Mifflin County Bounces Back with Dominating Win Over Little Lions

| January 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

The true litmus test of a good team is how it bounces back from adversity.  The Mifflin County wrestling squad faced that test after Wednesday’s gut-wrenching 33-29 loss to Central Mountain.

With less than 24 hours to turn things around, the Huskies passed their test with flying colors, rolling over State College 54-9 Thursday evening in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth matchup at the Husky gym.

How dominant was Mifflin County?

A 19-2 takedown advantage for starters. Want some more?

The Huskies won 12 of the 13 contested bouts and scored bonus points in eight of their victories. It was a team focused, intense and looking for the pin. Just what head coach Kirby Martin and his staff of Dale Searer, Joe Eckenroth, Adam Stout and Stephen King were looking for.

“There was a little bit of concern coming off the emotions of Wednesday night, but I told the kids we wanted to keep moving forward, pushing…getting ready for the district duals. I thought we were pretty crisp tonight,” Martin said. “We’ve been working on trying to have a first move on top and take them down and go to work. Tonight was a better night for winning in the top position.

“As a coaching staff we told them to stay focused and put last night (Wednesday) behind them. The kids did a good job of staying focused on the task at hand.”

Kyle Kahley got things off on the right foot and set the tone for the evening by hooking up a cradle on Joaquin Alvarez and decking him in 2:26 of their 220-pound bout. Kahley improved to 13-6 on the season.

At 285, Caleb Rhodes (7-5) made a third-period escape hold up for a 1-0 victory over Joseph Kusmierz-Mobley.

The Little Lions (3-11, 1-4 Mid-Penn) evened things at 9-9 when Kyle Catral (9-8) defeated Daulton Wilson 4-1 at 106, and a forfeit victory for Anthony Myers (13-3) at 113.

Mifflin County (9-3, 3-1 Mid-Penn) wouldn’t taste defeat the rest of the night.

Isaac Underhill continued his impressive wrestling with a 3:42 fall over Daniel Sills at 120. Underhill (19-5) had a 6-1 lead at the time of the fall and Sills, a regional qualifier a year ago, had no answer for the Husky sophomore.

Noah Stewart followed at 126 and came away with a solid 5-0 blanking of Jake Haun at 126. The Husky freshman, now 17-4 on the season, had a takedown in the first and an escape and takedown in the second for the win.

Bonus points rained down for Mifflin County in the next four bouts moving the Huskies lead to 36-9.

Lucas Besch picked up an impressive 12-4 major over Mike Kauffman at 132. Kauffman, a state qualifier a year ago at 106, was no match for Besch (12-7), who had three takedowns, three escapes and three nearfall points.

At 138, Kevin Bair continued his impressive wrestling with a 12-3 major over J.B. Holden. Bair (7-5) took a 2-0 lead after one when he scored a takedown at the edge of the mat with eight seconds left in the period. In the second, a standing cradle by Bair gave him three more points and a takedown after a Holden escape made it 7-1 after two. A reversal and three point nearfall in the third locked up the major decision.

Freshman Brandon Wilson upped his record to 12-5 with a 13-5 major over Derek Horner at 145. Wilson controlled the match with his nice double leg attack and solid work on top. Wilson picked up the major with a late takedown and two nearfall points in the third.

Senior Joe Knarr ended the bonus point bonanza with a dominating victory over Jarrad Price at 152. Knarr (14-8) took a 15-1 lead after the first period before recording a fall in 3:12. His win clinched the victory for the Huskies.

“That’s going to be huge for things like the district duals. We need bonus points. That’s why we were pushing for bonus points tonight,” Martin said. “Getting the first takedown in matches is huge. We were in spots, too, where we had to counter and I thought we did a good job of that as well.”

It was a redemption of sorts from 160 to 182. Darion Pierce, McKenon Todaro and Jake Lilley all suffered key losses against Central Mountain, but they righted the ship quickly by getting bounce-back wins against State College.

At 160, Pierce scored a two-point nearfall with four seconds on the clock to come away with the 2-0 win over Alex Stover. Todaro took down David Femberg, locked up the cradle and flattened him in 38 seconds of their 170-pound match. At 182, Lilley scored two takedowns in the first, a reversal in the second, and a reversal and three nearfall points in the third for the 11-6 win over Jack Vandervort.

“For those kids, they’ve been working hard and tonight was a chance for them to reap some of the benefits of their hard work,” Martin said. “To their credit, there was no letup from last night. It would be easy for them to hang their heads and not show up tonight, but that wasn’t the case.”

Tre Carter closed out the evening festivities with a quick 34-second fall over Aaron Forrer-Lewis at 195.

The junior high team improved to 16-1 with a 67-32 win over the Little Lions. Mifflin County scored 50 unanswered points to claim the victory.

Mifflin County travels to Chambersburg on Jan. 17.

Mifflin County 54, State College 9

(Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Mifflin County High School)

220: Kyle Kahley (MC) pinned Joaquin Alvarez, 2:26.
285: Caleb Rhodes (MC) dec. Joseph Kusmierz-Mobley, 1-0.
106: Kyle Catral (SC) dec. Daulton Wilson, 4-1.
113: Anthony Myers (SC) won by forfeit.
120: Isaac Underhill (MC) pinned Daniel Sills, 3:42.
126: Noah Stewart (MC) dec. Jake Haun, 5-0.
132: Lucas Besch (MC) major dec. Mike Kauffman, 12-4.
138: Kevin Bair (MC) major dec. J.B. Holden, 12-3.
145: Brandon Wilson (MC) major dec. Derek Horner, 13-5.
152: Joe Knarr (MC) pinned Jarrad Price, 3:12
160: Darion Pierce (MC) dec. Alex Stover, 2-0.
170: McKenon Todaro (MC) pinned David Fremberg, :38.
182: Jake Lilley (MC) dec. Jack Vandervort, 11-6.
195: Tre Carter (MC) pinned Aaron Forrer-Lewis, :34.

Junior High: Mifflin County 67, State College 32

Category: High School Wrestling

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