Hidlay Goes for Championship; Five Huskies Wrestling for Third

| March 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Mifflin County has six wrestlers still alive with Hayden Hidlay leading the way during day two of the Northwest Class AAA Regionals Saturday.

Hidlay (27-4) disposed of Aaron Witherite of Bellefonte in 4:57 and will try to become only the second freshman in county history to win a regional title. The other being Ken Whitsel in 1976.

Still alive in the wrestlebacks, going for third and a trip to states are Isaac Underhill (120), Lucas Besch (132), Brandon Wilson (145), Joe Knarr (152) and Kyle Kahley (220).

Underhill tech falled Chase Andrus of Central Mountain and posted a tough 2-0 victory over Erie Prep’s John Ciotti in overtime. Ciotti was a state qualifier a year ago. Underhill (33-9) faces Punxsutawney’s Joel Bowers (23-2) for third. Bowers defeated Underhill 4-2 on Friday.

Besch lost in the semifinals to Clearfield’s Christian Stone by fall, but bounced back to beat Beau Coletta of Erie Prep by an 11-3 major. Besch (26-11) takes on Altoona’s D.J. Hollingshead (33-3) for third.

Wilson (22-6) dropped a an 11-4 decision to Erie McDowell’s Cody Nolan in the semis before advancing to the third-place match with a 4-1 victory over Erie Prep’s Teagan O’Sullivan. The Husky freshman meets Allderdice’s Brian Estep (35-3) for third.

Knarr, a regional qualifier a year ago, put that experience to good use with a 8-4 victory over Erie McDowell’s Ryan Dailey. Knarr (25-15), who lost his semifinal match to General McLane’s Mike Sutton, hooks up with an old nemesis, Central Mountain’s Chad Reese (30-8) with a berth to the state finals on the line.

Last but not least, Kyle Kahley (26-12) continues to live on the edge. He seems to love tight or overtime matches. The senior beat P-Os Nick Gray, 3-1 in overtime, Cameron Porter of Central Mountain by a 5-2 count before pinning Shikellamy’s Dwayne Pepper in 3:38 for a berth in the third-place match with General McLane’s Jake Baker (33-8).

Noah Stewart (126) and Caleb Rhodes (285) saw their seasons come to a close with loses.

Stewart defeated Colton Killion of Jersey Shore 6-0 before being eliminated by Keller Watkins of General McLane by a 3-0 score. Stewart finished an impressive freshman season with a 31-7 record.

Rhodes (16-14) started the day off on the right foot with a 41-second fall over Mike Wofel of St. Mary’s. The Husky senior saw his career come to a close with a 9-1 major decision loss to Erie McDowell’s Scot Augustine.

Category: High School Wrestling

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