Hidlay picked for Wrestling Classic

PITTSBURGH — Mifflin County’s Trent Hidlay has been selected to wrestle in the 44th Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic.

The Classic, an all-star event formerly known as the Dapper Dan, will take place Sunday, March 25, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Fitzgerald Field House. The Classic pits the top Pennsylvania senior wrestler in each weight class against a slate from throughout the United States.

Hidlay was there once before, as a spectator — when his brother Hayden was chosen.

“It’s a great atmosphere. It’s one of the premier wrestling events in this country,” Trent Hidlay said after Saturday’s state final. “To be able to put the best guys in PA against the best guys from across the country. To be able to see that — I want to watch it. It’s great for the sport.”

In what should not be a surprise to wrestling fans, Hidlay will square off with the wrestler he most wanted to face in the Classic.

“I’m really looking forward to the matchup I get, hopefully Travis Wittlake — he’s beaten me a few times in my career,” Hidlay said. “I’ve got to start working hard.”

Wittlake, who is the U.S. entry at 170 pounds, attends Marshfield High School in Broadbent, Oregon. Wittlake’s record is 196-2 and he has won four titles in his home state.

Hidlay has a 154-14 record and just won his second PIAA title. He’s been to the state finals three times and has not lost a high school match since finishing second as a sophomore.

The remainder of the Pennsylvania team for the “Rose Bowl of Wrestling” will be released today.

Prior to the main event there is a match pitting the best wrestlers from the WPIAL (District 7) against an Iowa all-star team. That match starts at 4 p.m. with the Classic at 6.

For more information, including ticketing, visit www.wrestlingclassic.com.