Archive for July, 2017

Trent Hidlay Announces His Final Four College Choices

| July 25, 2017 | 2 Comments
Trent Hidlay was kind enough to send me a text announcing his final four college choices.
In no particular order they are: Lehigh, NC State, Iowa and Purdue.
 
No matter his choice, he’s a smart young man and a great athlete. He will excel no matter where he ends up. Let’s play a game, where do you think the Big Ticket will wrestle in college?

Hidlay Completes Summer Season as a Double Finalist at Junior Nationals

| July 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Trent Hidlay with his two runner-up trophies from the Junior National Championships. Photo by Mark Hidlay.

Most wrestlers would be thrilled to be a double finalist at the Junior National Championships – not Trent Hidlay.

Hidlay, who lost in the Freestyle finals to Aaron Brooks of Maryland last Tuesday, dropped a 7-2 decision to Andrew Berreyesa of Nevada in the 170-pound finals of the Junior National Greco-Roman championship in Fargo, North Dakota on Saturday.

For Hidlay, losing is comparable to eating a spoonful of Wasabi. His face contorts even mentioning it, but winners take the losses, learn from them, and move on.

“Finishing second in both styles stinks, it really does. I’m not a good loser. In fact, I don’t know anyone harder on themselves after a loss, but that doesn’t mean I can’t learn from my mistakes, Hidlay said. “There will always be setbacks in this sport. Sometimes things aren’t fair, and you don’t get what you deserve. You must be mentally tough enough to stay hungry and pursue the same goals even when things aren’t going your way.

“True champions find a way to bounce back when their back is against the wall, and that’s what I need to do. I’m going to take my runner-up finishes and use them to motivate me to be the best wrestler and person I can possibly be.”

Hidlay opened the scoring with an out-of-bounds-point, but Berreyesa, a Cornell recruit with loads of Greco experience, scored six unanswered points with a four-point takedown at the 2:18 mark and another takedown 15 seconds later. Hidlay earned his second out-of-bounds point to make it 6-2. Berreyesa earned a point and the first period ended 7-2. There was no scoring in the second period.

Hidlay breezed to the finals with three technical falls, an injury default, and a 12-5 decision before facing Berreyesa, a four-time Nevada state finalist, and two-time state champion.

“The finals are an incredible experience. I’ve wrestled on every type of big stage you can be on in this sport, but there’s nothing like the Fargo finals,” Hidlay said. “I slipped on the edge in the first period and gave up a four-point move when I should have taken the step out and gave up a point. Unfortunately, when you’re wrestling a guy really good at Greco, it’s super hard to get back in the match when you fall behind early.

“I made some adjustments and did a better job with my positioning but couldn’t get a lot of offense going. It’s tough to transition to Greco wrestling for me because I love scoring points and being offensive. The smarter way to wrestle Greco is to be patient and wait to capitalize on the other guy’s mistakes. I wanted to make it a dog fight and compete hard for six minutes.”

Hidlay went 11-2 in Fargo to finish his spring and summer season with an impressive 105-5 record.

“My spring and summer wrestling was great fun. I was able to compete against the best kids in the nation and prove myself against top competition,” Hidlay said. “I’ll still lose sleep over those five losses, but that’s just the way I am. I’m happy I had the opportunities to travel and compete with the best. Thanks go to my parents and family for supporting me and getting me where I needed to go.”

Now the focus turns to high school, getting ready for his senior year and defending his PIAA championship at Hershey. Despite all the accolades, Hidlay understands he can’t let up. Hard work is essential to maintain his success.

“I have a lot to work on to be where I want to be. I’m going to put a lot of time in to improve my offensive attacks and positioning in neutral. Also, I want to try and be the best teammate and captain I can be. I’m really excited for what the Mifflin County high school team is going to accomplish this upcoming season,” Hidlay said. “I want to thank all of my supporters throughout Mifflin County. I know wherever I go the county has my back, and that’s truly special to me. I will never forget where I come from and there’s no place I’d rather represent than Mifflin County.”

Hidlay Finishes Second at Junior National Greco Tournament.

| July 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

Trent Hidlay works for the takedown against Tate Samuelson in the semifinals of the Junior National Greco-Roman championships. Photo by Mark Hidlay.

Trent Hidlay dropped a 7-2 decision to Andrew Berreyesa of Nevada to finish second at the Junior National Greco-Roman championship in Fargo, North Dakota on Saturday.

Hidlay opened the scoring with an out-of-bounds-point, but Berreyesa, the Cornell recruit, scored six unanswered points with a four-point takedown at the 2:18 mark and a takedown 15 seconds later. Hidlay earned another out-of-bounds point to make it 6-2. Berreyesa earned a point and the first period ended 7-2. There was no scoring in the second period.

Hidlay went 11-2 at Junior Nationals with runner-up finishes in Freestyle and Greco. Trent is now 105-5 in the spring and summer season.

Finals
170: Andrew Berreyesa, Nevada dec. Trent Hidlay, 7-2.

Hidlay Advances to Finals of Junior National Greco Championships

| July 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Trent Hidlay advanced into the 170-pound finals of the Junior National Greco-Roman championships with a 13-2 technical fall over Tate Samuelson of Colorado Friday night in Fargo, North Dakota.

Hidlay reached the semifinals thanks to an injury default by Max Wohlabaugh of Florida. Trent will meet Andrew Berreyesa of Nevada in the finals, starting tomorrow afternoon at 1:30. Berreyesa is a two-time Nevada state champ and a four-time finalist. Berreyesa, a Cornell recruit, hasn’t given up a point in six matches.

Quarterfinals

170: Trent Hidlay injury default over Max Wohlabaugh, Florida.

Semifinals

170: Trent Hidlay technical fall Tate Samuelson, Colorado, 13-2 (5:31).

Finals

170: Trent Hidlay vs. Andrew Berreyesa, Nevada.

Hidlay Results From Junior National Greco Tournament – Day One

| July 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Trent Hidlay with the takedown against Ben Root at the Junior National Greco-Roman championships. Photo by Mark Hidlay.

First Round

170: Trent Hidlay, bye.

Second Round

170: Trent Hidlay technical fall Jesse Younce, Ohio, 11-0 (2:17).

Third Round

170: Trent Hidlay technical fall Kalyn Jahn, Wisconsin, 10-0 (1:17).

Fourth Round

170: Trent Hidlay dec. Benjamin Root, Pennsylvania, 12-5.

Quarterfinals

170: Trent Hidlay vs. Max Wohlabaugh, Florida.