Carson’s Corner: Martin Keeps Mifflin County Focused on Big Picture

| February 4, 2013 | 0 Comments


Mifflin County head coach Kirby Martin has a simple formula for success – hard work, consistency and focus.

It’s a formula that’s produced a two-year record of 34-10 and a first-ever District 6 Class AAA Dual Meet Championship for the Huskies.

Don’t look for the success to stop right here.

Martin and his staff are focused on the big picture, that being more District 6 team championships, individual champions and making Mifflin County a consistent state power.

The kids have bought in and with a strong junior high class coming up and feeding the varsity over the next two or three years, Martin may see his long-term vision come to fruition sooner rather than later.

“We have some hammers in there,” Martin said. “They are young so it will be exciting to watch them progress even more this year, but certainly in the next couple of years.”

Make no mistake. The District 6 team title, the first ever for a Mifflin County team, was no fluke. The Huskies did what no one could for the past 18 years; end the stranglehold of dominance by Central Mountain and the Centre County teams.

Mifflin County is only the fifth team to claim a District 6 Duals title in the 19 years the championships existence. BEA won eight, Central Mountain 5, State College 4, while Bellefonte and the Huskies have one each.

Next up is a first ever state berth and a meeting with either District 11 runner-up Parkland or Wilson (West Lawn), the District 3 fourth-place finisher. This is uncharted territory for a Mifflin County squad, but the experience will yield positive results no matter what the outcome is.

Why? As Martin said, the Huskies are young and talented.

Only four starters graduate (Lucas Besch, Kevin Bair, Joe Knarr and Caleb Rhodes) and the core of the team are freshmen and sophomores. With a solid class led by Quentin Milliken, Andrew Wert, Trey Hartsock, Mike Bielski, Kyle Smith, Noah Myers and Dalton Hildebrandt on the way up from junior high, repeat state appearances should happen with regularity.

All season long, especially after every setback, Martin would reiterate like a broken record his mantra of hard work, consistency and focus.

It’s the laser-like focus and attention to detail all good coaches have that propelled the Huskies to the mountaintop of District 6 wrestling. Next year they’ll be the ones with the bullseye on their backs. Martin and company wouldn’t want it any other way.

There is still more work to be done. After state duals comes the Road to Hershey for the youngsters. With Brandon Wilson and McKenon Todaro absent from the lineup, Martin hopes to have his full contingent ready in time for districts.

“Overall, I really like where the kids are,” Martin said. “We still aren’t at a hundred percent. We had one of our regulars out of the lineup tonight and we have another one who is ineligible. I am hoping by the time districts rolls around that we will have everybody in the lineup who is supposed to be there.”

A full, completely health lineup. Scary thought for the rest of District 6.

Mifflin County has become one of the big dogs, an alpha male of the pack, and it’s all happening because the wrestlers have bought into the Kirby Martin formula for success.




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