Huskies Advance Four to NW Regional Semifinals

| March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Mifflin County’s Brandon Wilson goes for back points against St. Mary’s Tyler Yetter in their quarterfinal match at 145. Wilson won by a 19-3 technical fall.

Mifflin County had a case of the nerves during first day at the Class AAA Northwest Regional Tournament but still advanced four to the semifinals.

Hayden Hidlay (113), Lucas Besch (132), Brandon Wilson (145) and Joe Knarr (152) punched their tickets into the winner’s bracket at the Altoona Field House on Friday.

Hidlay was dominate on day one, scoring a 16-4 major decision over Erie McDowell’s Benjii Yates in the opening round and a 19-3 technical fall in 4:33 over Hunter Hendricks of General McLane in the quarters. Hidlay, now 26-4 on the season, will meet Bellefonte’s Aaron Witherite (20-12) in the semifinals.

Besch came closer to his goal of returning to states with an 8-2 victory over Josh Shuckers of Punxsutawney and a 17-2 tech fall over Perry’s Darue Johnson in the quarterfinals. Besch (25-10) faces Clearfield’s Christian Stone (32-1) in the semis.

Wilson started the tournament with a bye before man-handling Tyler Yetzer of St. Mary’s in the quarterfinals. Wilson (21-5) collected four takedowns and eight nearfall points for the win. Wilson takes on Erie McDowell’s Cody Nolan (29-9) in the semis.

Knarr, who along with Besch is the only Husky to make regionals last season, used his experience to claim victories over Erie McDowell’s Ryan Dailey, 5-3, and Bradford’s Josh Corignani, 13-2. Knarr (24-14) faces General McLane’s Mike Sutton (28-3) in the semifinals tomorrow at 12:30.

“The kids in the semis wrestled really well. They scored points being aggressive and going after it. They’ve got to keep doing it,” said Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin. “Tonight was a mixed bag. We lost some close matches we could have won. Those matches are frustrating, but on the other hand we have four in the semis…that’s exciting.”

Isaac Underhill (120), Noah Stewart (126) and Caleb Rhodes (285) lost hard-fought, close matches in the quarterfinals and dropped into the consolations.

Underhill (31-9) opened the tournament with a 4:32 fall over Jose Lopez of Erie Central Tech before dropping a 4-2 decision to Punxsutawney’s Joel Bowers. Stewart (29-6) took care of McDowell’s Coleman Cousins, 5-2, in the first round and followed with a controversial 5-2 setback to Dylan Graham of Clearfield. Stewart appeared to have a takedown in the first,  but it was waived off by the official. The freshman wasn’t the same afterward. Graham broke a 2-2 tie in the third with an escape and takedown.

Rhodes (15-13) reached the quarters with a 50-second pin over Carrick’s Lauryn Wade. In the semis, the senior lost a soul-crushing 6-5 defeat in the ultimate tie breaker to Clearfield’s Jacob Verchick, when the Bison esaped with just 18 seconds left.

At 220, Kyle Kahley (23-12) lost in the first round to Warren’s Alex Streich 2-1 in overtime and dropped into the consolations where he will face P-O’s Nick Gray (25-10).

Kevin Bair (138) and Drew Hannon (195) lost twice and saw their seasons come to an end. Bair finished the year at 14-14, while Hannon’s Cinderella run ended with him sporting a 2-7 mark.

“There was definitely more nerves with these guys at regionals. The stage gets bigger and more intense. The nerves were there tonight,” Martin said. “The guys know the situation. They know where they’re at. We need to have just a little more sense of urgency tomorrow through the wrestlebacks.”

Mifflin County is sixth in the team standings with 32.5 points. General McLane is in first with 53 points. Erie McDowell is second with 48.5 points.


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