Archive for August, 2017

Mifflin County Wrestling Now on Facebook

| August 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

After resisting social media for years I have finally come to my senses and Mifflin County Wrestling now has a Facebook page.

Go here to like it: Mifflin County Wresling-Brian Carson

Please go and like it, because I will be posting on it regularly once we get closer to the start of the season.

Thanks for reading.

Free Wrestling Clinic Coming in September

| August 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

A Free Wrestling Clinic will be held on Thursday, September 7th for all ages, elementary through High school.  Tyrel Todd, assistant coach at Purdue University, will be the instructor.

The Time is 3:45 pm to 5:30 pm at the YMCA in Burnham.  Contact Coach Martin with questions.

Carson’s Corner: Sanderson in the Right Not to Grant Suriano Transfer

| August 8, 2017 | 1 Comment

Nick Suriano is out at Penn State. The loss is significant for sure, but Nittany Lion fans must move on from the shock. It isn’t the end of the world. The Nittany Lions are so talented from top to bottom; a national championship is still in their sights.

Will they be weaker without the Bergen Catholic (NJ) star? Of course. Suriano is a legit national championship contender, and Penn State has no one slotted in at 125. What they have is five returning national champs and the potential for seven or eight All-Americans in 2018, more than enough to capture the programs seventh national title in eight seasons.

Suriano, whether homesick or for other reasons, wants to transfer to Rutgers getting back to his hometown roots. He already withdrew from Penn State and is working out with the Scarlet Knights wrestling club. These are facts. No sense for Nittany Lion fans to jump into the cesspool of denial. He is out the door and headed for a messy divorce. Goodbye Nick, we hardly knew you.

I have no problem with Suriano going to a different school. That is his God-given right. What I find hard to believe is the flak Cael Sanderson is getting for refusing to release Suriano to Rutgers.

The media, especially in New Jersey, are vilifying Penn State and Sanderson. Even Jay Bilas stepped out from behind the world of hoops and voiced his opinion – opining that Suriano needs his release from bondage and Sanderson won’t allow it. Boo-hoo and cry me a river.

Word to all the haters – Sanderson is not blocking Suriano from wrestling, just not at Rutgers. The Big Ten has a rule which states if any athlete wants to depart one Big Ten school for another and not lose a year of eligibility, his former coach/school must sign a waiver allowing it. Sanderson won’t sign the waiver. I agree with his decision one thousand percent.

Sanderson and Penn State granted Suriano release to any school outside of the Big Ten. That’s what every coach would do. Why should Penn State, who invested considerable time and money on Suriano, let him go to a league competitor?

Do you think James Franklin, Urban Meyer or Jim Harbaugh would let one of their recruits leave to another Big Ten school? About as much as Coach K would have let Bilas transfer to North Carolina back in the day.

Decisions have consequences. Suriano wants to have his cake and eat it too, but sometimes life doesn’t work that way. He wants out of Penn State, fine. He’s trying to do it with zero consequences – that isn’t reality.

Suriano reportedly will appeal his transfer to a Big Ten committee. If the Big Ten approves Suriano’s waiver, he will have three years of eligibility remaining at Rutgers. If not, he must decide between three years outside of the nation’s premier wrestling conference or two at Rutgers after sitting out his sophomore season. There is an appeals process after the decision as well.

He made a commitment to the Nittany Lions, broke it, and left Sanderson and his teammates hanging. Cael expected Suriano to be his guy at 125 for three more years. He didn’t bother recruiting at the weight because he trusted Suriano’s promise to wrestle collegiately at Penn State.

Suriano broke that promise and if he wants to go to Rutgers, he should lose a year of eligibility or go to a team outside the Big Ten.

Mark Hall Wins Junior World Championship

| August 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

(From PSU SID)

Penn State Nittany Lion wrestler Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.) rolled through the field at the 2018 Junior World Championships in Tampere, Finland.  Hall rolled to a 5-0 record to win the 74kg title.  Hall is coming off a 2016-17 NCAA folkstyle season that saw him win the 174 pound individual title in St. Louis, part of Penn State’s 5-0 performance in the national finals and team title run.

Hall, who will be a sophomore at Penn State this upcoming season, opened up the tournament with a 10- technical fall over Adlan Bataiev of the Ukraine.  He then downed Radik Valiev of Russia 6-2 in the second round.  The Apple Valley grad then rolled over Mohammad Mottaghinia of Iran in the quarterfinals, notching a 10- tech fall.

The Nittany Lion national champion then posted a strong 10-3 decision over Muhammet Kucukyildirim of Turkey in the semifinals to earn a spot in the 74kg finals. Hall then got the fall over Isa Shapiev of Uzbekistan in just 0:42 to win the 2017 Junior World Championship.  The world title is Hall’s second straight Junior World Championship.

Hall closed out his first NCAA season with a 31-3 mark, including 12 pins, three techs and six majors. His 5-0 run through nationals, ending in the 174 pound title, capped off an outstanding season. He joined teammate Vincenzo Joseph in becoming Penn State’s first-ever freshmen National Champions. Hall was the third true freshman finalist in Penn State history, joining Cary Kolat (1993) and Nico Megaludis (2012), and the first to win a title.

Penn State won its sixth NCAA national championship in the last seven years in St. Louis earlier this month and Hall played a huge role in that victory. Penn State also won the 2017 Big Ten Regular season crown and the NWCA Dual Championship Series title, going 14-0 overall with a 9-0 mark in conference action.  Penn State returns nine of ten starters, eight of nine NCAA qualifiers and all six of its 2017 All-Americans for next the 2017-18 season.