Wrestling trio honored by Mifflin County
LEWISTOWN – An enthusiastic, appreciative crowd was on hand at the Mifflin County high school gymnasium to honor PIAA champion Trent Hidlay, state place winner Christian Fisher and state qualifier Noah Myers on Monday evening.
Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin took three to Hershey with Hidlay capturing gold at 160 pounds and Fisher placing eighth at 106. Myers, a state medalist in 2016, was one match away from gaining a second medal but came up short at 126.
“I want to thank the Mifflin County fans for their support. It’s exciting to see our fan base come out every year to support these kids because they work tremendously hard,” Martin said. “Wrestling in Pennsylvania is the best in the country so the accomplishments of our program are not insignificant. I also want to recognize my assistant coaches (Dale Searer and Tyler Bedelyon) for their hard work and dedication. They love the sport and the kids and would do anything for them.”
Martin was effusive in his praise for the trio who survived the grueling season and earned a trip to Chocolate Town.
“I can’t say enough good things about the three kids who went to Hershey. They did a tremendous job representing our team and the community all year long,” Martin said. “Noah is wrapping up his career and it’s been an honor coaching him. He wrestled his guts out at Hershey and that’s all you can ask for. Christian did an outstanding job just going out there and wrestling as hard as he could against a high level of competition.
“Again, I can’t say enough good things about Trent. If you are a young wrestler looking for a plan on winning a championship, you need to sit down and talk to Trent. Winning a state title is something you have to earn. It’s not given to you and Trent worked very hard to get to where he is. Being runner-up a year ago was probably the best thing that happened to him because it made him focused on coming back and being a state champion.”
Hidlay joined his brother as the second state champion in the program’s six-year history. The junior finished the season with a 39-0 record, capped off by his 5-3 win over Josh Stillings of Pennridge in the state finals. Hidlay scored 192 takedowns on the season and gave up none – surrendering only four offensive points all year –
both on reversals.
“This isn’t just a celebration for the three of us; it’s a celebration for the whole team. For all the JV wrestlers who came to practice to help make the starters better. We couldn’t do what we do without them,” Hidlay said. “The attendance of our matches is unbelievable. You go to Central Dauphin and some of the other powerhouses in the state and they don’t have crowds like we do. We have a rich tradition of wrestling in this county and I’m proud to be a part of it. I’m not finished yet. I love Mifflin County and let’s get another one next year. “
Fisher medaled in his first trip to states. The sophomore finished the season with a 31-9 mark. He was a District 6 champion and a Northwest Regional runner-up.
“I like to thank the coaches and teammates for always pushing me to be my best. I love this sport and I look forward to next season and improving on this year,” Fisher said.
Myers ended his senior season 25-9 and finished his career with a 93-44 record. He will take his wrestling talents to Pitt-Johnstown, under the guidance of Hall-of-Fame coach Pat Pecora.
“The past four years have been unforgettable. It’s been a great experience and I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” Myers said. “I’m going to miss my teammates and the coaching staff. It wasn’t always easy and I’ve had some setbacks, but these guys made everything I went through worth it.”