Archive for December, 2015

Update on MC Wrestling Magazine

| December 22, 2015 | 2 Comments

I wanted to give everyone an update on the Mifflin County Wrestling magazine I’ve been working on.

After some unforeseen delays, like my battle with cellulitis that laid me up for almost four days, the magazine is finished (except for a few ads that need to be placed) and will be heading to the printers.

The magazine should be available beginning of January in time for the next home dual on the sixth against Altoona.

Everyone who ordered from this site will get theirs in the mail as soon as they come from the printers.

Thanks for your patience and I hope you enjoy the magazine. This was a labor of love and without the wrestling parents and Kirby Martin getting involved, it wouldn’t have happened.

2016 Olympic Trials Qualifiers

| December 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Wildcats Eke Out Victory Over Injury Plagued Huskies

| December 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s hard to beat a team like Central Mountain at full strength. It’s almost impossible to do so when you’re depleted. With three starters out of the lineup, Mifflin County couldn’t muster enough to defeat the Wildcats, falling by a 37-32 score on the road Saturday night in a battle of state ranked teams.

The Huskies (7-2) were without the services of Noah Myers at 126, Jonah Kile at 132 and Trey Hartsock at 195. Those key injuries, coupled with Mifflin County falling in three toss-up bouts from 126 to 138, gave District 6 rival Central Mountain (1-0) all it would need to pull out the win and earn the top seed when district duals come around in February.

Mifflin County started the match taking two of the first three bouts for an early 10-6 advantage. At 106, Christian Fisher improved to 9-3 on the year with a 9-0 major decision over Dalton Bechtel. Fisher had a takedown in the first, a reversal and three nearfall points in the second and an ankle pick for two more in the third.

After a Geo Barzona fall for the Wildcats at 113, Joey Taptich bumped up to 120 and decked Cody Coleman in 1:20 for the Husky victory. What followed in the next three matches proved to be the difference in the dual meet. Central Mountain took all three of the wide-open bouts to take an 18-10 lead.

At 126, Seth Andrus had two takedowns en route to the 5-2 win over Kyle Smith. Logan Long broke a 2-2 in the third with a reversal and two-point nearfall to beat Logan Wise at 132 and Asher Corl followed with a 52-second fall over Domonic Kirchoff at 138.

Down 22-10 after 145, the Husky big dogs gave Mifflin County a 32-22 lead by reeling off four straight wins – three of those coming by fall.

Top ranked Hayden Hidlay improved to 13-0 on the season with his 12th pin – this one coming in 1:36 over Tanner Weaver at 152. Trent Hidlay followed with a fall in 3:25 over Brandon Miller to even the team score at 22-22. The younger Hidlay, ranked third in the state, upped his record to 13-1. At 170, sixth-ranked Noah Stewart took care of Andrew Petruzzi in just 57 seconds to make it 28-22. Stewart is now 10-2 on the season.

Brandon Wilson (11-4) dominated Greg Stahl for an 11-2 major decision at 182. Wilson had two takedowns, two nearfall points and two penalty points for his major. That was the last win for the Huskies.

Central Mountain swept the final three bouts – getting falls at 195 and 220 to get the victory. Isaac Porter, who lost to Hartsock and King of the Mountain, took care of Austin Haubrick in 1:14, while Hunter Weaver pinned Christian Smith at 220 in 3:32.

Down 34-32, Mifflin County still had a chance for victory, but Bryce Bittner defeated Gavin Erb 6-0 to give the Wildcats the win.

The Husky junior high lost 58-33. Mifflin County is off until the Powerade tournament December 28-29 at Canon-McMillan high school.

Central Mountain 37, Mifflin County 32

106: Christian Fisher (MC) major dec. Dalton Bechdel (CM), 9-0.
113: Geo Barzona (CM) pinned Andrew Weaver (MC), 1:26.
120: Joey Taptich (MC) pinned Cody Coleman (CM), 1:20.
126: Seth Andrus (CM) dec. Kyle Smith (MC), 5-2.
132: Logan Long (CM) dec. Logan Wise (MC), 6-2.
138: Asher Corl (CM) pinned Domonic Kirchoff (MC), :52.
145: Colton Weaver (CM) major dec. Brandon Fultz (MC), 13-5.
152: Hayden Hidlay (MC) pinned Tanner Weaver (CM), 1:36.
160: Trent Hidlay (MC) pinned Brandon Miller (CM), 3:25.
170: Noah Stewart (MC) pinned Andrew Petruzzi (CM), :57.
182: Brandon Wilson (MC) major dec. Greg Stahl (CM), 11-2.
195: Isaac Porter (CM) pinned Austin Haubrick (MC), 1:14.
220: Hunter Weaver (CM) pinned Christian Smith (MC), 3:32.
285: Bryce Bittner (CM) dec. Gavin Erb (MC), 6-0.

Junior high score: Central Mountain 58-33

Mifflin County vs. Central Mountain Preview

| December 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

The last four years the District 6 Class AAA championship came down to Mifflin County and Central Mountain – this year is no different.

Once again the Huskies and Wildcats are state-ranked and the favorites to battle for the district crown come February when the District 6 Duals take place.

Until then we have a nice little rivalry going in the regular season as well.

The ninth ranked Huskies travel to Mill Hall to take on the 18th place Wildcats in a match for regular season bragging rights tonight.

New head coach Biff Walizer (Little Biff) brings four state-ranked wrestlers into their opening dual meet of the season. Central Mountain won the Top Hat Tournament in Williamsport and placed 15th at its own King of the Mountain Tournament. The Huskies finished eighth at KOM.

Leading the Wildcats are state qualifier Geo Barzona (No. 10 at 113), Colton Weaver (No. 23 at 145), state qualifier Isaac Porter (No. 10 at 195) and Hunter Weaver (No. 15 at 220).

Also contributing to the CM cause is Seth Andrus (7-4 at 126), Tanner Weaver (7-4 at 152) and Bryce Bitner (7-4 at 285).

Mifflin County comes in battling the injury bug, which it has since the season started. Just when it looked like good luck smiled with the return of Logan Wise and Christian Smith, no sooner did Jonah Kile (wisdom teeth) and Trey Hartsock (ankle) go down. Both could return for tonight’s action. Noah Myers is still out at 126.

Hartsock, ranked No. 7 at 195, already owns a 5-1 win over Porter and would be the only match of the night featuring state-ranked wrestlers, provided the Husky senior can go.

Other ranked wrestlers for the Huskies include Hayden Hidlay (No. 1 at 152), Trent Hidlay (No. 3 at 160) and Noah Stewart (No. 6 at 170).

Hayden has been dominate since the season began. He is 12-0 with 11 pins and a technical fall. He has surrendered only one takedown so far this season.

Trent is 12-1 with his only loss coming to second-ranked Jonathan Ross of Northern York in the KOM finals by a 5-4 score. Stewart, like Hartsock, is 9-2 on the year.

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

(Mifflin County wrestlers are listed first)

106: Christian Fisher, 9th (8-3) vs. Cody Coleman, 9th (4-5).
113: Joey Taptich, 10th (5-5) vs. No. 10 Geo Barzona, 11th (7-2).
120: Kyle Smith, 12th (7-4) or Andrew Weaver, 10th (2-0) vs. Forfeit.
126: Smith or Weaver vs. Seth Andrus, 10th (7-4).
132: Logan Wise, 10th (4-3) vs. Logan Long, 10th (4-4).
138: Jonah Kile, 11th (4-5)  or Domonic Kirchoff, 12th (1-0) vs. Asher Corl, 10th (1-4).
145: Brandon Fultz, 12th (2-7) vs. No. 23 Colton Weaver, (6-4).
152: No. 1 Hayden Hidlay, 12th (12-0) vs. Tanner Weaver, 10th (7-4).
160: No. 3 Trent Hidlay, 10th (12-1) vs. Brandon Miller, 11th (4-4).
170: No. 6 Noah Stewart, 12th (9-2) vs. Caleb Turner, 11th (4-3).
182: Brandon Wilson, 12th (10-4) vs. Brian Andrus, 11th (1-2) or Gregory Stahl, 11th (0-2).
195: No. 7 Trey Hartsock, 12th (9-2) or Chase Hicks, 12th (0-1) vs. No. 10 Isaac Porter, 12th (6-3).
220: Christian Smith, 12th (2-0) vs. No. 15 Hunter Weaver, 12th (8-3)
285: Gavin Erb, 12th (6-4) vs. Bryce Bitner, 12th (7-4).

Note: If this would be the actual lineup for the match – the tossup matches in the lighter weights – in particular, 106, 126 if Smith moves up, 132 and 138 are crucial. As always, getting bonus points and not giving them up are critical as well.

Penn State Wrestling Notes – 5

| December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments