Archive for November, 2016

Hidlay Captures Title at Wolfpack Open

| November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
NC State's Hayden Hidlay locks up with Gardner-Webb's Ryan Mosley in the semifinals. Hidlay won 6-2.

NC State’s Hayden Hidlay locks up with Gardner-Webb’s Ryan Mosley in the semifinals. Hidlay won 6-2. Photo by Mark Hidlay.

North Carolina State freshman Hayden Hidlay improved to 9-0 on the young season by capturing the 157-pound championship at the Wolfpack Open on Sunday.

The former Mifflin County state champ went 5-0 on the day, capping it off with a 6-2 decision over Mitch Finesilver of Duke in the finals.

Hidlay, wrestling unattached, will redshirt this season. Next up for Hayden is the always tough Midlands Championships on Dec. 29-30 in Evanston, Illinois.

Here are the results of Hidlay’s matches:

Rd 32: fall in 2:30 over Kaleb Forsythe, Va Tech
Rd 16: 15-0 TF over Jahi Jones, Maryland
Quarters: 17-5 major over Anthony Wokasch, American U
Semi: 6-2 over Ryan Mosley, Gardner Webb
Final: 6-2 over Mitch Finesilver, Duke

Hayden Hidlay of North Carolina State, controls Duke's Finesilver in the finals of the Wolfpack Open.

Hayden Hidlay of North Carolina State, controls Duke’s Mitch Finesilver in the finals of the Wolfpack Open.  Photo by Mark Hidlay.

Penn State Dominates Keystone Classic with 8 Champs

| November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

(From Penn State SID)

The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team (2-0, 0-0 B1G), under the guidance of head coach Cael Sanderson, sent 19 wrestlers to the University of Pennsylvania for the 2016 Keystone Classic and came away with eight champions. Sanderson’s team rolled to the team title by more than 100 points.

Penn State advanced 10 wrestlers to the finals at nine weights as two faced off against each other at 174. The Nittany Lions went 8-2 in the finals and rolled to the team title with 245.0 points. Second place Pittsburgh had 121.5 and Eastern Michigan took third with 110.5.

True freshman Nick Suriano (Paramus, N.J.), ranked No. 6 at 125, rolled to the 125-pound title, posting a 4-0 record with a pin and two majors to take first. Junior Kade Moss (South Jordan, Utah) sparked Penn State at 141, advancing to the finals before suffering his first loss. His 4-1 run to second included two pins and a major. Junior Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 149, was unstoppable. Retherford went 5-0 with five pins to claim the title. Retherford, who was named Outstanding Wrestler, moved to 17th on Penn State’s all-time pins list with 25.

Sophomore Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 157, stormed through the field to win the title. Nolf went 5-0 with three pins and two tech falls. Red-shirt freshman Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.), ranked No. 12 at 165, had a stellar day in winning the title at 165. Joseph downed No. 5 Chad Walsh of Rider 12-5 in a dominating semifinal performance. He ended the tournament with dominating 9-5 decision over No. 13 Te’Shan Campbell. Joseph went 4-0 with two tech falls.

Senior Geno Morelli (DuBois, Pa.), ranked No. 13 at 174, faced sophomore teammate Shakur Rasheed (Coram, N.Y.) in the finals at 174. In a thrilling and even match that went well beyond extra time, Rasheed used an escape with :04 left in his second tie-breaker to grab a 2-1 (TB2) victory and claim the 174-pound title. Rasheed ended the tournament with a 5-0 mark, a pin and a tech fall while Morelli was equally impressive, going 4-1 with three pins.

Sophomore Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No.3 at 184, pinned his way to the title at 184 just like Retherford. Nickal went 4-0 with four falls and is now 6-0 with six pins on the year. Junior Matt McCutcheon (Apollo, Pa.), ranked No. 14 at 197, won the 197-pound crown with an outstanding 3-1 win over No. 16 Frank Mattiace of Penn in the finals. McCutcheon went 4-0 with a fall. Sophomore Nick Nevills (Clovis, Calif.), ranked No. 9 at 285, dominated No. 9 Denzel Dejournette of Appalachian State in the title bout to win his crown. Nevills went 4-0 with two pins.

Sophomore Jered Cortez (Carol Stream, Ill.), ranked No. 9 at 133, rebounded from a semifinal upset to nab two falls and place third. Cortez went 4-1 with three pins. Red-shirt freshman Gary Dinmore (Skillman, N.J.) was strong at 149, posting a 3-2 mark to place fourth at 149..

Red-shirt freshman Dominic Giannangeli (Murrysville, Pa.) went 4-2 with a major to place fifth at 141. Red-shirt freshman Kellan Stout (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was solid at 197, posting a 3-2 mark to finish fifth. Senior Jimmy Gulibon (Latrobe, Pa.), ranked No. 11 at 141, went 4-2 with a major and a tech fall but did not place.

Red-shirt freshman Patrick Higgins (Monroeville, N.J.) went 2-2 at 125, senior Caleb Livingston (Drexel Hill, Pa.) went 1-2 at 165, sophomore Devon Van Cura (Washington, N.C.) went 0-2 at 184 and sophomore George Carpenter (Chapel Hill, N.C.) went 0-2 at 133.

The Nittany Lions opened up the day lighting the Palestra up with fireworks. Through the quarterfinals, Penn State rolled to a 37-5 record with a stunning 20 pins. Sanderson’s squad added on four technical falls and four majors to close out the morning half of the event with 28 bonus point wins in its 37 victories. The sizzling morning set the stage for Penn State’s outstanding overall record and performance. Penn State ended the day with a 64-19 overall record, including 27 pins, six tech falls and five majors. Penn State had 14 of its 19 entrants place (eight champs, two runners-up, one third, one fourth, two fifth).

Penn State will host No. 10 Lehigh in the Bryce Jordan Center on Dec. 4 in its next outing. The dual, which will air live to a national audience on the Big Ten Network, starts at 12 p.m. Penn State Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at @pennstateWREST, on Penn State Wrestling’s Facebook page at and on Instagram at The 2015-16 Penn State wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline.

2016 Keystone Classic – Final Team Standings (top three):
November 20, 2016 – The Palestra – Philadelphia, Pa.

1: PENN STATE – 245.0
2: Pittsburgh – 121.5
3: Eastern Michigan – 110.5

Weight-by-weight agate (rankings listed are InterMat 11/15/16)

125: #6 Nick Suriano, Fr.
Rd 1: Tim Johnson, Sacred Heart – WBF (1:30)
Qtrs: Anthony Rubinetti, Northwestern – W, 16-4 maj. dec.
Semis: Zack Fuentes, Drexel – W, 4-2 dec.
Finals: Noah Gonser, Eastern Michigan – W, 12-4 maj. dec.

125: Patrick Higgins, Fr.
Rd. 1: Matt Rodriguez, Harvard – W, 3-2 dec.
Qtrs: Noah Gonser, Eastern Michigan – LBF (3:19)
Cn 3: Tim Johnson, Sacred Heart – WBF (1:47)
Cn Q: Dalten Henderson, VMI – L, 0-12 maj. dec.

133: #9 Jered Cortez, So.
Rd. 1: Gerald Daley, Sacred Heart – WBF (1:45)
Qtrs: Shayne Wireman, Eastern Michigan – W, 10-3 dec.
Semis: Kevin Devoy, Drexel – L, 4-5 dec.
Con Semis: Jeffrey Ott, Harvard – WBF (0:43)
3rd Place: Shayne Wireman, Eastern Michigan – WBF (0:44)

133: George Carpenter, So.
Rd. 1: Anthony Canfora, Drexel – L, 6-10 dec.
Cn. 3: Shayne Wireman, Eastern Michigan – L, 4-7 dec.

141: #11 Jimmy Gulibon, Sr.
Rd. 1: Evan Fidelibus, Rider – W, 14-5 maj. dec.
Rd. 2: Kyle Springer, Eastern Michigan – L, 5-8 dec.
Cn 2: Nick Maher, Franklin & Marshall – W, 16-0 (TF; 3:42)
Cn 3: Ryan Friedman, Harvard – W, 6-0 dec.
Cn 4: A.J. Vindici, Penn – W, 9-2 dec.
Cn Q: Irvin Enriquez, Appalachian State – LBF (1:21)

141: Kade Moss, Jr.
Rd. 1: Paddy Quinlan, Franklin and Marshall – WBF (4:14)
Rd. 2: John Reed, VMI – WBF (4:59)
Qtrs: A.J. Vindici, Penn – W, 14-2 maj. dec.
Semis: Dominic Giannangeli, Penn State – W, 7-3 dec.
Finals: Kyle Springer, Eastern Michigan – L, 2-5 dec.

141: Dominic Giannangeli, Fr.
Rd. 1: Nick Maher, Franklin & Marshall – W, 10-2 maj. dec.
Rd. 2: David Pearce, Drexel – W, 5-2 dec.
Qrs: Samuel Goldman, Harvard – W, 3-2 dec.
Semis: Kade Moss, Penn State – L, 3-7 dec.
Cn Semi: Evan Fidelibus, Rider – L, 5-7 (SV)
5th: Irvin Enriquez, Appalachian State – W, 8-7 dec.

149: #1 Zain Retherford, Jr.
Rd. 1: Kyle Brady, Sacred Heart – WBF (1:21)
Rd. 2: Joe Oliva, Penn – WBF (4:04)
Qtrs: Shayne Oster, Northwestern – WBF (0:48)
Semis: Mikey Racciatto, Pittsburgh – WBF (4:43)
Finals: Matthew Zovistoski, Appalachian State – WBF (2:46)

149: Gary Dinmore, Fr.
Rd. 1: bye
Rd. 2: #9 Matt Cimato, Drexel – W, 6-4 dec.
Qtrs: Alex Murray, Pittsburgh – W, 3-1 (SV)
Semis: Matt Zovistoski, Appalachian State – L, 2-3 (TB)
Cn Semi: Nick Barber, Eastern Michigan – W, 10-8 (SV)
3rd: Mikey Racciato, Pittsburgh – L, 5-9 dec.

157: #1 Jason Nolf, So.
Rd. 1: Mike Marano, Franklin & Marshall – WBF (1:27)
Rd. 2: Zeth Dean, Harvard – WBF (1:16)
Qtrs: Zac Carson, Eastern Michigan – WBF (3:45)
Semis: Jake Wentzel, Pittsburgh – W, 19-4 (TF; 6:01)
Finals: #19 May Bethea, Penn – W, 25-10 (TF; 6:04)

165: #12 Vincenzo Joseph, Fr.
Rd. 1: bye
Rd. 2: David Kasper, Eastern Michigan – W, 21-6 (TF; 5:55)
Qtrs: Austin Rose, Drexel – W, 23-6 (TF; 6:41)
Semis: #5 Chad Walsh, Rider – W, 12-5 dec.
Finals: #13 Te’Shawn Campbell, Pittsburgh – W, 9-5 dec.

165: Caleb Livingston, Sr.
Rd. 1: bye
Rd. 2: #17 Forrest Przybysz, Appalachian State – L, 6-8 dec.
Cn. 3: Cade Kiely, VMI – W, 9-3 dec.
Cn. 4: Joseph Velliquette, Penn – L, 6-8 (TB) dec.

174: #13 Geno Morelli, Sr.
Rd. 1: Austin Bell, Pittsburgh – WBF (3:24)
Rd. 2: Joe Toci, Sacred Heart – WBF (4:27)
Qtrs: Shabaka Johns, VMI – WBF (4:05)
Semis: Jacob Davis, Eastern Michigan – W, 6-0 dec.
Finals: Shakur Rasheed, Penn State – L, 1-2 (TB2) dec.

174: Shakur Rasheed, So.
Rd. 1: Ben Wagner, VMI – WBF (2:10)
Rd. 2: Marcus Johnson, Appalachian State – W, 18-2 (TF; 5:27)
Qtrs: Nick Elmer, Drexel – WBF (1:30)
Semis: Johnny Sebastian, Northwestern – W, 7-2 dec.
Finals: #13 Geno Morelli, Penn State – W, 2-1 (TB2) dec.

184: #3 Bo Nickal, So.
Rd. 1: Elliott Antler, Sacred Heart – WBF (3:49)
Qtrs: Kayne Maccallum, Eastern Michigan – WBF (2:57)
Semis: Anthony Mancini, Franklin & Marshall – WBF (2:12)
Finals: Mitch Sliga, Northwestern – WBF (6:34)

184: Devon Van Cura, So.
Rd. 1: Alex DeCiantis, Drexel – L, 6-7 dec.
Cn. 4: Kayne Maccallum, Eastern Michigan – LBF (TB; 8:56)

197: #14 Matt McCutcheon, Jr.
Rd. 1: bye
Rd. 2: Demazio Samuel, Appalachian State – WBF (2:55)
Qtrs: Zach Bruce, Pittsburgh – W, 5-2 dec.
Semis: Jacob Berkowitz, Northwestern – W, 7-1 dec.
Finals: #16 Frank Mattiace, Penn – W, 3-1

197: Kellan Stout, Fr.
Rd. 1: Derek Hillman, Eastern Michigan – W, 6-3 dec.
Qtrs: Josh Murphy, Drexel – W, 6-4 (SV)
Semis: #16 Frank Mattiace, Penn – L, 2-3 dec.
Cn Semi: Joe Heyob, Penn – L, 1-3 dec.
5th Place: Randall Diabe, Appalachian State – W, 8-6 dec.

285: #9 Nick Nevills, So.
Rd. 1: Ryan Cloud, Rider – WBF (4:06)
Qtrs: Tommy Shea-Roop, VMI – WBF (1:57)
Semis: Joey Goodhart, Drexel – W, 8-1 dec.
Finals: #8 Denzel Dejournette, Appalachian State – W, 8-3

2016-17 Penn State Wrestling Notes-1

| November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

PIAA Tickets For Mifflin County Followers

| November 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

2017 PIAA State Wrestling Championship

Giant Center, Hershey, March 9, 10, 11

Mark Hidlay will be ordering AAA series tickets (all three days) on Monday, November 28, at 10:00 AM (this is when tickets initially go on sale) for anyone who is interested in attending and sitting alongside other MCHS fans. For those not prepared to commit on this initial order, Mark will notify the MC wrestling community on 11-28-16 regarding what section/row seats have been secured on the initial order so anyone still interested can seek tickets in that particular section. In that case, Mark is no longer involved in securing tickets.

The initial goal is section 119 ($40 Adult $20 Student) but possibly section 118 ($32 Adult $16 Student).

Ticket orders/payment must be placed by Sunday, November 27 via the following:

Email: (preferred)

Text: 717-543-7743 (preferred)

Call: 717-543-7743

Trent Hidlay Comes Up Short at Journeymen Classic

| November 14, 2016 | 0 Comments
Bryce Rogers (left) and Trent Hidlay wrestle at the Journeymen Classic in New York.

Bryce Rogers (left) and Trent Hidlay wrestle at the Journeymen Classic in New York.

Trent Hidlay dropped a 3-2 decision at 170 pounds to Bryce Rogers of Florida at the Journeymen Classic All-Star event in Troy, New York on Sunday.

After a scoreless first period, Hidlay chose down and escaped for the 1-0 lead. Rogers, a Brown recruit, countered a Hidlay shot for the takedown and the 2-1 advantage. Hidlay escaped to end the period even at 2-2. Rogers chose down to start the third and escaped for the 3-2 lead. Rogers was called for a stall late in the third, but Hidlay couldn’t get any closer.