Bittersweet Night for Huskies in Chocolate Town, USA

| February 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

It was a bittersweet Thursday night for Mifflin County in the Giant Center at the PIAA Duals.

The sweet, the Huskies were making history by becoming the first team from Mifflin County to make it to the state duals. The bitter, they had to face fifth-ranked Parkland in the opening round.

It was a combination of experience and talent that lifted the Trojans to the 49-9 victory over Mifflin County, knocking the Huskies into the consolation round where they will face North Allegheny, a 40-14 loser to Central Dauphin, Friday at 10 am.

Parkland held a 26-4 takedown edge and had an amazing 45-0 advantage in nearfall points. The Trojans, now 16-3 on the season, won 11 bouts with seven of those wins earning bonus points.

The Huskies (16-6) managed only three victories on the evening.

“District 11 has very strong wrestlers. We’re not there yet,” said head coach Kirby Martin. “I think we were overwhelmed by just about everything. How good they were, the atmosphere.”

Martin shuffled the lineup by bumping Joe Knarr, Darion Pierce, Jake Lilley and Kyle Kahley up a weight. Only Kahley emerged victorious.

The Husky junior recorded an escape in the second period and a takedown with two seconds left in the match to post the 3-1 win over Zach Maclean at 285. The win improved Kahley to 21-8 on the season. The bad news, Mifflin County was behind 29-3 already.

The match started at 152 and Parkland rattled off six consecutive victories, gaining bonus points in four of those, to grab the commanding lead.

After Daulton Wilson’s loss at 106 made the score 34-3, in essence putting the match away for the Trojans, all attention turned to the Ethan Lizak-Hayden Hidlay rematch from King of the Mountain back in December.

Round two was just as entertaining.

Lizak opened the bout with a takedown and rode Hidlay out for the 2-0 lead after one. Hidlay chose down in the second and escaped to trim the deficit to 2-1. Lizak, a returning PIAA champion, escaped to open the third and barely held off a hard-charging Hidlay, who earned a stall point in the third, for the 3-2 victory.

Hidlay (21-3) went after a gassed Lizak and had a headlock close to scoring but time ran out on the Husky freshman. Lizak improved to 30-2 on the season.

Mifflin County picked up its final victories of the evening when Isaac Underhill (27-7) scored a reversal with 1:29 left in his 120-pound bout to defeat Bryson Haas. Noah Stewart (25-5) followed at 126 with a takedown in the first, along with second and third period reversals for the 6-0 win over Tom Yankanich.

“There’s always a chance to come back. This will test the character of our team, especially how young we are,” Martin said. “If they want to continue to come down here, they’re going to have to show a little bit more.”

Parkland will meet Central Dauphin (22-0) in the quarterfinals Friday at 1 pm.

PIAA Duals

Parkland 49, Mifflin County 9

(Thursday, February 7,  at Giant Center in Hershey)

152: Mike Marano (P) tech fall Carter Saxton, 15-0 (4:45).
160: Billy Hoh (P) pinned Joe Knarr, 4:55.
170: Nathan Christman (P) dec. Darion Pierce, 9-3.
182: Nezar Haddad (P) pinned Jake Lilley, 1:25.
195: Omar Haddad (P) dec. Tre Carter, 7-2.
220: Shawn Heist (P) pinned Zane Walters, 1:25.
285: Kyle Kahley (MC) dec. Zach Maclean, 3-1.
106: Jacob Lizak (P) tech fall Daulton Wilson, 15-0 (4:36).
113: Ethan Lizak (P) dec.Hayden Hidlay, 3-2.
120: Isaac Underhill (MC) dec. Bryson Haas, 2-0.
126: Noah Stewart (MC) dec. Tom Yankanich, 6-0.
132: Grady Millick (P) major dec. Lucas Besch, 16-4.
138: Ian Evans (P) dec. Kevin Bair, 8-2.
145: Josh Ortman (P) tech fall Timmy Pearce, 17-2 (5:52).

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