D6 Class AAA Duals: Huskies Lose District Title by One Point in Classic Match

| February 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kirby Martin

(Editor’s note: I incorrectly identified that Mifflin County broke the school record for wins. The record is 18 wins held by the 2012 team. Thanks to Bob Hower for the correction)

It was a dual meet for the ages. A classic matchup between the two power teams in District 6 Class AAA and the meet had all the drama of a Hollywood script.

Mifflin County and Central Mountain squared off for the District 6 Class AAA Dual Meet championship for the third consecutive year and when the dust settled, the Wildcats came away with a 26-25 victory Saturday at the Tyrone gym.

Central Mountain (13-0) earned its berth in the state duals in the final match of the day. Down 25-21 entering the 145-pound bout, Demetri Probst needed a technical fall or pin for a Wildcat victory.

Probst, ranked 20th in the state, recorded 10 takedowns, including six in the second period, defeating Dalton Hildebrandt by a 23-8 tech fall for the victory and clinching the sixth district title in seven years for Central Mountain.

The Huskies opened the match with a 14-0 major by Noah Stewart over Caleb Turner at 152. Stewart used his patented bar-arm tilt for eight nearfall points.

Central Mountain made it 4-3 when Chad Reese handed Brandon Wilson an 8-2 loss at 160. Reese collected three takedowns, two in the third, to garner the win.

The Wildcats took the lead at 10-4 with back-to-back wins at 170 and 182. At 170, Colton Weaver majored Eli Habbershon 9-0 and Gavin Caprio eked out a 3-1 overtime victory over Trey Hartsock in a battle of state-ranked wrestlers.

Caprio, who moved up from 170, escaped to take a 1-0 lead in the second. Hartsock (20th at 182) chose down in the third and evened things up when Caprio (No. 8 at 170) was charged with a locked hands call sending the bout to overtime. In sudden death, Caprio hit the winning shot with eight seconds left for the takedown and the victory.

Timmy Pearce cut the deficit to 10-7 with a 3-2 victory over Isaac Porter at 195. Pearce had a takdown in the second and an escape in the third.

Central Mountain extended the lead to 13-7 when Cameron Porter beat old nemesis Kyle Kahley by a 5-1 count. Porter got a takedown at the edge of the mat with only one second left to take a 2-0 lead after one. Kahley escaped to make it 2-1 and the period ended with both grapplers on their feet. In the third, Porter escaped and got another late takedown, this one with eight seconds left in the match, for the win.

Colton Craig continues to improve with each match and today was no different. The Husky senior picked up his biggest victory of the season, beating Bryce Hanley 3-2 at 285, cutting the lead to 13-10. After a scoreless first, Hanley chose defense and reversed to make it 2-0. Craig returned the favor and the period ended knotted up at 2-2. Craig chose down and escaped for a 3-2 advantage.  Craig held of Hanley the rest of the way for the win.

Geo Barzona majored Jonah Schultz by a 12-1 score at 106 to make it 17-10. Husky Noah Myers returned the favor with a 9-0 major over Chris Confer at 113, narrowing the gap to 17-14.

At 120, Kyle Smith was called upon to come up big for Mifflin County and he did just that. The sophomore racked up three takedowns, a reversal and an escape to beat Draven King 8-2, tying the team score at 17-17.

Keanan Bottorf gave the Wildcats the lead back with a 10-2 major over Daulton Wilson at 126. The lead was short-lived after Isaac Underhill majored Sam Watkins 16-2 at 132. Twice it looked like Underhill had Watkins flat, but the referee didn’t slap the mat and the Husky junior had to settle for the major.

It would prove to be a pivotal point in the match.

Hayden Hidlay majored Emery Watson by a 14-4 count at 138 to make it 25-21, but Probst’s technical gave the victory to the Wildcats.

The Huskies finished the season at 17-5. Mifflin County is off until the District 6 Class AAA individual tournament begins on Saturday, February 22.

District 6 Class AAA Duals – Finals
Central Mountain 26, Mifflin County 25
(at Tyrone High School)

152: Noah Stewart (MC) major dec. Caleb Turner, 14-0.
160: Chad Reese (CM) dec. Brandon Wilson, 8-2.
170: Hunter Weaver (CM) major dec. Eli Habbershon, 9-0.
182: Gavin Caprio (CM) dec. Trey Hartsock, 3-1 OT.
195: Timmy Pearce (MC) dec. Isaac Porter, 3-2.
220: Cameron Porter (CM) dec. Kyle Kahley, 5-1.
285: Colton Craig (MC) dec. Bryce Hanley, 3-2.
106: Geo Barzona (CM) major dec. Jonah Schultz, 12-1.
113: Noah Myers (MC) major dec. Chris Confer, 9-0.
120: Kyle Smith (MC) dec. Draven King, 8-2.
126: Keanan Bottorf (CM) major dec. Daulton Wilson, 10-2.
132: Isaac Underhill (MC) major dec. Sam Watkins, 16-2.
138: Hayden Hidlay (MC) major dec. Emery Watson, 14-4.
145: Demetri Probst (CM) tech fall Dalton Hildebrandt, 23-8 (4:31).

Category: High School Wrestling

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