Stanford
10. Josh Marchok- Stanford
11. Tanner Harms- Wyoming
12. Ethan Hayes- Virginia

Powerade Finals: Hidlay Falls Short in Finals; Hartsock Takes 5th, Stewart 6th

| December 30, 2014 | 1 Comment

Hayden Hidlay came up short in his attempt to win a Powerade championship, falling to old nemesis Michael Kemerer (Franklin Regional) in a battle of the top two ranked 145-pounders in the state Tuesday evening.

Kemerer scored an escape and takedown in the second period and a takedown in the third to come away with the 5-2 victory. Hidlay, who suffered his first loss of the season, was in deep in the first and third periods but couldn’t convert either shot. The Husky junior is now 0-4 lifetime against the Iowa-bound Kemerer.

Earlier in the day, Hidlay defeated Nick Monico of Saegertown 3-1 in the semifinals.

Trey Hartsock and Noah Stewart placed fifth and sixth at 195 and a 160 pounds respectively, leading the Huskies to a 13th place finish in the team standings with 83 points. There were 48 teams in the Powerade field.

Hartsock claimed his fifth place finish with a solid 4-0 shutout of Connor Buttry of Chestnut Ridge. The Husky junior escaped in the second period and took a slim 1-0 lead into the final frame. In the third, Hartsock earned three nearfall points and the victory.

Hartsock started the day with a 3-2 loss to eventual champion Dylan Reynolds (Saegertown) in the semifinals. He dropped to the fifth-place match after losing a 3-2 decision to Kevin Snyder of Maryland.

Stewart lost a 2-0 heartbreaker in his bid for fifth against Paul Dunn of Bethel Park. With the score all zeroes heading into the final period, Stewart got two high with his power half and Dunn shrugged him off for the reversal and the win.

To reach the fifth-place match, the Husky junior downed Brett Bryant (Ohio) 3-1 and Jimmy Miller (Brookville) 5-0 before falling to rival D.J. Holllingshead of Altoona by a 2-0 score.

Franklin Regional edged out Buchanan, California for the team title winning 199-196.5.

The Huskies are back in action Wednesday, January 7th on the road against Altoona.

Mifflin County and Finals Results

5th Place

160: Paul Dunn, Bethel Park dec. Noah Stewart, 2-0.
195: Trey Hartsock dec. Connor Buttry, Chestnut Ridge, 4-0.


145: Hayden Hidlay vs. Michael Kemerer, Franklin Regional dec. Hayden Hidlay, 5-2.

Powerade Finals

106: Gavin Teasdale, Jefferson-Morgan major dec. Patrick Glory, New Jersey, 13-3.
113: Devin Brown, Franklin Regional dec. Charles Lenox, Erie McDowell, 5-1.
120: Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional major dec. Ty Agaisse, New Jersey, 15-4.
126: DJ Lloren, California dec. Gus Solomon, Franklin Regional, 2-1.
132: Luke Pletcher, Greater Latrobe dec. George Phillippi, Derry Area, 2-1 UTB.
138: Sam Krivus, Hempfield dec. Cameron Coy, Penn Trafford, 2-1.
145: Michael Kemerer, Franklin Regional dec. Hayden Hidlay, Mifflin County, 5-2.
152: Vincenzo Joseph, Pittsburgh Central Catholic dec. Jake Wentzel, South Park, 5-3.
160: Josh Shields, Franklin Regional dec. Cole Walter, Mifflinburg, 3-1.
170: Daniel Bullard, Georgia dec. Austin Bell, Belle Vernon, 10-4.
182: Kellan Stout, Mt. Lebanon dec. Cade Belshay, California, 7-0.
195: Dylan Reynolds, Saegertown dec. Young Woo An, California, 3-2.
220: Fred Mantsch, Hempfield dec. Nick Miller, Maryland, 2-1 TB2.
285: Al Beattie, Burrell dec. Elliott Lee, Georgia, 1-0.

Powerade Day Two Results: Hidlay in Finals; Stewart, Hartsock Wrestle for 5th

| December 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Consolation – Fourth Round

160: Noah Stewart dec. Brett Bryant, Ohio, 6-1.


145: Hayden Hidlay dec. Nick Monico, Saegertown, 3-0.
195: Dylan Reynolds, Saegertown dec. Trey Hartsock, 3-2.

Consolation – Fifth Round

160: Noah Stewart dec. Jimmy Miller, Brookville, 5-0.

Consolation – Sixth Round

160: D.J. Hollingshead, Altoona dec. Noah Stewart, 2-0.
195: Kevin Snyder, Maryland dec. Trey Hartsock, 3-2.

5th Place

160: Noah Stewart vs. Paul Dunn, Bethel Park
195: Trey Hartsock vs. Connor Buttry, Chestnut Ridge


145: Hayden Hidlay vs. Michael Kemerer, Franklin Regional

Powerade Finals

106: Gavin Teasdale, Jefferson-Morgan vs. Patrick Glory, New Jersey
113: Devin Brown, Franklin Regional vs. Charles Lenox, Erie McDowell
120: Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional vs. Ty Agaisse, New Jersey
126: DJ Lloren, California vs. Gus Solomon, Franklin Regional
132: Luke Pletcher, Greater Latrobe vs. George Phillippi, Derry Area
138: Sam Krivus, Hempfield vs. Cameron Coy, Penn Trafford
145: Michael Kemerer, Franklin Regional vs. Hayden Hidlay, Mifflin County
152: Vincenzo Joseph, Pittsburgh Central Catholic vs. Jake Wentzel, South Park
160: Josh Shields, Franklin Regional vs. Cole Walter, Mifflinburg
170: Austin Bell, Belle Vernon vs. Daniel Bullard, Georgia
182: Kellan Stout, Mt. Lebanon vs. Cade Belshay, California
195: Dylan Reynolds, Saegertown vs. Young Woo An, California
220: Fred Mantsch, Hempfield vs. Nick Miller, Maryland
285: Al Beattie, Burrell vs. Elliott Lee, Georgia

Powerade Day One Results: Hidlay, Hartsock in Semis; Stewart Still Alive in Consolations

| December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Three Mifflin County wrestlers are still alive after day one at the Powerade Tournament on Monday.

Hayden Hidlay (145) and Trey Hartsock (195) advanced to the semifinals, while Noah Stewart dropped his quarterfinal match at 160 but is still alive in the consolations.

Hidlay cruised to the quarters after pinning Westmont’s Nick Mical in 46 seconds and destroying Mike Risnear of Penn Trafford 17-2. The time of the tech fall coming in 5:52.

The semifinals featured a battle of two state and nationally ranked wrestlers – Hidlay (No. 2 PA, No. 5 USA) vs. Belle Vernon’s Jared Verkleeren (No. 3 PA, No. 7 USA). The match was worth the price of admission.

After a scoreless first period with plenty of action, Verkleeren chose bottom and Hidlay rode him out the entire second frame. Hidlay escaped to take a 1-0 lead, but got caught out of position and Verkleeren scored the takedown for the 2-1 advantage with just 12 seconds left. The Husky junior, cool as a cucumber, reversed the Belle Vernon sophomore with just four ticks on the clock for the 3-2 win.

Hidlay faces Saegertown’s Nick Monico in the semifinals beginning at 11:30 AM tomorrow.

Hartsock’s road to the semifinals featured a 15-0 tech fall over Jimmy Nestor of Franklin Regional and a 3-1 victory over Matt McGillick of Penn Trafford.

In the quarters, Hartsock used a takedown in the first, an escape in the second and two nearfall points in the third for the 5-1 victory over Bakhtiyar Zaynullaev of Mount Lebanon. Hartsock faces top seed Dylan Reynolds of Saegertown in the semifinals.

Stewart dropped a 7-0 decision to Thomas Bullard of Georgia in the quarterfinals. The Husky junior hooks up with Brett Bryant in the fourth round of consolations, kicking things off at 10 AM tomorrow.

Mifflin County is in 16th place out of 48 teams with 65 points. Buchanan, California is leading with 135.5 points.

Below are complete day one results for Mifflin County.


113: Cole Rhone, Benton pinned Kyle Smith, 1:27.
126: Jonah Kile pinned Dom Zona, Penn Trafford, :54.
220: Zach Stafford, Saegertown pinned Wyatt Renninger, 1:00.

First Round

120: Cole Matthews, Reynolds dec. Noah Myers, 5-2.
126: Jacob Lizak, Parkland technical fall Jonah Kile, 16-1 (3:26).
132: Dean Esquibel, California major dec. Logan Wise, 10-0.
138: Trent Hidlay dec. Derrick Claar, Chestnut Ridge, 6-1.
145: Hayden Hidlay pinned Nick Mical, Westmont-Hilltop, :46.
152: Isaac Underhill pinned Nick Naughton, Tennessee, 3:50.
160: Noah Stewart dec. Chad Coles, Norwin, 9-2.
170: Keith Corson major dec. Jeremy Huwe, Bethel Park, 14-3.
182: Lane Reinwald, Fort LeBoeuf dec. Scout Kyper, 8-3.
195: Trey Hartsock technical fall Jeremy Nestor, Franklin Regional, 15-0 (5:43)
285: Kyle McCoy, West Virginia pinned Gavin Erb, 2:56.

Pigtail Consolations

113: Ray Eason, Tennessee dec. Kyle Smith, 7-0. (Smith eliminated)
126: Louis Stefanik, Pittsburgh Central Catholic dec. Jonah Kile, 2-0. (Kile eliminated)
220: Wyatt Renninger pinned Connor Jump, Texas, 4:19.

Second Round

138: Tyler Vath, Saegertown dec. Trent Hidlay, 3-1.
145: Hayden Hidlay tech fall Mike Risnear, Penn Trafford, 17-2 (5:52).
152: Jake Wentzel, South Park dec. Isaac Underhill, 7-0.
160: Noah Stewart dec. Trent Crouse, Chestnut Ridge, 9-7.
170: Dontae McGee, Florida pinned Keith Corson, 2:51.
195: Trey Hartsock dec. Matt McGillick, Penn Trafford, 3-1.

Consolation – First Round

120: Noah Myers pinned Corey Christie, Burrell, 1:53.
132: Josh Ridgeway, Norwin major dec. Logan Wise, 9-0 (Wise eliminated)
182: Marty Shulik, Pittsburgh Central Catholic pinned Scout Kyper, 3:47. (Kyper eliminated)
220: Wyatt Renninger pinned Hussein Sbeitan, Westmont-Hilltop, 2:38.
285: Josh Maglicco, Penn Trafford pinned Gavin Erb, 3:11. (Erb eliminated)

Consolation – Second Round

120: Conner Zeigler, Ohio pinned Noah Myers, 4:22. (Myers eliminated)
138: Trent Hidlay major dec. Luke Mary, Peters Twp., 13-0.
152: Isaac Underhill dec. Rob Wetherhold, Parkland, 2-0.
170: Dan Simmerman, Saegertown dec. Keith Corson, 10-4. (Corson eliminated)
220: Robert West, Trinity pinned Wyatt Renninger, :15. (Renninger eliminated)


145: Hayden Hidlay dec. Jared Verkleeren, Belle Vernon, 3-2.
160: Thomas Bullard, Georgia dec. Noah Stewart, 7-0.
195: Trey Hartsock dec. Bakhtiyar Zaynullaev, Mt. Lebanon, 5-1.

Consolation – Third Round

138: Cameron Reynolds, Trinity dec. Trent Hidlay, 5-2 OT. (Hidlay eliminated)
152: Josh Anderson, Utah tech fall Isaac Underhill, 16-0 (4:49). (Underhill eliminated)

Consolation – Fourth Round

160: Noah Stewart vs. Brett Bryant, Ohio


145: Hayden Hidlay vs. Nick Monico, Saegertown
195: Trey Hartsock vs. Dylan Reynolds, Saegertown