Huskies Fall Short Against Central Dauphin

| January 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Mifflin County needed a perfect outing to have a chance of beating Central Dauphin in its Mid-Penn Commonwealth wrestling match Thursday night. Unfortunately, the Huskies came up short in some toss-up matches in a 35-26 loss to the Rams.

Central Dauphin (2-1, 2-1) won eight bouts scoring bonus points in five, while Mifflin County (6-2, 2-2) had six victories with four of those bonus babies.

“This was a match where every person in the lineup needed to do their job. A few spots did, but we needed more guys to go out there and do their job. That was the speech that we talked about,” Martin said. “If we want to beat the Chambersburg’s, Central Dauphin’s and Cumberland Valley’s we’ve got to have every guy do his job. You can’t over-respect a team and you can’t go through the motions in practice. If you’re not improving yourself one percent every day, we are going to have matches like this.”

Down 17-14, the Rams swept from 126 through 145 scoring bonus points in three of the four bouts to salt the dual meet away.

At 126, Paul Daube scored two takedowns in the first and reversals in the second and third to defeat Josh Snook 9-5. Chris Wright (16-1), ranked second in the state at 126, bumped up to 132 and took care of Logan Wise, scoring the 16-1 technical fall. Andrew Wert (14-2), ranked third and 132, moved up to 138 and pinned John Retherford in 3:32. Central Dauphin completed the run when Hunter Bentz (10-4) defeated Brycen Hassinger by a 14-0 major at 145.

When the dust settled, the Huskies trailed 32-17 with three matches to go in the dual. Cole Baker dropped down to 152 and scored a takedown and a nearfall in the first for the 4-0 lead over Spencer Black. The Husky senior held on for a 5-4 victory setting the stage for freshman standout Trey Kibe.

Needing two pins to take the match to criteria, Kibe (17-4) did his part with a fall in 5:21 over Kollin McCullough in 5:21. Kibe held a 13-1 lead at the time of the fall thanks to three takedowns and a wicked power half that racked up six nearfall points.

“Kibe is doing an outstanding job of learning the intensity you need to wrestle every single match you step out there,” Martin said. “You don’t take anybody lightly, and if you continue to grind for three periods, you’ll beat a lot of kids.”

Any hopes for a comeback ended when Anthony Fultz, back in the lineup after nursing an injury, dropped a 9-2 decision to Jackson Talbott.

“Bouncing back from this defeat is a choice the kids have to make. They can show up to practice tomorrow and pout around or do something about it,” Martin said. “Improve and individually get better. If they do that, then the team will get better.”

The match started at 182 with Cian Blythe scoring a 16-0 technical fall over Jacob Krepps to give the Rams a 5-0 lead.

Mifflin County answered with a forfeit win for Trent Hidlay (18-0) at 195. Hidlay moved up to 195 to take on state-ranked Mitchell Talbott. CD coach Jeff Sweigard forfeited to Hidlay and moved Talbott up to take on Kross Todaro at 220.

It was a move that backfired in a big way.

For the second time in as many days, Todaro, who keeps getting better by the minute, dominated a ranked wrestler scoring six takedowns for a 13-5 major over Talbott.

“It feels pretty good. I’m a lot more comfortable out there. Before these two matches I probably had about two takedowns,” Todaro said. “But Coach Martin told me to use the blast double, blast double, blast double and I’m pretty comfortable with that. I have to work on some other moves, but I like the blast double. The more time I get on the mat, the more confident I get.”

Martin feels the sky is the limit for Todaro despite his lack of experience on the mats.

“With Todaro, he continues to believe in himself and when someone who hasn’t wrestled for a very long time, it looks like things are starting to click for him,” Martin said. “It doesn’t mean things will get easier for him, but if he continues to buy into what we do and buy into himself, he can be dangerous.”

Carter Urich defeated Bronson-Smith Price 1-0 at heavyweight to make it 10-8 Huskies. Mifflin County suffered a crushing defeat at 106 when Andrew Weaver up 7-1, shot in with his elbows out and got thrown to his back by Josh Miller for the fall in 4:19.

Mifflin County won the next two when Christian Fisher (15-4) majored Tye Weathersby 13-2 and Derek Burk won an exciting 12-10 decision over Mitchell Arch at 120.  The 17-14 lead was the last for the Huskies.

“It was a great match for Derek. It was a back-and-forth match. He gave up some bad position at times, but he continued to grind it out,” Martin said. “He did a very good job against a very unorthodox wrestler.”

Central Dauphin won the takedown tally 18-13. The Husky junior high lost 51-46. Mifflin County travels to Harrisburg on Tuesday, January 9th.

Central Dauphin (CDH) 35, Mifflin County (MCH) 26
182: Cian Blythe (CDH) over Jacob Krepps (MCH) (TF 16-0 4:58) 
195: Trent Hidlay (MCH) over   (CDH) (For.) 
220: Kross Todaro (MCH) over Mitchell Talbott (CDH) (MD 13-5) 
285: Carter  Urich (CDH) over Bronson Smith-Price (MCH) (Dec 1-0) 
106: Josh  Miller (CDH) over Andrew  Weaver (MCH) (Fall 4:19) 
113: Christian Fisher (MCH) over Tye Weathersby (CDH) (MD 13-2) 
120: Derek Burk (MCH) over Mitchell  Arch (CDH) (Dec 12-9) 
126: Paul Daube (CDH) over Josh Snook (MCH) (Dec 9-5) 
132: Chris  Wright (CDH) over Logan Wise (MCH) (TF 16-1 5:40) 
138: Andrew Wert (CDH) over John Retherford (MCH) (Fall 3:32) 
145: Hunter Bentz (CDH) over Brycen Hassinger (MCH) (MD 14-0) 
152: Cole Baker (MCH) over Spencer Black (CDH) (Dec 5-4) 
160: Trey Kibe (MCH) over Kollin McCullough (CDH) (Fall 5:21) 
170: Jackson Talbott (CDH) over Anthony Fultz (MCH) (Dec 9-2)


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