Archive for March, 2016

Retherford Wins Intermat Wrestler of the Year

| March 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

Penn State sophomore national champion Zain Retherford won the Intermat Wrestler of the Year Honors after finishing second to Oklahoma State’s Alex Dieringer for the Hodge Award.

Retherford was the most dominate collegiate wrestler this season, going 34-0 with 15 pins. He scored bonus points in 30 of his 34 victories. The Benton native was a two-time state champion and holds a career record of 67-3 for the Nittany Lions.

The 149-pound national champ earned Big Ten Wrestler of the Year and NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler honors during the entire season.

Retherford joins Ed Ruth and David Taylor as Penn State wrestlers who have won the award.

2016 InterMat Wrestler of the Year Voting Results
1st-5th Place Votes: 9, 7, 5, 3, 1
Total Votes/(First-Place Votes)

1. Zain Retherford (Penn State) 70 (5)
2. Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State) 68 (4)
3. Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) 46
4. Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) 29
5. Isaiah Martinez (Illinois) 20
6. Joey Davis (Notre Dame College) 9 (1)
7. Nick Gwiazdowski (N.C. State) 5
8. J’den Cox (Missouri) 2
9. Gabe Dean (Cornell) 1

Past Winners – InterMat Wrestler of the Year

2015: Logan Stieber, Ohio State
2014: David Taylor, Penn State
2013: Kyle Dake, Cornell
2012: Ed Ruth, Penn State
2011: Jordan Burroughs, Nebraska
2010: Jayson Ness, Minnesota
2009: Jake Herbert, Northwestern
2008: Brent Metcalf, Iowa
2007: Ben Askren, Missouri
2006: Ben Askren, Missouri

Nolf Named Intermat Freshman of the Year; Nickal Second

| March 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

Penn State went 1-2 in the voting for Intermat Freshman of the Year with Jason Nolf winning the award and Bo Nickal finishing second.

Nolf, a three-time state champ from Kittanning, was 33-2 with 15 pins, 11 technical falls and five major decisions. Both losses came at the hands of Isaiah Martinez – one in the Big Ten finals and the other in the national finals.

Nolf made headlines in January by pinning defending 157-pound champ Isaiah Martinez of Illinois in a regular-season bout, snapping Imar’s 61-match win streak.

Nickal, who lost in the 174-pound finals to Myles Martin of Ohio State, came in second in the voting. Nickal finished his freshman campaign with a 33-2 overall mark.

2016 InterMat Freshman of the Year Voting Results
1st-5th Place Votes: 9-7-5-3-1
Total Votes/(First-Place Votes)

1. Jason Nolf (Penn State) 82 (7)
2. Bo Nickal (Penn State) 56
3. Myles Martin (Ohio State) 45 (3)
4. Joey McKenna (Stanford) 29
5. Zack Zavatsky (Virginia Tech) 17
6. Daniel Lewis (Missouri) 10
7. Joe Smith (Oklahoma State) 7
8. David McFadden (Virginia Tech) 3
9. Brett Velasquez (St. Cloud State) 1

Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic (Dapper Dan) Results: Hidlay Defeats Parriott; USA Wins

| March 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
Team Pennsylvania

Team Pennsylvania Photo by Mark Hidlay

Mifflin County’s Hayden Hidlay emerged victorious at the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic but the USA All-Star team won for the fifth straight year – coming away with a 25-20 win Saturday at Fitzgerald Field House.

Pennsylvania took a 20-19 lead after Hidlay’s victory at 160, but Team USA won the last two bouts to earn the win. Drew Hughes, filling in for the injured Thomas Bullard, handed Jake Wentzel a 6-0 defeat and Mark Hall, the top recruit in the nation heading to Penn State, had a tougher than expected match with Austin Bell, coming away with a 8-4 win.

Hidlay, the first Mifflin County wrestler to participate at the event formerly know as the Dapper Dan, earned a tough 5-1 victory over Griffin Parriott of Minnesota in sudden victory.

After a scoreless first period that saw both wrestlers involved in plenty of hand fighting, Parriott chose down and escaped for the 1-0 lead. In the third, Hidlay escaped to even things at 1-1 and was a second away from a victory. The NC State recruit was in deep on a single and had Parriott down but the buzzer sounded ending regulation.

Hidlay had another deep shot in overtime and this time made it count. The Husky senior took Parriott to his back for a four-point move and a 5-1 win with just three seconds left in the extra session. Hidlay owns a 3-2 series lead over Parriott, who is heading to Purdue.

The U.S. Team leads the all-time series 24-18.

USA All-Stars 25, PA All-Stars 20

182: Greg Bulsak, PA dec. Keegan Moore, USA, 13-8. (3-0)
195: Sam Colbray, USA dec. Jake Jakobsen, PA, 6-4. (3-3)
220: Matt Stencil, USA dec. Jacob Robb, PA, 8-5. (3-6)
285: Shawn Streck, USA dec. Jake Beistel, PA, 8-4. (3-9)
113: Danny Vega, USA major dec. Gage Curry, PA, 16-5. (3-13)
120: Tyshawn White, PA dec. Tyler Warner, USA, 10-6. (6-13)
126: Luke Karam, PA dec. Kyle Norstrem, USA, 5-0. (9-13)
132: Luke Pletcher, PA technical fall Owen Doster, USA, 23-8 (4:14). (14-13)
138: Mitchell McKee, USA pinned George Phillippi, PA, 3:48. (14-19)
145: Mike Carr, PA dec. Hunter Marko, USA, 1-0. (17-19)
152: Hayden Hidlay, PA dec. Griffin Parriott, USA, 5-1 SV. (20-19)
160: Drew Hughes, USA dec. Jake Wentzel, PA, 6-0. (20-22)
170: Mark Hall, USA dec. Austin Bell, PA, 8-4. (20-25)

WPIAL All-Stars 27 Indiana 18

113: Aaron Burkett, Chestnut Ridge dec Geoffrey Davis, Fort Wayne Wayne 2-0 SV.
120: Ethan McCoy, Greater Latrobe dec Drew Hildebrandt, Penn 7-4.
126: Chris Eddins, Greensburg Salem dec Gaige Torres, Portage 6-3.
132: Mike Heinl, Shaler dec Owen Doster, New Haven 6-4.
138: Shaun Wilson, Waynesburg dec Evan Eldred, Westfield 8-4.
145: Damon Greenwald, Burrell dec Jordan Vaughn, Franklin Central 5-4.
152: Steven Lawrence, Portage pinned Derek Verkleeren, Belle Vernon 4:29.
160: Mitch Hartman, Belle Vernon dec Cael McCormick, Yorktown 2-1.
170: Drew Hughes, Lowell pinned Anthony Welsh, Beth Center 1:03.
182: Blake Rypel, Cathedral dec Milton Kobaly, Belle Vernon 10-5.
195: Jake Kleimola, Lake Central dec Drew Phipps, Norwin 4-3.
220: Mike McAleavey, Peters Township dec Sam Hipple, Carmel 2-1.
285: Hayden Rice, Norwin dec Sean Galligar, Columbus East 2-1.

Hayden Hidlay at Duquesne Hill.

Hayden Hidlay at Duquesne Hill. Photo by Mark Hidlay.

Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic, AKA Dapper Dan Preview

| March 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

PA Power Wrestling has a nice preview of the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic, aka Dapper Dan, up on its site. The preview features a cover picture and video of Mifflin County’s very own Hayden Hidlay, who will face Griffin Parriott of Minnesota in the 152-pound match.

Hayden is 2-2 against Parriott for his career. Hidlay is off to NC State after graduation while Parriott is headed to Purdue.

You can read the preview at the link below:

Flo Nationals Results: Hidlay Takes Second at 160

| March 25, 2016 | 0 Comments


California state champion Anthony Mantanona scored three of his four takedowns off a blast double leg, including a five-point move to start the match, then had to hold off a late surging Trent Hidlay of Mifflin County for the 16-10 victory in the 160-pound Flo Nationals final on Friday evening.

Mantanona opened up a 5-0 advantage 10 seconds into the match with a double leg that put Hidlay to his back. Trent escaped but gave up another double leg to trail 7-1 heading into the second.

“I got out of position for a second; he capitalized and put me on my back. I was down 9-1 at one point and I thought to myself, I trained too hard to get embarrassed like this,” Hidlay said. “I kept my composure, opened up my offense and started chipping away at the scoreboard. He was a member of the Greco world team so it was tough to get a throw, but I just kept working hard, scoring points and closing the gap.

“I didn’t get the win, but I learned a lot about myself as a wrestler and I’m going to keep getting better every day. Hopefully, I can get a crack at him again at Fargo (Junior Nationals) and get some revenge.”

Hidlay chose neutral to start the second frame with Mantanona countering a Hidlay shot for his third takedown and a 9-1 advantage. Hidlay started his comeback with an escape and takedown for two to make it 9-4. A reversal by the Cali junior coupled with an escape and penalty point for Hidlay made it 11-6 with one period left.

“I thought I had a lot more gas in the tank than he did, but that alone doesn’t win matches,” Hidlay said. “He wrestled me tough and got the championship. I’m not going to make any excuses. I wrestled hard and tried my best but came up a little short. I’ll be back working hard on Monday because my time is coming. It’s just a matter of believing in the process and keep on keeping on.”

Mantanona escaped but Hidlay picked up his second takedown to cut it to 12-8 in the third. Mantanona clinched the match with an escape and takedown for a 15-8 lead. Hidlay picked up a stall point and an escape, with Mantanona gaining the riding time point to set the final at 16-10.

“It was really exhilarating to be in the finals. I was in the tunnel and I saw the smoke and the announcer called my name and I just thought, I live for this kind of stuff,” Hidlay said. “I live for the big stage, under the lights, against the best competition in the nation. It was a really cool experience to be in such an awesome environment. Flo puts on a sweet tournament and it was fun just to be a part of it.”

To get to the finals, Hidlay, a state runner-up last week in Hershey, took care of William Hess by a 15-0 technical fall in 3:34. A 4-0 victory over Noah Wright moved him into the quarterfinals where he majored Blake Vasquez 12-4. In the semifinals, Hidlay won a 2-1 overtime tiebreaker over Casey Cornett.

“I wrestled very well in my quarterfinal match but other than that, I don’t think I wrestled my best,” Hidlay said. “When I start to open up and take shots that’s when I’m at my best. This season was great but I’m not satisfied with my accomplishments. It’s time to go back to work and get better each day. I’m prepared to do anything to succeed and I think mentality will keep me in the right direction for the upcoming years of my wrestling career.”

Freshman Christian Fisher competed for Mifflin County at 106 and went 2-2 in the tournament.


Mifflin County Results – Flo Nationals

First Round

106: Christian Fisher dec. Cian Fischer, 8-2.

160: Trent Hidlay technical fall William Hess, 15-0 (3:34).

Second Round

106: Christian Fisher dec. Neil Cadle, 1:41.
160: Trent Hidlay dec. Noah Wright, 4-0.

Third Round

106: Ben Kamali major dec. Christian Fisher, 18-5.

Consolation Third Round

106: Anthony Sciotto pinned Christian Fisher, 1:00 (Fisher eliminated)


160: Trent Hidlay major dec. Blake Vasquez, 12-4.


160: Trent Hidlay dec. Casey Cornett, 2-1 TB.


160: #1 Anthony Mantanona dec. #2 Trent Hidlay, 16-10.