Fresh Faces Propel Huskies to Easy Victory Over Braves

| December 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

Timmy Pearce, McKenon Todaro, and Caleb Rhodes are names you haven’t heard from in the early part of the season for Mifflin County.

All that changed Tuesday evening against Shikellamy.

The trio stepped into the spotlight and shined, picking up key wins to lift the Huskies to the 48-15 victory over the Braves in front of a nice home crowd at the Husky gym.

Rhodes and Todaro picked up bonus points for the Huskies with pins at 285 and 170, while Pearce won by decision at 138, controlling the match throughout.

“It was their opportunity to finally be in the lineup and they all really shined tonight and I’m really proud of them,” said Mifflin County head coach Kirby Martin. “I felt like we needed a little spark from some of the guys. We had a long stretch of competition and I don’t think we were at our best tonight, but for those guys it was a chance to start and they really stepped up.”

Rhodes got the purple party started in hurry and set the tone for the rest of the evening.

The senior made quick work of freshman Jeremy Bacon with a fall in 30 seconds. With the win, Rhodes improved to 3-0 on the season.

“The way he did it too as a heavyweight, shooting in, going right to a dump and then right into a pancake was impressive,” Martin said. “That was quite a series of moves for a heavyweight. He set the tone. Like I said, I don’t think we were at our best but it was a good outing,”

Shikellamy (3-4) made it 6-3 when freshman Nick Gittens eked out a 6-4 win over Daulton Wilson at 106. Wilson (8-4) held a 4-2 lead into the third before Gittens (8-2) picked up a stall point and a reversal with 24 seconds remaining  for the victory.

It was all Mifflin County after that.

The Huskies racked off seven straight victories, four coming by pin, to build an insurmountable 39-3 cushion.

At 113, Hayden Hidlay made short work of Dylan Kremer, decking him in 1:10. Hidlay (12-1) scored on a beautiful ankle pick, got three nearfall points on a tight-waste tilt, and finished Kremer off with a half for the pin.

Isaac Underhill continued his impressive wrestling with a 2:47 fall over Dylan Houseknecht at 120. Underhill, now 11-3 on the season, was up 9-0 at the time of the pin.

Freshman Noah Stewart finished off Tyler Hepler by running the bar and flattening him in 1:24. Stewart, another solid freshman for the Huskies, is now 10-2 on the year.

At 132, Lucas Besch prevailed in a hard-fought match with Tristan Paul. The Shikellamy senior scored the opening takedown and rode the rest of the period to take a 2-0 lead after one. Besch (8-4) took bottom, escaped and scored a deuce for the 3-2 lead after four minutes of action. Paul (7-3) reversed for the 4-3 lead. Besch escaped to knot things up, only to fall behind again when Paul scored a takedown at the edge of the mat.

With time winding down, the Husky senior reversed and put Paul on his back with a cradle for two points and the 8-6 victory.

“That was their best wrestler, so I’m excited that he’s continuing to get good kids. Iron sharpens iron. He was tested tonight and really showed perseverance,” said Martin. “That was a match he had to wrestle three whole periods to get the victory. It was awesome.”

Pearce, making his varsity debut in 2012 for the injured Kevin Bair, collected three takedowns, two in the final period, and an escape for the 7-2 decision over Nick Cashdollar at 138.

“It’s valuable to have guys who are as good as Timmy who can step in and fill that role, earning points for the team. That’s what’s important,” Martin replied. “If you’re going to have a team that gets a lot of wins you’ve got to have depth and you’ve got to have kids who are ready to step up anytime.”

Brandon Wilson made it 33-3 with a 9-2 decision over Anthony Best at 145. Wilson (8-3) was never challenged after opening a 6-1 lead in the first period.

Joe Knarr followed at 152 with a 50-second fall over Shameer Ford. Knarr (9-4) caught Ford in a picture-perfect headlock and referee Scott Roycroft slapped the mat, making the score 39-3.

The Braves stopped the bleeding temporarily when John Rohrbach improved to 8-2 with an 11-4 decision over Darion Pierce at 160.

Todaro, making his varsity debut, got Mifflin County back on track with a 2:23  fall over Darryl Englehardt at 170. The junior locked up the cradle early in the second frame and Englehardt got a good look at the lights of the Husky gym.

Shikellamy posted back-to-back wins to make it 45-15 before Kyle Kahley closed out the night with a 3-2 ultimate tie-breaker win over Dan Karpinski. Kahley, making his debut at 220 after a drop from heavyweight, is now 6-3 on the season.

Mifflin County finished the night with six falls and 13 takedowns.

“I was intentional about having a tough practice last night (Monday) and we were a little sluggish. We’re still at that stage of the season where we have to continue working on our conditioning and getting mentally tougher,” said Martin. “I’m happy with our conditioning right now. We just need to continue building our mental toughness, knowing the score in certain situations, and keep the pressure on the opponent, especially if we have a lead.

“That’s what we talk about every dual meet. How important it is to get bonus points, especially pins, and I know that we’re going to have some matches in the near future where we’ll need bonus points.”

Mifflin County, now 7-1 on the season, returns to action Thursday for a Mid-Penn Commonwealth match-up at Harrisburg.


Mifflin County 48, Shikellamy 15

(Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at Mifflin County High School)

285: Caleb Rhodes (MC) pinned Jeremy Bacon, :30 (2 – 0).
106: Nick Gittens (S) dec. Daulton Wilson, 6-4.
113: Hayden Hidlay (MC) pinned Dylan Kremer, 1:10 (8-0).
120: Isaac Underhill (MC) pinned Dylan Houseknecht, 2:47 (9-0).
126: Noah Stewart (MC) pinned Tyler Hepler, 1:24 (2 – 0).
132: Lucas Besch (MC) dec. Tristan Paul, 8-6.
138: Timmy Pearce (MC) dec. Nick Cashdollar, 7-2.
145: Brandon Wilson (MC) dec. Anthony Best, 9-2.
152: Joe Knarr (MC) pinned Shameer Ford, :50 (2-0).
160: John Rohrbach (S) dec. Darion Pierce, 11-4.
170: McKenon Todaro (MC) pinned Darryl Englehardt, 2:23 (1-2).
182: Jesse Shambach (S) pinned Jake Lilley, :56 (2-0).
195: Dwyane Pepper (S) dec. Tre Carter, 5-2.
220: Kyle Kahley (MC) dec. Dan Karpinski, 3-2 UTB.
Referee: Scott Roycroft.

NOTE: The score listed in parentheses after the true fall time is the score of the bout when it was terminated with the winner’s score listed first.

Junior High: Mifflin County 71, Shikellamy 15.


Category: High School Wrestling

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