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Central Mountain Dominant in Second Win Over Huskies

| January 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

For the second time in less than two weeks, Central Mountain controlled Mifflin County, rolling to the 41-21 victory at Mill Hall on Wednesday evening.

The Wildcats defeated the Huskies 40-24 at the Dallastown Duals 11 days ago. Mifflin County (9-5) has now lost three in a row.

Central Mountain (10-1) captured nine bouts scoring bonus points in six of those – five by fall and one by technical fall. Mifflin County won five matches with three of those bonus wins – one by fall, one technical fall, and a major decision. For the second straight meeting, the Wildcats took nine from the Huskies.

Besides the bonus points surrendered, Mifflin County failed to win any of the toss-up matches at  120, 138, 152, 220, and 285.

Central Mountain jumped out to a big 21-3 lead thanks to four falls and a decision.  The Huskies never recovered. Winners for Mifflin County were Christian Fisher (113), Logan Wise (126), Trey Kibe (160), Jacob Krepps (182) and Trent Hidlay (195).

Fisher (19-5) scored a reverse in the second rideout for the 6-4 tiebreaker win over Johnny Shreffler. Wise (15-8), down from 132,  clamped Kayden Busey for the fall in 5:39, Kibe (23-4) decisioned Asher Corl 8-3, Krepps (14-7) majored Austin Confer 15-4, and Hidlay (23-0) won match number 61 in a row with a 22-7 tech fall in 5:12.

The Husky junior high lost 59-27. Mifflin County is the third seed and will meet Central Mountain for the third time in as many weeks at the District 6 Duals on Saturday, February 3 in Tyrone.

Central Mountain 41, Mifflin County 21

138 – Lane Porter, Central Mountain, pinned John Retherford, Mifflin County, 0:32.
145 – Logan Long, Central Mountain, pinned Brian Smink, Mifflin County, 1:39.
152 – Alonzo Henry, Central Mountain, dec. Brycen Hassinger, Mifflin County, 12-8.
160 – Trey Kibe, Mifflin County, dec. Asher Corl, Central Mountain, 8-3.
170 – Tanner Weaver, Central Mountain, pinned Anthony Fultz, Mifflin County, 1:51.
182 – Jacob Krepps, Mifflin County, major dec. Austin Confer, Central Mountain, 15-4.
195 – Trent Hidlay, Mifflin County, tech fall Tanner Riggle, Central Mountain, 22-7 (5:12).
220 – Mahlik Houtz, Central Mountain, dec. Kross Todaro, Mifflin County, 3-2.
285 – Jacob Edwards, Central Mountain, dec. Bronson Smith-Price, Mifflin County, 5-2.
106 – Jason Rinker, Central Mountain, pinned Andrew Weaver, Mifflin County, 0:14.
113 – Christian Fisher, Mifflin County, dec. Johnny Shreffler, Central Mountain, 6-4 OT.
120 – Dalton Bechdel, Central Mountain, dec. Derek Burk, Mifflin County, 4-1.
126 – Logan Wise, Mifflin County, pinned Kayden Busey, Central Mountain, 5:39.
132 – Seth Andrus, Central Mountain, tech fall Josh Snook, Mifflin County, 22-6 (5:52).


Mifflin County vs. Central Mountain Preview

| January 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Update: The cut-off date for district duals seed points was yesterday meaning that the Huskies are the number three seed and will face Central Mountain for the third time this season. Top seed Bald Eagle Area meets Bellefonte in the other semifinal set for Tyrone on Saturday, February 3. The results are still not official on the District 6 wrestling website, but if things stand as they are, these will be the matchups as Mifflin Country returns to the duals after a year’s absence. Thanks to Mark Hidlay for letting me know about the cut-off date.

For the second time in 10 days, Mifflin County will square off against Central Mountain, its biggest rival in District 6, for a major battle in the seeding for the District 6 Duals.

The Huskies (9-4) come into the match at Mill Hall seeded third and with a victory could move into the second spot in the standings. Central Mountain is the second seed with Bald Eagle Area the top seed. Mifflin County, down three starters, lost to the Wildcats in the finals of the Dallastown Duals by a 40-24 score two weeks ago.

Central Mountain is 9-1 on the season with its only loss coming to BEA 39-33.  The Wildcats own wins over Shamokin (63-6), Selinsgrove (68-6), Jersey Shore (64-11), Midd-West (46-24), Cocalico (43-21),  Cumberland Valley (34-29), Shikellamy (43-16), State College (56-12), and the Huskies.

The Wildcats feature three ranked wrestlers – Seth Andrus (No. 19 at 132), Asher Corl (No. 13 at 160), and Tanner Weaver (No. 13 at 170).  Andrus is 21-3, Corl comes in 19-5, and Weaver is 21-4. Other solid wrestlers for Central Mountain include Johnny Shreffler (14-9) at 113, Cody Coleman (16-8) at 138, Logan Long (19-6) at 145, Mahlik Houtz (12-7) at 220, and Jacob Edwards (18-4) at 285.

Mifflin County dropped a tough 39-30 decision to Cumberland Valley on a weigh-in miscue that likely cost them a first-ever win over the Eagles. The Huskies have victories over Strath Haven (68-12), Manheim Township (58-10), Mount Union (38-30), Carlisle (39-35), State College (46-29), Altoona (48-17), Harrisburg (57-23), Hatboro-Horsham (48-27) and Dallastown (36-35). In addition to Central Mountain and Cumberland Valley, Mifflin County lost to Chambersburg (34-33) and Central Dauphin (35-26).

The Huskies boast three ranked wrestlers – Trent Hidlay (No. 1 at 182), Christian Fisher (No. 12 at 113) and Trey Kibe (No. 10 at 152). Hidlay (22-0) owns a 60-match winning streak and a 133-14 career record. Fisher checks in at 18-5, while Kibe is 22-4. Other wrestlers with winning marks include Derek Burk (11-7 at 120), Logan Wise (14-8 at 132), John Retherford (9-8) at 138, Jacob Krepps (13-7 at 182/195) and Kross Todaro (14-6 at 220).

Joey Taptich is still out at 120 after breaking his hand before the season started. Retherford has missed time with a banged-up shoulder.

The match should come down as always to bonus points and potential toss-up matches at 106, 120, 126, and 220. If the Huskies can win three of the four, Mifflin County should take the dual meet. A potential feature match could be Hilday against Weaver. Trent is on his descent to 170 and could meet up with Weaver.

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

106: Andrew Weaver, Sr. (7-11) vs. Jason Rinker, Fr. (5-3)
113: No. 12 Christian Fisher, Jr. (18-5) vs. Johnny Shreffler, Jr. (14-9)
120: Derek Burk, So. (11-7) vs. Dalton Bechdel, Jr. (15-10)
126: Josh Snook, Jr. (6-11) vs. Davis Seyler, So. (3-4) or Kayden Busey, Jr. (3-7)
132: Logan Wise, Sr. (14-8) vs. No. 19 Seth Andrus, Sr. (21-3)
138: John Retherford Jr. (9-8) or Max Oburn, So. (0-2) vs. Cody Coleman, Jr. (16-8)
145: Brycen Hassinger, Fr. (7-10) vs. Logan Long, Sr. (19-6)
152: No. 10 Trey Kibe, Fr. (22-4) vs. Austyn Carson, Sr. (11-8) or Alonzo Henry, Jr. (2-5)
160: Cole Baker, Sr. (2-15) vs. No. 13 Asher Corl, Sr. (19-5)
170: Anthony Fultz, Sr. (5-10) vs. No. 13 Tanner Weaver, Sr. (21-4)
182: No. 1 Trent Hidlay Sr. (22-0) vs. Austin Confer, Jr. (11-11)
195: Jacob Krepps, So. (12-7) vs. Tanner Riggle, Jr. (11-11)
220: Kross Todaro, Sr. (14-6) vs. Mahlik Houtz, Sr. (12-7)
285: Bronson Smith-Price, So. (5-9) vs. Jacob Edwards, Jr. (18-4)


Penn State Crushes Maryland 47-3

| January 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Penn State (9-0, 5-0 B1G) rolled over Maryland (5-8, 0-7 B1G) for a Big Ten road win.  Penn State got a season-high six pins in a lopsided 47-3 victory to remain unbeaten on the year. The Nittany Lions won nine of ten bouts, led by junior Nick Nevills (Clovis, Calif.) with a big win at 285 in the dual’s marquee match-up.

The dual began at 125 where Nittany Lion Devin Schnupp (Lititz, Pa.) mounted a late flurry but fell just shy in a 4-2 loss to Maryland’s Brandon Cray.  Senior Corey Keener (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.) put Penn State on top with by pinning Jhared Simmons at 133.  Keener turned a big second period lead into a fall at the 3:48 mark.  True freshman Nick Lee (Evansville, Ind.), ranked No. 7 at 141, then dominated Terrapin junior Ryan Diehl, collecting eight takedowns in a lopsided 22-10 major decision, giving Penn State a 10-6 lead.

Senior Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 149, continued his torrid pace, pinning Alfred Bannister at the 1:19 mark to put Penn State up 16-3.  The fall was Retherford’s 15th of the year.  Junior Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 157, kept pace with Retherford, picking up his 15th pin of the year as well.  Nolf turned a big first period lead into a cradle and a fall over Kyle Cochran at the 1:43 mark.  The Nittany Lions carried a 22-3 lead into intermission off three pins and a major.\

Penn State continued its pin parade to start the second half with three straight. Sophomore Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 165, pinned Brendan Burnham in the first period, getting the fall at the 1:23 mark.  Sophomore Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked No. 2 at 174, also notched a first period pin, getting the fall over Jahi Jones at the 2:44 mark.

Junior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No. 1 at 184, made it three straight to start the second half (and six for the dual) by pinning Nico Capello at the 3:32 mark in the second period to put Penn State up 40-3.  Sophomore Anthony Cassar (Rocky Hill, N.J.) got the call at 197 for Penn State and dominated David-Brian Whisler, rolling to a 14-5 major decision to put Penn State up 44-3.  Nevills, ranked No. 8 at 285, faced No. 6 Youssif Hemida of Maryland in the dual’s marquee match-up.  Nevills controlled the action from start to finish, using a first period takedown and a full third period rideout to roll to a 4-1 win with 2:20 in riding time.  Nevills’ strong performance put Penn State up 47-3 at dual’s end.

Penn State notched a lopsided 36-1 takedown edge and, with its 28-0 edge against Purdue on Friday night, owned a 64-1 takedown advantage on the weekend.  Penn State grabbed 20 bonus points off six pins (Keener, Retherford, Nolf, Joseph, Hall, and Nickal) and two majors (Lee and Cassar). The win moves Penn State’s dual meet win streak to 40 straight, dating back to the 2014-15 season. Retherford now has 15 pins on the year and 51 for his career, just two shy of tying Penn State’s all-time record of 53.  Nolf also has 15 and 44 for his career, fifth all-time. Nickal has 11 this season and 36 for his career, seventh all-time.  Penn State moves to 9-0, 5-0 in the Big Ten while Maryland falls to 5-8, 0-7 B1G.

The Nittany Lions return to Rec Hall on Friday, Jan. 26, against Minnesota.  The 7 p.m. dual in Rec Hall will be a BTN live national telecast. With all home dual meets sold out, a limited number of Standing Room Only (SRO) tickets are available to select Rec Hall duals based on availability.  Call 1-800-NITTANY for information or to purchase tickets.

The 2017-18 Penn State wrestling season is sponsored by The Family Clothesline. Penn State Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at @pennstateWREST, on Penn State Wrestling’s Facebook page at and on Instagram at


#2 Penn State 47, Maryland 3

January 21, 2018 – College Park, Md.

125: Brandon Cray MD dec. Devin Schnupp PSU, 4-2                                         0-3

133: Corey Keener PSU pinned Jhared Simmons, WBF (3:48)                              6-3

141: #7 Nick Lee PSU maj. dec. Ryan Diehl MD, 22-10                                        10-3

149: #1 Zain Retherford PSU pinned Alfred Bannister MD, WBF (1:19)                 16-3

157: #1 Jason Nolf PSU pinned Kyle Cochran MD, WBF (1:43)                            22-3

165: #1 Vincenzo Joseph PSU pinned Brendan Burnham MD, WBF (1:23)            28-3

174: #2 Mark Hall PSU pinned Jahi Jones MD, WBF (2:44)                                  34-3

184: #1 Bo Nickal PSU pinned Nico Capello MD, WBF (2:23)                               40-3

197: Anthony Cassar PSU maj. dec. David-Brian Whisler MD, 14-5                      44-3

285: #8 Nick Nevills PSU dec. #6 Youssif Hemida MD, 4-1                                  47-3

Records: Penn State 9-0, 5-0 B1G; Maryland 5-8, 0-7 B1G

Up Next for Penn State: Home vs. Minnesota, Friday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m. in Rec Hall (BTN)

Penn State Rolls Over Purdue 43-6

| January 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team (8-0, 4-0 B1G) took care of visiting Purdue (5-4, 0-3 B1G) in its first home dual in over a month.  The Nittany Lions handled the Boilermakers 43-6 in front of yet another sold out Rec Hall crowd to remain unbeaten on the year.

Over 6,500 fans watched as Penn State won every contested bout, giving up only one forfeit loss.  Penn State did not give up a takedown in the victory and notched four pins to roll over the Boilermakers.

The dual began at 125 where Purdue’s Luke Welch received a forfeit victory to give the Boilermakers an early 6-0 lead.  Penn State’s freshmen 125-pounders were both ill and simply could not compete.  Senior Corey Keener (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.) got Penn State on the board with an exciting 3-2 win over Boiler Ben Thornton in the dual’s first contested bout.  True freshman Nick Lee (Evansville, Ind.), ranked No. 7 at 141, made his Rec Hall debut and did not disappoint.  Lee rolled to a 14-4 major over Purdue’s Nate Limmex to put Penn State up 7-6.

Senior Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 149, notched six takedowns in less that :90 and then turned Purdue’s Austin Nash at the 1:41 mark to give Penn State a 13-6 lead.  The fall was Retherford’s 14th of the year.  Junior Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 157, turned a quick second period takedown into his 14th pin of the year to give the Nittany Lions a 19-6 lead at intermission.

Sophomore Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.) ranked No. 1 at 165, got Penn State started in the second half in fine fashion rolling to an 18-3 technical fall at the 5:00 mark over Boilermaker Jacob Morrissey.  Sophomore Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked No. 2 at 174, dominated No. 12 Dylan Lydy in one of the dual’s marquee match-ups, rolling to an 11-3 major with 1:45 in riding time, giving Penn State a 28-6 lead.

Junior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No. 1 at 184, picked up Penn State’s third pin with a fall at the 1:55 mark for his 10th pin of the season, putting the Nittany Lions up 34-6  Junior Shakur Rasheed (Coram, N.Y.), ranked No. 10 at 197, followed suit and grabbed Penn State’s fourth pin of the evening, and his 10th of the year, with a fall over Kobe Woods at the 1:42 mark.  Junior Nick Nevills (Clovis, Calif.), ranked No. 8 at 285, faced No. 15 Shawn Streck in another of the dual’s most anticipated match-ups.  Nevills used solid defense and a third period takedown to walk away with a 4-2 win.  Nevills’ decision made the final score 43-6 in Penn State’s favor.

Penn State dominated the action, posting a 28-0 takedown advantage and picking up 16 bonus points off four pins (Retherford, Nolf, Nickal and Rasheed), a tech fall (Joseph) and two majors (Lee and Hall). The attendance figure of 6,547 marks the 38th straight sellout in Rec Hall and the 41st in the last 43 home duals, including three of five in the Bryce Jordan Center.  The win moves Penn State’s dual meet win streak to 39 straight, dating back to the 2014-15 season. Retherford now has 14 pins on the year and 50 for his career, just three shy of tying Penn State’s all-time record of 53.  Nolf also has 14 and 43 for his career, fifth all-time.  Nickal has ten this season and 35 for his career, seventh all-time.  Rasheed has ten this season as well and 18 for his career. Penn State moves to 8-0, 4-0 in the Big Ten while Purdue stands at 5-4, 0-3 B1G.

The Nittany Lions visit Maryland in two days on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 4 p.m. Penn State’s next home event is set for Friday, Jan. 26, against Minnesota.  The 7 p.m. dual in Rec Hall will be a BTN live national telecast. With all home dual meets sold out, a limited number of Standing Room Only (SRO) tickets are available to select Rec Hall duals based on availability.  Call 1-800-NITTANY for information or to purchase tickets.

The 2017-18 Penn State wrestling season is sponsored by The Family Clothesline. Penn State Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at @pennstateWREST, on Penn State Wrestling’s Facebook page at and on Instagram at


#2 Penn State 43, Purdue 6

January 19, 2018 – Rec Hall – University Park, Pa.

125: Luke Welch PUR win by forfeit                                                                    0-6

133: Corey Keener PSU dec. Ben Thornton PUR, 3-2                                           3-6

141: #7 Nick Lee PSU maj. dec. Nate Limmex PUR, 14-4                         7-6

149: #1 Zain Retherford PSU pinned Austin Nash PUR, WBF (1:41)                      13-6

157: #1 Jason Nolf PSU pinned Cole Wysocki PUR, WBF (3:45)                          19-6

165: #1 Vincenzo Joseph PSU TF Jacob Morrissey PUR, 18-3 (TF; 5:00)              24-6

174: #2 Mark Hall PSU maj. dec. #12 Dylan Lydy PUR, 11-3                                28-6

184: #1 Bo Nickal PSU pinned Max Lyon PUR, WBF (1:55)                                  34-6

197: #10 Shakur Rasheed PSU pinned Kobe Woods PUR, WBF (1:42)                 40-6

285: #8 Nick Nevills PSU dec. #15 Shawn Streck PUR, 4-2                                  43-6

Attendance: 6,547 (38th straight Rec Hall sellout, 41st of 43 including 3 of 5 in BJC)

Records: Penn State 8-0, 4-0 B1G; Purdue 5-4, 0-3 B1G

Up Next for Penn State: at Maryland, Sunday, Jan. 21, 4 p.m.

Weigh-In Mistake Costs Huskies in Loss to CV

| January 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

An error by the Mifflin County coaching staff interpreting the weight class rules cost the Huskies the dual meet against Mid-Penn Commonwealth rival Cumberland Valley Thursday at Senior Night.

Down 30-24, Mifflin County sent out PIAA champion Trent Hidlay to wrestle at 195, and with Kross Todaro on deck at 220, the match looked locked up for the Huskies. Unfortunately, the raucous Husky crowd would leave the gym in stunned silence as the scoreboard read 39-30 in favor of Cumberland Valley.

As Hidlay took the mat riding a 60-match win streak, Eagles coach Dave Heckard immediately left his chair and went over to the scorer’s table. After a lengthy discussion, referee Doug Rothrock raised the hand of Lucas Wandling as a forfeit winner at 195.

Hidlay weighed in three-tenths of a pound too light to wrestle at 195, so Wandling received a forfeit victory. Because of the forfeit, Hidlay remains unbeaten on the season at 22-0. At 220, Todaro (14-6), back in the lineup after missing the Dallastown Duals due to illness, flattened Austin Kupko in 33 seconds. In the end, the mistake at 195 cost the Huskies a win and critical team points in the District 6 Dual Meet standings.

“Trent is following his descent plan for the postseason and weighed in too light to wrestle at 195,” Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin said. “We got two pounds extra for weigh-ins for missing practice because of the weather. I didn’t think those two pounds would affect that, but they did.”

Cumberland Valley (15-4, 5-0) won eight bouts scoring bonus points in seven of those. Mifflin County (9-4, 3-3) won six bouts with four wins earning bonuses.

The Huskies started off on the winning track when Bronson Smith-Price made an escape in the second period stand up for the 1-0 victory over Connor Mundis at heavyweight. The Eagles made it 9-6 with wins at 106 and 113.

Ruston Dzielak took Andrew Weaver down and locked up a fall in 58 seconds of their 106-pound bout. In a battle of state-ranked wrestlers at 112, Ben Monn defeated Christian Fisher 4-2 in the overtime tiebreaker.

Monn (26-5) scored a takedown for the 2-0 lead after one. Fisher (18-5) chose defense in the second and hit a reversal to even things up at 2-2. A scoreless third and sudden death overtime forced the 30-second rideouts. Monn reversed in the first rideout and Fisher couldn’t get off the bottom in the second rideout – giving the CV sophomore the win.

Derek Burk (11-7) won his fifth straight match by defeating Hunter Arbogast 11-6 at 120. Burk scored four takedowns to roll to the win, cutting the Husky deficit to 9-6. Cumberland Valley answered reeling off four straight victories to open up a 27-6 lead.

At 126, Cade Reichart majored Josh Snook 12-0, while Jacob McKenzie scored a 13-4 major decision over Keith Shearer at 132. Logan Wise moved up to 138, and state-ranked Russell Zimmerman followed. The result was a 10-2 major for Zimmerman. The Eagle senior had a takedown and two-point nearfall in the first, two back points in the second, and a reversal and takedown in the third. At 145, Mason Viehman locked up the cradle and pinned Brycen Hassinger in 4:27.

“We need to wrestle with guts. It was back-and-forth. They had a lot of wins early. They won the toss which was huge,” Martin said. “We both wanted the same thing at the flip. There was a lot of strategy in tonight’s matchups. We have to put this behind us, be consistent at practice and keep moving forward.”

Mifflin County started its comeback with a forfeit win by Trey Kibe (22-4) at 152. After a loss by Cole Baker at 160 made it 33-12, the Huskies got a forfeit win at 182 by Jacob Krepps (13-7) and a big fall by Anthony Fultz at 170 to cut the Eagles lead to 30-24. Fultz brought the crowd to its feet when he headlocked Jacob Hart to his back for the pin in 1:29.

The Huskies honored seniors Weaver, Wise, Baker, Fultz, Hidlay, Shearer, Todaro, Thatcher Hower, Dwayne Ruble, Gavin Sage, and Clayton Wolfgang.

“We are very proud of this group. Some have been here for four years now and it’s starting to wind down for them,” Martin said. “Hopefully, they can embrace these evenings and give it all they’ve got to leave a legacy for the program.”

Cumberland Valley won the takedown battle 10-7. Mifflin County travels to District 6 rival Central Mountain on Wednesday.

Cumberland Valley 39, Mifflin County 30

285: Bronson Smith-Price (MCH) over Connor Mundis (CVH) (Dec 1-0) 106: Ruston Dzielak (CVH) over Andrew Weaver (MCH) (Fall 0:58) 113: Ben Monn (CVH) over Christian Fisher (MCH) (TB-1 4-2) 120: Derek Burk (MCH) over Hunter Arbogast (CVH) (Dec 11-6) 126: Cade Reichart (CVH) over Josh Snook (MCH) (MD 12-0) 132: Jacob McKenzie (CVH) over Keith Shearer (MCH) (MD 13-4) 138: Russell Zimmerman (CVH) over Logan Wise (MCH) (MD 10-2) 145: Mason Viehman (CVH) over Brycen Hassinger (MCH) (Fall 4:27) 152: Trey Kibe (MCH) over (CVH) (For.) 160: Cole McCoy (CVH) over Cole Baker (MCH) (Fall 0:32) 170: Anthony Fultz (MCH) over Jacob Hart (CVH) (Fall 1:29) 182: Jacob Krepps (MCH) over (CVH) (For.) 195: Austin Kupko (CVH) over (MCH) (For.) 220: Kross Todaro (MCH) over Lukas Wandling (CVH) (Fall 0:33)