Archive for February, 2018

Ranked Wrestlers at District 6 Class AAA Tournament

| February 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Mifflin County brings four ranked wrestlers into the postseason as Pennsylvania Power Wrestling updated its rankings Wednesday evening.

Tent Hidlay maintains his number one status at 170. The Husky senior is 32-0 on the season and winner of 70 straight matches. Hidlay will be after his fourth District 6 title joining his brother Hayden and Lewistown standout Kenny Whitsel as four-time champions.

Christian Fisher (25-7), the top seed at 113 in districts, comes in ranked 17th in the state, while freshman sensation Trey Kibe is ninth at 152. Kibe (31-5) is the second seed at districts. Making his first appearance in the rankings is 220-pounder Kross Todaro. The Husky senior is 20-9 on the season and ranked 29th in the state.

Here are all the state-ranked wrestlers competing in the District 6 Class 3A tournament beginning tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.


Matt Sarbo, Altoona, 9, No. 16
Cooper Gilham, BEA, 9, No. 30


Christian Fisher, Mifflin County, 11, No. 17


Cole Stewart, Bellefonte, 11, No. 22




Seth Andrus, Central Mountain, 12, No. 18


Seth Koleno, BEA, 12, No. 2
Nathan Swartz, Hollidaysburg, 12, NO. 14


Garrett Rigg, BEA, 12, No. 14


Gage McClenahan, BEA, 10, No. 3
Trey Kibe, Mifflin County, 9, No. 9
Lance Urbas, State College, 9, No. 23


Asher Corl, Central Mountain, 12, No. 13
Ian Barr, State College, 12, No. 19


Trent Hidlay, Mifflin County, 12, No. 1
Tanner Weaver, Central Mountain, 12, No. 14


Mason McCready. Hollidaysburg, 11, No. 15


Cole Urbas, State College, 11, No. 2
Brandon Anderson, P-O, 12, No. 17
Tanner Riggle, Central Mountain, 11, No. 27


Parker McClellan, Altoona, 12, No. 7
Kross Todaro, Mifflin County, 12, No. 29


Nate Simmers, Altoona, 11, No. 21

Huskies Ready to Roll at District 6 Tournament

| February 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

The quest for a fourth District 6 Class 3A tournament team championship in seven years and the march to individual PIAA gold begins in earnest for the Mifflin County wrestling team Saturday in Altoona.

The Huskies ended the dual meet portion of their season with a 12-7 record and the surprise winner of the District 6 Class 3A Dual Meet championship earlier this month.

Mifflin County kicks off the tournament trail Saturday with the one-day event starting at 10 a.m. at the Altoona Field House. Semifinals begin around noon with the Finals set for 6 p.m. The top four finishers in each weight class advance to the Northwest Regionals next Friday and Saturday back in Altoona.

“I want good wrestling this weekend. If we do that, the results will take care of themselves. The goal is always to get your kids peaking, feeling confident, and excited about the postseason,” Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin said. “If I can get those things in place I will be excited for the weekend.”

Ten Huskies made the top four seeds in their respective weight classes – led by number one seeds Christian Fisher at 113 and Trent Hidlay at 170. Fisher, a junior and returning district champ, is 25-7 on the season and meets Alec Bossert (2-11) in the opening round.

Hidlay is 32-0 and going after his fourth district title. The Husky senior owns a 70-match winning streak and looks to become only the second county wrestler to win two PIAA championships and the first to make it to the finals three times. Hidlay gets a bye in the first round and meets the winner of Hollidaysburg’s Adam Baranik (3-16) and Bald Eagle Area’s Bailey Irvin (1-9).

“It’s been a really good week of practice so far. We just want to keep the pace up. I’m super excited the kids have taken it up a notch in practice,” Martin said. “That’s what you want your team to do at this time of the year. In my mind, they are excited and can’t wait to get there. Trent is focused and has been the unquestioned leader in the room. He obviously knows what it takes to perform at the highest level and that is rubbing off on the rest of the team.”

Freshman Trey Kibe (31-5) holds down the second seed at 152 and opens his first D6 tournament against Andrew Beach (1-2) of Altoona. Sophomore Derek Burk (120) and senior Logan Wise (132) received third seeds, and both take on Hollidaysburg wrestlers in the opening round. Burk (18-13) meets Andrew Simpson (6-15), and Wise (23-12) takes on Garidan Bridenbaugh (7-15).

Senior Joey Taptich, who returned against Saint Marys after missing most of the regular season with a broken hand, is the fourth seed at 126 despite having a 1-0 record. Taptich faces Isaac Sublett (2-10) of State College.  Other fourth seeds include senior Kross Todaro (220), junior John Retherford (138), sophomore Jacob Krepps (182), and freshman Brycen Hassinger (145).

Todaro (20-9) locks horns with Gus Dellinger (11-9) of Hollidaysburg; Retherford (14-12) battles Jason Dry (2-18) of State College; Krepps (19-13) takes on Gage Sutliff (4-4) of Central Mountain, and Hassinger (9-17) squares off with Kyle Domico (3-12) of State College.

Bronson Smith-Price (12-13) received the fifth seed at heavyweight and has a bye in the opening round. The Husky sophomore meets fourth seed Jackson Heasley (11-3) of State College in the quarterfinals.

Junior Dylan Grassmyer (2-8) garnered the sixth seed at 195 and will battle third seed David Close (17-9) of BEA in the first round. Brian Smink won eliminations at 160 and picked up the eighth seed. The senior, 0-3 on the season, faces Richard Taylor (7-16) of BEA.

The key to postseason success, according to Martin, is being aggressive, scoring points, and handling adversity when it comes.

“You’re going to have bad calls. You’re going to have matches where things aren’t going the way you want them to. The goal is to keep scoring. No matter how ugly it gets, you have to keep scoring,” Martin said. “I want to see our kids be open, going out being aggressive and scoring points. If they do that I will be happy and it let’s me know we’ve prepared correctly.”

Mifflin County doesn’t have an entry at 106. Bald Eagle Area and Philipsburg-Osceola are dropping to 2A next season, while Juniata and Johnstown move up to 3A. Somerset, after two years in 3A, will be going back to District 5 since they will be 2A next season. That leaves District 6 with only eight teams in 3A for the 2018-19 season.

Tournament Schedule

District 6 AAA Brackets

Hayden Hidlay Concludes Impressive Regular Season

| February 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hayden Hidlay, #3, 157 pounds, NC State (15-2) #6

Friday night: defeated Solomon Chishko, #18, Virginia Tech, 2x All-American, dec. 8-4.
NC State 19-15 over VT to win ACC Dual Meet Championship

Sunday: defeated Micah Jordan, #7, Ohio State, 2017 All-American, 6-3
Ohio State defeated NC St. 29-6
Record attendance of 3,905 at recently renovated Reynold’s Coliseum

Completes regular season with record of 20-0. 6 majors, 5 tech fall and 2 pins

ACC Championship on March 3rd at UNC Chapel Hill

NCAA Championship on March 15,16, 17 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio

District 6 Class 3A Pairings

| February 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

13 Wrestlers Move on to PJW Area II Districts

| February 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Siglerville Elementary Wrestling Club advanced eight and the Mifflin County junior high squad moved five through to the PJW Area II Districts at Bald Eagle Area.

Below are the qualifiers for districts:


Andrew Alexander 2nd
Blake Aumiller 1st
Colby Seiler 1st
Parker Kearns 1st
Truitt Davis 2nd
Deacon Sheaffer 1st
Brayden Sunderland 1st
John Paul Panizzio 2nd

MC Junior High

Trey Shoemaker at 140 lbs 1st
Anson Wagner at 130 lbs 1st
Nic Allison at 82 lbs 1st
Hunter Johnson at 75 lbs 1st
Kyler Everly at 120 lbs 1st