Huskies Tame the Mountain Lions 48-17

| January 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Mifflin County wrestling team got off to a fast start and never took its foot off the gas in a 48-17 thrashing of Altoona Wednesday night.

The Huskies (6-1) won nine of the contested 13 bouts, scoring bonus points in eight of those to kick off the New Year on a high note.

“You always want to have as many bonus points as possible because you never know what circumstances could happen in a match, so it’s very important to have a cushion,” Husky coach Kirby Martin said. “The first couple kids did a great job of getting out to a fast start, picking up some key pins, and giving us momentum.”

Mifflin County kicked things off with a bang – winning three straight matches by pin to jump out to an 18-0 lead.

The match opened at 138 with John Retherford (9-6) scoring a pin in 5:03 over Jordan Wagner. With the score knotted at 6-6 in the third, Retherford reversed Wagner to his back for the fall. Brycen Hassinger followed at 145 with a fall in 4:35 over William Echols. The Husky freshman owned an 11-1 lead at the time of the pin. Frosh Trey Kibe (16-4), ranked 18th in the state at 152, dominated Andrew Beach with four takedowns in the first period before clamping him in 1:03.

The Mountain Lions (0-2) cut the deficit to 18-11 when Hayden Boutiller tech falled Cole Baker 15-0 in four minutes of their 160-pound match, and Devon York, down 6-2, caught Haydn Crum, threw him to his back, and scored the fall in 5:18.

Mifflin County put the match away winning five straight for a 42-11 advantage. Jacob Krepps (8-6) dropped down to 182 and cradled Colin Allmond for the fall in 3:08.

Trent Hidlay (17-0), ranked first in the state at 182, jumped up to 195 to take on sixth-ranked Parker McClellan in the feature match of the evening. McClellan, who came in unbeaten at 10-0, didn’t stand a chance. Hidlay used his under hook to high single for a takedown in the first and two in the second for the 7-2 victory. The Husky senior owns a 55-match winning streak.

At 220, Kross Todaro (11-6) keeps getting better in his first year on the mats. The Husky senior scored four takedowns off a sweet blast double for a 12-3 lead before Nate Simmers bowed out to an injured knee at 4:14. Simmers, who dropped a weight, came in ranked 16th at heavyweight.

“We still have to get him to buy in on just how good he can be. His blast doubles tonight were outstanding and I’m hoping he’s learning to get a sense of how potent it can be in matches,” Martin said.

Bronson Smith-Price locked up the dual with a late takedown for the 6-4 win over Adam Port. Smith-Price wore down the Mountain Lion, rallying from a 4-2 deficit with a four-point third period.

“Bronson is a hard worker. Nobody sees how well and how much he pushed himself during practice,” Martin said. “I’m so excited that he finally had a match like that were his conditioning put him in a position to win. He did an outstanding job of using his mass to get the kid tired to score the winning takedown.”

Andrew Weaver ended the run with a quick takedown and fall over Sheed Corl in 26 seconds at 106 pounds. Altoona scored its final two victories when Matt Sarbo (120) defeated Derek Burk 9-6, and Damian Finnegan beat Josh Snook 10-4 at 126.

Logan Wise (11-5) recorded the final win for the Huskies, pinning Gavin Wagner in 3:45. There was no match at 113. The Mountain Lions had no entry and for Mifflin County, Christian Fisher was 1/10th of a pound overweight.

“I’m excited for the kids. This senior group was on some very good teams. Last year was frustrating so for this senior group to be 6-1 is great, but the reality is we have a lot of work to do yet,” Martin said. “I’m hoping the whole team continues to buy into the mentality of who’s next and when you step on the mat turn the switch on and get after it.”

Mifflin County won the takedown battle 22-12. The Husky junior high won 52-45. Mifflin County hosts Mid-Penn Rival Central Dauphin today at 7 p.m.

“Central Dauphin is a well-coached team. They are consistently good. Some years more powerful than others,” Martin said. “If we give up too many bonus points we’re going to have a hard time winning. The first thing we need to do is believe that we can beat them. I’ll remind them of two years ago (when we should have beat them) to fuel the fire.”

Mifflin County (MCH) 48, Altoona (AAH) 17
138: John Retherford (MCH) over Jordan Wagner (AAH) (Fall 5:03) 145: Brycen Hassinger (MCH) over William Echols (AAH) (Fall 4:35) 152: Trey Kibe (MCH) over Andrew Beach (AAH) (Fall 1:03) 160: Haden Boutiller (AAH) over Cole Baker (MCH) (TF 15-0 4:00) 170: Devon York (AAH) over Hadyn Crum (MCH) (Fall 5:18) 182: Jacob Krepps (MCH) over Colin Allmond (AAH) (Fall 3:08) 195: Trent Hidlay (MCH) over Parker McClellan (AAH) (Dec 7-2) 220: Kross Todaro (MCH) over Nate Simmers (AAH) (Def.) 285: Bronson Smith-Price (MCH) over Adam Port (AAH) (Dec 6-4) 106: Andrew Weaver (MCH) over Sheed Corl (AAH) (Fall 0:26) 113: Double Forfeit 120: Matt Sarbo (AAH) over Derek Burk (MCH) (Dec 9-6) 126: Damion Finnegan (AAH) over Josh Snook (MCH) (Dec 10-4) 132: Logan Wise (MCH) over Gavin Wagner (AAH) (Fall 3:45).

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