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Mifflin County vs. State College Preview

| December 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mifflin County, fresh off a heart-pounding 35-34 victory over Chambersburg, look to keep the momentum going against Mid-Penn Commonwealth and District 6 rival State College.

The Huskies are in the second of back-to-back duals with Power Ade on the horizon. First, they have to take care of the Little Lions tonight on the road in State College.

Mifflin County (3-2, 1-1) finished second at the Warwick Duals – beating Warwick (44-27) and Notre Dame-Green Pond (42-35) before falling to Chambersburg (45-30) in the finals. The Huskies also fell to Carlisle on criteria 37-36 before gaining revenge last night on the Trojans. Mifflin County placed 16th at the King of the Mountain.

Three state-ranked wrestlers pace the Mifflin County attack – junior Trent Hidlay is No. 2 at 170; sophomore Christian Fisher is ranked No. 8 at 106 and senior Noah Myers, who is battling a foot injury, is No. 12 at 132.  Hidlay is 9-0 on the season with seven falls, Fisher is 8-1 and Myers is 2-2. Juniors Joey Taptich (4-3 at 113) and Logan Wise (4-3 at 138/145) and  senior Austin Haubrick (6-2 at 195) are other Huskies with winning records.

State College is 0-2 on the season – losing to Shikellamy (36-35) and BEA (44-28). The Little Lions also competed in the Jarvis Memorial tournament.

Leading the way for State College is a solid corps of upper weights featuring sophomore and regional qualifier Cole Urbas (6-0 at 182), junior Jacob Liechty (3-2 at 195) and seniors Pete Haffner (4-0 at 220) and Drew Linnes (4-1 at 285). Linnes comes in ranked 20th in the state. Also, freshman Clayton Leidy is 4-0 at 106. State qualifier Adam Stover (132/138) is injured and hasn’t wrestled so far this season.

Here is the probable lineup for tonight’s dual with Mifflin County wrestlers listed first:

106: No. 8 Christian Fisher, So. (8-1) vs. Clayton Leidy, Fr. (4-0)
113: Joey Taptich, Jr. (4-3) vs. Ben Krick, So. (1-6)
120: Derek Burk, Fr. (4-4) vs. Forfeit
126: Keith Shearer, Sr. (0-2) vs. Jacob Pammer, Sr. (4-2)
132: No. 12 Noah Myers, Sr. (2-2) or John Retherford, So. (4-3) vs. Isaac Sublett, So. (0-4) or Seth McMahon, So. (0-3)
138: Logan Wise, Jr. (4-3) or Gavin Sage, Jr. (1-3) vs. McMahon or Sublett
145: Wise or Brian Smink, So. (0-6) vs. Zach Price, Jr. (1-4)
152: Kaden Knouse, Sr. (1-7) vs. Isaiah Lose, Jr. (1-4)
160: Drayson Sullivan, Jr. (3-5) vs. Ian Barr, Jr. (3-2)
170: No. 2 Trent Hidlay, Jr. (9-0) vs. Brett Fields, Sr. (2-1)
182: Scout Kyper, Sr. (3-5) vs. Cole Urbas, So. (6-0)
195: Austin Haubrick, Sr. (6-2) vs. Jacob Leichty, Jr. (3-2)
220: Hunter Wagner, Fr. (3-4) or Dylan Grassmyer, So. (1-2) vs. Pete Haffner, Sr, (4-0)
285: Wagner or Forfeit vs. No. 20 Drew Linnes, Sr. (4-1)

Huskies Stage Stunning Comeback to Down Trojans

| December 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Mifflin County wrestling team went out looking for some payback after an earlier loss to Chambersburg at the Warwick Duals two weeks ago.

The Huskies had a chance for redemption hosting the Trojans in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth match on Wednesday evening and facing tons of adversity, showed their mettle in a come-from-behind 35-34 victory.

Down 25-4, Mifflin County (3-2, 1-1) captured six of the last eight bouts – scoring bonus points in five – for a possible turning point in the season win.

“You play these matches out in your mind and you talk about them as a staff. You always come up with 20 or 30 possibilities. It wasn’t too far from what we thought,” Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin said. “What we thought it would come down to was each guy doing their job when they got out there and they did. That was the difference tonight compared to Carlisle a week ago.

“With this team, I feel we are going to be doing a lot of growing. We keep talking about the potential of this team. The bigger picture of what has to happen is they have to buy into the hard practices, wrestling their guts out, and competing as hard as they can.”

With the score 34-23, Husky sophomore Joey Taptich knew with a forfeit coming to Mifflin County at 120, he needed a fall at 113 to seal the victory. Taptich didn’t disappoint. He took Jevik Hummer down, locked up a cradle, and scored the fall in 1:01, bringing the crowd to its feet in celebration.

“I know there was a lot of pressure on me and I knew as a captain I had to go out there and do my job like everybody else did,” Taptich said. “We needed the kind of fight we had tonight and I just wanted to do my part. Once we started picking up some wins, we got the momentum flowing and it carried into my match as well. The team is feeling good and I believe we are going to carry this momentum over to State College and beat them.”

The big Mo didn’t start in Mifflin County’s favor. The Trojans (3-2, 0-2) won five of the first six bouts, scoring big bonus points in four to take what appeared to be a commanding lead.

Spencer Runshaw started things off with a 16-0 technical fall at 126 over Keith Shearer; Cole Grove pulled off an upset by downing state ranked Noah Myers by an 8-4 score at 132, and Aaron Rump took care of Gavin Sage in 23 seconds of their 138-pound match.

Logan Wise temporarily stopped the bleeding for the Huskies with a dominating 11-3 major decision over Carson Mello at 145. The Husky junior collected four takedowns and a reversal in the victory.

“Logan is really having fun this year and I think that is an element helping him wrestle freer when he’s out there. He’s looked really good,” Martin said.

At 152, Drake Brenize pinned Kaden Knouse in 2:52, and after Luke Nichter put up a 22-7 technical fall over Drayson Sullivan at 160, Mifflin County began its dramatic comeback.

Trent Hidlay, ranked second in the state at 170, ran his record to a perfect 9-0 with seven falls when he decked Zae Kirk in 2:32. The Big Ticket was sharp and precise on his feet – netting six takedowns while building a 12-5 lead before the fall.

Drew Peck picked up a fall for Chambersburg over Scout Kyper at 182, making the score 31-10 Trojans. At this point, the Husky upper weights came through in grand fashion. Austin Haubrick rang up six takedowns to major Guy Lozius 15-7 at 195. At 220, Dylan Grassmyer recorded his first win of the season, knocking off Dalton Grace by a 2-1 score. An escape and stall point in the third gave the Husky sophomore the victory. Grace came into the match with a 6-3 record.

Hunter Wagner proved you could win one for the team even in a loss. The Husky freshman moved up from 220 to face Phillipe Lozius and found himself on his back for almost a minute of the third period. Wagner bridged and fought his way off his back and lost by an 8-1 decision, depriving Chambersburg of a bonus point victory.

“Dylan had a big win. Grassmyer is one of those kids who have a huge upside. His work ethic is outstanding and I love the fact he got an important win tonight because that will continue to build his confidence,” Martin said. “What we remind these kids often is if it’s your job to go out there and not get pinned then you need to do that. You just can’t go out there and give up. At this level, you need kids who are scrappy winning or losing and Hunter is that type of kid.”

Christian Fisher, ranked eighth in the state, picked up a forfeit win at 106, setting the stage for Taptich and his clutch fall. Derek Burk closed out the proceedings with a forfeit at 120. Chambersburg won the takedown battle 19-16.

The Husky JVs lost 60-37. Mifflin County travels to State College for a Mid-Penn Commonwealth showdown today at 7:30 p.m.

“We’ve wrestled back-to-back matches in the past and I don’t think it will bother us. Most kids would rather be competing than practicing,” Martin said. “The only concern is making weight two days in a row but that’s what you do at big tournaments in the postseason, so it’s good practice for something like that.”


Mifflin County Hs (MCH) 35.00 Chambersburg Area Hs (CAH) 34.00

126: Spencer  Runshaw (CAH) over Keith Shearer (MCH) (TF 16-0 5:00) 132: Cole Grove (CAH) over Noah Myers (MCH) (Dec 8-4) 138: Aaron Rump (CAH) over Gavin  Sage (MCH) (Fall 0:23) 145: Logan Wise (MCH) over Carson Mello (CAH) (MD 11-3) 152: Drake Brenize (CAH) over Kaden Knouse (MCH) (Fall 2:52) 160: Luke Nichter (CAH) over Drayson Sullivan (MCH) (TF 22-7 0:00) 170: Trent Hidlay (MCH) over Zae Kirk (CAH) (Fall 2:32) 182: Drew  Peck (CAH) over Scout Kyper (MCH) (Fall 1:44) 195: Austin Haubrick (MCH) over Guy  Lozius (CAH) (MD 15-7) 220: Dylan Grassmyer (MCH) over Dalton Grace (CAH) (Dec 2-1) 285: Phillipe Lozius (CAH) over Hunter Wagner (MCH) (Dec 8-1) 106: Christian Fisher (MCH) over   (CAH) (For.) 113: Joey Taptich (MCH) over Jevik Hummer (CAH) (Fall 1:01) 120: Derek Burk (MCH) over   (CAH) (For.)



Mifflin County vs. Chambersburg Preview

| December 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

For the second time this month Mifflin County and Chambersburg face each other on the mats. The first was at the Warwick Duals to open the season and second counts toward the Mid-Penn Commonwealth schedule.

The Huskies (2-2, 0-1) dropped a 45-30 decision to the Trojans (3-1, 0-1) back on December 10 and look to exact some revenge at home on Wednesday night.

Chambersburg won the Warwick Duals with victories over Strath Haven (62-17), Mount Union (60-10) and the Huskies in the finals. The Trojans lost to Cumberland Valley (39-24) and placed 29th at the Beast of the East last week.

Leading the way for Chambersburg are four ranked wrestlers – Drew Peck, a Brown University commit, is third in the state at 182 with a record of 8-2. The senior finished fourth in the state a year ago, fourth at the Beast this year, and brings a 111-30 career record into the dual.

Senior Aaron Rump (8-2) is ranked No. 10 at 138; junior Drake Brenize (7-3) is 15th at 152, and sophomore Spencer Runshaw (3-3) is 16th at 126. Other top wrestlers for the Trojans include sophomore Seth Runshaw (6-2) at 120 and freshman Luke Nichter (5-3) at 160.

Three state-ranked wrestlers pace the Mifflin County attack – junior Trent Hidlay is No. 2 at 170; sophomore Christian Fisher is ranked No. 8 at 106 and senior Noah Myers, who is battling a foot injury, is No. 12 at 132.  Hidlay is 8-0 on the season with six falls, Fisher is 7-1 and Myers is 2-1.

The Huskies own wins over Warwick (44-27) and Notre Dame-Green Pond (42-35) with losses coming to Carlisle (37-36) and Chambersburg. Mifflin County placed 15th at King of the Mountain last Saturday.

Here is the probable lineup for tonight’s dual with Mifflin County wrestlers listed first:

106: No. 8 Christian Fisher, So. (7-1) vs. Forfeit
113: Joey Taptich, Jr. (3-3) vs. Jevik Hummer, Fr. (2-4)
120: Derek Burk, Fr. (3-4) vs. Seth Runshaw, So. (6-2)
126: No. 12 Noah Myers, Sr. (2-1) or Keith Shearer, Sr. (0-1) vs. No. 16 Spencer Runshaw, So. (3-3)
132: John Retherford, So. (5-3) vs. Cole Grove, So. (4-4)
138: Logan Wise, Jr. (3-3) vs. No. 10 Aaron Rump, Sr. (8-2)
145: Brian Smink, So. (0-6) vs. Carson Mello, Fr. (2-2) or Nobenson Augustin, Jr. (0-2)
152: Kaden Knouse, Sr. (1-6) vs. No. 15 Drake Brenize, Jr. (7-3)
160: Drayson Sullivan, Jr. (3-4) vs. Luke Nichter, Fr. (5-3)
170: No. 2 Trent Hidlay, Jr. (8-0) vs. Zae Kirk, So. (1-5)
182: Scout Kyper, Sr. (3-4) vs. No. 3 Drew Peck, Sr. (8-2)
195: Austin Haubrick, Sr. (5-2) vs. Guy Lozius, So. (3-4) or Dalton Grace, Sr. (6-3)
220: Hunter Wagner, Fr. (3-3) or Dylan Grassmyer, So. (0-2) vs. Lozius or Grace
285: Wagner or Forfeit vs. Phillipe Lozius, Sr. (4-2)

KOM Results: Hidlay Wins Title at 170; Fisher Takes Second at 106

| December 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Trent Hidlay left the King of the Mountain tournament last year with a second-place finish and a bitter taste in his mouth. He was determined not to experience the same thing twice.

Hidlay made good on his top seed with a 7-4 victory over Tyler Bagoly of Bishop McDevitt in the 170-pound finals. Trent, also known as the Big Ticket, reached the finals with a 2:32 fall over Iylaz Veysalov of Erie McDowell in the semifinals. Hidlay dominated the event – going 4-0 with three falls to run his record to 8-0 on the season.

“It felt really good to get back to the finals and win the title this year. My opponent was legit and the tournament is tough, so it’s nice to start the year off with a good performance at King of the Mountain,” Hidlay said. “I just felt super confident in everything I was doing this weekend. It definitely helps to have Coach (Tyler) Bedelyon in the room, so I can get that elite competition feel in practice every day.

“I’m such a better wrestler when I wrestle with confidence and a strong mindset. It’s important for me to see where I’m at early on in the season, so I can work on the things I need to improve on and I think KOM is a great tournament to do that.”

In the finals, Hidlay scored his opening takedown on a power double leg and rode Bagoly out for the 2-0 lead after one. Hidlay chose bottom and escaped for the 3-0 advantage after two. Bagoly, eighth in the state a year ago at 160, escaped to start the third but Hidlay scored off a deep single for a 5-1 advantage. Bagoly escaped and scored a point on a second Hidlay caution to make it 5-3 with 1:02 to go. Trent scored his final points on another double leg. An escape by Bagoly set the final at 7-4.

“I’ve been putting emphasis on getting better each day. Coach Bedelyon stresses getting one percent better each day and I go into every workout with the mentality that I’m going to get better,” Hidlay said. “I’m wrestling well right now, but I am not satisfied with where I’m at. If I want to be the best in the country, I need to improve in all aspects of the sport and stay offensive throughout my matches. If I can stay offensive and energized I think I have a good shot at beating anyone I go up against.”

Sophomore Christian Fisher continued his impressive start to the season by finishing second at 106 pounds. Fisher, who defeated Gabe Willochel of Greater Latrobe 8-3 in the semis, dropped a tough 3-0 decision to Bishop McDevitt’s Nate Smith in the finals. The loss was Fisher’s first of the season. A takedown in the first and escape in the second were all Smith needed to earn the victory.

“We come to tournaments like these because you know you’re going to be tested. The key is responding physically, mentally and just wrestling hard,” Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin said. “Christian did a really good job of training in the offseason and what you are seeing now is his confidence levels grow. I hope this continues to drive him. This kind of competition can only help him.

“Trent is focused on the end of the season and what it’s going to take to be on the top of the podium in Hershey. He wants to dominate his opponent every time he steps on the mat. He wants to push the pace and force kids to make mistakes.”

Joey Taptich (113) and Logan Wise (138) lost their fourth-round consolation matches and failed to place.

Exeter Township won the team title with 138.5 points, five ahead of second-place Central Mountain. General McLane took third with 132 points, followed by Bishop McDevitt (131) and a fifth-place tie between favored Boyertown and Council Rock South (129.5). Mifflin County placed 15th in the team race with 67.5 points.

KOM-Mifflin County Results


106: Christian Fisher, MC dec. Gabe Willochel, Greater Latrobe, 8-3.
170: Trent Hidlay, MC pinned Ilyaz Veysalov, Erie McDowell, 2:32.

Consolation-Fourth Round

113: Brady Sherback, General McLane major dec. Joey Taptich, MC, 13-5.
138: Justin Landis, Exeter Township dec. Logan Wise, MC, 10-7.

King of the Mountain Championship Finals

106: Nate Smith, Bishop McDevitt dec. Christian Fisher, Mifflin County, 3-0.

113: Dalton Rohrbaugh, Spring Grove dec. Matt Wilde, Boyertown, 4-2.

120: Louis Newell, Seneca Valley dec. Tyler Martin, Bishop McDevitt, 10-4.

126: Nick Coy, Penn Trafford dec. David Campbell, Boyertown, 3-0.

132: Austin DeSanto, Exeter Township dec. Jakob Campbell, Boyertown, 9-4.

138: Zack Trampe, Council Rock South dec. Paul Feite, Northern York, 9-3.

145: Brock Port, Bellefonte dec. Justin McCoy, Chestnut Ridge, 6-4.

152: Riley Palmer, Council Rock South dec. Owen Watkins, General McLane, 8-7.

160: Ryan Resnick, Owen J. Roberts major dec. Morgan Dereamer, Chestnut Ridge, 15-6.

170: Trent Hidlay, Mifflin County dec. Tyler Bagoly, Exeter Township, 7-4.

182: Nino Bonaccorsi, Bethel Park dec. Jacob Oliver, Huntingdon, 7-4.

195: Cole Nye, Bishop McDevitt dec. Ethan Laird, General McLane, 4-3.

220: Brian Kennerly, Upper Darby dec. Joe Doyle, Council Rock South, 5-4.

285: Oscar Daniels, Exeter Township dec. Jacob Lenhardt, General McLane, 5-3 SV.


Former Penn State Wrestler James Vollrath Loses His Battle with Cancer

| December 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Former Penn State All-American James Vollrath died Friday night after losing his fight with Ewing’s Sarcoma – a rare bone cancer that starts in the cells and is hard to diagnose.

Vollrath attended Penn State from 2009-2013 and wrestled for the team at 157 pounds. He ended his senior season with an overall record of 72-24, where he earned All-American honors his senior season.. He went to Council Rock South High School where he placed eighth in the state at 152 pounds in 2009. Vollrath studied kinesiology while he was at Penn State.