Hidlay pins trio en route to semifinal
Fisher, Kibe also alive in top bracket
CANONSBURG — The Mifflin County wrestling team tripled its pleasure at the Powerade Christmas Tournament, which began Friday at Canon-McMillan High School.
The Huskies had three wrestlers advance to Saturday’s semifinals in the 52-team tournament, which is considered one of the top three regular-season tournaments in the country.
“Truthfully, I knew it was a strong possibility,” Huskies coach coach Kirby Martin said. “The three who advanced to the semis have been wrestling well. They are wrestling at a high level. They come into these tournaments wanting to wrestle the best kids. All three stepped up to the challenge today.”
It was no surprise that Trent Hidlay was one of the three to earn a semifinal berth. Hidlay (14-0), a two-time Powerade Tournament finalist, placed second at 160 in 2015 and first at 170 last year.
Hidlay, the top seed at 182, earned a third consecutive trip to the semifinals with three pins and a technical fall. Hidlay, the top seed, pinned Brookville’s Nathan Taylor, DePaul Catholic, New Jersey’s Michael Pilot, and Montoursville’s Caleb Schans. In the quarterfinals, he posted a 21-6 win win over Downingtown West’s Max Hale at 182.
“Trent has been dominating his opponents,” Martin said. “But he can’t be looking ahead to the finals.”
Hidlay is on track to face Saegertown’s Cody Mulligan, the No. 2 seed, in the finals. Both are returning PIAA champions. The two met weeks ago in the finals of the King of the Mountain Tournament and Hidlay pulled out a 3-2 win. Hidlay will face No. 4 seed Darrien Roberts of Wyoming Seminary in the semifinals.
Junior Christian Fisher (14-1) and freshman Trey Kibe (14-2) also earned semifinal berths for Mifflin County.
Fisher, the No. 4 seed at 113, recorded first-period pins in his opening two bouts against Penfield, New York’s Griffin Kane and Saegertown’s Brandon Gaus.
In the round of 16, Fisher scored a reversal in the final period to pull out a 5-4 win against Giani Martini of Trinity. Fisher capped his impressive performance with a 4-0 win over No. 5 seed Nic Botello of Wyoming Seminary.
“This is my third time in the Powerade Tournament,” Fisher said. “I was two and out as a freshman, then lost in the blood round last year. Coming that close to placing was a big incentive for me coming into this tournament.”
Fisher feels maturity is the key to his success.
“I’ve worked on my positioning and improved my conditioning,” Fisher said. “I’ve also learned to keep a better pace during matches.”
Kibe, an unseeded freshman, made his Powerade debut at 152 with a pin of Cameron Monzadeh of Lake Highland Prep, Fla. at 3:17. In the round of 16, he upset No. 4 seed Caleb Hetrick of Brookville, 5-3. Kibe advanced to the semifinals with a 10-6 win over Cooper Kropman of Pennfield, New York, in the quarterfinals.
“Trey has the credentials,” Martin said. “He’s wrestled top noch kids all the way from elementary through junior high. He takes a pounding in the room, since he works out with Trent, so he knows what it is to be physical. The biggest thing with him has been his composure. If he continues to wrestle this way, he’s going to have a great year.”
Senior Kross Todaro pulled an upset in his opening match at 220, as he pinned No. 8 seed Ryan Long of Pennfield in 0:38. He then lost two of the next three to finish with a 2-2 record.
Four Huskies had a 1-2 record: Logan Wise (132), John Retherford (138), Jacob Krepps (195), and Bronson Smith-Price (285). The other five entries made a quick exit after losing twice: Andrew Weaver (106), Derek Burk (120), Josh Snook (126), Brycen Hassinger (145), and Cole Baker (160).
106: Andrew Weaver, MC, bye.
113: Christian Fisher, MC, pinned Griffin Kane, NY, 1:31.
120: Derek Burk, MC, bye.
126: Josh Snook, MC, bye.
132: Logan Wise, MC, bye.
138: John Retherford, MC, bye.
145: Brycen Hassinger, MC, bye.
152: Trey Kibe, MC, bye.
160: Cole Baker, MC, bye.
170: No entry.
182: Trent Hidlay, MC pinned Nathan Taylor, Brookville, 4:21.
195: Jeremy Nutt, NJ dec. Jacob Krepps, MC, 7-3.
220: Kross Todaro, MC, bye.
285: Nathan Hoagland, Mt. Lebanon dec. Bronson Price-Smith, MC, 8-2.
106: Kyle Burkholder, Hempfield pinned Andrew Weaver, MC, 1:11.
113: Christian Fisher pinned Brandon Gaus, Saegertown, MC, :41.
120: Cameron Enriquez, Stroudsburg major dec. Derek Burk, MC,17-2.
126: Gavin Teasdale, Jefferson-Morgan pinned Josh Snook, MC, :22.
132: Logan Wise, dec. Antonio Amelio, Seneca Valley, MC, 2-1.
138: Noah Levitt, Kiski Area major dec. John Retherford, MC,14-0.
145: Job Chishko, Penn Trafford pinned Brycen Hassinger, MC, :46.
152: Trey Kibe, MC, pinned Cameron Monzadeh, FL, 3:17.
160: Grant Barr, DuBois pinned Cole Baker, MC, 2:46.
182: Trent Hidlay, MC pinned Miachael Pilot, NJ, 3:31.
220: Kross Todaro, MC pinned Ryan Long, NY, :38.
113: Christian Fisher, MC dec. Giani Martini, Trinty, 5-4.
132: Caleb Morris, Waynesburg pinned Logan Wise, MC, 3:27.
152: Trey Kibe , MC dec. Caleb Hetrick, Brookville, 5-3.
182: Trent Hidlay, MC pinned Caleb Schans, Montoursville, 2:52.
220: Cameron Wood, Montoursville pinned Kross Todaro, MC, 4:29.
113: Christian Fisher, MC dec. Nic Botello, Wyoming Seminary, 5-4.
152: Trey Kibe, MC dec. Cooper Kropman, NY, 10-6.
182: Trent Hidlay, MC dec. Max Hale, Downingtown West, 21-6.
106: Justin Walters, Trinity pinned Andrew Weaver, MC, 3:22.
120: Trent Bechtold, Burrell dec. Derek Burk, MC, 8-4.
126: Nick Boyce, Pope John Paul II pinned Josh Snook, MC, 3:00.
138: John Retherford, MC dec. Tony Zona, Penn Trafford, 3-1.
145: Zach Collins, WV pinned Brycen Hassinger, MC, :39.
160: Jimmy O’Neill, Franklin Regional pinned Cole Baker, MC, 2:55.
195: Jacob Krepps, bye.
Consolation first round
138: Ethan Awes, Burrell dec. John Retherford, MC, 10-3.
195: Jacob Krepps, MC pinned Riley O’Mara, Bethel Park, 1:59.
285: Bronson Smith-Price, MC pinned Sennaca Harney, Moon, 4:53.
Consolation second round
132: Nick Dintino, MD dec. Logan Wise, MC, 3-2.
195: Justin Cramer, Hempfield dec. Jacob Krepps, MC, 3-2.
220: Kross Todaro, MC pinned Nick Funovits, Seneca Valley, 2:15.
285: Sami Khamis, Stroudsburg pinned Bronson Smith-Price, 4:10. (Smith-Price eliminated)
Consolation third round
220: Duane Knisely, Chestnut Ridge dec. Kross Todaro, MC, 5-0.
113: Christian Fisher, MC vs. Beau Bayless, Reynolds
152: Trey Kibe, MC vs. Josh Humphrys, West Virginia
182: Trent Hidlay, MC vs. Darrien Roberts, Wyoming Seminary