Archive for February, 2016

PSU Wrestling Notes-13 & Big Ten Pre-seeds

| February 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

125 lbs.

  1. Nathan Tomasello, OSU
  2. Thomas Gilman, IOWA
  3. Nico Megaludis, PSU
  4. Tim Lambert, NEB
  5. Elijah Oliver, IND
  6. Johnny Jimenez, WIS
  7. Conor Youtsey, MICH
  8. Sean McCabe, RU

133 lbs.

  1. Zane Richards, ILL
  2. Cory Clark, IOWA
  3. Jordan Conaway, PSU
  4. Geoff Alexander, MD
  5. Eric Montoya, NEB
  6. Ryan Taylor, WIS
  7. Johnni DiJulius, OSU
  8. Rossi Bruno, MICH
  9. Dom Malone, NU
  10. Anthony Giraldo, RU
  11. Luke Welch, PUR
  12. Garth Yenter, MSU
  13. Alonzo Shepherd, IND
  14. Sam Brancale, MINN

141 lbs.

  1. Micah Jordan, OSU
  2. Tommy Thorn, MINN
  3. Anthony Ashnault, RU
  4. Jameson Oster, NU
  5. Javier Gasca III, MSU
  6. Anthony Abidin, NEB
  7. Danny Sabatello, PUR
  8. Jimmy Gulibon, PSU

149 lbs.

  1. Zain Retherford, PSU
  2. Brandon Sorensen, IOWA
  3. Jake Sueflohn, NEB
  4. Jason Tsirtsis, NU
  5. Alec Pantaleo, MICH
  6. Alex Griffin, PUR
  7. Andrew Crone, WIS
  8. Jake Short, MINN

157 lbs.

  1. Jason Nolf, PSU
  2. Isaiah Martinez, ILL
  3. Richie Lewis, RU
  4. Jake Ryan, OSU
  5. Edwin Cooper, Jr., IOWA
  6. Brian Murphy, MICH
  7. Tyler Berger, NEB
  8. Lou Mascola, MD

165 lbs.

  1. Isaac Jordan, WIS
  2. Bo Jordan, OSU
  3. Steven Rodrigues, ILL
  4. Anthony Perrotti, RU
  5. Chad Welch, PUR
  6. Austin Wilson, NEB
  7. Geno Morelli, PSU
  8. Patrick Rhoads, IOWA

174 lbs.

  1. Bo Nickal, PSU
  2. Alex Meyer, IOWA
  3. Zach Brunson, ILL
  4. Myles Martin, OSU
  5. Nathan Jackson, IND
  6. Micah Barnes, NEB
  7. Nick Wanzek, MINN
  8. Ricky Robertson, WIS
  9. Phil Bakuckas, RU
  10. Mitch Sliga, NU
  11. Aaron Calderon, MICH
  12. Josh Snook, MD
  13. Shane Shadaia, MSU
  14. Andrew Hoselton, PUR

184 lbs.

  1. Dom Abounader, MICH
  2. Matt McCutcheon, PSU
  3. Sam Brooks, IOWA
  4. TJ Dudley, NEB
  5. Nick Gravina, RU
  6. Kenny Courts, OSU
  7. Jeff Koepke, ILL
  8. Ryan Christensen, WIS

197 lbs.

  1. Morgan McIntosh, PSU
  2. Brett Pfarr, MINN
  3. Nathan Burak, IOWA
  4. Max Huntley, MICH
  5. Aaron Studebaker, NEB
  6. Mark Martin, OSU
  7. Hayden Hrymack, RU
  8. Jacob Cooper, MSU

285 lbs.

  1. Adam Coon, MICH
  2. Kyle Snyder, OSU
  3. Sam Stoll, IOWA
  4. Billy Smith, RU
  5. Michael Kroells, MINN
  6. Collin Jensen, NEB
  7. Brooks Black, ILL
  8. Nick Nevills, PSU

Then….and Now

| February 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

District 6 Champions 2013


District 6 Champions 2016

IMG_1448Thanks to Sherri Stewart for the photos.

Video Interviews at the District 6 Championships

| February 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Gruesome Twosome and the Really Loud Noise


Noah Stewart & Christian Fisher


Kirby Martin


2016 Northwest AAA Regional Wrestling Pairings

| February 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Huskies Set Record with Six D6 Champs; Roll to Team Title

| February 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

(Editor’s note: I will be posting videos of the event later today or Monday morning)

Mifflin County ran roughshod over the competition – crowning a county record six champions, while capturing its third team title in four years – at the District 6 Class AAA wrestling tournament on Saturday.

The Huskies picked up first-place finishes from Noah Myers (120), Hayden Hidlay (152), Trent Hidlay (160), Noah Stewart (170), Brandon Wilson (182) and Trey Hartsock (195), easily winning the team title with 185 points. Central Mountain took second with 169.5 points.

In addition to the six title winners, Mifflin County qualified eight to the Northwest Regionals after a second-place finish from freshman Christian Fisher (106) and a fourth from sophomore Joey Taptich (113).

Even more impressive is the Huskies achieved their goal with only a 12-man contingent. Logan Wise (132) and Jonah Kile (138) were out of action and did not participate, leaving Coach Kirby Martin with his own version of the Dirty Dozen.

“That was a point of emphasis before the tournament even started. I said one of our goals was to win this team title and in order to do that, we needed bonus points,” Martin said. “I put the pressure on our studs to rack up bonus points and I think that was the difference in the team score.

“I felt like our lightweights (Fisher, Taptich and Myers) are good wrestlers they just don’t have great records because they got pounded on this year wrestling in the Mid-Penn and the top-notch tournaments we go to, so this is a chance for them to really shine.”

Hayden Hidlay, ranked number one in the state, became only the second four-time district champion in county history, joining Lewistown great Ken Whitsel, who won his four from 1976-79.

Hidlay (33-1) made his fourth look easy with a fall over Bellefonte’s Chase Gardner, thanks to a lateral drop that took out Gardner in just 49 seconds in the finals.

“It’s pretty crazy. A lot of my wrestling style comes from Kenny. As a seven year old kid he noticed I had some potential and he kind of took me under his wing,” Hidlay said. “Most of the stuff I do, especially from the neutral position, comes from Kenny. I have a lot of the older folks from Mifflin County come up to me and say the way you wrestle reminds me of Kenny. That’s important to me because it continues his legacy. Besides the Kenny Whitsel name, he has one more thing that I don’t and that’s a state title. Come two weeks that’s what I need to do.

“Going into the tournament we had 12 guys. We could have looked at it that way and said all right, let’s just worry about ourselves now; we’ve had a lot going against us. Our team came out; we looked for bonus and did what we were supposed to do. Having 12 guys made it challenging but we came away with the team title because we knew we could do it.”

Myers (13-8) got the ball rolling for the Huskies, busting his third seed by winning his first district championship. The Husky junior made an escape and double leg in the second stand up for the 3-2 win over top-seeded Matt Johnson of Philipsburg-Osceola.

“I like tournaments. I don’t know why but I feel I wrestle so much better in tournaments than I do in dual meets. I don’t know what it is but I’m okay with it,” Myers said. “I knew on my feet I would be all right. I didn’t agree with some of the refs calls, like the stall call, but there was nothing I could do about that. I felt pretty good and very satisfied. Regionals will be tough. Hopefully, I can make the finals and win that.”

Sophomore Trent Hidlay (34-2) pinned his way to a championship, his second in two years. In the finals, the younger half of the Gruesome Twosome took out State College freshman Cole Urbas in just 1:12.

“It’s great but there’s still much more to be done this season. I’m not going to be content with this. It’s good to get this. It makes me feel confident in my ability,” Hidlay said. “There is definitely more to come the next two weeks. Central Mountain always gives us tough competition, but we knew what our job was – go out and get bonus points and if you’re getting beat, don’t give up the bonus. It’s good to get a team title.”

Stewart (32-3) captured his third district championship with a 15-0 whitewash over Parker McClellan of Altoona in the finals. The time of the technical was 4:29. The Husky senior used his patented tight-waste tilt with devastating effectiveness all tournament long.

“For me, it’s just controlling the wrist and sucking it in tight. Once I get that wrist, I’ve done it so many times, I’m very comfortable with it. I can get it on anybody. It’s my go-to move,” Stewart said. “I was trying to get takedown in the first period and work some moves on top. I was practicing my top game, but I still need work on my feet. I’ll work on takedowns in practice this week. Having six champions gives us fuel for next week. All the hard work is paying off and we have good momentum heading into regionals.”

Wilson (23-9) won his second district championship and the first since his freshman season. His sophomore and junior years ended with knee injuries and no postseason. The senior made a takedown in the first and an escape in the second stand up for a 3-1 victory over Brinton Simington of Altoona.

Hartsock (29-4) won his third district title with a 5-0 victory over Isaac Porter of Central Mountain. A takedown in the first and second period was all the Husky senior needed.

Fisher (18-14) made it to the finals but lost to Geo Barzona of Central Mountain by a 20-5 technical fall. Fisher reached the finals with a 13-9 victory over Cole Stewart of Bellefonte.

“I wanted to be aggressive and go full force. I had big win in my second match (Stewart). I never beat him before,” Fisher said. “I need to work on my feet more and get better there.”

Taptich (12-19) came up short in his match for third, getting pinned by Curtis Dukes of Altoona in 1:51. He advanced to regionals with a 14-6 major over Matthew Hines of Hollidaysburg in the consolation semifinals.

Brandon Fultz (145) and Gavin Erb (285) came in fifth, Kyle Smith (126) placed sixth and Christian Smith (220) failed to place. All saw their seasons and high school careers come to a close.

“We needed everybody to score some points to win the title because I knew the other teams would have more guys to utilize for points,” Martin said. “It was very important that guys like Brandon Fultz and Kyle Smith contribute and they did.”

The icing on the cake came when Mifflin County won the award for District 6-AAA Coaching Staff of the Year for the third time in four years and Martin winning Co-Coach of the Year with Jim Abbott of Altoona.

“Dale Searer, Adam Stout, Lucas Besch and Kaleb Loht – they are a very unselfish group. They will do anything for the kids it doesn’t have to be wrestling related,” Martin said. They care and they love to coach. It is an honor for me to have such an awesome group of assistant coaches because it makes my job easier.”

The Northwest Regional championships begin Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. at the Altoona Field House. The Huskies are the defending regional champions.

District 6 Class AAA Championships
(Mifflin County results)

106: Christian Fisher pinned Cole Thompson, Hollidaysburg, 5:26.
113: Joey Taptich pinned Cody Coleman, Central Mountain, 3:35.
120: Noah Myers technical fall Clayton Giedroc, BEA, 20-5 (5:37).
126: Seth Andrus, Central Mountain dec. Kyle Smith, 6-3.
145: Dakota Weitoish, P-O major dec. Brandon Fultz, 9-1.
152: Hayden Hidlay, bye.
160: Trent Hidlay pinned Michael Sarbo, Altoona, 1:43.
170: Noah Stewart pinned Dylan Bisel, BEA, 1:32.
182: Brandon Wilson, bye.
195: Trey Hartsock, bye.
220: Pete Haffner, State College dec. Christian Smith, 3-1.
285: David Hess, Altoona dec. Gavin Erb, 4-2 SV

106: Christian Fisher dec. Cole Stewart, Bellefonte, 13-9.
113: Shafiq Blake, Bellefonte dec. Joey Taptich, 9-3.
120: Noah Myers dec. Hunter Hileman, Altoona, 2-1 TB-2
152: Hayden Hidlay pinned Ian Barr, State College, 3:20.
160: Trent Hidlay pinned Frankie Montecalvo, Hollidaysburg, 2:31.
170: Noah Stewart pinned Brien McChesney, Bellefonte, 1:39.
182: Brandon Wilson major dec. Greg Stahl, Central Mountain, 11-3.
195: Trey Hartsock pinned Max Mondy, Bellefonte, 2:10.

First Round Consolations
126: Kyle Smith major dec. Jadon Lucas, Bellefonte, 12-1.
145: Brandon Fultz dec. Daniel Reeve, Hollidaysburg, 4-2.
220: Corey Thompson, BEA pinned Christian Smith, 1:52.
285: Gavin Erb, bye.

Consolation Semifinals
113: Joey Taptich major dec. Matthew Hines, Hollidaysburg, 14-6.
126: Bryce Bennett, P-O pinned Kyle Smith, :45.
145: Asher Corl, Central Mountain dec. Brandon Fultz, 7-2.
285: Bryce Bitner, Central Mountain dec. Gavin Erb, 3-0.

106: Geo Barzona, Central Mountain technical fall Christian Fisher, 20-5 (3:52).
120: Noah Myers dec. Matt Johnson, P-O, 3-2.
152: Hayden Hidlay pinned Chase Gardner, Bellefonte, :49.
160: Trent Hidlay pinned Cole Urbas, State College, 1:12.
170: Noah Stewart technical fall Parker McClellan, Altoona, 15-0 (4:29).
182: Brandon Wilson dec. Brinton Simington, Altoona, 3-1.
195: Trey Hartsock dec. Isaac Porter, Central Mountain, 5-0.

Third Place
113: Curtis Dukes, Altoona pinned Joey Taptich, 1:51.

Fifth Place
126: Nathan Swartz, Hollidaysburg dec. Kyle Smith, 7-0.
145: Brandon Fultz dec. Hayden Boutiller, Altoona, 8-2.
285: David Hess, Altoona pinned Gavin Erb, 2:34.

Team Standings
1. Mifflin County 185
2. Central Mountain 169.5
3. Bellefonte 155
4. State College 142.5
5. Altoona 137.5
6. P-O 122
7. BEA 108
8. Hollidaysburg 86