Martin, Staff Win All Coaching Awards at District 6 Class AAA Tourney

| February 24, 2013 | 0 Comments
Kirby Martin being presented with the District 6 Class AAA Coach of the Year Award.

Kirby Martin being presented with the District 6 Class AAA Coach of the Year Award.

The history-making performance of Mifflin County at the District 6 Class AAA tournament continued on even after all the wrestling ended.

It was time to award the hardware and the Huskies took everything except the OW Award.

Kirby Martin became the first coach since the legendary Charlie Roselle to win the District 6 Class AAA Coach of the Year award. Roselle won it four times, the last coming in 1979 as head coach of the Chief Logan Mingoes.

Could there have been any other choice?

Martin led his charges to a 16-7 record competing in the Mid-Penn Conference, captured the county’s first District 6-AAA Duals championship and a berth in the PIAA State Duals for the first time.

At the individual tourney, the Huskies pushed 10 through to regionals, crowing three champions. Quite a season and the reasons are clear why Martin was the obvious choice for the award.

“The recognition is significant. There areĀ  a lot of great coaches in District 6,” said Martin. “Personally, I want to be among them because that means I’m working hard and hopefully helping our kids to be successful. It’s humbling because of who else is in the district as a head coach, but at the same time I think it means we’re heading in the right direction.”

Also, the coaching staff of Martin, Dale Searer, Joe Eckenroth and Adam Stout were named District 6 Coaching Staff of the year.

“It’s a great honor. We worked hard all season. It pays off and it’s good people are noticing,” said Searer. “We had a pretty good number in our head of what we would get through to regionals. Ten is better than what we thought. It was awesome.”

“It feels good. I’m glad the kids have had the success they’ve had,” said Eckenroth. “This is why we are all in it. To give back to a sport that gave so much to us. Hopefully, we can carry what we did here at districts into next week and then states. Everybody from the bottom to the top gave us the little victories we needed to win. It was a total team effort.

“It’s been Central Mountain’s district for so long. Central Mountain and Bald Eagle Area set the example for everyone in the district and to come out on top of them doesn’t happen every day. We are very pleased with our kids and the way they wrestled.”

Capping it off was “Big Bad” Bill Shafranich winning his second consecutive District 6-AAA Junior High Coach of the Year award after his Huskies capped off a 24-1 season.

The top coaching staff in varsity and junior high, along with the sweep of the District 6 dual and district crowns.

What a year it’s been for Mifflin County wrestling with much more to come.

(Editor’s note: I forgot to mention Kyle Bove as one of the assistants on the Husky staff. Kyle was a two-time state placer from Kennett).

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