Hidlay, Stewart Still Alive After Day One

| March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
Mifflin County's Hayden Hidlay looks to bring Dallastown's Wesley Hoover back to the center of the mat for a takedown.

Photo courtesy of the Lewistown Sentinel.
Mifflin County’s Hayden Hidlay looks to bring Dallastown’s Wesley Hoover back to the center of the mat for a takedown.

(Editor’s note: Special thanks to Jeff Fishbein for the photo and quotes from Hayden Hidlay. I was broadcasting for MERF radio and couldn’t make it down to the floor).

It was a tough day for the Mifflin County contingent at the PIAA state wrestling championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on Thursday.

The Huskies went 2-5 on the day as Hayden Hidlay (138) and Noah Stewart (152) are the only ones still alive in the tournament.

Hidlay (36-2) was the only Mifflin County wrestler to win a first-round match when he majored Dallastown’s Wesley Hoover by a 12-2 score. The Husky sophomore scored four takedowns and collected four nearfall points to cruise to the victory.

Hidlay faces Franklin Regional’s Michael Kemerer (41-2) in the quarterfinals, which take place at 1:30 pm on Friday.

Kemerer, the top-ranked wrestler at 138, defeated Hidlay 7-2 at the Powerade Tournament back in December.

“Last year was pretty rough. I didn’t get to wrestle the first match. This year I got to come in and get a match under my belt before I get to wrestle Kemerer,” Hidlay said. “It was hard not to look forward to that match all week. I got ready, me and coach (Kirby) Martin practiced to wrestle against Kemerer. It’s going to be a good match for me; I’m going to go out there and have fun and hopefully get the win.

“(Last year) I went out in my quarterfinal match without getting my feet wet a little bit. That wasn’t the most ideal situation for me. The first time I faced him (Kemerer) I wasn’t into it. That wasn’t one of my better matches. Tomorrow it’s going to be a whole nother ballgame.”

Stewart (34-9) lost a tough 3-0 decision to Spring Grove’s Mason Bentzel in the first round, but rebounded in the consolations with a 4-2 victory over Tyler Tarsi of Nazareth. The Husky sophomore used his patented tight-waste tilt for two third-period nearfall points to pull out the win.

Stewart will get the loser of Greater Latrobe’s Jake Shaffer and Altoona’s D.J. Hollingshead in the second round of consolations, beginning at 3:15 pm.

Not so fortunate were Trey Hartsock (182) and Timmy Pearce (195). Both went 0-2 on the day and saw their seasons come to a close.

Hartsock lost a tough 3-2 decision to Casey Glunt of James Buchanan in the first round and then fell by a 9-1 major decision to Caleb Edwards of Avon Grove in the consolations. Hartsock (31-12) ends a solid sophomore campaign and first year at varsity with a district and regional title, as well as a berth at states.

Pearce, who appeared to be nursing either a rib or hand injury, got pinned in 3:30 by Parkland’s Nezar Heddad to fall into the consolations. In the consys, Karon Lucas-Tillory of Pennwood eked out a 4-2 decision, eliminating Pearce.

The Husky senior finished the year with a 33-10 record. Not bad for a guy who was a backup 138-pounder last season.

Category: High School Wrestling

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