Mifflin County Sends Four to States and Makes History

| March 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kirby Martin

On to Chocolate Town

The day for Mifflin County at the Northwest Regional Class AAA tournament was impressive to say the least.

Four state qualifiers, a history making two regional champions, and a huge victory by Trey Hartsock that will have the whole state buzzing this morning.

The Huskies are sending champions Hayden Hidlay (138) and Hartsock (182), along with second-place finisher Noah Stewart (152) and third-place finisher Timmy Pearce (195) to Hershey for the PIAA state wrestling championships, held this week at the Giant Center.

Mifflin County’s two regional champions mark the first time a county school has had two regional champs in the same year since 1959.

And while making history is great, what Hartsock did in his run to a title was even more impressive.

In the 182-pound semifinals, the Husky sophomore faced Tyree Spearman of Erie McDowell, the second ranked wrestler in the state coming in and a fifth-place finisher in Hershey a year ago.

No one gave Hartsock much of a chance except the one who matters most – Hartsock himself.

After a scoreless first, Spearman escaped and hit a takedown for a 3-0 lead. He wouldn’t score another point the rest of the match. Hartsock escaped and took Spearman down to even things at 3-3 with one period left. Another Hartsock escape proved to be the difference in the big win.

In the finals, Hartsock captured his first regional title, to go along with his district crown he won last week, by beating Philipsburg’s Dennis Lumadue, 3-1. A takedown in the first was all Hartsock (30-10) needed.

In the feature match of the tournament,  Hidlay  squared off with previously unbeaten Kaleb Young of Punxsutawney in the finals.

They did not disappoint.

The Husky sophomore, second at regionals a year ago, made sure that wouldn’t happen again with a four-point second period en route to the 4-2 victory.

A reversal and takedown was all Hidlay (35-2) would need with Young never getting close to scoring. Young, sixth-ranked in the state and one notch below Hidlay, fell to 29-1 on the season.

Stewart guaranteed himself a spot at Hershey by rolling to the finals with two technical falls without surrendering a point.

His opponent in the finals – old nemesis and proverbial thorn in the side – D.J. Hollingshead of Altoona.

The Mountain Lion junior is very hard to score upon and that proved true for Stewart in the finals. All the Husky sophomore could manage was two escapes in a 4-2 loss, the third time Stewart (33-8) has come up short against Hollingshead this season.

Pearce ran into a buzzsaw in Tom Sleigh of DuBois in the semifinals. Sleigh, ranked first in the state, defeated Pearce 16-0, dropping him into the consolations.

The Husky senior had a tough 3-2 tiebreaker win over Central Mountain’s Loc Long to advance to the third-place match. With states riding on the line, Pearce (32-9) came up big like he’s done all season.

Against Selinsgrove’s Austin Lewis, Pearce took advantage of a sloppy shot and planted the Seal to his back for a five-point move. The Husky cruised the rest of the way, earning a 10-4 victory and a trip to Chocolatetown.

Noah Myers (113), Isaac Underhill (132), Brandon Wilson (160), Kyle Kahley (220) and Colton Craig (285) all saw their excellent seasons come to an end on Saturday.

The PIAA state tournament gets underway on Thursday.

Mifflin County Results

First Round
113: Aaron Ehrgott, Meadville dec. Noah Myers, 8-6
132: Isaac Underhill dec. Owen Watkins, General McLane, 4-0
138: Hayden Hidlay, bye.
152: Noah Stewart tech fall Jared Carlson, Strong Vincent, 15-0 (4:11).
160: Brandon Wilson pinned Dustin Coles, Bradford, 3:13.
182: Trey Hartsock major dec. Cody Gunn, Warren, 13-1.
195: Timmy Pearce dec. Daniel Salinas, Saint Mary’s, 5-2.
220: Kyle Kahley dec. Luke Carr, Meadville, 6-5.
285: Colton Craig, bye.

Consolation First Round
113: Noah Myers, bye.

Quarterfinals
132: Joel Bowers, Punxsutawney dec. Isaac Underhill, 4-1.
138: Hayden Hidlay pinned Robert Harris, Erie Tech, 2:13.
152: Noah Stewart tech fall Perry Arrington, Punxsutawney, 16-0 (5:53).
160: Ehrin Lee, Titusville dec. Brandon Wilson, 8-1.
182: Trey Hartsock major dec. Cory Dreibelbis, State College, 11-3.
195: Timmy Pearce major dec. Zach Rindfuss, Erie McDowell, 12-2.
220: Dwayne Pepper, Shikellamy dec. Kyle Kahley, 3-2.
285: Colton Craig dec. Luke Shiock, Punxsutawney, 4-2.

Consolation Second Round
113: Luke Leathers, Bellefonte pinned Noah Myers, 2:38. (Myers eliminated)
132: Isaac Underhill dec. Alex Root, Erie Prep, 3-1.
160: Brandon Wilson dec. Brinton Simington, Altoona, 6-3.
220: Alex Streich, Warren dec. Kyle Kahley, 1-0. (Kahley eliminated)

Semifinals
138: Hayden Hidlay dec. Keller Watkins, General McLane, 9-3.
152: Noah Stewart dec. Ryan Dailey, Erie McDowell, 3-1.
182: Trey Hartsock dec. Tyree Spearman, Erie McDowell, 4-3.
195: Tom Sleigh, DuBois tech fall Timmy Pearce, 16-0 (2:42).
285: Scot Augustine, Erie McDowell dec. Colton Craig, 3-2.

Consolation Quarterfinals
132: John Ciotti, Erie Prep dec. Isaac Underhill, 5-3 UTB. (Underhill eliminated)
160: Joe Campanella, Erie McDowell dec. Brandon Wilson, 4-3. (Wilson eliminated)
195: Timmy Pearce dec. Luc Long, Central Mountain, 3-2 TB.
285: Jacob Verchick, Clearfield dec. Colton Craig, 2-1 TB. (Craig eliminated)

2014 NW AAA Regional Finals
106: Charlie Lennox, Erie McDowell dec. Carmine Ciotti, Erie Prep, 3-0.
113: Joe Wheeling, General McLane dec. Damian Huff, Hollidaysburg, 5-3.
120: Jake Gromacki, Erie Prep dec. Roshaun Cooley, Williamsport, 7-0.
126: Shae Bloom, DuBois dec. D.J. Fehlman, Warren, 7-0.
132: Trevor Corl, Bellefonte dec. Joel Bowers, Punxsutawney, 3-1.
138: Hayden Hidlay, Mifflin County dec. Kaleb Young, Punxsutawny, 4-2.
145: Deane Twitchell, General McLane dec. Demetri Probst, Central Mountain, 3-1 OT.
152: D.J. Hollingshead, Altoona dec. Noah Stewart, Mifflin County, 4-2.
160: Ehrin Lee, Titusville dec. Chad Reese, Central Mountain, 3-2.
170: Trent Zdarko, Oil City dec. Coleman Cousins, Erie McDowell, 7-2.
182: Trey Hartsock, Mifflin County dec.Dennis Lumadue, Philipsburg-Osceola, 3-1.
195: Tom Sleigh, DuBois tech fall Chris Laird, General McLane, 15-0 (3:43).
220: Dwayne Pepper, Shikellamy dec. Ian Mallory, General McLane, 9-4.
285: Scot Augustine, Erie McDowell dec. Josh Fye, Bald Eagle Area, 3-1.

Third Place
106: Cole Manley, Altoona dec. Geo Barzona, Central Mountain, 1-0.
113: Chris Thompson, Philipsburg-Osceola dec. Aaron Ehrgott, Meadville, 11-4.
120: Brock Port, Bellefonte major dec. Keanan Bottorf, Central Mountain, 12-4.
126: Noah Cline, Clearfield dec. Kyle Luben, Meadville, 1-0.
132: John Ciotti, Erie Prep pinned Dalton Long, Hollidaysburg, 2:41.
138: Mike Kauffman, State College dec. Keller Watkins, General McLane, 11-6.
145: Hadyn Swartwood, Jersey Shore dec. Josh Schuckers, Punxsutawney, 5-3 OT.
152: Cameron Jacobson, Allderdice dec. Mike Sutton, General McLane, 1-0.
160: Ethan Laird, General McLane dec. Seth Young, Jersey Shore, 10-4.
170: Gavin Caprio, Central Mountain dec. Chris Starocci, Strong Vincent, 1-0.
182: Tyree Spearman, Erie McDowell major dec. Derek Taylor, Saint Mary’s, 11-3.
195: Timmy Pearce, Mifflin County dec. Austin Lewis, Selinsgrove, 10-4.
220: Andrew Boob, Selinsgrove dec. Nick Gray, Philipsburg-Osceola, 3-1.
285: Jacob Verchick, Clearfield dec. Bryce Hanley, Central Mountain, 4-2 TB.

Team Standings (Top 10)
1. General McLane 133.5
2. Erie McDowell 110
3. Central Mountain 91
4. Mifflin County 90
5. Philipsburg-Osceola 68
6. Punxsutawney 60
7. Bellefonte 55.5
8. DuBois 53.5
9. Saint Mary’s 52.5
10. Erie Prep 50

Category: High School Wrestling

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