MILL HALL - After a long day of wrestling, the Mifflin County Huskies find themselves in 17th place with four wrestlers still alive for a possible medal in the King of the Mountain tournament at Central Mountain.
"Four our really experienced guys, these are the kinds of tournaments we want to bring them to," Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin said. "In tournaments like this they will get a chance to wrestle state-ranked kids to see where they are in the early season as well as hopefully make some corrections to peak at the end of the year."
While the first day of the tournament was a good test for the experienced Husky wrestlers, it put the young Huskies in a situation that might have been somewhat of a wake-up call.
"For some of our younger guys this was an eye-opening experienced," said Martin. "I am hoping it helps all of our wrestlers to pick up the intensity."
The Huskies had a give-and-take first round while advancing seven wrestlers into the Round of 16.
Taking the first step toward a possible title in the tournament were Noah Myers (113), Daulton Wilson (126), Hayden Hidlay (138), Noah Stewart (152), Keith Corson (160), Trey Hartsock (182) and Timmy Pearce (220).
In the Round of 16, the Huskies went 4-for-7 in terms of pushing wrestlers into the championship quarterfinal round.
Hidlay, the top seed at 138, picked up his second technical fall (18-2, 4:00) over Tanner White of Schuylkill Valley, Stewart was a point better than Brad Malinowski of Fort LeBeouf, Trey Hartsock downed Dom Loffredo of Jersey Shore 7-2 and Pearce slipped by Cal Haines of Redbank Valley with a 3-2 win.
In the quarters, Hidlay continued his dominant wrestling with a 13-0 major decision over Scott Cooper of Biglerville and Stewart made an escape stand up for a 1-0 nod over second-seeded Josh Ortman of Parkland.
"Quite simply he (Hidlay) just grew," Martin said of his wrestler, who moved up from 113. "I think he put on four inches from last year and to be honest about it, making 113 was brutal for him last year. We didn't want to go through something like that again so we decided the best thing for him to do is train at a higher level so right now, 138 is a good weight for him. He can train hard and he feels good and that is what you want your kids saying when they come off the mat."
The two quarterfinalists for the Huskies weren't as fortunate as Hartsock was pinned by Zack Zavitsky of Greater Latrobe, while Seth Janney was a 5-0 winner over Pearce.
"Although Hartsock and Pearce lost, they wrestled very well," said Martin.
Hidlay will meet Joey Alessandro of Hempfield in the semifinals, while Stewart will face Steve Edwards of Burrell.
Wrestling is scheduled to continue this morning with a round of consolations followed by the championship semifinals and another round of consolations at 10:15.
The championship finals and place matches are set to begin at 12:30 p.m.