Hidlay shoots for bronze

ESTONIA – Mifflin County’s own Trent Hidlay will wrestle for the bronze medal at the Junior World Freestyle Wrestling Championships in Estonia after going 3-1 on Tuesday.

Hidlay out-scored his opponents 26-1 before falling in the semis. He will wrestle Miriani Maisuradze of Georgia for the bronze tomorrow morning at 11 a.m., Eastern Time.

Hidlay, wrestling at 86 kg (189 pounds), dropped a 4-3 decision to Alik Shebzukhov of Russia in the semifinals.

The former two-time PIAA champion scored a point with 48 seconds left to take a 1-0 lead at the break. Shebzukhov, the 2017 Junior World champion, scored four unanswered points before a Hidlay takedown near the end set the final score.

The North Carolina State redshirt freshman opened the tournament with a 10-0 technical fall over China’s Teng Zhou. Hidlay scored a takedown six seconds into the match and never looked back, picking up the tech at the 2:10 mark.

He followed up with another 10-0 tech fall, this time against Demid Karachenko of Ukraine. Hidlay dominated from the start, holding a 7-0 edge after the first period.

In the quarterfinals, Hidlay built a 4-0 lead at the break and cruised to the 6-1 victory over Iran’s Sajjad Habibiehsani.