Archive for January, 2015

Nittany Lions Fall Short Against Gophers

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

#10 Penn State 16, #2 Minnesota 17
January 25, 2015 – Rec Hall – University Park, Pa.

133: #1 Chris Dardanes MIN dec. #9 Jimmy Gulibon PSU, 3-2 / 0-3
141: #4 Nick Dardanes MIN maj. dec. Kade Moss PSU, 14-6 / 0-7
149: #18 Zack Beitz PSU dec. Jake Short MIN, 9-4 / 3-7
157: #1 Dylan Ness MIN dec. Cody Law PSU, 9-1 / 3-11
165: #17 Nick Wanzek MIN dec. Garett Hammond PSU, 8-4 / 3-14
174: #4 Matt Brown PSU dec. #3 Logan Storley MIN, 4-1 / 6-14
184: #11 Brett Pfarr MIN dec. #16 Matt McCutcheon PSU, 11-5 / 6-17
197: #6 Morgan McIntosh PSU dec. #1 Scott Schiller MIN, 7-4 / 9-17
285: #6 Jimmy Lawson PSU dec. #13 Michael Kroells MIN, 3-1 / 12-17
125: #8 Jordan Conaway PSU maj. dec. Ethan Lizak MIN, 13-3 / 16-17
Attendance: 6,540 (24th straight sell-out)
Records: Penn State 8-2, 4-2 B1G; Minnesota 10-0, 6-0 B1G
Up Next for Penn State: at Michigan, Friday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m.

Mifflin County Pins Down a Victory Against Carlisle

| January 24, 2015 | 2 Comments

In Germany, they have Oktoberfest. On senior night, the Mifflin County wrestling team had its own celebration – forever to be known as Pinfest.

The Huskies recorded seven falls, including five straight from 138 to 170 to dismantle Carlisle 64-12 in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth match that lasted only 40 minutes.

In addition to honoring seniors Jeff Murphy, Isaac Underhill, Keith Corson and Wyatt Renninger, Mifflin County had its annual double dual meet with the varsity and junior high wrestling at the same time.

“It happened that we had senior night at the same time we have the varsity and junior high wrestle at the same time,” Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin said. “This was a nice way to recognize the seniors. We like having the double dual. It’s something different and creates a little more action for the fans. We like to have a meal afterward and trying to build the family within our program.”

Mifflin County, winners of 10 in a row, improved to 15-3 on the season and completed its Mid-Penn slate at 5-2, good enough for third behind Cumberland Valley and Central Dauphin.

“Central Dauphin and Cumberland Valley were the ones really on our radar. We wanted to close the gap on them this year,” Martin said. “We didn’t do that, so I’m not satisfied with those two matches. Thankfully, we finished out the rest of the Mid-Penn schedule with wins, but those two losses are going to bother me.”

The Huskies scored bonus points in all 11 matches they won – seven came by fall, three by forfeit and one by major decision.

Carlisle (3-9, Mid-Penn 1-6) took a short-lived 9-0 lead with a forfeit win at 106 by Hunter Coutts and a 5-4 victory by Connor Smith over Kyle Smith at 113.

Mifflin County got on the board at 120 when Noah Myers (17-7) flattened Ben Farrell in 1:43 to make it 9-6. Jonah Kile gave the Huskies the lead when he took Kyle Kendrick down, locked up a cradle and scored the fall in 32 seconds of their 126-pound match.

The Thundering Herd evened it up at 12-12 with its final win of the night when Brady Meals won 5-1 over Logan Wise at 132.

From 138 on it was a silver and purple rain of pins as the Huskies salted away the victory.

Trent Hidlay (22-7) was up 10-2 in the second before cranking Kyle Seibert to his back for the fall in 3:38. The second half of the Gruesome Twosome, big brother Hayden Hidlay broke his own single-season school record for falls with his 18th of the year, this one coming in 44 seconds over Logan Huff at 145. Hayden improved his record to 26-1 on the season.

“I didn’t really know that I did it. I started to think about how many of my wins were by pin. My dad and I talked about it and we think a realistic goal is to try and get 100 pins by the end of my senior year. That would be pretty cool,” Hayden said. “The one thing college coaches really look for is being real aggressive with the bonus points. That’s what Penn State has been good at the last couple of years, so that’s one thing I want to do when I go out there. I want to help the team and I love getting bonus points for us.

“Our middle of the lineup is peaking at the right time. Kyle Smith is wrestling a lot better at 113 and our heavyweights are getting there. Christian Smith is getting better. Our heavyweights are no longer a worry about giving up all those bonus points. They are putting up a good fight. As a team, we are peaking at the right time. We are going to give Central Mountain a run for their money this time. We have improved a lot as a team since the last time we faced them. It’s going to be an exciting match.”

Underhill (22-6) continued the pin streak with 1:42 deck job of Grant Shugarts at 152, which was followed by Noah Stewart (26-5) and his blazing fast 25-second fall over Zach Redclay at 160. At 170, Corson (15-10) made it five straight pins with a 1:26 fall over Tyler Berkheimer.

At 182, Brandon Wilson improved to 15-4 with a 13-2 major over Muhamed Alic. Wilson scored four takedowns, three in the second period, along with a reversal and five nearfall points in his impressive win.

“His conditioning is back where it needs to be. We want him to be peaking for next weekend and for individual districts and beyond,” Martin said.

Trey Hartsock (22-6) at 195, Christian Smith (3-2) at 220 and Gavin Erb at 285 all picked up forfeit victories to close out the scoring.

“We want to be aggressive. We want to be attacking. We want to get bonus points and pins and that’s what I’m trying to stress to them,” Martin said. “This is our last match until district duals on Saturday. We wanted that to be a point of emphasis tonight.

“This week will be intense. We need to keep them sharp. The goal for this team is to go back to the state dual meet tournament. I don’t think there’s going to be any lack of motivation this week. The focus is on district duals and that is what they are going to be excited and ready for.”

Mifflin County won the takedown battle 15-3. The Husky junior high won 67-21. Mifflin County, the No. 2 seed, competes at the District 6 Class AAA Duals Saturday starting at 5:00 p.m. in Tyrone.

Mifflin County 64, Carlisle 12
106: Hunter Coutts (C) won by forfeit.
113: Connor Smith (C) dec. Kyle Smith, 5-4.
120: Noah Myers (MC) pinned Ben Farrell, 1:43.
126: Jonah Kile (MC) pinned Kyle Kendrick, :32.
132: Brady Meals (C) dec. Logan Wise, 5-1.
138: Trent Hidlay (MC) pinned Kyle Seibert, 3:38.
145: Hayden Hidlay (MC) pinned Logan Huff, :44.
152: Isaac Underhill (MC) pinned Grant Shughart, 1:42.
160: Noah Stewart (MC) pinned Zach Redclay, :25.
170: Keith Corson (MC) pinned Tyler Berkheimer, 1:26.
182: Brandon Wilson (MC) major dec. Muhamed Alic, 13-2.
195: Trey Hartsock (MC) won by forfeit.
220: Christian Smith (MC) won by forfeit.
285: Gavin Erb (MC) won by forfeit.

Junior High – Mifflin County, 67-21.

Mifflin County vs. Carlisle Preview

| January 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mifflin County closes out its Mid-Penn Commonwealth slate with a home dual meet against Carlisle tonight.

The dual will start earlier than usual – 6 p.m. – with the junior high and varsity wrestling at the same time. The Huskies are looking for their 10th straight victory.

The Thundering Herd enters with a 3-8 overall record and a 1-5 mark in the conference. They have wins over Harrisburg (45-29), Gettysburg (54-27) and New Oxford (40-33). The losses have come to Central Dauphin (75-6), Chambersburg (50-19), CD East (54-22), State College (52-20), Camp Hill (40-34), Littlestown (43-34), Shippensburg (43-27) and Cumberland Valley (66-6).

Carlisle is a very young team with five freshmen in the starting lineup. Leading the way is senior Brady Meals (14-7 at 132), a regional qualifier from a year ago. Other Herd wrestlers with winning records include Hunter Coutts (13-7 at 106), Connor Smith (14-7 at 113). Grant Shughart (11-8 at 152) and Muhamed Alic (12-8 at 182).

The Huskies (14-3, 4-2 Mid-Penn), fresh off a 45-24 victory over the Little Lions on Thursday, are in tune-up mode getting prepared for the District 6 Duals which begin next Saturday. Mifflin County can clinch third place in the Mid-Penn with a victory tonight.

In addition to State College, the Huskies have wins over Ephrata (73-5), Reading (52-21), Biglerville (49-15), Downingtown East (38-27), CD East (50-15), Altoona (49-18), Delaware Valley (40-22), Upper Perkiomen (51-12), North Penn (65-15), Northampton (38-33), Boiling Springs (42-34) and Harrisburg (62-6). The losses came at the hands of Cumberland Valley (43-13), Central Mountain (36-24) and Central Dauphin (46-18).

Five ranked wrestlers pace the Huskies: No. 2 Hayden Hidlay (25-1) at 145, No. 6 Noah Stewart (25-5) at 160, No. 9 Trey Hartsock (22-6) at 195,  No. 15 Isaac Underhill (21-6) at 152 and No. 18 Trent Hidlay (21-7) at 138. Brandon Wilson (14-4 at 170/182/195), Noah Myers (16-7 at 120) and Keith Corson (14-10 at 170/182) also have winning marks for Mifflin County.

Underhill became the first wrestler from Mifflin County High School to reach the century mark in wins with a tech fall victory against State College.

Here are the potential match-ups for tonight’s dual:

(Mifflin County wrestlers are listed first)

106: Forfeit vs. Hunter Coutts, 9th (13-7)
113: Kyle Smith, 11th (10-12) vs. Connor Smith, 9th (14-7)
120: Noah Myers, 10th (16-7) vs. Ben Farrell, 11th (7-11)
126: Jonah Kile, 10th (10-13) vs. Kyle Kendrick, 11th (0-6) or Sam Clemmons, 11th (1-5)
132: Logan Wise, 9th (10-12) vs. Brady Meals, 12th (14-7)
138: No. 18 Trent Hidlay, 9th (21-7) vs. Logan Huff, 9th (7-9) or Hunter Adkins, 10th (1-7)
145: No. 2 Hayden Hidlay, 11th (25-1) vs. Kyle Seibert, 9th (3-14)
152: No. 15 Isaac Underhill, 12th (21-6) vs. Grant Shughart, 11th (11-8)
160: No. 6 Noah Stewart, 11th (25-5)  vs. Zach Redclay, 9th (3-12)
170: Keith Corson, 12th (14-10) or Mike Bielski, 11th (2-4) vs. Tyler Berkheimer, 10th (3-13)
182: Brandon Wilson, 11th (14-4)  or Corson vs. Muhamed Alic, 11th (12-8)
195: No. 9 Trey Hartsock, 11th (21-6) or Wilson vs. Forfeit
220: Christian Smith, 11th (2-2) or Austin Haubrick, 10th (0-2) vs. Forfeit.
285: Gavin Erb, 11th (0-12) or Smith vs. Paul Syverson, 12th (5-12)

Underhill Reaches 100 Wins; Huskies Down Little Lions

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Underhill on 100 Wins

 

The 100-win club is a very special one for high school wrestlers. It’s a standard-bearer – like gaining 1,000 yards in football or hitting .300 in baseball. To be the first to do it at your school sets the accomplishment even higher.

Isaac Underhill became the first wrestler in the four-year history of Mifflin County High School to reach triple digits in victories leading the Huskies to a 45-24 Mid-Penn Commonwealth win over State College on Thursday.

Underhill, now 100-40 in his career, was the last to wrestle and the senior made sure there was no doubt who would win. Three takedowns and eight back points by Underhill led to the 16-0 technical fall over Jarred Price at 152.

Underhill took a 5-0 lead after one on a takedown and three nearfall points. An eight point second period extended his lead to 13-0. An escape and takedown in the third ended the match and gave Underhill his never to be forgotten milestone.

The crowed gave Underhill a standing ovation with many waving 100-win signs to show their appreciation.

“It couldn’t happen to a better kid. He’s been with us all four years. He’s been through the grind,” Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin said. “This is a very significant accomplishment, but more than that, I want him to get to the state tournament. We’re not, by any means, satisfied with just 100.”

The win was the ninth in a row for Mifflin County, who improved to 14-3 overall and 4-2 in the conference. The Little Lions fell to 9-6 and 4-3 in the Mid-Penn.

Martin and his staff once again went strategic and bumped up from 170 through 285, something they have done since the Parkland Duals. The moves paid off with Mifflin County winning three of five with bonus points coming in two of those bouts.

The match started at 160 with Noah Stewart (25-5) making quick work of Jonathan Sponsler, getting the pin in 1:56. Stewart, ranked sixth in the state, was up 7-0 at the time of the fall.

After Will Roeshot beat Mike Bielski at 170, the Huskies reeled off three straight with Keith Corson (14-10) decking Bobby Bendik in 4:11, Brandon Wilson (14-4) defeated Cory Dreibilbis 8-3 at 195 and Trey Hartsock (22-6) demolished Pete Haffner by 15-0 technical fall at 220, setting the score at 20-3.

“We started to kind of gear up and figure out what we can do to maximize the kids that we have on this team and that means bumping some kids around,” Martin said. “It has made us a lot tougher. We want to keep heading in that direction. District duals are coming up pretty soon and that is what we are getting ready for.”

The Little Lions closed that gap to 20-15 with a fall in 1:43 by Jack Vandevort at 285 and a forfeit win for Connor Pattinson at 106.

Kyle Smith followed with what might have been the biggest win of the night for the Huskies. On paper, the 113-pound bout looked like a toss-up. In reality, it was all Smith.

The junior scored a takedown in the first, another takedown and three back points in the second and an escape and takedown in the third to win going away 10-0 over Jacob Pammer. Smith entered the bout 9-12, while Pammer was 11-8.

“We want to keep heading in the right direction with Kyle,” Martin said. “He got into a rut earlier in the season and he just lost his confidence. Those kinds of matches are really good for him, especially in front of the home crowd. I’m excited the way he’s wrestling now.”

At 120, Noah Myers (16-7) made short work of Trey Millward, pinning him in one minute to make the score 30-15.

State College fought back with wins at 126 from Anthony Myers and at 132 from Lucas Jennerman. Myers, returning District 6 champion, pinned Jonah Kile in 2:42 and Jennerman toughed out a 3-0 victory over Logan Wise by getting an escape and takedown in the third period.

The Gruesome Twosome, aka the Hidlay brothers, extinguished the Little Lions’ chances of a comeback. At 138, Trent Hidlay (21-7) scored seven points in the third to record the 9-1 major decision over Ian Barr. At 145, Hayden Hidlay (25-1) once again channeled his inner Klondike Kat and made mincemeat of Dalton Burger, scoring the fall in 3:56 after leading 13-3.

“This was an excellent crowd. We had elementary night and that contributed to our numbers. It’s good to see kids from all levels of our program here watch a great dual meet,” Martin said. “The plan is to be peaking at district duals and the postseason. We’ll see next week where we’re at.”

Mifflin County won the takedown battle decisively by a 21-6 margin. The Husky junior high won 44-40.

Mifflin County hosts Carlisle Saturday in a double feature with both the junior high and the varsity wrestling at the same time. Action gets underway at 6 p.m.

Mifflin County 45, State College 24

160: Noah Stewart (MC) pinned Jonathan Sponsler, 1:56.
170: Will Roeshot (SC) dec. Mike Bielski, 8-3.
182: Keith Corson (MC) pinned Bobby Bendik, 4:11.
195: Brandon Wilson (MC) dec. Cory Dreibelbis, 8-3.
220: Trey Hartsock (MC) technical fall Pete Haffner, 15-0 (4:38).
285: Jack Vandevort (SC) pinned Christian Smith, 1:43.
106: Conner Patterson (SC) won by forfeit.
113: Kyle Smith (MC) major dec. Jacob Pammer, 10-0.
120: Noah Myers (MC) pinned Trey Millward, 1:00.
126: Anthony Myers (SC) pinned Jonah Kile, 2:42.
132: Lucas Jennerman (SC) dec. Logan Wise, 3-0.
138: Trent Hidlay (MC) major dec. Ian Barr, 9=1.
145: Hayden Hidlay (MC) pinned Dalton Barger, 3:56.
152: Isaac Underhill (MC) technical fall Jarred Price, 16-0 (4:17).

Siglerville Goes 6-0 at Gettysburg Duals

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Siglerville Mat Club capped off a perfect day of wrestling at the Gettysburg Duals.

Below are the scores and participants for Siglerville.

Siglerville 73 Chambersburg 18
Siglerville 78 Carlisle 13
Siglerville 79 Everett 10
Siglerville 70 Gettysburg 21
Siglerville 68 Northern 18
Siglerville 81 Bensalem 12

45lbs Jake Knable
48lbs Caleb Hummel
52lbs forfeit
56lbs Colby Seiler
60lbs Hunter Johnson
63lbs Nic Allison – Ryan Earnest
66lbs Blake Aumiller
70lbs Aiden Seiler
75lbs Parker Kearns
78lbs Lucas Sheetz
82lbs Garrett Davis
85lbs Tucker Crum
90lbs Anson Wagner
95lbs Trey Shoemaker
100lbs Trey Kibe
110lbs lance Urbas
120lbs Ethan Richner
150lbs Rylan Bailey

The group went a combined 90-12 on the day with seven kids going 6-0 and seven going 5-1.  No wrestler on the squad lost more than two matches.

Siglerville travels to DuBois on Feburary 1, for an 8-team dual.