Missed Opportunities Cost Mifflin County

| January 10, 2013 | 0 Comments
Mifflin County's Kyle Kahley works the tight waste against Central Mountain's Cameron Porter in their 220-pound bout.

                                                   Photo by Tim Shumaker
Mifflin County’s Kyle Kahley works the tight waste against Central Mountain’s Cameron Porter in their 220-pound bout.

So close yet so far away were lyrics to a song Hall & Oates made popular in the 80s.

The Mifflin County wrestling team understands all too well what that phrase means after dropping a 33-29 decision to Central Mountain on Wednesday evening.

Up 26-9 after 145, the Huskies (8-3) saw victory snatched from their grasp by a determined Central Mountain squad.

The Wildcats (7-1) won five of the last six bouts, scoring two falls and three major decisions to get the win.

Perhaps the biggest blows to the Huskies efforts occurred at 170 and 182. Each weight was considered a toss-up coming in; Central Mountain took both by fall.

At 170, McKenon Todaro was down 5-2 in the third when he got caught with a headlock at the edge of the mat and was pinned by Devin Stacey in 5:19. Nick Miller gave the Wildcats the lead for good at 182 with 3:59 fall over Jake Lilley to make it 29-26.

“Anytime late in a match when a team can get two consecutive falls it’s going to give them a little bit more energy,” Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin said. “The key tonight was every kid gave 100 percent effort and I’m pleased with that. When you do that opportunities arise. we had our opportunities.”

Two of those came at 145 and 160.

Mifflin County’s Brandon Wilson had Jacob Watt flat on his back in the third period in what looked like a fall that wasn’t called. Wilson (11-5) ended up with an 11-6 win instead.

At 160, Darion Pierce was down 7-0 to Central Mountain’s Gavin Caprio before reversing and putting the Wildcat to his back for close to a minute in the second period. Unfortunately for Pierce, he couldn’t get the fall and ended up losing by a 15-5 major.

Throw in the forfeit victory by the Wildcats at 113 and you can see the missed opportunities that plagued the Huskies throughout the match.

“Our stretch over Christmas break was not good and Cumberland Valley was not good. I was concerned about how we would respond tonight,” Martin replied. “As a team, the kids up and down the lineup did an outstanding job. This was one of our best matches top to bottom. I feel like we’ve gotten over the little slump we had.”

Central Mountain opened things up with a win at 285 when Caleb Stover made a takedown and reversal stand up for a 4-1 win over Caleb Rhodes.

The Huskies evened things at 3-all when Daulton Wilwon broke a 3-3 tie with two nearfall points in the third period for a 5-3 win at 106.

A forfeit at 113 gave the Wildcats the 9-3 lead. Freshman standout Hayden Hidlay is still out with a concussion.

“He practiced today but when you’re dealing with concussions it’s a slow process,” Martin said. “He needs to get back his stamina and his legs a little bit. Concussions are tricky things.”

Mifflin County rolled to victories in the next five bouts to open up the short-lived 26-9 advantage.

Isaac Underhill picked up a big win at 120 by man-handling Keenan Bottorf by a 9-0 score.

The Wildcat sophomore came in at 12-4 on the year and was bumped up by head coach Doug Buckwalter to face Underhill (18-5). The move failed.

Underhill scored a takedown, reverse and five nearfall points in a dominant display of wrestling.

“We were 99 percent sure they were going to bump Bottorf up. We got Underhill ready. Mentally, you’ve got to prepare for something like that,” Martin said. “I did think because of (Bottorf) moving from 113 to 120 we would be physically stronger and I think that showed in that match.”

Back-to-Back technical falls by Noah Stewart (126) and Lucas Besch (132) stretched the lead to 17-9. Stewart (16-4) scored a 15-0 tech fall over Chase Andrus and Besch improved to 11-7 on the year with an 18-3 tech fall over Sam Watkins.

Mifflin County made it 23-9 when Kevin Bair pulled off a stunning 5:29 second pin over Cole Hanley, who came into the match with a 12-4 record.

Bair (6-5) was down 6-2 in the third before taking Hanley down to his back to register the pin with just 41 ticks on the clock.

“Kevin Bair wrestled a great match,” Martin replied. “He was down but never gave up and was aggressive and going after things the whole time. Good things happen when you keep fighting and don’t quit.”

After Wilson’s victory at 145, the only Huskies win came at 220 when Kyle Kahley scored a 5-3 ovetime win over Cameron Porter at 220. Kahley improved to 12-6 on the season.

“Kahley is just growing by leaps and bounds. He’s really absorbing everything we’re teaching him,” Martin said. “He did an outstanding job wrestling Porter, who is one of the kids who might be favored in our district.”

One thing is certain: Central Mountain is still the team to beat in District 6-AAA but the gap is shrinking. Coach Martin summarized it best.

“There is no favorite in District 6 right now. It’s going to come down to getting your kids to peak at district duals and getting the right matchups,” he said.  “Tonight we wanted to throw our hat into the mix and I think we did.”

Mifflin County hosts State College tonight at 7 pm.

The Mifflin County junior high improved to 15-1 on the season with a 55-30 victory over the Wildcats.

Central Mountain 33, Mifflin County 29

(Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Mifflin County High School)

285: Caleb Stover (CM) dec. Caleb Rhodes, 4-1.
106: Daulton Wilson (MC) dec. Ryan Moore, 5-3.
113: Chris Confer (CM) won by forfeit.
120: Isaac Underhill (MC) major dec. Keenan Bottorf, 9-0.
126: Noah Stewart (MC) tech fall Chase Andrus, 15-0 (5:25).
132: Lucas Besch (MC) tech fall Sam Watkins, 18-3 (4:53).
138: Kevin Bair (MC) pinned Cole Hanley, 5:29.
145: Brandon Wilson (MC) dec. Jacob Watt, 11-6.
152: Chad Reese (CM) major dec. Joe Knarr, 11-3.
160: Gavin Caprio (CM) major dec. Darion Pierce, 15-5.
170: Devin Stacey (CM) pinned McKenon Todaro, 5:19.
182: Nick Miller (CM) pinned Jake Lilley, 3:59.
195: Blaze Buckwalter (CM) major dec. Tre Carter, 10-2.
220: Kyle Kahley (MC) dec. Cameron Porter, 5-3 OT.

Junior High: Mifflin County 55, Central Mountain 30

Category: High School Wrestling

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