Carson’s Corner: Stewart Serves Notice at KOM and Other News

| December 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

MugLast year at the King of the Mountain Tournament, Hayden Hidlay had his coming out party. He gave state champ Ethan Lizak everything he had in the finals, but came up short.

The match showed that Hidlay was a player on the state scene, not just the district level.

This year at KOM, Noah Stewart served notice that another Mifflin County wrestler is punching his ticket as a contender for PIAA gold.

No, Stewart did not win the title, but he was very impressive on his way to a fourth-place finish.

In reaching the semifinals, the sophomore took care of two ranked wrestlers:  Fort LeBoeuf’s Brad Malinowski (No. 23-AA) and Parkland’s Josh Ortman (No. 3-AAA). In the wrestlebacks, he defeated North Penn’s Jeff Reimel (No. 12-AAA) to go for third place.

Noah’s only losses were to ranked wrestlers:  Mifflinburg’s Cole Walter (No. 1-AA) and Burrell’s Steve Edwards (No. 4-AA).

How tough was the 152-pound class at KOM?

Try this on for size: 14 out of the 31 kids participating were state ranked.

Don’t get me wrong, Stewart was already a very good wrestler. Winning a district championship your freshman year proves that.

What’s different this year is experience, maturity and confidence.  Within those qualities lies the seeds of greatness and the essential greatness of any individual is always there, waiting to be unearthed.

Stewart (10-2) is beginning the process of finding his.

“I’m working harder this year and I know what I have to do to get to where I need to be,” he said recently.

Last year there was some doubt and hesitancy in his game. He didn’t have confidence in his shot at times and it cost him, especially at regionals.

His skills on the mat and his defense speak for themselves. He pitched a shutout on Ortman, who finished eighth in the state in 2013. His losses to Walter and Edwards were both only 3-1 decisions.

If he has confidence on his feet, which it looks like he does, then look out all you 152-pounders. It’s going to be a long season for you.

Hidlay Improves His Spot at KOM

Hayden Hidlay left no doubt who was the top guy at 138 in the King of the Mountain tournament.

After finishing second as a freshman, Hidlay (9-0) breezed through the tournament picking up two technical falls, a pin, and a major decision. His only regular decision was a 6-2 win against Joey Alessandro of Hempfield Area in the semis.

Hidlay is currently ranked fifth in the state at 138 and looks even better this season, thanks to all his hard work and wrestling he did in the spring and summer.

Pearce and Hartsock Shine

Timmy Pearce is without a doubt the surprise of the season so far.

Moving all the way from 138 last year to 195/220 this season, the junior is 8-3 on the year, filling in for the injured Kyle Kahley.

There’s no doubt Pearce has earned the right to wrestle for a starting spot, against either Kahley or Tre Carter at 195. His eighth place finish at KOM proves he likes the added weight.

Sophomore Trey Hartsock also is proving his mettle after a seventh place showing at KOM.  The 182-pounder is 8-4 and looks to be, along with Noah Myers, another promising youngster for the Huskies.

MC Improves Upon Last Year

Mifflin County improved upon last year’s performance at KOM with four placewinners and a 17th place finish in the team standings. Not bad for a team even younger than last season.

The Huskies finished 19th and had two placers (Hidlay and Isaac Underhill) in 2012.

Category: Carson's Corner, High School Wrestling

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