Hidlay & Company Primed for Super 32

| October 31, 2015 | 1 Comment

(Editor’s note: Due to limited space, the Lewistown Sentinel did not run my preview in today’s paper. Here it is below)

The Battle for the Belt begins this weekend for four Mifflin County wrestlers at the Super 32 tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Hayden Hidlay (152), Trent Hidlay (160), Noah Stewart (170) and Trey Hartsock (195) are competing in the biggest and most prestigious preseason high school wrestling event in the nation with action getting underway today at 8 a.m.

Last year, four national champs and 10 finalists at the NCAAs were former placers at Super 32. In addition, 29 of 80 NCAA All-Americans placed at Super 32.

Hayden Hidlay is back looking to improve upon last year’s third-place finish at 145 pounds. The Husky senior comes in with a 94-3 record during the offseason and is ranked second in the nation at 152 pounds. Standing in his way for a S32 belt is familiar rival and top-ranked Mason Manville, a Penn State recruit, who is wrestling at Wyoming Seminary this season.

Hidlay owns a 3-1 record against Manville – beating him at Junior Nationals (Greco and Freestyle) and the Journeymen Classic, while losing 3-1 in overtime at the Who’s Number One event recently.

“I did some more running and lifting this past week so I should be fine with my conditioning,” Hayden said. “I need to get on a roll early and beat the guys I’m supposed to beat. That will give me some momentum into the finals. Whenever I wrestle him (Manville) I just have to move my feet more, go back and forth, try not to meet him head on and not stay in the same spot all the time. I want to keep moving around a little bit, keep him off guard and he’ll trip up. That’s what happens whenever you move around too fast with him, he’ll cross his feet and you’ll be able to get a takedown.”

No weight class is easy at Super 32 and besides the two favorites, 152 also has returning champion Thomas Bullard of Georgia, a future teammate of Hayden’s at North Carolina State and Griffin Parriott, ranked sixth in the nation and headed to Purdue.

“It’s definitely going to be a tough road. There are no easy matches at Super 32. I don’t want to look past anybody. I just want to get some wins, get some momentum and hopefully win the whole thing,” Hayden said. “I expect to win. Anything else will be a disappointment, but I feel I’m the best right now that I’ve ever been. I’m ready to go this weekend.”

At 160, younger brother Trent Hidlay is back for his second try at Super 32. After going 4-2 last season, Trent is looking to get on the medal stand this time around.

“It’s probably the toughest tournament I’ve ever been in. The top kids in the nation come here. You’ve got top 10 ranked kids in every weight. There are no easy matches. Every kid, even the ones not ranked, is tough,” Trent said. “Last year, I didn’t do too bad. This year, I’m going down with expectations to place. I’ve worked really hard this summer wrestling with Hayden. The expectations for me are high. I just want to go down and place, beat some really good kids and help me prepare for the season. If I wrestle my best there’s no reason I should lose. My goal is to win three state titles and I’m coming down there to do some damage.”

Noah Stewart comes into Super 32 ranked No. 12 in the nation at 160, even though he’s wrestling at 170, and some stiff competition at his weight class. Chris Weiler of Wyoming Seminary is ranked third nationally and the favorite. Louie Deprez, ranked eighth, is a multiple New York state champ. In addition, Huntingdon’s Jacob Oliver, a PIAA Class AA runner-up last season, is in this weight class.

“I feel confident that conditioning won’t be a problem there, but I could be better conditioned than I am right now. Being there before, I know the competition, what to expect and what it takes to do well. Like anything, the experience helps,” Stewart said. “My goal going into it is to place first. That’s my goal for every tournament this high school season. I’m confident in the ability God has given me and I’m confident in the training I have had over the summer and fall. It’s crazy how fast my high school career has gone. This season I want people to see Jesus in me, be a leader for my team, place at team states and be a state champion.”

At 195, Trey Hartsock is also making a return trip with the goal of getting on the medal stand. His weight class features third ranked and Pitt recruit Christian Dietrich of New York, Blake Rypel of Indiana and Kevin Snyder of Maryland.

“After last year, I know what it’s going to be all about, how big it is and how hard every kid is to score on,” Hartsock said. “Super 32 really takes you off your high horse that’s for sure. You think you’re really good and you find out there’s people better than you. It gets you ready for the high school season. It seems like just yesterday we were finishing up at states and now here we are getting ready to start another season. I want to start the year off right by getting top eight down here. I just have to wrestle hard and keep my focus.”

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  1. Joseph Stallone says:

    Like all Husky Wrestling Fans, I see this team as one of the best EVER in Mifflin County!There will surely be some exciting matches in that tough Mid Penn league, but my money’s on the “Boy’s in Purple and Black”!Don’t get too comfy, in those bleacher seats, at the Husky Gym, these matches might not last to long! Best of luck to the four Husky grapplers at the “Super 32”!

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