Carson’s Corner: Mifflin County Versus the Mid-Penn

| December 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

OMG…Looks like a real mug shot.

The Mifflin County wrestling team treks into the 2012-13 season in uncharted waters.

First, a preseason top 25 dual meet ranking is creating a nice, little buzz. That’s fine.  It should. But nothing is on the minds of local wrestling fans more than the Huskies competing in the Mid-Penn Conference.

How will they do? Should they even be in the Mid-Penn?

All sorts of questions like this abound. So let’s answer some of them shall we.

The Huskies are going to do fine in the Mid-Penn. As a matter of fact they’ll be the most successful athletic program Mifflin County will have this school year in the conference.

Here’s the breakdown:

Mifflin County will beat Carlisle, State College, Harrisburg, and CD East. The Huskies aren’t near Central Dauphin or Cumberland Valley yet, and Chambersburg will be a toss-up.

If they get by Chambersburg the Huskies finish with a 5-2 mark and a third-place finish in the conference. If they lose to the Trojans, Mifflin County is 4-3 and finishes fourth. Not bad at all for the first year, especially with three freshmen in the starting lineup.

The answer to the second question is yes…the Huskies should be in the Mid-Penn.

You don’t get good in any sport unless you go up against the very best competition you can find. The Mid-Penn will give that to them. Central Dauphin comes in ranked fourth in the state in the preseason, Cumberland Valley is 13th. Chambersburg has Garrett Hammond, a PIAA state champ, and CD East and State College have some quality guys.

How can you not get better with that kind of experience?

The Mid-Penn is a challenge MC head coach Kirby Martin is up for. He knows you don’t become great unless you wrestle up and I know for a fact Martin and all the coaching staff are looking forward to the competition, and the experience it brings.

Where all this accumulated experience will pay off is in the postseason. Let’s face it…District 6-AAA is down and Mifflin County only has to worry about Central Mountain as far as the dual meet championships go. The Huskies will be battle-tested and ready to go come tournament time.

It’s a win-win situation all-around for Mifflin County.

Pa Power Rankings released its AAA preseason individual rankings and two Huskies have made the list.

Freshman Hayden Hidlay is ranked ninth at 113, while senior Lucas Besch, a returning state qualifier, is ranked 19th at 132.

Jacob Taylor of  Bald Eagle Area is the only District 6 wrestler with a top ranking.

Two-time PIAA champion and three-time state finalist Cody Wiercioch, is ranked second at 170 behind Kennard-Dale’s Chance Marsteller. Tell me that wouldn’t be nice to see at Hershey in March? Marsteller is 85-0 in his career and Wiercioch comes into the season with a career mark of 123-4. It would be one of the most anticipated matches in PIAA history.

Here are the top ranked wrestlers at each weight:

106: Luke Pletcher (Latrobe), Fr.
113: Ethan Lizak (Parkland), Jr.
120: Sam Krivus (Hempfield Area), So.
126: Connor Schram (Canon-McMillan), Sr.
132: Josh Maruca (Franklin Regional), So.
138: Tyson Dippery (Central Dauphin), Sr.
145: Solomon Chisko (Canon-McMillan), Jr.
152: Garrett Hammond (Chambersburg), Sr.
160: Garrett Peppelman (Central Dauphin), Jr.
170: Chance Marsteller (Kennard-Dale), Jr.
182: Jacob Taylor (BEA), Sr.
195: Matt McCutcheon (Kiski Area), Sr.
220: Thomas Haines (Solanco), Jr.
285: Shane Kuhn (Kiski Area), Jr.

Thanks for reading.

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