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USA Tops PA 23-21 at Dapper Dan; Hidlay Comes Up Short

| March 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Trent Hidlay lost 5-2 to Travis Wittlake of Oregon and Team PA dropped a 23-21 decision to Team USA at the Dapper Dan Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic on Sunday.

After a scoreless first period, Hidlay chose down and escaped to take a 1-0 lead. Wittlake scored the first takedown of the match with 22-seconds left in the middle period. Hidlay escaped late in the period to even things up at 2-2 heading into the final frame.

Wittlake, a four-time Oregon state champ, escaped making it 3-2 and then cashed in on a takedown with just eight seconds to go in the match to seal the win.

Team USA won seven of 13 bouts to eke out the victory. Team Iowa defeated the WPIAL 36-6 in the preliminary match.

Dapper Dan Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic Results

USA 23, Pennsylvania 21

220: Zach Elam, USA dec. Anthony Walters, PA, 3-0.
285: Gable Steveson, USA major dec. Isaac Reid, PA, 17-8.
120-B: Jaret Lane, PA pinned Kyle Biscoglia, USA, 4:20.
120-A: Patrick McKee, USA dec. Logan Macri, PA, 6-4.
132: Real Woods, USA dec. Jack Davis, PA, 9-2.
138: Cole Matthews, PA dec. Quinn Kinner, USA, 5-4.
145: Sammy Sasso, PA dec. Brock Hardy, USA, 9-8.
152: David Carr, USA dec. Zach Hartman, PA, 14-8.
160: Shane Griffith, USA major dec. Caleb Clymer, PA, 12-4.
170: Travis Wittlake, USA dec. Trent Hidlay, PA, 5-2.
182: Cody Mulligan, PA dec. Jake Jessen, USA, 5-2.
195: Gavin Hoffman, PA dec. Brandon Whitman, USA, 3-1.
126: Gavin Teasdale, PA dec. Patrick Glory, USA, 5-4.

Prelims: Iowa 36, WPIAL 6

Mifflin County Final Stats and Leader Board

| March 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Final Stats

Leader Board

Hayden Hidlay Transcript Interview After Making NCAA Finals

| March 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. Talk us through the six-point move you hit in the first period, and what that does for you getting a lead like that early?
HAYDEN HIDLAY: Well, early in the match I tried underhooking and he wasn’t baiting for it. I think he scouted a little bit and didn’t want anything to do with it. But I changed a little bit and went with a shot first and then kind of transitioned into upper body. I was in a position where he hit some guys before in a hip toss, and he went for it, and I kind of switched my hips and reversed it on him. I have a Greco background, and I don’t mind throwing guys, so it was there. My coach just said, be aggressive. If you see something big, go for it.

Q. Hayden, I know you expected to be here, but how does it feel to be in the finals?
HAYDEN HIDLAY: Feels incredible. I think the atmosphere was more than I could ever dream of, just being out there and — when we were on a restart, I couldn’t hear the whistle one time because I think Nolf was turning a guy on the other mat, but I kind of just let the guy react first and then I went into his move. But great atmosphere, just really thankful to be here.

Q. Growing up as close as you did to State College, there’s a lot of people in Mifflin County that as you ponder rankings this year anticipated this matchup. How long ago did you anticipate being in the finals against Nolf?
HAYDEN HIDLAY: I think last year whenever I was sitting at home watching the Nationals, I was on a redshirt so I didn’t come with the team. I was just sitting in my apartment visualizing myself being here, and I think once I beat Lavallee earlier this year who made it to the national finals, I’m going to go forward and go after the top guy.

Q. You talked about growing up 30 miles from Penn State. Did you grow up a Penn State fan?
HAYDEN HIDLAY: Yeah, I think it’s going to sound strange to people, but probably up until I was about 16 years old, I had season tickets to the Penn State wrestling matches. That’s kind of crazy to think about now. Once the recruiting process started opening up, I went my separate way from Penn State just because they were pretty full at that weight class at the time. I started looking at other schools, and I got attached to NC State, and I was sold on the message of you come to NC State, you’re going to compete against Iowa, Penn State, Oklahoma State every year, and we want you to be a part of that.

Q. You’re following up what was a really strong redshirt freshman campaign with what is an incredible freshman campaign. Talk about your decision last year to take that year, and then just going into this year what that gave you knowing how well you wrestled as a redshirt.
HAYDEN HIDLAY: Well, when I talked to Pat and the rest of the coaching staff, they had it pretty set in stone that my plan was going to be to redshirt, learn from older guys in the room, people like Pete Renda, Tommy Gantt, Kevin Jack, be around those guys, kind of soak in how they work and what their competitive drive is, and then whenever I was able to take the stage this year. I was going to be able to have the same results that they’ve had in the past. It obviously has paid off.

I took some lumps in the redshirt year, I think I had a couple losses, but just the training day in and day out and you didn’t get to see as much competition, that was really hard for me. So I was able to learn a lot from that and take the next step into the scene this year.

Q. I know you’re focused on yourself, but when you look up at the team score, you see NC State in fifth place right now, I believe. That’s got to feel pretty good.
HAYDEN HIDLAY: Absolutely. I think just the whole process that we’ve been taught since my day one here with the class that was brought in by Pat and all the other coaches, they told us that we were going to be in moments like this, and they wanted us to lead the charge. So thankfully I’ve had really great leadership from seniors like Pete Renda, Kevin Jack, and Michael Macchiavello, this new wave of us, we’re running to the top five and we want to compete for a team trophy.

Hidlay to Participate at Dapper Dan Classic

| March 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Mifflin County’s Trent Hidlay has been selected to wrestle in the 44th Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic.

The Classic, an all-star event formerly known as the Dapper Dan, will take place Sunday, March 25, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Fitzgerald Field House. The Classic pits the top Pennsylvania senior wrestler in each weight class against a slate from throughout the United States.

Hidlay was there once before, as a spectator — when his brother Hayden was chosen.

“It’s a great atmosphere. It’s one of the premier wrestling events in this country,”Trent Hidlay said after Saturday’s state final. “To be able to put the best guys in PA against the best guys from across the country. To be able to see that — I want to watch it. It’s great for the sport.”

In what should not be a surprise to wrestling fans, Hidlay will square off with the wrestler he most wanted to face in the Classic.

“I’m really looking forward to the matchup I get, hopefully Travis Wittlake — he’s beaten me a few times in my career,” Hidlay said. “I’ve got to start working hard.”

Wittlake, who is the U.S. entry at 170 pounds, attends Marshfield High School in Broadbent, Oregon. Wittlake’s record is 196-2 and he has won four titles in his home state.

Hidlay has a 154-14 record and just won his second PIAA title. He’s been to the state finals three times and has not lost a high school match since finishing second as a sophomore.

The remainder of the Pennsylvania team for the “Rose Bowl of Wrestling” will be released today.

Prior to the main event there is a match pitting the best wrestlers from the WPIAL (District 7) against an Iowa all-star team. That match starts at 4 p.m. with the Classic at 6.

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PIAA Brackets

| March 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Class AAA

Class AA