Huskies go undefeated in home duals
Mifflin County defeats all three teams
LEWISTOWN–Mifflin County put on a dominant display of wrestling at its own Husky Duals on Saturday.
The Huskies breezed through the competition, including a 49-15 victory over New Oxford in the finals for their second straight championship after a five-year hiatus of the Duals.
Mifflin Count went 30-12 in bouts with 22 wins of the bonus variety. The Huskies (8-0) beat Carlisle 44-21 in the quarterfinals, Philipsburg-Osceola 60-15 in the semifinals and the Colonials in the finals – outscoring their opponents 153-51.
The Huskies improved to 3-0 in the Mid-Penn Commonwealth with the victory over the Thundering Herd.
“Three wins and all very convincing. There were some individual matchups today I’m very proud of how we wrestled the tough kids,” Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin said. “There wasn’t anybody that went out there and didn’t go hard. We continue to ask these kids to give everything they’ve got. Our motto is Husky tough and so far, that’s what we’re getting out of our kids.”
Nic Allison (106), Kyler Everly (132/138), Trey Kibe (170), Brycen Hassinger (182), Jacob Krepps (195), Haydn Crum (220) and Blaine Davis (285) went 3-0 on the day. Derek Burk (120), Lucas Sheetz (126), Ethan Kauffman (138/145) and Anson Wagner (152) finished 2-1. Trey Shoemaker (160) was 1-2, while Hunter Johnson (113) and Jacob Cunningham (145) were 0-2.
In the finals, the Huskies broke open a 9-9 tie with New Oxford, reeling off eight straight victories to blow the meet open at 49-9.
Wagner started the win streak with a fall in 56 seconds over Lane Nitchman at 152. Shoemaker followed with a pin over Hunter Shaffer in 3:23. At 170, Kibe built up a 7-0 lead before flattening Dominick Grieco in 2:46 to make it 27-9. The Husky junior ranked No. 1 in the state, won all his matches by fall.
“The first match I wish I had it later in the day. My first match is always a bit slower. The next two, my second match, I saw the opening for the cradle, stuck with it and got the six,” Wagner said. “The last match was okay. I’m more comfortable and confident out there. I have more strength and my training partners are excellent. I’m much better this year. Our team is much better this year and we’re going to go far this season.”
Mifflin County kept the momentum going when Hassinger downed Dylan Forbes 12-9 in a battle of state-ranked wrestlers at 182. The Husky junior had two takedowns in the first, a reversal and two nearfall points in the second to build a 10-5 lead before fighting off a late charge by Forbes for the victory.
At 195, Krepps majored Isaac Byers 15-3 with two takedowns, a reversal and eight back points. Crum broke a 3-3 tie with an escape in the third to beat Dylan Smith.
“It’s awesome being able to come out and help my team. It doesn’t need to be a big pin; it doesn’t need to be a big points match. It can be where it’s just 3-2,” Crum said. “The key is to never give up, always wrestle to your full potential and never stop. It was fun to go out and wrestle and go against different competition.”
Mifflin County closed out the win streak with back-to-back falls by Davis and Allison.
Davis took out Josh Getz in 30 seconds of their heavyweight bout. Not to be out done, Allison decked Trent Uhler in 10 seconds at 106.
“We emphasize that before every dual meet. If you have a chance get a pin. We have some kids their job is to keep it to a regular decision and we had those situations today – kids keeping matches to regular decisions instead of giving up bonus points,” Martin said.
The Huskies got a huge win early in the match when Sheetz, down 4-1, reversed Jacob Pope to his back in the second and recorded the fall in 2:34.
“It’s a mindset and we keep trying to remind the underclassmen that you’re never out of a match if you continue to grind away,” Martin said. “That was definitely the case in the last match for him. He never stopped wrestling. I hope wins like that keep coming his way to build his confidence.”
Big wins were the rule of thumb on the day – the main one being Kauffman and his 4-2 victory over state qualifier Chase Chapman of P-O.
The only bad news for the Huskies was Johnson re-injuring his shoulder after getting back into the lineup recently.
“Unfortunately, it’s probably going to be something that will continue to be nagging. Hopefully, it’s nothing serious and he can get some mat time in,” Martin said. “It stinks because you want to put out all the quality kids you can each match.”
Mifflin County hosts Cumberland Valley on Tuesday.
“We worked a lot on chain wrestling off the bottom and we are doing a much better job with that. I’m still not happy with where we are on our feet. Our hands are busy, but not busy enough and we still aren’t attacking at a high enough pace,” Martin said. “I want to see us continue to get better and we’ll work on it. There are always a lot of little things to work on, but the kids wrestled great today. I’m proud of them. We have to keep grinding away.”
Mifflin County 44, Carlisle 21
106: Nicholas Allison (MCH) over Taylor Hebenstreit (CAH) (MD 14-3) 113: Noah Clawson (CAH) over Hunter Johnson (MCH) (Dec 6-2) 120: Derek Burk (MCH) over Azmir Ibrahim (CAH) (MD 12-4) 126: Trentin Walker (CAH) over Lucas Sheetz (MCH) (Dec 17-11) 132: Rafael Portilla (CAH) over (MCH) (For.) 138: Kyler Everly (MCH) over Jarrett Wilson (CAH) (Fall 5:21) 145: Ethan Kauffman (MCH) over Brandon Wells (CAH) (Fall 1:22) 152: Sean Smith (CAH) over Anson Wagner (MCH) (Dec 4-3) 160: Colton Zimmerman (CAH) over Trey Shoemaker (MCH) (Fall 3:45) 170: Trey Kibe (MCH) over Jaysun McBride (CAH) (Fall 0:11) 182: Brycen Hassinger (MCH) over Logan Rhoades (CAH) (Fall 3:29) 195: Jacob Krepps (MCH) over Malik Miller (CAH) (Dec 3-1) 220: Hadyn Crum (MCH) over Layton Schmick (CAH) (Dec 6-4) 285: Blaine Davis (MCH) over Thomas Nelson (CAH) (Fall 1:03)
Mifflin County 60, P-O 15
113: Nick Coudriet (POAH) over Hunter Johnson (MCH) (Def.) 120: Derek Burk (MCH) over Scott Frantz (POAH) (Fall 3:18) 126: Lucas Sheetz (MCH) over (POAH) (For.) 132: Kyler Everly (MCH) over Gabriel Dunkelberger (POAH) (Fall 1:46) 138: Ethan Kauffman (MCH) over Chase Chapman (POAH) (Dec 4-2) 145: Austin Foster (POAH) over Jacob Cunningham (MCH) (Fall 0:58) 152: Anson Wagner (MCH) over Luke Hughes (POAH) (Fall 2:51) 160: Hunter Weitoish (POAH) over Trey Shoemaker (MCH) (Dec 2-0) 170: Trey Kibe (MCH) over Alexandro Dunkelberger (POAH) (Fall 1:01) 182: Brycen Hassinger (MCH) over (POAH) (For.) 195: Jacob Krepps (MCH) over Parker Moore (POAH) (Dec 5-3) 220: Hadyn Crum (MCH) over (POAH) (For.) 285: Blaine Davis (MCH) over (POAH) (For.) 106: Nicholas Allison (MCH) over (POAH) (For.)
Mifflin County 49, New Oxford 15
120: Andrew Christie (NOH) over Derek Burk (MCH) (Dec 7-2) 126: Lucas Sheetz (MCH) over Jacob Pope (NOH) (Fall 2:34) 132: Kyler Everly (MCH) over Lance Beckner (NOH) (Dec 4-0) 138: Timothy Uhler (NOH) over Ethan Kauffman (MCH) (Dec 5-0) 145: Connor Herring (NOH) over Jacob Cunningham (MCH) (Dec 7-4) 152: Anson Wagner (MCH) over Lane Nitchman (NOH) (Fall 0:56) 160: Trey Shoemaker (MCH) over Hunter Shaffer (NOH) (Fall 3:23) 170: Trey Kibe (MCH) over Dominick Grieco (NOH) (Fall 2:46) 182: Brycen Hassinger (MCH) over Dylan Forbes (NOH) (Dec 12-9) 195: Jacob Krepps (MCH) over Isaac Byers (NOH) (MD 15-3) 220: Hadyn Crum (MCH) over Dylan Smith (NOH) (Dec 4-3) 285: Blaine Davis (MCH) over Joshua Getz (NOH) (Fall 0:30) 106: Nicholas Allison (MCH) over Trent Uhler (NOH) (Fall 0:10) 113: Jerry Dattoli (NOH) over (MCH) (For.)