LEWISTOWN — Trey Kibe was honored with the Rod Tate Award, which is presented annually to Mifflin County High School’s best wrestler, Wednesday evening during the school’s athletic awards ceremony.
Nic Allison finished second in the voting while Christian Fisher took third.
“This is a prestigious award and I’m proud to win it. To put me in the same group with some of the guys who have won this is a pretty good feeling. It’s definitely not an easy award to get,” Kibe said. “To be in the same mention with them is something I’m proud of and it’s nice to be rewarded for all the hard work to get better.”
Kibe became the first sophomore in county history to win a state championship after beating Lower Dauphin’s Clayton Ulrey 7-3 in the 160-pound Class 3A final. Kibe capped a tremendous season with a 41-1 record. His two year record with Mifflin County is 79-9 with 47 falls.
There’s no big secret to his success on the mat — long hours in the room and a super strong work ethic. Kibe is already lifting to prepare himself to defend his title to become only the third two-time state champ in county history, joining Joe Heller of Chief Logan (1978-79) and Trent Hidlay of Mifflin County (2017-18).
“I worked harder, got stronger, got a year older. Everything got better. It’s the little things like getting enough sleep, eating right, working hard and focusing. It’s a mixture of everything,” Kibe said. “The plan is to win two more of these (Tate Award and PIAA titles). That would be nice.”
Allison won a District 6 and Northwest Regional championship as a freshman. He finished the season 35-5. Fisher ended his stellar Husky career with 116 wins, fourth most in school history, three district titles and a regional championship. He was a two-time state placewinner. Fisher, headed to West Virginia, ended his senior campaign at 31-10.
The trio led Mifflin County to a 13-4 record and a District 6 Class 3A dual meet championship. The Huskies won their first match in four trips at the PIAA team tournament by beating Boyertown.
The Tate Award is presented annually by Big Lewie Radio to Mifflin County’s top wrestler. Nominees are voted on by local media, including The Sentinel, and representatives of the Mifflin County High School’s athletic department. Each voter chose three candidates, with points awarded to first, second and third-place vote recipients and the award going to the athlete with the highest vote total.