Archive for February, 2016

Complete District 6 Class AAA Brackets and Team Scores

| February 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

(Editor’s note: I will have a story and videos posted tomorrow)



Huskies Focused on Winning Third District 6 Tournament Crown

| February 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Kirby Martin on Districts


The quest for a third District 6 Class AAA tournament team championship and the march to individual PIAA gold begins in earnest for the Mifflin County wrestling team Saturday in Altoona.

The Huskies ended the dual meet portion of their season 17-6 and district duals champions. Unfortunately, another 0-2 performance at the Giant Center left a bad taste in the mouths of Coach Kirby Martin and his wrestlers.

A bounce back to dominance is on the docket for Saturday with the one-day event starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Altoona Field House. Semifinals begin at noon with the Finals set for 6 p.m. The top four finishers in each weight class advance to the Northwest Regionals next Friday and Saturday back in Altoona.

“The first two practices this week were mediocre, but Wednesday was good. I think they are going to pick it up and zone in on trying to be dominant this weekend,” Martin said. “Our schedule has made us tough and I don’t want to lose that intensity in our practices. Now is the time to be steely focused.

“State duals were frustrating in that we lost, but we did wrestle well and I’m hoping this weekend we get to see some of our lightweights wrestle with confidence and aggression, being physical. They had stretches this year were they were getting pounded on but I feel this is a chance for them to redeem themselves.”

Mifflin County picked up five number one seeds from its five state-ranked wrestlers– No. 1 Hayden Hidlay (152), No. 2 Trent Hidlay (160), No. 4 Noah Stewart (170), No. 21 Brandon Wilson (182) and No. 7 Trey Hartsock (195).

“There’s a lot of adjectives to use to describe them. They have been tough, hard workers. They have been outstanding citizens,” Martin said. “Their body of work, not just during the season, but outside the season, brought them to this level. I know none of them will be satisfied unless they win it this weekend. That’s the kind of hunger you want out of your kids year in and year out. This group has always wanted to win whatever competition we’ve been in. That has been their driving force and I think you will see that intensity on Saturday.”

Hayden, a two-time OW winner at this event, meets Aden Myers (1-8) of Hollidaysburg in the quarterfinals. The Husky senior is 31-1 on the season. Hidlay is looking to join Lewistown great Kenny Whitsel as the only four-time district champion in county history.

Trent, the younger half of the Gruesome Twosome, brings a 31-2 record into districts. The sophomore opens defense of his district crown against Altoona’s Michael Sarbo (2-11). Hidlay won his title at 138 last year.

Stewart (29-3) is gunning for title number three. The senior opens the tournament against Dylan Bisel (3-18) of Bald Eagle Area. At 182, Wilson (21-9) is healthy after missing the postseason the last two years because of knee injuries. The Husky senior won a district title as a freshman and looks to win number two in his final go-round. Wilson gets a bye into the semifinals. Hartsock (27-4), a two-time district champion, also has a bye into the semifinals.

Christian Fisher (106), Joey Taptich (113) and Noah Myers (120) received third seeds, while Logan Wise is the fourth seed at 132.

Fisher, just a freshman, is 16-12 on the season and gets Cole Thompson (7-11) of Philipsburg-Osceola in the quarters. Taptich (11-17) takes on Cody Coleman (13-10) of Central Mountain in his opening match. The Husky sophomore owns two victories over Coleman in the regular season. Myers (10-8), who dropped from 126, battles Clayton Giedroc (11-12) of BEA.

Christian Smith (220) and Gavin Erb (285) hope to break their fifth seeds to qualify for regionals. Smith (11-9) takes on Pete Haffner (15-4) of State College, while Erb (9-11) draws Altoona’s David Hess (15-11) in the quarterfinals.

Kyle Smith (16-12) picked up the sixth seed in a tough 126-pound weight class and Brandon Fultz is a seventh seed at 145. Smith battles third-seeded Seth Andrus (19-10) of Central Mountain and Fultz hooks up with second seed Dakota Weitoish (24-7) of P-O. Weitoish lost to Trent Hidlay in the finals a year ago.

“I feel like our schedule is tougher than any other team in our district, so I think the kids they’re going to be wrestling haven’t been pounded on like our kids,” Martin said. “I am hoping our guys will want to return the favor to their opponents at districts. Kids like Brandon Fultz aren’t bad wrestlers they just have bad records and that can sometimes be deceptive because of the competition we face. I am always looking for surprises from some kids who step up and I believe we have a couple of kids who can do that.”

Jonah Kile is out at 138 due to a knee injury and no one weighed in for Mifflin County at that weight. The Husky junior ends his season at 11-13.

“You want to go to the postseason with a full lineup. Unfortunately, this sport isn’t always kind to the body,” Martin said. “He’s been struggling with a knee issue for a couple of weeks and it got to the point where he couldn’t even practice on it. It is disappointing both for him and the team.”

The Huskies lead all teams with five number one seeds. Central Mountain, last year’s champion, is next with three and BEA has two. Bellefonte, State College, Altoona and P-O have one each. Hollidaysburg is the only team who doesn’t have a top-seeded wrestler.

“I want to win it. We didn’t win it last year,” Martin said. “I want to win it for this group. I want these guys to win as many postseason tournaments as possible.”

District 6 AAA Brackets and Schedule

| February 24, 2016 | 0 Comments


Siglerville Advances Eight to PJW Regionals

| February 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Siglerville Wrestling Club took 12 wrestlers to the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling Section One Districts and advanced eight to the PJW Regionals in Philipsburg on March 19.

Advancing for Siglerville were Jake Knable (1st, 8-under-45 pounds), Parker Kearns (1st, 10-under-75), Lucas Sheets (1st, 12-under-80), Trey Shoemaker (1st, 12-under-105), Truitt Davis (2nd, 8-under-90), Colby Seiler (2nd, 10-under-60), Deacon Shaffer (2nd, 10-under-70) and Anson Wagner (2nd, 12-under-100).

Three former Siglerville alumni captured first-place honors and will be moving on as well.

In the 12-under division, Nic Allison and Rylan Bailey won at 65 and 145 respectively, while Trey Kibe took first place at 124 in the junior high division.

Mifflin County Ends Dual Season with Win Over Jersey Shore

| February 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mifflin County ended its dual meet season on a high note, defeating District 4 champion Jersey Shore by a 43-25 score in a road match on Saturday morning.

The early start didn’t affect the Huskies, who won nine bouts with seven of those wins netting bonus points. The biggest victory for Mifflin County came from Christian Fisher. The Husky freshman majored one of the key wrestlers for the Bulldogs, Jeremy Zydallas, by an 11-2 score at 106

Top-ranked Hayden Hidlay rolled over state-ranked Seth Young by a 21-5 technical fall in 4:42 at 152, and at 170, Noah Stewart, ranked fourth, took care of state-ranked Hayden Swartwood, up from 160, by a 7-1 decision.

The Huskies close out the season with a 17-6 record and their third District 6 Class AAA dual meet crown in four years. Mifflin County gets set for the postseason when the District 6-AAA individual championships take place on Saturday, February 27, at the Altoona Field House.

Action gets underway at 9:30 a.m.


Mifflin County 43, Jersey Shore 25
132: Austin  Bouse (JSAH) over Logan Wise (MCH) (Dec 9-7) 138: Allen Saar (JSAH) over   (MCH) (For.) 145: Collin McLaughlin (JSAH) over Owen Zimmerman (MCH) (MD 9-1) 152: Hayden  Hidlay (MCH) over Seth Young (JSAH) (TF 21-5 4:42) 160: Trent Hidlay (MCH) over Hunter O`Connor (JSAH) (TF 18-3 5:23) 170: Noah Stewart (MCH) over Hayden Swartwood (JSAH) (Dec 7-1) 182: Brandon Wilson (MCH) over Blake Neal (JSAH) (TF 18-3 4:33) 195: Trey Hartsock (MCH) over Brett Kepler (JSAH) (Fall 1:05) 220: Christian Smith (MCH) over Logan Huling (JSAH) (Dec 6-5) 285: Max Mason (JSAH) over Gavin Erb (MCH) (Fall 0:57) 106: Christian  Fisher (MCH) over Jeremy  Zydallas (JSAH) (MD 11-2) 113: Joey Taptich (MCH) over Chavin Krape (JSAH) (Fall 0:55) 120: Hunter Zondory (JSAH) over Noah Myers (MCH) (Fall 3:14) 126: Kyle Smith (MCH) over   (JSAH) (For.)