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PA Power Wrestling Preseason Number Ones

| December 13, 2017 | 0 Comments


106: Kurtis Phipps, So, Norwin
113: Ryan Sullivan, Jr, Shaler
120: Doug Zapf, Sr, Downingtown West *
126: Sam Hillegas,So, North Hills *
132: Julian Chlebove, Sr, Northampton *
138: Jared Papcsy, Sr, Bethlehem Catholic
145: Sammy Sasso, Sr, Nazareth *
152: Gage McClenahan, So, BEA
160: Carter Starocci, Jr, Erie Prep
170: Trent Hidlay, Sr, Mifflin County *
182: Josh Stillings, Sr, Pennridge
195: Luke McGonigal, Sr, Clearfield
220: Ian Edenfield, Sr, Highlands
285: Isaac Reid, Sr. Kiski Area


106: Sheldon Seymour, So, Troy Area
113: Beau Bayless, Jr, Reynolds *
120: Jaret Lane, Sr, Southern Columbia *
126: Bronson Garber, Jr, Upper Dauphin
132: Gavin Teasdale, Sr, Jefferson-Morgan *
138: Gabe Miller, Jr, Pequea Valley
145: Cole Matthews, Sr, Reynolds *
152: Justin McCoy, Sr, Chestnut Ridge *
160: Edmond Ruth, Jr, Susquehanna Township *
170: Creighton Edsell, Sr, Wyalusing *
182: Dalton Group, Sr, Susquenita
195: Gavin Hoffman, Sr, Montoursville *
220: Josiah Jones, Sr, Bishop McCort
285: Dan Scheib, Sr, Tri-Valley

*=Returning state champions

Penn State Wrestling Notes – Indiana

| December 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Mifflin County Captures Warwick Duals Championship

| December 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Mifflin County went 3-0 on the day to capture the Warwick Duals championship on Saturday afternoon in Lititz.

The Huskies defeated Strath Haven (68-12), Manheim Township (58-10) and in the finals downed fellow District 6 squad Mount Union by a 38-30 score.

Christian Fisher (113),  Logan Wise (132), Brycen Hassinger (145), Trey Kibe (152) and Trent Hidlay (182/195) went 3-0 on the day. Fisher had three pins, Wise two falls and a tech fall, while Kibe collected three falls.

Mifflin County Records:

106: Andrew Weaver (1-1)
113: Christian Fisher (3-0)
120: Derek Burk (2-1)
126: Josh Snook (2-1)
132: Logan Wise (3-0)
138: John Retherford (2-1)
145: Bryce Hassinger (3-0)
152: Trey Kibe (3-0)
160: Cole Baker (1-2)
170: Anthony Fultz (2-1)
182/195: Trent Hidlay (3-0)
182/195: Jacob Krepps (2-1)
220: Kross Todaro (2-1)
285: Bronson Smith-Price (1-2)

Warwick Duals Results

Mifflin County Hs (MCH) 38, Mount Union Area Hs (MUAH) 30
285: Jake Ryan (MUAH) over Bronson Smith-Price (MCH) (Fall 1:40) 106: Bryce Beatty (MUAH) over (MCH) (For.) 113: Christian Fisher (MCH) over Kevin Morehouse (MUAH) (Fall 3:28) 120: Josh Boozel (MUAH) over Derek Burk (MCH) (Dec 9-4) 126: Caleb Cramer (MUAH) over Josh Snook (MCH) (Dec 8-3) 132: Logan Wise (MCH) over Trevor Skopic (MUAH) (TF 15-0 4:13) 138: John Retherford (MCH) over Johnathan Balles (MUAH) (Fall 2:19) 145: Brycen Hassinger (MCH) over Taven McMickens (MUAH) (Fall 1:40) 152: Trey Kibe (MCH) over Seth Jaymes (MUAH) (Fall 0:54) 160: Caleb Morgan (MUAH) over Cole Baker (MCH) (Dec 7-4) 170: Andrew Todaro (MUAH) over Anthony Fultz (MCH) (Fall 3:58) 182: Jacob Krepps (MCH) over Tucker Helfrick (MUAH) (SV-1 5-3) 195: Trent Hidlay (MCH) over (MUAH) (For.) 220: Levi Hockenberry (MUAH) over Kross Todaro (MCH) (Dec 9-4).

Mifflin County Hs (MCH) 58, Manheim Twp Hs (MTH) 10
220: Kross Todaro (MCH) over Myles Desha (MTH) (Fall 3:17) 285: Bronson Smith-Price (MCH) over (MTH) (For.) 106: Micah Sams 2 (MTH) over Andrew Weaver (MCH) (Dec 7-6) 113: Christian Fisher (MCH) over Hayden Brennan (MTH) (Fall 1:30) 120: Derek Burk (MCH) over (MTH) (For.) 126: Josh Snook (MCH) over Cade Clancy (MTH) (Dec 4-3) 132: Logan Wise (MCH) over Marc Mayo (MTH) (Fall 1:49) 138: David Over (MTH) over John Retherford (MCH) (Dec 9-5) 145: Brycen Hassinger (MCH) over Charlie Leidig (MTH) (MD 12-4) 152: Trey Kibe (MCH) over Ian McCoy (MTH) (Fall 3:28) 160: Cole Baker (MCH) over Alex King (MTH) (Dec 8-3) 170: Anthony Fultz (MCH) over Sam Peters (MTH) (Fall 0:45) 182: Trent Hidlay (MCH) over Jose Lao-Cooper (MTH) (Def.) 195: Carter Hasson (MTH) over Jacob Krepps (MCH) (MD 16-4).

Mifflin County Hs (MCH) 68, Strath Haven Hs (SHH) 12
195: Trent Hidlay (MCH) over Brett Burns (SHH) (TF 24-7 5:00) 220: Kross Todaro (MCH) over (SHH) (For.) 285: Lee Holbert (SHH) over Bronson Smith-Price (MCH) (Fall 1:10) 106: Andrew Weaver (MCH) over Ian Lembo (SHH) (Fall 0:56) 113: Christian Fisher (MCH) over Sal Kaufman (SHH) (Fall 1:35) 120: Derek Burk (MCH) over Alex Hemmingway (SHH) (Fall 1:52) 126: Josh Snook (MCH) over Aiden Malley (SHH) (Dec 4-1) 132: Logan Wise (MCH) over Joe Andraos (SHH) (Fall 0:41) 138: John Retherford (MCH) over Koll Piechel (SHH) (Fall 5:04) 145: Brycen Hassinger (MCH) over Sasha Reiger (SHH) (Fall 5:58) 152: Trey Kibe (MCH) over Dalton Zweier (SHH) (Fall 3:39) 160: John Crawford (SHH) over Cole Baker (MCH) (Fall 3:12) 170: Anthony Fultz (MCH) over Gabe Federico (SHH) (Fall 1:13) 182: Jacob Krepps (MCH) over Bryan Boyer (SHH) (Fall 3:55)

Warwick Duals Preview

| December 7, 2017 | 4 Comments

The Mifflin County wrestling team opens up the 2017-18 season on Saturday at the Warwick Duals.

The Huskies join Mount Union, Warwick, West Perry, Manheim Township, West Chester Rustin, and Strath Haven in the dual meet tournament.

Mifflin County opens with Strath Haven and if victorious, faces Manheim Township in the semifinals. The Huskies will be without the services of Joey Taptich, a regional qualifier a year ago. Taptich broke his hand in practice this week and will be out 5-8 weeks. Junior Josh Snook steps into the starting job at 126.

Dylan Grassmyer (195) broke his thumb during football season and is still a week away from being cleared to wrestle.

Here is the potential starting lineup for the Huskies:

106: Andrew Weaver, Sr.
113: Christian Fisher, Jr.
120: Derek Burk, So.
126: Josh Snook, Jr.
132: Logan Wise, Sr.
138: John Retherford, Jr.
145: Brycen Hassinger, Fr.
152: Trey Kibe, Fr.
160: Cole Baker, Sr.
170: Anthony Fultz, Sr.
182: Trent Hidlay, Sr.
195: Jacob Krepps, So.
220: Kross Todaro, Sr.
285: Bronson Smith-Price, So.

Here are the brackets for Warwick:

Mifflin County vs. Strath Haven
Manheim Township, bye.

Warwick vs. Mount Union
West Perry vs. West Chester Rustin

MC Wrestling 2017-18 Preview: Kirby Martin

| December 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Last year was a transition one for Mifflin County wrestling coach Kirby Martin and his squad. After five years at the top of District 6, the Huskies fell to 6-9 after losing ten starters to graduation.

Mifflin County begins a new season with high expectations, thanks to eight starters returning, including PIAA 160-pound Class AAA champion Trent Hidlay. The past is behind them, and Martin believes ability married with hard work will be the key for the Huskies to return to the upper echelon of the district and beyond.

“Every year I have high expectations and hard work is going to be one of those. I want to make sure our practices are quality ones every time,” Martin said. “On the other end of it, it’s important to remind the kids they need to work hard every day. It’s a choice, so if you can work hard every day, you’re going to get that much better. If you choose to take a day off, you’re going to fall behind your opponent and your goals.”

Hidlay, 38-0 last year and 111-14 overall, is the unquestioned leader of the Huskies. The North Carolina State-bound senior comes into the 2017-18 season chasing history. Hidlay has a chance to join Chief Logan’s Joe Heller as the only two-time state champ in county history. He’s a solid bet to become the first wrestler in county history to advance to three state finals.

“Trent has developed into a very mature wrestler and leader. The reason we have many of the kids on the team this year is because of him going out and saying, you need to wrestle,” Martin said. “His approach to the wrestling team, his training, and getting kids to wrestle, is all excellent. You need guys like that to have someone to look up to and see how it’s done. You can tell them until you’re blue in the face, but until you watch someone who went through the process and is going through it again; he wants to be excellent in everything he does. It is so valuable just to have that person to copy.”

Hidlay is not the only state medalist back in the fold. Junior Christian Fisher (31-9 at 106) placed eighth in Hershey and looks to return as a 113-pounder. Also back are regional qualifiers Joey Taptich (24-12 at 113), Derek Burk (14-18 at 120), and Logan Wise (19-9 at 132). Wise and Taptich are seniors and Burk is a sophomore. Other starters returning are juniors John Retherford (11-15 at 138), Dylan Grassmyer (195) and Brian Smink (145/152).

“If we are going to be more successful than last year they’re going to have to take it up another notch. We need them to be beating good kids ranked in the region, ranked in the state, and if they take that next step, we could have a really good year,” Martin said. “Another thing we need to do is fill all the weight classes. The big thing from last year is we have to cut down the pins and forfeits we gave up last year. That was our real Achilles last year – going into matches knowing we could be giving up five or six pins. If we can put a kid out there who is going to battle and not get pinned, that’s going to be huge for us.”

The Huskies have to replace multiple state qualifier Noah Myers and regional qualifiers Austin Haubrick and Scout Kyper. Luckily for Martin, a solid group of newcomers led by two-time PJW state champion Trey Kibe, sophomore Jacob Krepps and freshman Brycen Hassinger are on the scene.

Additional help and depth arrived thanks to the Husky football team. Besides Krepps and Grassmyer, seniors Cole Baker and Kross Todaro, along with sophomore Bronson Smith-Price dot the roster.

“I’m super excited to have them on the team because number one they bring that competitive edge and that’s not something you can teach,” Martin said. “Number two they are athletic. That in itself is a huge step in the right direction of putting a quality wrestler on the mat. We’ll see how far they can go this year.”

In the end, the goal for Martin is always to do better than the year before with hard work and leadership the foundation to a successful season.

“I want to do better than 6-9. Obviously, that was very frustrating. I want to have a better team record. I do want us as a team to be scrappier. I want us to show more fight in every single match,” Martin said. “I’m hoping for quality practices every day. I think if that’s happening success will build on itself. It’s going to come down to the leaders on this team constantly reminding kids to work hard. The harder you work, the more successful you’ll be.”

Familiar rival Central Mountain is the top dog in the district with Erie Prep the runaway favorite in the Northwest region.

“Central Mountain is going to be super balanced again. No real all-stars but solid all the way through. They have a lot of kids returning who are good wrestlers. They are going to be the top team in District 6,” Martin said. “In the region, it’s not even going to be close. Erie Prep is nationally ranked starting out the year and should be because they are a loaded team. They are going to do really well this year.

Mifflin County Huskies

Overall: 6-9. Mid-Penn Commonwealth: 2-4

Head coach: Kirby Martin. Assistant Coaches: Dale Searer, Tyler Bedelyon, and Dave Wray.