Huskies Bounce Back with Big Win Over Trojans

| January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kirby Martin

 

Noah Myers

 

Isaac Underhill

 

Wrestling can be such an enigma at times.

Take for instance the Mid-Penn Commonwealth match between Mifflin County and Chambersburg Thursday night.

What if I told you the Huskies would win only six bouts and lose the takedown battle by a 20-8 margin and still win the match?

You’d think I was crazy but that’s exactly what happened.

Mifflin County won six matches, but scored bonus points in all of them, to record the 35-29 victory over Chambersburg on Senior Night at the Husky gymnasium.

Score bonus points and don’t give them up. That’s the name of the game in winning wrestling and Mifflin County did just that.

The Huskies improved to 11-3 on the season and 5-1 in the Mid-Penn, while the Trojans fell to 10-4 and 3-2 in the conference.

Bounce-back victories by Noah Myers at 113 and Isaac Underhill at 132, after tough losses at Central Mountain, keyed the win for Mifflin County.

Myers improved to 16-6 on the season with a 5:56 all over Matt Strunk. The Husky freshman held an 8-2 lead and kept working for the pin until he finally clamped Strunk with the half right before the final buzzer.  That made the score all even at 23 apiece.

Down 29-23 after back-to-back wins by Chambersburg, Underhill tied it once again with a fall in 2:54 over Dawson Arnold.

Underhill (11-7) was aggressive from the get-go, scoring a takedown and racking up three nearfall points with his cradle for a 5-0 lead after one period. In the second, Underhill escaped, took Arnold down, cradled him up, and got the fall.

With the score knotted at 29-29, Trojan coach Doug Rine decided to forfeit the match by not sending out his wrestler to face Hayden Hidlay (21-2) at 138.

Another key to victory was the ability of the Huskies to not give up bonus points in losses at 170, 285, 120 and 126.

The dual meet started at 145 where Brandon Heisey majored Isaac Habberhson, 10-1.

Noah Stewart made it 5-4 when he destroyed David Law with a 15-0 technical fall in two minutes. The Husky sophomore, now 20-6 on the season, took Law down and rolled up five sets of nearfall points for the win.

Chambersburg regained the lead at 14-5 when Drew Peck defeated Keith Corson by an 11-3 major decision at 160, Amando Wallis beat Eli Habbershon by a 6-4 score at 170 and Calvin O’Farrell won a tough 3-2 decision over Trey Hartsock at 182.

O’Farrell (20-5), ranked 14th in the state, scored an escape and takedown in the third to defeat Hartsock (18-8), who came into the match ranked 16th in the state.

The Huskies took the lead at 17-14 with a forfeit win from Tre Carter at 195 and a Timmy Pearce fall in 1:52 over David Helm at 220. The win moved Pearce to 18-7 on the season.

At 285, Colton Craig lost a tough 7-6 match to Cameron Kiger. With the score even at 3-3 heading into the third. Kiger chose down, escaped and scored a takedown to make it 6-3. Craig escaped and scored a takedown of his own to even it at 6-all, but Kiger escaped with 14 seconds left for the victory.

Aaron Rump pinned Jonah Schultz in 1:20 at 106 to give the Trojans a 23-17 lead before Myers pin evened things up. Colin Runshaw defeated Daulton Wilson 4-0 at 120 and Garrett Kyner stopped Brandon Fultz 9-3 at 126 to make it 29-23 in favor of Chambersburg.

However, the Huskies didn’t surrender any bonus points in those bouts, setting the stage for Underhill and the Mifflin County win.

The Husky junior high squad won 63-28. Mifflin County is back in action Saturday, hosting the Husky Duals.

Seniors honored last night include Craig, Pearce, Carter, Kyle Kahley, Zane Walters and Nathan Strausburg.

Category: High School Wrestling

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