Archive for May, 2017

NHSCA Duals Results: Bison Legend Orange Finishes Third (Updated)

| May 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Trent Hidlay is wrestling at 170 pounds for the Bison Legend Orange team at the NHSCA  Duals in Virginia. Meanwhile, Joey Taptich and Logan Wise are wrestling for Team Mat Rats at 120 and 132 respectively. I will post the team scores and  individual results, if I get them, below.

Taptich went 4-2 for the Mat Rats. Joey is a two-time regional qualifier for the Huskies. Hidlay finished 11-0 for Bison Orange.

Here are the bout-by-bout results for Taptich:

VS  Illinois Cornstars Black, WBF
VS Stomp Blue, FORFEIT
VS  Shore Thing White, W 7-2
VS Young Guns Red, L 7-0
VS Bison Legend Orange, LBF

Pool Play-Mat Rats (3-3)

W Illinois Cornstars Black, 39-27
W Team Stomp Blue, 33-32
W Shore Thing White, 35-18
L Young Guns Red, 34-33
L PA Slam A, 36-20
L Bison Legend Orange, 58-9

Pool Play-Bison Legend Orange

W Southport, 83-0
W FCA Wrestling, 83-0
W High Point, 67-0
W PA Slam A, 56-6
W Young Guns Red, 69-0
W Mat Rats, 58-9

Round of 32-Bison Legend Orange

W Blue Claw Wrestling White, 50-9

Round of 16-Bison Legend Orange

W Team Nauman Select, 43-13

Quarterfinals-Bison Legend Orange

L South Florida Light, 31-22

Consolation Semifinals-Bison Legend Orange

W Bad Boys WC, 1-0 (forfeit)

Fifth Place

W Indiana High Rollelack, 36-18


Hidlay Goes 2-for-2 at PAWF; Captures Greco Title

| May 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Trent Hidlay (red)locks up with Jake Hendricks of Wyoming Seminary in the PAWF Greco-Roman finals. Photo by Mark Hidlay.

Trent Hidlay made it 2-for-2 at the PAWF championships at Chambersburg by winning the 170-pound Greco-Roman championship on Sunday.

Hidlay defeated Jake Hendricks of Wyoming Seminary by a 5-0 score in the finals. Hidlay beat Hendricks, who finished fifth at the National Prep championships this year, in the freestyle final on Saturday.

Hidlay made it to the finals with a forfeit victory in the quarters, followed by a 12-2 technical fall over Kevin Edwards of Avon Grove in the semifinals.

With title in hand, Hidlay qualified for the Greco Junior Nationals in Fargo in July.

PAWF 170-Pound Greco-Roman Results-Trent Hidlay

Q: forfeit
Semis: 12-2 over Kevin Edwards, Avon Grove
Finals: 5-0 over Jake Hendricks, Wyoming Seminary

Hidlay Wins PAWF Title; Qualifies for Junior Nationals in Fargo

| May 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Trent Hidlay (Red) takes on Jake Hendricks of Wyoming Seminary in the PAWF finals at 170 pounds. Photo by Mark Hidlay.

Trent Hidlay continued his impressive spring/summer season by capturing the 170-pound crown at the PAWF freestyle championships Saturday in Chambersburg.

Hidlay qualified for the ASICS Junior National Championships in Fargo, ND in July.

Trent opened with a 12-2 technical fall in the quarterfinals over Michael Blakemore of Methacton. He followed that with a 12-0 tech fall over Reed Custer of Emmaus in the semis. In the finals, Hidlay smoked Jake Hendricks of Wyoming Seminary by a 10-0 technical fall.

Trey Kibe wrestled in the 145-pound Cadet Division and went 5-2, but failed to place.

PAWF 170-pound Results-Trent Hidlay
Quarterfinals: 12-2 TF 1:22 Michael Blakemore, Methacton
Semifinals: 12-0 TF 2:00 Reed Custer, Emmaus
Final: 10-0 TF 3:05 Jake Hendricks, Wyoming Seminary

Carson’s Corner: The Penn State Wrestling Dynasty is Alive and Well

| May 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the world of physics, there is the Doppler Effect; in economics, we have the Accelerator effect, and the Zeigarnik effect is a staple of cognitive psychology.

Add to the list the phenomena sweeping college wrestling I like to call the Sanderson Effect. The Sanderson Effect gets its name from Cael Sanderson, head wrestling coach at Penn State.

The Nittany Lions own six of the last seven NCAA wrestling championships and shows no signs of slowing down soon.

In a dynasty eerie similar to Dan Gable’s Iowa squads of the seventies and eighties, Penn State is a machine mowing down everyone and everything in their path.

The key to their success?

Coaching of course, but the other huge piece of the puzzle is recruiting. Sanderson and his staff are on par with Nick Saban at Alabama, albeit in a different sport.

Case in point – the 2016 class brought them NCAA champ Mark Hall, future NCAA champion Nick Suriano and this coming season – Mason Manville. The class of 2017 has Nick Lee, Brady Berge, and Jarod Verkleeren joining the fray.

Go back into the recent past and two guys you may have heard of – David Taylor and Ed Ruth came to Happy Valley, kick-starting the Nittany Lion dominance.

And if that isn’t enough, the 2018 class may be the best Sanderson and company has ever recruited and could go down as one of the greatest in the history of the sport. Only time will tell.

Malvern Prep stud Michael Beard, who de-committed from Northwestern earlier in the year, picked Penn State as his choice on Wednesday. Beard, ranked the No. 5 recruit in the nation, joins a class that already features No. 2 Gavin Teasdale, No. 3 Roman Bravo-Young, No. 4 Travis Wittlake, No. 10 Seth Nevills and No. 37 Joe Lee.

The Nittany Lions have six of the top 40 recruits in the nation, four of the top five and five of the top 10. How sick is that?

Penn State recently won the 2017 NCAA Championship in St. Louis in March, crowning five consecutive underclassmen champions, and scoring a school-record 146.5 team points.

With a healthy Suriano and Jared Cortez, the Nittany Lions have a chance to field the greatest collegiate wrestling team ever assembled. (The best was the 1986 Iowa squad which featured five national champions and nine All-Americans in its lineup).

Think about the likely starting lineup in 2017-18: Suriano at 125, Cortez at 133, Lee at 141, 2x NCAA champ Zain Retherford at 149, NCAA champ Jason Nolf at 157, NCAA champ Vincenzo Joseph at 165, NCAA champ Mark Hall at 174, NCAA champ Bo Nickal at 184, NCAA qualifier Matt McCutcheon or Anthony Cassar at 197, and NCAA All-American Nick Nevills at heavyweight. Wow!

Want scarier? Only Retherford and McCutcheon are seniors. Mix in the 2017 and 2018 classes, and you have a recipe that makes other programs shake in their singlets.

Iowa, Oklahoma State, Ohio State and Arizona State are solid teams, and in a different time or era, each would walk away with multiple team titles. But this is Penn State’s time. It’s their moment to bask in the spotlight.

To all the Division I college wrestling teams out and about this great country, I have sobering news for you:

The Penn State/Cael Sanderson dynasty isn’t slowing down. It’s just getting started.



Trent Hidlay Wins Rod Tate Award; Noah Myers Talks About UPJ

| May 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Trent Hidlay


Noah Myers