Carson’s Corner: Powerade Leftovers

| December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

MugIf the Powerade Tournament showed one thing about the 2014-15 version of the Mifflin County wrestling team it is this – right now the Huskies are a much better tournament team than they are a dual meet team.

Not that Mifflin County is a terrible dual meet squad, far from it, it’s just as constructed right now, the Huskies will have trouble keeping up with some of the better teams on the remaining schedule – like Central Dauphin and whoever awaits them at the Parkland Duals.

While they are still a favorite, along with Central Mountain and maybe Bellefonte, for the District 6 Dual Meet crown, inconsistency in the lightweights and inexperience in the heavyweights has hurt them – as it did against the Wildcats recently.

Tournament wise, it’s a much different story. Through the middle of the lineup, Miffin County is solid and can score a ton of points. Look no further than the third-place finish at King of the Mountain and the 13th it took at Powerade as proof.

To finish 13 out of 48 teams in the toughest tournament in Pennsylvania and next to the Ironman, the roughest in the country, is a testament to the tournament power the Huskies possess.

Mifflin County can still have a successful dual meet season, but look for them to do real damage when the postseason rolls around, thanks in part to the strength Kirby Martin has from 138 to 195.

Hidlay Closing in On Kemerer

Despite dropping a 5-2 decision to Franklin Regional’s Michael Kemerer in the 145-pound Powerade finals yesterday, Hayden Hidlay can feel confident about the way his junior season is shaping up.

Hidlay was right there with Kemerer the entire match and only a late desperation takedown attempt, gave Kemerer the extra deuce at the end.

Most of the match was a back-and-forth, action-packed affair with the Franklin Regional senior holding a slim 3-2 advantage.

Hidlay was in deep twice, late in the first period and early in the third, but couldn’t finish his shots. If he finishes, he wins.

What’s even more impressive is his attitude. Hidlay knows what he has to do and is ready to put in the time, effort and work to do it.

As he said to the Sentinel: “He likes to shoot at my right leg. I knew it was coming, but I just couldn’t stop it. I just have to work on that more. I just need coach to shoot on that leg a thousand times and hopefully I can get it right. Overall, I’m pleased with the way I wrestled. I’m one takedown away from beating him.”

That, my friends, is the mindset and attitude of a true champion.

I can’t wait until they meet again. Kemerer better be ready. I know Hayden will be.

Hartsock and Stewart Place

Placing at Powerade is no small matter, so kudos to Trey Hartsock (5th at 195) and Noah Stewart (6th at 160) for doing so.

Both qualified for states a year ago and proved beyond a reasonable doubt they have the ability to reach the podium at Hershey.

Stewart ran into old nemesis D.J. Hollingshead of Altoona in a preview of the probable district and regional championship matchups this season. Hollingshead, who stays low and is notoriously tough to score on, came away with the 2-0 victory.

I would like to see Trey and Noah shoot a little more though. They are already quality wrestlers with the skills to wrestle and excel at the next level, but if they were a little more aggressive, a PIAA gold medal could be in their futures.

Powerade Record for Mifflin County Wrestlers

Here are the individual records for each Mifflin County wrestler at Powerade:

113: Kyle Smith (0-2)
120: Noah Myers (1-2)
126: Jonah Kile (1-2)
132: Logan Wise (0-2)
138: Trent Hidlay (2-2)
145: Hayden Hidlay (4-1) 2nd Place
152: Isaac Underhill (2-2)
160: Noah Stewart (4-3) 6th Place
170: Keith Corson (1-2)
182: Scout Kyper (0-2)
195: Trey Hartsock (4-2) 5th Place
220: Wyatt Renninger (2-2)
285: Gavin Erb (0-2)

One final note: Spencer Lee of Franklin Regional toyed with the competition at Powerade. He went 5-0 with three falls, a technical fall and a 15-4 major in the finals. He is the best high school wrestler to come out of the Keystone State since Carey Kolat.

Lee was the OW and he won the award for most falls.

He is that good!

Here are the complete Powerade results:

Full Results

Category: High School Wrestling

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