Huskies Fall in Season Finale to Central Dauphin

| January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kirby Martin

A forfeit at 106 and a shocking loss at 182 proved to be too much to overcome as Mifflin County fell in its season finale to Central Dauphin by a 35-27 score in the Mid-Penn Commonwealth match on Thursday.

The Huskies closed out the regular season at 16-4 overall and 5-2 in the Mid-Penn, good enough for third place in the conference. The Rams improved to 15-2 on the year and 6-1 in the Commonwealth division.

Down 26-6 at the halfway point, Mifflin County rallied to take five of the last seven bouts but it wasn’t enough to overtake a strong Central Dauphin team.

The Huskies started their rally at 152 when Noah Stewart (26-6) made quick work of Marcus Ross, taking him down and pinning him in just one minute. After forfeiting to Garrett Peppelman at 160, Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin bumped up Keith Corson to 170 and the junior did his job, thumping Jeff Whitcomb, 9-2.

With the score 32-15, the Huskies sent out Trey Hartsock to face Steve McNeal in a battle of state ranked wrestlers. It turned out to be a heart breaker for Mifflin County, the victory clincher for the Rams, and a hard lesson a young wrestler will never forget. The lesson being you must wrestle for the full six minutes.

After a scoreless first period, Hartsock chose down, escaped and scored a quick takedown to make it 3-0. McNeal escaped but Hartsock scored another deuce to make it 5-1. An escape by McNeal made it 5-2 entering the final period. McNeal chose bottom and Hartsock rode tough, getting a point after two stall calls against McNeal.

McNeal escaped to make it 6-3 and with seven seconds left in the match, stunned the Husky crowd with a lateral drop for the four-point move and a 7-6 victory.

Mifflin County ran the table the rest of the way with Timmy Pearce (24-7) pinning Sam Evans in 3:20 at 195, Kyle Kahley (7-2) scoring a 5-0 decision over Ben Mosey at 220, and Colton Craig (13-10) defeating Jean Paul Marerro, 1-0.

Central Dauphin won six of the first seven bouts to open up a big lead it would never surrender.

Austin Bentz won by forfeit at 106, Jake Cherry captured a tough 4-2 decision over Noah Myers at 113, Tyshawn White was a takedown machine against Daulton Wilson, collecting seven in a 20-9 major at 120, while Levi Williams decked Brandon Fultz in 1:06 at 126.

Isaac Underhill gave up five points in the first period to state-ranked Zach Elvin and that was all the scoring in their 132-pound match. At 138, Hayden Hidlay stopped the bleeding with a fall in 3:17 over Koltyn Eason. Hidlay improved to 27-2 on the year.

Mifflin County is off until the semifinals of the District 6 Duals. The action kicks off Saturday, February 1, in Tyrone.

The Husky junior high squad fell to the Rams by a 45-44 score.

Central Dauphin 35, Mifflin County 27

106: Austin Bentz (CD) won by forfeit.
113: Jake Cherry (CD) dec. Noah Myers, 4-2.
120: Tyshawn White (CD) major dec. Daulton Wilson, 20-9.
126: Levi Williams (CD) pinned Brandon Fultz, 1:06.
132: Zach Elvin (CD) dec. Isaac Underhill, 5-0.
138: Hayden Hidlay (MC) pinned Koltyn Eason, 3:17.
145: Mitch Pleskonko (CD) major dec. Isaac Habbershon, 11-0.
152: Noah Stewart (MC) pinned Marcus Ross, 1:00.
160: Garrett Peppelman (CD) won by forfeit.
170: Keith Corson (MC) dec. Jeff Whitcomb, 9-2.
182: Steve McNeal (CD) dec. Trey Hartsock, 7-6.
195: Timmy Pearce (MC) pinned Sam Evans, 3:20.
220: Kyle Kahley (MC) dec. Ben Mosey, 5-0.
285: Colton Craig (MC) dec. Jean Paul Marerro, 1-0.
Jr. High Score – Central Dauphin 45, Mifflin County 44

Category: High School Wrestling

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