Hannon Proves Wally Pipp Alive and Well at District 6 Championships

| February 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

The ghost of Wally Pipp made an appearance for Mifflin County at the District 6 Class AAA championships on Saturday.

For those who don’t know the story, Pipp was the starting first baseman for the New York Yankees until he got hurt and an unknown Lou Gehrig took over. The rest is history.

I don’t know if Drew Hannon will have the impact of a Gehrig, but he definitely can relate to the situation.

Hannon came into the tournament with an 0-3 record. He was wrestling for injured starter Tre Carter, who was out due to an injured ankle suffered at the PIAA state duals.

The Husky junior wasn’t given much of a chance by most anyone. He was a two-and-out on paper.

Hannon proved matches are won on the mat not on paper.

He opened the tournament with the upset of the opening round, knocking off third-seeded Loc Long of Central Mountain with a fall in 1:29. In the semifinals, Hannon was pinned by the rugged Mante Barnes of Altoona and fell to the consolations.

In the consys, Hannon secured a spot in the Northwest Regionals next week with a hard-fought 3-2 decision over Joaquin Alvarez of State College.

“He capitalized on his opportunity and to his credit, he’s moving on to regionals. Nothing could be better than that,” said Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin.

From zero wins on the season to regional qualifier. A Wally Pipp story if there ever was one.

“I just figured to go in and have fun, relax and not to be to stressed about anything,” said Hannon, who finished fourth in the district. “I’m pretty excited about going to regionals. I’m going to try and wrestle the same way there…not to get too stressed and just have fun.”

It’s a formula that paid big dividends for Mifflin County and an underdog wrestler nobody gave a chance to win.


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