Huskies Looking to Take Next Step at D6 Duals

| February 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Mifflin County got a taste of what winning the District 6 Class AAA Duals championship would feel like after reaching the finals last season.

The Huskies came up on the short end to Central Mountain and now coach Kirby Martin and company are focused on bringing home the crown and gaining a berth in the PIAA Dual Meet Championships.

Standing in the way of that goal is Bellefonte, who Mifflin County will face at 5:00 pm Saturday in the semifinals at Tyrone High School. The winner advances to the finals against the winner of Central Mountain-Bald Eagle Area. The championship match takes place at 7 pm.

The Red Raiders bring in a 13-3 mark after defeating Altoona 42-36 in the opening round of the duals and Central 48-22 last night.

Bellefonte is lead by Nick Shawley, ranked No. 8 in the state, at 170 and Garrett Poorman, ranked No. 11 at 285. Shawley (21-3) and Poorman (22-4) placed fourth and seventh at states respectively last season.

Other top wrestlers for the Red Raiders are Luke Leathers (18-4) at 106, Aaron Witherite (13-9) at 113 and Trevor Corl (18-2) at 120. Corl was a regional qualifier last season.

The Wildcats (11-1) are the top seed and winners of the last five district team titles. Central Mountain features four ranked wrestlers and a solid group of kids throughout the lineup.

Leading the way for Central  Mountain are Chad Reese (19-7) at 152, Devin Stacey (16-1) at 170, Blaze Buckwalter (21-5) at 195 and Caleb Stover (13-4) at 285. Buckwalter and Stover are ranked tenth, while Stacey and Reese are rated No. 24. Other top contributors include Keenan Bottorf (16-8) at 113, Cole Hanley (16-8) at 132/138, Gavin Caprio (18-8) at 160 and Cameron Porter (14-8) at 220.

The Huskies dropped a 33-29 decision to the Wildcats on January 9th without the services of top freshman Hayden Hidlay.

BEA (9-2) is trying to win a ninth team title and will depend on its heavyweights if it wants to have a chance of knocking off Central Mountain.

Jacob Taylor, son of former Eagle PIAA champ Doug Taylor, is 23-0 and ranked No. 1 in the state at 182. Taylor was third at Hershey a year ago. Aaron Varner (20-3), sixth in the state last year,  is No. 8 at 195, while Nate Sharkey (18-5) is No. 12 at 220. Sharkey was a state qualifier in 2012. Travis Geidroc (17-8) is ranked No. 25 at 113.

Here are the potential match-ups for the Bellefonte dual:

(Mifflin County wrestlers are listed first)

106: Daulton Wilson, 10th (16-10) vs. Luke Leathers, 10th (18-4)
113: No. 10 Hayden Hidlay, 9th (19-2) vs. Aaron Witherite, 9th (13-9)
120: Isaac Underhill, 10th (25-6) vs. Trevor Corl, 10th (18-2)
126: Noah Stewart, 9th (22-5) vs. Zach Musser, 10th (6-9) or Nate Rosenberger, 10th (12-9)
132: No. 23 Lucas Besch, 12th (18-8) vs. Musser or Rosenberger
138: Kevin Bair, 12th (9-9) vs. Tim Shirk, 11th (0-6) or Tanner Day, 10th (6-7)
145: Brandon Wilson, 9th (18-5) vs. Dillon Kephart, 9th (8-12) or Dillon Ault, 10th (2-15)
152: Joe Knarr, 12th (19-10) vs. Kephart or Ault
160: McKenon Todaro (8-7) vs. Austin Cable, 11th (9-13)
170: Keith Corson, 11th (4-12) vs. No. 7 Nick Shawley, 12th (21-3)
182: Jake Lilley, 11th (7-11) vs. Austin Phillips, 12th (6-13)
195: Tre Carter, 11th (13-12) vs. Tim Benford, 9th (1-11)
220: Kyle Kahley, 11th (19-7) vs. Toby Cain, 11th (6-10)
285: Caleb Rhodes, 12th (11-8) vs. No. 11 Garrett Poorman, 12th (22-4)

District 6 Team Duals Titles By School

Class AAA
1. Bald Eagle Area _ 8 (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006)
2. Central Mountain _ 5 (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
3. State College _ 4 (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003)
4. Bellefonte _ 1 (2007)

Category: High School Wrestling

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