Archive for January, 2017

Penn State Wrestling Notes 2016-17: Wisconsin & Northwestern

| January 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ultimate Warrior Tournament Preview

| January 26, 2017 | 2 Comments

Mifflin County closes out the week with a stop at the Ultimate Warrior Tournament at West Branch High School Friday and Saturday.

This is the Huskies first foray in the event and coach Kirby Martin wants to give his kids some tournament wrestling before the long layoff. Mifflin County missed out on a chance to defense its District 6 Class 3A Dual Meet championship, so this will be the last wrestling for the Huskies until February 16 against Saint Marys.

A total of 28 teams – nine in Class 3A and 19 in 2A – converge at Allport with the hopes of bringing home a team title. Wilson Area is the only team state-ranked in the event. The District 11 school is No. 11 in the 2A rankings. Also, 45 wrestlers in the tourney are ranked in the Top 25 in the state in their respective classes.

Mifflin County features three ranked wrestlers – Trent Hidlay (No. 2 at 170), Noah Myers (No. 10 at 126), and Christian Fisher (No. 17 at 106). Hidlay is 96-14 for his career and should break the 100-win barrier over the weekend.

Below are the team entries with overall dual meet records and the 45 ranked wrestlers in the event by weight class:

AAA Teams (9)

Altoona – D6 (11-5)
Ambridge – D7 (5-10)
BEA – D6 (11-4)
Blue Mountain – D11 (16-3)
Clearfield – D9 (6-7)
Dallastown – D3 (13-3)
Mifflin County – D6 (6-8)
Philipsburg-Osceola – D6 (4-8)
Shippensburg – D3 (8-2)

AA Teams (19)

Bellwood-Antis – D6 (3-6)
Blairsville – D6 (3-12)
Brockway – D9 (8-3)
Hickory – D10 (8-7)
Johnsonburg – D9 (6-14)
Juniata – D6 (6-8)
Juniata Valley – D6 (2-14)
Lake Lehman – D2 (4-3)
Marion Center – D6 (8-4)
Moshannon Valley – D6 (12-2)
Oswayo Valley – D9 (0-3)
Richland – D6 AA (0-6)
Ridgway – D9 (8-3)
St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy – D6 (0-5)
Towanda – D4 (13-3)
Tyrone – D6 (3-7)
United – D6 (1-9)
West Branch – D6 (10-5)
No. 11 Wilson Area – D11 (18-2)

Ranked Wrestlers


James Gulla, Hickory (No. 5-AA)
Elijah Bundro, Wilson Area, Fr. (No. 6-AA)
Christian Fisher, Mifflin County, So. (No. 17-AAA)
Dylan Pesock, Oswayo Valley, Jr. (No. 20-AA)


John Consorti, Wilson Area, Jr. (No. 6-AA)
Damin Vadala, Hickory, Fr. (No. 14-AA)
Tyler Denochick, West Branch, So. (No. 22-AA)
Kyle Bush, Ridgway, Jr. (No. 23-AA)
Aleck Nyman, BEA, Sr. (No. 25-AAA)


Tyler Tinsman, Marion Center, Jr. (No. 10-AA)


Josh Mason, Blue Mountain, Jr. (No. 7-AAA)
Noah Myers, Mifflin County, Sr. (No. 10-AAA)
Jared Corriere, Wilson Area, Sr. (No. 10-AA)
Bryce Barclay, Ridgway, Jr. (No. 17-AA)
Matt Johnson, P-O, Jr. (No. 18-AAA)


Cole Manley, Altoona, Sr. (No. 2-AAA)
Chandler Olson, Shippensburg, Sr. (No. 3-AAA)
Caleb Dowling, St. Joseph’s Academy, Fr. (No. 5-AA)
Garrett Rigg, BEA, Jr. (No. 23)


Seth Koleno, BEA, Jr. (No. 9-AAA)
Charlie Beatty, Marion Center, Jr. (No. 17-AA)
Logan McClain, Ridgway, Jr. (No. 22-AA)


Gage McClenahan, BEA, Fr. (No. 8-AAA)
Tyler Wileman, Junuata, So. (No. 21-AA)
Challen Cornetto, Marion Center, Sr. (No. 22-AA)
Cole Ruffo, Hickory, Jr. (No. 25-AA)


Jon Dale, Moshannon Valley, So. (No. 14-AA)


Derek Yingling, West Branch, So. (No. 10-AA)


Trent Hidlay, Mifflin County, Jr. (No. 2-AAA)
Larry Brown, Moshannon Valley, sr. (No. 4-AA)
Brinton Simington, Altoona, Sr. (No. 8-AAA)
Drake Pew, Dallastown, Sr. (No. 21-AAA)
Carmen Gett, Marion Center, Jr. (No. 23-AA)


Luke McGonigal, Clearfield, Jr. (No. 3-AAA)
Brad Smith, Marion Center, Sr. (No. 22-AA)


Jerry Moore, Blairsville, Jr. (No. 8-AA)
Parker McClellan, Altoona, Jr. (No. 9-AAA)
Cole Forrester, Shippensburg, Jr. (No. 10-AAA)
Clayton Stewart, Moshannon Valley, Sr. (No. 18-AA)
Thomas Seaman, Blue Mountain, Sr. (No. 24-AAA)


Bryce Shields, Dallastown, Sr. (No. 8-AAA)
Riley Miller, United, Jr. (No. 18-AA)


Cameron Tinner, Shippensburg, Sr. (No. 6-AAA)
Colton McClain, Ridgway, Sr. (No. 8-AA)
Eric Nocker, Blue Mountain, Jr. (No. 15-AAA)

Wildcats Stay Unbeaten With Win Over Huskies

| January 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

With a chance to defend its District 6 Class 3A Dual Meet championship out of the question, the Mifflin County wrestling team is closing out the regular season with a singular focus – getting ready for the individual postseason.

The team standing in the way of the Huskies in the district is Central Mountain – a squad with balance, experience, and skill at nearly every weight.

Those attributes were on full display at the Husky gym on Wednesday as the Wildcats solidified their top seed in District 6 with a 45-20 victory over Mifflin County. Central Mountain (11-0) won nine bouts, scoring bonus babies in eight for the victory. The Huskies fell to 6-8 on the season.

With the District 6 cutoff for duals on Thursday, Mifflin County is sixth in the point’s race and out of the top-four finish needed to make it to Tyrone on February 4.

“Hats off to Central Mountain. They are a balanced team from top to bottom, but they do have some guys out, hopefully, they can get healthy for district duals, because I think they can represent our district well at state team duals,” Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin said. “I thought we looked tired. I wanted to see a little more spark in each kid out there. We had a few bright moments, but it wasn’t quite as peppy as I hoped it would be.

“We still have a lot of wrestling to do and it’s going to be a good time to get one-on-one attention with the kids. Sometimes with how condensed our schedule is, we don’t get a chance to stop and help each kid with their weaknesses. I’m looking forward to focusing on each individual as we get close to the end of February.”

Mifflin County built an 11-7 advantage early in the match when Christian Fisher (106), Noah Myers (126) and Logan Wise (132) picked up victories.

Fisher improved to 19-3 on the season with a 10-2 major decision over Johnny Shreffler. The Husky sophomore held a 4-0 lead after two periods before scoring three takedowns in the third, the last coming with two seconds on the clock, for the major.

In a battle of state-ranked wrestlers, Myers (14-5) captured a 7-4 win over Seth Andrus at 126. Myers, ranked tenth in the state, had three takedowns and an escape, while Andrus collected three escapes and a stall point. Andrus came in ranked at No. 22.

Wise had a solid night on his feet, scoring six takedowns en route to the 14-6 major over Seth Reese. Wise is now 9-4 on the season.

Central Mountain stayed alive in the early part of the match with a key win at 113. Dalton Bechdel pulled off a big 7-5 upset over Joey Taptich, who came into the bout with a 14-6 record. Bechdel got the opening takedown, but Taptich escaped and scored a deuce of his own to take a 3-2 lead after one. A reversal by Taptich in the second made it 5-2 heading into the third. Bechdel chose neutral and late in the match, hit a headlock off a Taptich shot and took the Husky to his back for the five-point move and the victory.

“That was the game changer in that match. Getting a headlock after our shot, you can’t let that happen,” Martin said. “You have to finish those takedowns and not let a kid get squirrely on you.”

Wildcat coach Biff Walizer agreed with Martin’s assessment.

“That was big. He came up with headlock attempt after the Taptich shot. On paper, it wasn’t a match we were counting on coming into the bout,” Walizer said. “Dalton made the drop after the two-pounds came in and he’s doing all right. We have him and Cody Coleman going back-and-forth but right know he has the spot. This was a good win for him.”

At 145, Kaden Knouse made a second-period escape hold up for the 1-0 win over Alonzo Henry and at 170 Mifflin County closed the gap to  23-20 when Trent Hidlay, ranked second in the state, built a 14-5 lead before hitting a lateral drop on Tanner Weaver, also state ranked, pinning him in 2:52.

“Every match Trent is preparing for the postseason. It doesn’t matter who his opponent is he’s going to wrestle as hard as he can because he wants to take them to their limit. This is how you get ready for the big tournaments,” Martin said.

Hidlay, now 23-0 on the season, came out like a lion stalking an antelope, racking up five takedowns and a two-point nearfall before clamping Weaver.

“Every time I get a tough opponent like that I’m always looking forward to the opportunity to showcase my skills against the best. When I go out there, I don’t want to leave any question on the mat, I want to dominate the kid,” Hidlay said. “My goal, every match, is to go out and dominate, score points, have fun, and get the pin for the team.

“I feel awesome, the best I ever felt wrestling wise. I feel confident. I’m descending down to 160 for the postseason, so I’m staying on top of that. I’m training hard with Tyler Betleyon on the mat and making sure the diet is good. I feel great. I need to keep doing what I’m doing and it will be a good end to the season.”

Central Mountain ended the hopes of a Husky upset by winning the last four bouts – scoring bonus points in all four. The Wildcats won the takedown battle 22-21.

The Husky junior high lost 63-24. Mifflin County travels to the West Branch tournament Friday and Saturday.


Central Mountain 45, Mifflin County 20
106: Christian Fisher (MCH) over Johnny Shreffler (CMH) (MD 10-2) 113: Dalton Bechdel (CMH) over Joey Taptich (MCH) (Dec 7-5) 120: Geo Barzona (CMH) over Derek Burk (MCH) (MD 22-9) 126: Noah Myers (MCH) over Seth Andrus (CMH) (Dec 7-4) 132: Logan Wise (MCH) over Seth Reese (CMH) (MD 14-6) 138: Logan Long (CMH) over John Retherford (MCH) (Fall 2:33) 145: Logan Soo (CMH) over Brian Smink (MCH) (Fall 4:15) 152: Kaden Knouse (MCH) over Alonzo Henry (CMH) (Dec 1-0) 160: Asher Corl (CMH) over Drayson Sullivan (MCH) (MD 9-0) 170: Trent Hidlay (MCH) over Colton Weaver (CMH) (Fall 2:52) 182: Caleb Turner (CMH) over Austin Haubrick (MCH) (MD 13-1) 195: Tanner Riggle (CMH) over Dylan Grassmyer (MCH) (Fall 4:05) 220: Mahlik Houtz (CMH) over Hunter Wagner (MCH) (Fall 2:30) 285: Richard Thompson (CMH) over (MCH) (For.)

Mifflin County vs. Central Mountain Preview

| January 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

With a chance at defending its District 6 Class 3A Dual Meet championship seemingly out of reach, Mifflin County will instead wrestle for pride and get ready for the individual postseason when it faces district rival Central Mountain tonight.

The Wildcats come into the dual ranked 14th in the state and number one in District 6. Central Mountain is 10-0 on the season and fresh off a 5-0 mark at the Clearfield Bison Duals, defeating 15th ranked Belle Vernon in the finals. The Wildcats own victories over Selinsgrove (50-21), Bald Eagle Area (45-15), Midd-West (61-9), Shikellamy (53-10), Shamokin (65-6), Williamsport (52-18), Benton (66-12), General McLane (55-19), DuBois (45-24) and Belle Vernon (38-33). They also won the Top Hat Tournament and placed second at their own King of the Mountain.

Central Mountain are solid at most weights and field three state-ranked wrestlers – Geo Barzona (No. 7 at 120), Seth Andrus (No. 22 at 126), and Tanner Weaver (No. 17 at 170). Barzona is 22-1; Andrus comes in at 19-5, while Weaver is 21-5.

Brandon Miller, a starter at 182 for the Wildcats, has been out with an injury. No word if he will be available tonight.

The Huskies are 6-7 on the season and find themselves sixth in the latest District 6 rankings – outside the top four needed to qualify for district duals in Tyrone. Mifflin County finished either first or second for five consecutive seasons.

Mifflin County went 2-1 at the Dallastown Duals recently for a third-place finish, beating Hatboro-Horsham (51-21) and Conestoga Valley (44-25), while losing to Methacton (43-26). After starting the season 2-1 with wins over Warwick (44-27) and Notre Dame-Green Pond (42-35) and a 45-30 loss to Chambersburg at the Warwick Duals, the Huskies dropped a 37-36 criteria decision to Carlisle, beat the Trojans in a rematch 35-34, lost a 38-36 stunner to State College, fell 42-36 to Altoona, suffered a 53-24 thrashing by Central Dauphin, came back to beat Harrisburg 48-21 and lost to Cumberland Valley (52-15).

The Huskies also competed at King of the Mountain and Powerade tournaments where they finished 16th and 19th respectively.

Junior Trent Hidlay is 22-0 on the season and ranked second in the state at 170. Hidlay should be close to making the drop to 160 for the postseason. Sophomore Christian Fisher (18-3) comes in ranked No. 19 at 106, while junior Noah Myers (13-5) holds down the No. 10 slot at 126. Juniors Joey Taptich (14-6 at 113), Logan Wise (8-4 at 132), Austin Haubrick (10-7 at 182/195), and Scout Kyper (10-9 at 182/195) also have winning records for the Huskies.

The possible feature match of the evening could be a battle of two state place winners from a year ago – Myers and Barzona. Myers was seventh at 120, while Barzona placed sixth at 106 pounds.

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

106: No. 19 Christian Fisher, So. (18-3) vs. Johnny Shreffler, So. (16-9)
113: Joey Taptich, Jr. (14-6) vs. Dalton Bechdel, So. (5-4) or Cody Coleman, So. (10-8)
120: Derek Burk, Fr. (9-10) vs. Coleman or No. 7 Geo Barzona, Sr. (22-1)
126: No. 10 Noah Myers, Sr. (13-5) vs. Barzona or No. 22 Seth Andrus, Jr. (19-5)
132: Logan Wise, Jr. (8-4)  vs. S. Andrus or Seth Reese, Fr. (2-10)
138: John Retherford, So. (7-9) vs. Logan Long, Jr. (15-7)
145: Kaden Knouse, Sr. (3-14) vs. Colton Weaver, Sr. (13-10)
152: Brian Smink, So. (0-16) vs. Asher Corl, Jr. (14-8)
160: Drayson Sullivan, Jr. (5-9) vs. Alonzo Henry, So. (1-6) or No. 17 Tanner Weaver, Jr. (21-5)
170: No. 2 Trent Hidlay, Jr. (22-0) vs. Henry or Weaver
182: Austin Haubrick, Sr. (10-7)  vs. Brandon Miller, Sr. (10-8) or Brian Andrus, Sr. (2-1)
195: Scout Kyper, Sr. (10-9) vs. Caleb Turner, Sr. (18-6) or Tanner Riggle, So. (9-8)
220: Hunter Wagner, Fr. (7-12) or Dylan Grassmyer, So. (1-3) vs. Mahlik Houtz, Jr. (18-7)
285: Wagner or Forfeit vs. Richard Thompson, Sr. (22-5)

A Special Thank You

| January 24, 2017 | 2 Comments

Just wanted to send out a quick thanks to all of you who support Mifflin County wrestling and this site in particular.

Last week, we uploaded our 800th post on and we couldn’t have done it without the support of the wrestlers, coaches, parents and fans who make up the Mifflin  County wrestling family.

Thanks again for making it happen these last five years.