Huskies send four wrestlers to states
Juniata’s Wileman advances
ALTOONA — Five local wrestlers from the area punched their tickets to Hershey by placing in the top three at the Class 3A Northwest Regional wrestling championships Saturday at the Altoona Fieldhouse.
Mifflin County has champions Nic Allison (106 pounds) and Trey Kibe (160), runner-up Christian Fisher (120) and third-place finisher Blaine Davis (285) headed to the Giant Center on Thursday. Juniata advanced Tyler Wileman, who finished second at 160. Fisher and Wileman both placed at states last year.
“I thought this was a very good tournament for our team. Especially the younger guys. Our freshman and sophomores wrestled at a really high level,” Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin said. “Here at the end of the year, they started to believe they could beat kids that had beaten them in the past and beat kids with much better records. I love their grittiness and they still have a lot of work to do because they can get better. I’m so proud of the whole group and the way they competed this weekend.”
Allison (34-3) reached the finals with a 58-second fall over Lane Dellaquilla of Saint Marys. The Husky freshman dominated Jacob Van Dee of Erie Prep for the 9-0 victory in the finals. Allison defeated the Crusader freshman by a 7-6 decision in the state duals.
“I was watching the film of the previous match I had with him at Hershey and I was going over things I needed to work on against him,” Allison said. “I was able to work on them, defend my legs and pick up a dominant win. It’s an unreal feeling. It feels great to be a district and regional champion.”
After a scoreless first, Allison followed with all nine points coming in the middle frame. Allison escaped, hit a takedown and locked up the cradle twice to earn six near fall points. He rode out Van Dee in the third for the victory.
“My two favorite moves are the chin whip and cradle and that’s how I beat him at team states and I was able to get it a couple of times here,” Allison said. “He likes to shoot the low single, so I kept my legs back and was able to work my front headlock.”
The familiarity of facing Van Dee was invaluable preparation for their second meeting.
“It was good to wrestle him at state duals because that changed everything for this match. We prepared for his shot,” Martin said. “We executed better than he did today.”
Kibe (37-1) squared off once again with Juniata’s Tyler Wileman (27-5) after meeting a week ago in the District 6 final. The match was a little closer this time with the Husky sophomore winning his first regional championship with a 5-1 score.
“Last year, I lost in the regional finals, so it feels great to get the win. He was a little bit lower in his stance, took more shots and pushed the pace a little more,” Kibe said. “I couldn’t get to my offense like I wanted. The first takedown was huge. If you get the first takedown, high chances, you’re going to win the match. It’s a big advantage. I controlled the match and dictated the pace. I feel good and I’m so excited about this weekend coming up. It’s going to be a great time.”
Kibe scored a takedown with 25 seconds left in the first period and took it from there. Wileman chose down and escaped to make it 2-1 after two periods. In the third, Kibe escaped and scored on a low single to end the match at 5-1. Kibe pinned Colby Keane of Bradford in 3:05 to reach the finals, while Wileman majored Anthony Robinson of Williamsport 14-1 in his semifinal bout.
“Trey set the pace and controlled the action and that’s what he has to do at Hershey to make a run. We want him to keep doing exactly that,” Martin said.
Juniata coach Mike Robinson thought Wileman wrestled much better than he did in the district final, but he still needs to wrestle his style and dictate the pace of the match.
“Tyler wrestled a much better match this time. He was much more aggressive. The thing is we still let Kibe wrestle his match. Hopefully, we get another rematch at the state tournament. It would be nice to see them in the state finals,” Robinson said. “We have to go back to the mat room, continue to work on the small changes we need to make, wrestle our style and stay on the attack. I thought Tyler had a great tournament. It’s the highest he’s ever finished in a regional tournament. Do I think he’s satisfied with his performance? Absolutely not. We’ll work on some things and get him ready for states.”
Fisher (31-8) didn’t get a chance to win his second regional crown after injuring his ribs earlier in the tournament. He defaulted to Lane Aikey of Bellefonte in the finals. The Husky senior beat Johnstown’s Sebastian Kekich 5-1 in the semis.
“It’s more of letting (the injury) rest and get ready for Hershey. This is his last shot at it, so there’s no sense in making it worse,” Martin said.
Davis (28-9) bounced back to finish third after being pinned by Erie Prep’s Kawuan DeBoe in the semifinals. The Husky junior pinned Alex O’Harah of DuBois in the consolation semis before handing Jacob Edwards of Central Mountain a 5-1 defeat for third to earn his first trip to states.
“I’m pretty excited. It’s something I dreamed about for a while. I took a year off. I’m kind of kicking myself for that one, but I’m back and ready to go,” Davis said. “I’m confident in myself. I expected what I’ve done. I know no one else has for the most part, but I’m going down there to take care of business. I’m going to wrestle as hard as I can until the buzzer goes off.”
“He’s done an outstanding job at heavyweight. I think he was a little rusty and had some doubt early in the season about how committed he wanted to be,” Martin said.
Derek Burk, a state qualifier a year ago, came up short in his return bid, losing 7-4 to Trenton Donahue in the consolation final. The Husky junior knocked off Donahue, the top seed, earlier in the tournament by a 6-5 score.
Ethan Kauffman (132), Kyler Everly (138), Trey Shoemaker (145), Anson Wagner (152) and Brycen Hassinger (170) all won matches at regionals but came up short of their goal of making it to states.
Albert Heister (145) and Parker Noss (170) went 0-2 and 2-2 respectively for the Indians over the weekend.
“Getting to regionals is an accomplishment no one can ever take away from them. They wrestled their hearts out,” Robinson said. “I continue to tell Parker a part of him is still wrestling in Tyler because that is his teammate and practice partner. He is one of the individuals who made Tyler Wileman the wrestler he is by being there for him in practices.”
The PIAA tournament begins Thursday.
Class 3A Northwest Regional Results
Saturday at Altoona
Team key: Allderdice (AD), Altoona (A), Bellefonte (B), Bradford (BF), Brashear (BH), Carrick (C), Cathedral Prep (CP), Central Mountain (CM), Clearfield (CF), Cranberry (CB), DuBois (D), Erie (E), Hollidaysburg (H), Johnstown (JT), Juniata (J), McDowell (MD), Meadville (M), Mifflin County (MC), Obama (O), Perry (P), Punxsutawney (PT), Selinsgrove (S), Shikellamy (SK), Saint Marys (SM), State College (SC), Warren (W), Westinghouse (WH), Williamsport (WS)
Team scores: 1. Cathedral Prep 181, 2. Mifflin County 130, 3. Bellefonte 121.5, 4. DuBois 96.5, T5. Central Mountain 84.5, T5. State College 84.5, 7. Selinsgrove 78.5, 8. Meadville 78, 9. Williamsport 65, 10. Clearfield 62.5
106: Nic Allison, MC, major dec. Jacob Van Dee, CP, 9-0; 113: Jude Swisher, SC, dec. Vincent Rinella, M, 4-2; 120: Lane Aikey, B, forfeit Christian Fisher, MC; 126: Matt Sarbo, A, dec. Owen Woolcott, SC, 7-4; 132: Cade Balestrini, SK., dec. Tyler Dilley, SM, 5-1; 138: Ed Scott, D, forfeit Jeffrey Boyd, MD; 145: Paniro Johnson, CP, dec. Joe Mwete, BH, 6-5; 152: Ethan Richner, B, tech. fall Mark McGonigal, CF, 15-0 (1:42); 160: Trey Kibe, MC, dec. Tyler Wileman, J, 5-1; 170: Dillon Keane, BF, major dec. Coy Bastian, S, 15-5; 182: Carter Starocci, CP, pinned Mason McCready, H, 1:23; 195: Cole Urbas, SC, pinned Brayden Crocker, CB, 1:45; 220: Nate Schon, S, dec. Dorian Crosby, CP, 8-4; 285: Kawaun DeBoe, CP, dec. Nate Simmers, A, 1-0
126: Trenton Donahue, D, dec. Derek Burk, MC, 7-4; 285: Blaine Davis, MC, dec. Jacob Edwards, CM, 5-1.
106: Nic Allison, MC, pinned Lane Dellaquilla, SM, :58; 120: Christian Fisher, MC, dec. Sebastian Kekich, JT, 5-1; 126: Owen Woolcott, SC, dec. Derek Burk, MC, 3-2; 132: Cade Ballestrini, SK, pinned Ethan Kauffman, MC, 2:36; 160: Trey Kibe, MC, pinned Colby Keane, BF, 3:05; Tyler Wileman (J) major dec. Anthony Robinson, WS, 14-1; 285: Kawaun DeBoe (CP), pinned Blaine Davis, (MC), 4:48.
Consolation First Round
145: Drew Balestrini, SK, tech. fall Albert Heister (J), 18-3 (4:39); Trey Shoemaker, MC, pinned Scott Kissinger, S, 3:34; 152: Anson Wagner, MC, dec. Owen Mahon, WS, 3-1.
Consolation Second Round
138: Kyler Everly, MC, major dec. Caden Farr, CP, 8-0; 145: Trey Shoemaker, MC, forfeit Lane Porter, CM; 152: Gauge Gulvas, D, major dec. Anson Wagner, MC, 15-1; 170: Brycen Hassinger, MC, dec. Jameson Douvlos, W, 5-1; Parker Noss, J, pinned Brett Zattoni, CF, 4:06.
138: Kyler Everly. MC pinned Cody Coleman, CM, 2:30; 145: Trey Shoemaker, MC, dec. Nick Crisp, SM, 4-2; 170: Brycen Hassinger, MC, dec. Max Brown, M, 5-4; Kyle Myers, B, pinned Parker Noss, J, 3:40.
126: Derek Burk, MC, dec. Carter Dixon, WS, 4-3; 132: Hayden Butterfield, MD, dec. Ethan Kauffman, MC, 8-3; 138: Cole Stewart, B, dec. Kyler Everly, MC, 4-0; 145: Dalton Woodrow, D, major dec. Trey Shoemaker, MC, 10-2; 170: Evan Bingaman, SK, dec. Brycen Hassinger, MC, 4-2; 285: Blaine Davis, MC, pinned Alex O’Harah, D, 2:53.