Carson’s Corner: Powerade Potpourri and Recruiting News

| December 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

MugWhile Mifflin County was fighting it out at the Conestoga Valley Tournament, most of the wrestling world was focused on the Powerade, one of the toughest tournaments in the nation, and the battle between Kennard-Dale’s Chance Marsteller and Canon-McMillan’s Cody Wiercioch at 170 pounds.

The match, if you’ve seen it on YouTube or at the Powerade site, more than lived up to the hype with Marsteller gaining a 3-2 ultimate tie-breaker win with an escape in the final OT session.

There were zero takedowns. All points came the escape route, but it was awfully entertaining. The two best wrestlers at 170, not only in the state but in the nation, battling for mat supremacy.

It brought back memories of the Bob Truby-John Likins state title match in 1987.

Both were returning state champions: Truby at 119 for Trinity and Likins at 112 for Bethlehem Catholic. Likins moved up to challenge and what transpired was a 1-0 victory for Truby and one of the best PIAA finals ever.

It was hard to believe how much action and solid wrestling took place in that 1-0 contest but it did. The same can be said for Marsteller and Wiercioch.

Marsteller, now 97-0 in his career, and Wiercioch, cemented their names as two of the all-time best the Keystone State has produced. Matches like that are what make wrestling the great sport it is.

Here’s hoping we get to see Marsteller-Wiercioch II at Hershey.

Another much anticipated final was No. 1 ranked Kyle Snyder of Good Counsel, Maryland facing off with Solanco’s Thomas Haines, ranked third in the nation by Intermat at 220 pounds.

Haines, who verbally committed to Penn State as a junior, came into the bout with a 13-0 record with 11 falls. Snyder, also a junior, has never been beaten or taken down in his high school career. It had all the makings of a classic.

It wasn’t.

Snyder dominated to the count of 16-6 and solidified himself as one of the top-two recruits in the nation for next season, Marsteller being the other.

Haines lost to Snyder at the Super 32 in October by an 8-4 score, but the final tally was deceiving since all of Haines’ points were from escapes.

This time there was no doubt who the top man is at 220.

Penn State recruit Zain Retherford (138) continued his winning ways and capped a stellar 2012 with a 2-0 victory over Blair Academy’s Mason Manville at the Powerade Tournament.

Retherford beat the Blair freshman earlier in the season at the Ironman by a 4-2 count. The Benton grappler also won the Super 32 in October and a cadet national and world championship over the summer.

He is now 15-0 on the season with 10 falls and will be a nice addition to the Nittany Lions next season.

Imagine the recruiting haul Penn State could have in 2013 if Marsteller and Snyder join Haines in the Blue and White?

Marsteller is the top target of Cael Sanderson, who’s been working on getting him since the kid was in eighth grade, and Snyder recently narrowed his choices down to Maryland, Penn State, Ohio State and Oklahoma.

Even though the Terps are the favorites to land Snyder, never count out the Sanderson mystique or the fact that 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Jake Varner is an assistant at Penn State who works with the heavyweights.

Haines, Marsteller and Snyder. Tell me that wouldn’t be the best class in the country?

Have a happy and safe New Year!

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