Hidlay Completes Summer Season as a Double Finalist at Junior Nationals

| July 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Trent Hidlay with his two runner-up trophies from the Junior National Championships. Photo by Mark Hidlay.

Most wrestlers would be thrilled to be a double finalist at the Junior National Championships – not Trent Hidlay.

Hidlay, who lost in the Freestyle finals to Aaron Brooks of Maryland last Tuesday, dropped a 7-2 decision to Andrew Berreyesa of Nevada in the 170-pound finals of the Junior National Greco-Roman championship in Fargo, North Dakota on Saturday.

For Hidlay, losing is comparable to eating a spoonful of Wasabi. His face contorts even mentioning it, but winners take the losses, learn from them, and move on.

“Finishing second in both styles stinks, it really does. I’m not a good loser. In fact, I don’t know anyone harder on themselves after a loss, but that doesn’t mean I can’t learn from my mistakes, Hidlay said. “There will always be setbacks in this sport. Sometimes things aren’t fair, and you don’t get what you deserve. You must be mentally tough enough to stay hungry and pursue the same goals even when things aren’t going your way.

“True champions find a way to bounce back when their back is against the wall, and that’s what I need to do. I’m going to take my runner-up finishes and use them to motivate me to be the best wrestler and person I can possibly be.”

Hidlay opened the scoring with an out-of-bounds-point, but Berreyesa, a Cornell recruit with loads of Greco experience, scored six unanswered points with a four-point takedown at the 2:18 mark and another takedown 15 seconds later. Hidlay earned his second out-of-bounds point to make it 6-2. Berreyesa earned a point and the first period ended 7-2. There was no scoring in the second period.

Hidlay breezed to the finals with three technical falls, an injury default, and a 12-5 decision before facing Berreyesa, a four-time Nevada state finalist, and two-time state champion.

“The finals are an incredible experience. I’ve wrestled on every type of big stage you can be on in this sport, but there’s nothing like the Fargo finals,” Hidlay said. “I slipped on the edge in the first period and gave up a four-point move when I should have taken the step out and gave up a point. Unfortunately, when you’re wrestling a guy really good at Greco, it’s super hard to get back in the match when you fall behind early.

“I made some adjustments and did a better job with my positioning but couldn’t get a lot of offense going. It’s tough to transition to Greco wrestling for me because I love scoring points and being offensive. The smarter way to wrestle Greco is to be patient and wait to capitalize on the other guy’s mistakes. I wanted to make it a dog fight and compete hard for six minutes.”

Hidlay went 11-2 in Fargo to finish his spring and summer season with an impressive 105-5 record.

“My spring and summer wrestling was great fun. I was able to compete against the best kids in the nation and prove myself against top competition,” Hidlay said. “I’ll still lose sleep over those five losses, but that’s just the way I am. I’m happy I had the opportunities to travel and compete with the best. Thanks go to my parents and family for supporting me and getting me where I needed to go.”

Now the focus turns to high school, getting ready for his senior year and defending his PIAA championship at Hershey. Despite all the accolades, Hidlay understands he can’t let up. Hard work is essential to maintain his success.

“I have a lot to work on to be where I want to be. I’m going to put a lot of time in to improve my offensive attacks and positioning in neutral. Also, I want to try and be the best teammate and captain I can be. I’m really excited for what the Mifflin County high school team is going to accomplish this upcoming season,” Hidlay said. “I want to thank all of my supporters throughout Mifflin County. I know wherever I go the county has my back, and that’s truly special to me. I will never forget where I come from and there’s no place I’d rather represent than Mifflin County.”

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