Archive for February, 2018

2018 Big Ten Wrestling Pre-Seeds

| February 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

125 lbs.
1. Nick Suriano, RU
2. Spencer Lee, IOWA
3. Nathan Tomasello, OSU
4. Sebastian Rivera, NU
5. Ethan Lizak, MINN
6. Luke Welch, PUR
7. RayVon Foley, MSU
8. Drew Mattin, MICH
9. Travis Piotrowski, ILL
10. Elijah Oliver, IND
11. Mitch Maginnis, NEB
12. Johnny Jimenez, WIS
13. Brandon Cray, MD
14. Carson Kuhn, PSU

133 lbs.
1. Stevan Micic, MICH
2. Luke Pletcher, OSU
3. Mitch McKee, MINN
4. Jason Renteria, NEB
5. Scott Delvecchio, RU
6. Corey Keener, PSU
7. Dylan Duncan, ILL
8. Ben Thornton, PUR

141 lbs.
1. Joey McKenna, OSU
2. Nick Lee, PSU
3. Michael Carr, ILL
4. Chad Red, NEB
5. Nate Limmex, PUR
6. Tommy Thorn, MINN
7. Cole Weaver, IND
8. Eli Stickley, WIS

149 lbs.
1. Zain Retherford, PSU
2. Brandon Sorensen, IOWA
3. Ryan Deakin, NU
4. Colton McCrystal, NEB
5. Ke-Shawn Hayes, OSU
6. Eleazar Deluca, RU
7. Alfred Bannister, MD
8. Malik Amine, MICH
9. Steve Bleise, MINN
10. Cole Martin, WIS
11. Austin Nash, PUR
12. Eric Barone, ILL
13. Jwan Britton, MSU
14. AJ Raya, IND

157 lbs.
T1. Michael Kemerer, IOWA
T1. Jason Nolf, PSU
3. Alec Pantaleo, MICH
4. Micah Jordan, OSU
5. Tyler Berger, NEB
6. Andrew Crone, WIS
7. Jake Short, MINN
8. John Vanschenkbrill, RU

165 lbs.
1. Isaiah Martinez, ILL
2. Alex Marinelli, IOWA
3. Vincenzo Joseph, PSU
4. Richie Lewis, RU
5. Evan Wick, WIS
6. Nick Wanzek, MINN
7. Logan Massa, MICH
8. Isaiah White, NEB
9. Te’Shan Campbell, OSU
10. Jacob Morrissey, PUR
11. Bryce Martin, IND
12. Austin Hiles, MSU
13. Brendan Burnham, MD
14. Mike Sepkle, NU

174 lbs.
1. Mark Hall, PSU
2. Bo Jordan, OSU
3. Myles Amine, MICH
4. Dylan Lydy, PUR
5. Johnny Sebastian, NU
6. Devin Skatzka, IND
7. Joey Gunther, IOWA
8. Ryan Christensen, WIS

184 lbs.
1. Bo Nickal, PSU
2. Myles Martin, OSU
3. Dom Abounader, MICH
4. Emery Parker, ILL
5. Nick Gravina, RU
6. Tyler Venz, NEB
7. Ricky Robertson, WIS
8. Mitch Bowman, IOWA

197 lbs.
1. Kollin Moore, OSU
2. Shakur Rasheed, PSU
3. Cash Wilcke, IOWA
4. Kevin Beazley, MICH
5. Hunter Ritter, WIS
6. Christian Brunner, PUR
7. Zack Chakonis, NU
8. Eric Schultz, NEB

285 lbs.
1. Adam Coon, MICH
2. Kyle Snyder, OSU
3. Nick Nevills, PSU
4. Sam Stoll, IOWA
5. Youssif Hemida, MD
6. Conan Jennings, NU
7. Shawn Streck, PUR
8. Rylee Streifel, MINN

Northwest Regional AAA Pairings

| February 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

113: 6-1 Christian Fisher, Mifflin County, 11 (28-7), bye.
120: 6-2 Derek Burk, Mifflin County, 10 (20-14) vs. 10-3 Carter Stanley, Oil City, 10 (26-6)
126: 6-4 Joey Taptich, 12, Mifflin County (3-2) vs. 4/9-1 Ed Scott, DuBois, 10 (29-2)
132: 6-2 Logan Wise, Mifflin County (25-13) 12 vs. 4/9-4 Cam Dickey, Williamsport, 12 (21-14)
138: 6-4 John Retherford, Mifflin County (16-14) vs. 4/9-1 Izek Brooks, Williamsport, 11 (7-3)
152: 6-1 Trey Kibe, Mifflin County, 9 (34-5) vs. 10-3 Albert Taylor, Erie Prep, 12 (28-10)
170: 6-1 Trent Hidlay, Mifflin County, 12 (35-0) vs. 10-3 Liam Stevenson, Warren, 12 (18-13)
182: 6-3 Jacob Krepps, Mifflin County, 10 (20-14) vs. 4/9-2 Nate Powley, Williamsport, 12 (19-11)
220: 6-3 Kross Todaro, Mifflin County, 12 (23-10) vs. 4/9-4 Avry Gisewhite, Clearfield, 11 (18-14)
285: 6-4 Bronson Smith-Price, Mifflin County (14-15) vs. 10-2 Nick Morelli, Meadville, 12 (25-5)

Huskies Crown Three Champs, Advance 10 to Regionals at D6-AAA Tournament

| February 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Trent Hidlay etched his name deeper in the Mifflin County record book and his young protégé, Trey Kibe, put the wrestling world on notice at the District 6 Class 3A championships Saturday in Altoona.

The Huskies crowned three champs, advanced 10 into regionals, and finished second in the team race to cap an outstanding day of wrestling for Coach Kirby Martin and his charges.

“Our kids responded well to adversity. Not everything went exactly the way we hoped it would, but to send 10 out of 13 is a great percentage,” Martin said. “We had two kids wrestle for fifth and win their matches, so it was a good, strong finish.”

Hidlay cruised to his fourth district title joining brother Hayden (2013-16) and Lewistown great Ken Whitsel (1976-79) as the only four-time District 6 champions in county history. Christian Fisher won his second district crown and Kibe energized the crowd to win a championship in his freshman campaign.

“This is the time of the year Trent loves and he’s going to continue to push the pace. He’s going to make kids want to quit. I love his competitiveness, his conditioning, and his approach to every match,” Martin said. “Trey’s composure is outstanding for a freshman. Early in the year, he had some matches where he got flustered by who he was wrestling and the strength of the kid, but getting pounded on most days by Trent and coach (Tyler) Bedelyon helped him to be strong late in matches and you could see that in his championship match.”

“What I liked about Christian’s match is he showed his physicality and eventually he just over-powered his opponent,” Martin continued. “That’s what he’s going to have to do moving forward next week and into Hershey.”

Fisher pinned Clayton Leidy of State College in 5:30 at 113; Hidlay played with Central Mountain’s Tanner Weaver at 170, racking up a 22-6 technical fall in 4:33, but it was Kibe who stole the show, beating Bald Eagle Area’s Gage McClenahan, ranked third in the state, by a 5-4 ultimate tiebreaker decision at 152 pounds.

In the feature match of the evening, Kibe (34-5), ranked ninth in the state, avenged a 1-0 loss to McClenahan at the Ultimate Warrior Tournament. The ingredients to victory for Kibe was a devastating leg ride and ice water running through the freshman’s veins.

“I was getting a little frustrated by the potentially dangerous calls and this and that, but I kept my head in the match and that’s why I think I won. I’ve always been a leg rider and people started to notice it over the years. People try to defend it, but that’s my go-to ride,” Kibe said. “I feel confident going into any match. I wrestle my match and I think I can compete and win with anybody in this weight class. If I wrestle hard and tire out my opponents, I should do okay at regionals.”

McClenahan (28-4) opened the match with a slick single leg. Kibe escaped as the period ended 2-1 in favor of the Eagle sophomore. McClenahan chose down in the second and hit a reversal for the 4-1 lead early in the third.

Kibe mounted his comeback and forced overtime with an escape and takedown to knot things up at 4-4. Kibe rode out McClenahan with a tough leg ride and a power half thrown in for good measure. With no outcome in sudden victory, the match went to the 30-second rideouts with both wrestlers controlling the other.

McClenahan chose down in the ultimate tiebreaker and Kibe, looking cool as a cucumber, threw in legs, buried his elbow into the neck of McClenahan, and rode out the Eagle for the victory. For his efforts, Kibe won the outstanding wrestler award.

“It’s pretty awesome to win the OW. I wasn’t expecting it, but it feels great to win,” Kibe said.

Hidlay joined the historic four-time champion club by racking up eight takedowns and five nearfall points for the win over Weaver – ranked No. 14 in the state. The Husky senior is now 35-0 on the season and winner of 73 straight matches.

“It’s really special to be part of a group with those two guys. It’s awesome. Growing up, the first guy that got me into wrestling was Kenny Whitsel,” Hidlay said. “He got my brother into it and he’s a big influence on me. Obviously, Hayden is my best friend and my role model. It’s really special to be in a group with those two. I was just glad I could come out and do it in a dominating fashion.

“The team had a great tournament. Trey Kibe wrestled really great. I’m proud of him. We have to keep this rolling into next week. I’m looking forward to the bigger picture, but you have to enjoy the moment and take it one match at a time.”

Fisher (27-7) broke a scoreless match by reversing Leidy to his back for the pin and his second title in as many seasons. The Husky junior was a champ at 106 a year ago.

“I felt good and did everything I needed to do. Even the close matches, I felt I controlled them the entire time. They weren’t that close. I love the postseason,” Fisher said. “I need to work on my feet. Get more shots in and get my takedowns.”

Derek Burk (120) and Logan Wise (132) came up short in the finals with Burk dropping an 8-6 decision to Chase Chapman of Philipsburg-Osceola and Wise losing 10-1 to Seth Andrus of Central Mountain.

Jacob Krepps (182) and Kross Todaro (220) came in third, while Joey Taptich (126), John Retherford (138), and Bronson Smith-Price (285) finished fourth. All qualified for regionals.

Brycen Hassinger (145) and Dylan Grassmyer (195) placed fifth but saw their seasons come to an end

Central Mountain won the team race with 205 points. Mifflin County came in second (190), followed by P-O (177.5), BEA (156.5) and Altoona (122.5). Martin won District 6 Class AAA Coach of the Year.

“An award like that is extremely humbling. I felt (Ron) Guenot at Bald Eagle Area has done a great job with that program,” Martin said. “You can’t say enough about Biff (Walizer) and what he does at Central Mountain. Don’t forget Brad Pataky at Philipsburg. They had an awesome tournament. Overall, it’s a testament to the wrestlers we have and the coaches – David Wray, Tyler Bedelyon, and Dale Searer. Without them, none of this is even possible.”

The Huskies compete at the Northwest Regional Class 3A championships Friday and Saturday in Altoona.

Four Area Wrestlers Advance to PJW Junior High States

| February 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Four Mifflin County wrestlers advanced to the PJW Junior High State Championships by placing in the top three of their respective weight classes at the Area II championships over the weekend at Philipsburg.

Hunter Johnson (77) and Nic Allison (82) came in first, while Trey Shoemaker (140) took second and Kyler Everly (124) placed third. Anson Wagner (132) and Hunter Carson (187) failed to place.

The PJW Junior high states runs from March 3-4 at the Johnstown War Memorial.

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