Huskies edge No. 15 CV on criteria
LEWISTOWN — Trey Kibe and Brycen Hassinger started it, Blaine Davis kept them in it, and Nic ‘Mr. Chin Whip’ Allison finished it as the Mifflin County wrestling team defeated Cumberland Valley 34-33 in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth match on Tuesday between state-ranked squads.
The 21st-ranked Huskies (9-0, 4-0), down 33-27 heading into the final bout, needed a pin from Allison and the Husky sophomore didn’t disappoint. Allison caught Noah Groelly in the chin whip and brought the Husky faithful to their feet with a fall in 26 seconds, tying the match at 33-33.
“Whenever I’m in that position, I obviously look for it. That’s like my signature move, almost. I go for that every chance I can,” Allison said. “Before the match, I was thinking if I get in the position, I can hit it. I forced it a little bit harder than I like to, but when you’re in that position, you have the whole crowd behind you, it’s like an out-of-body experience. I hate weighing in last, but I love wrestling last.”
Mifflin County got the extra point and the victory on criteria 3, most falls (4-3).
The Huskies needed a win from Davis at heavyweight to give the Purple and Black a chance to win. The Husky senior, ranked 14th in the state, took care of Connor Mundis, 8-1. Davis (15-4) had three takedowns and a reversal while Mundis stayed parked in perpetual stall mode. Davis’ win made it 33-27 with one bout left.
“I knew we were still in it. I knew we could get two pins. It was important for Davis to win and he took care of business. I was confident we could get a pin at 106,” Martin said. “I knew going in it was going to go down to the end. I’m thankful. This was a lot of adversity in a single dual meet. We might have cracked a little but we didn’t break. This win is huge. I believe this will help us heading into district duals. We have to continue to be gritty. It wasn’t pretty, but we’ll take the win against a good team.”
Martin had no worries with Allison on deck.
“Knowing who the wrestler was and his record, Nic was confident going out there. You gotta love that. Heading into a match when you have to get a pin. He took care of business,” Martin said.
Down 22-12, Kibe (170) and Hassinger (182) lit a fire under the Huskies and the crowd with consecutive falls. Kibe (18-2) hit a lateral drop and decked Keegan McCoy in 20 seconds. Hassinger won a big match with a fall in 1:17 over Dontay Rogan.
“Brycen’s match was huge. I did feel we could win that match but to lock up a cradle, obviously we won on falls, so we needed that one,” Martin said.
Hassinger (12-5) got the takedown, locked up a cradle and took care of Rogan (14-7).
“I knew the match would be a good one. They are a very good team. The cradle was there and I hit it. He was strong. He was tough. I wanted to come out and get a home win but this is sweet,” Hassinger said. “We are a very good team. We always stick together and keep each others chins up. We’re solid.”
Other winners for the Huskies were Kyler Everly (138), Ethan Kauffman (145) and Anson Wagner (152).
Everly (12-7) made a penalty point and an escape stand up in a 2-0 victory over Kyle Miller. Kauffman (10-5) had a deuce in the first and a reversal and takedown in the second period for the 6-2 win at 145. Wagner (9-7) dominated Liam Anderson to the tune of 14-0 before cranking him to his back for the fall in 4:28.
“This shows we can wrestle with the best of them. My dad says anyone can beat anyone on any given day and Martin gives us the confidence that we can do whatever we put our mind to,” Allison said. “Everyone last year thought it was a fluke and this year we beat them again.”
Mifflin County travels to East Pennsboro today. It’s the second of four matches this week for the Huskies.
“What I’m looking forward to in these next couple matches is for some of our kids to get back on track as far as attacking in their feet and getting takedowns,” Martin said. “Quite frankly, we need to score more points. It was tough tonight, but again, we were wrestling Cumberland Valley, a super good team. I want our kids to score a lot of points the next couple matches to build up their confidence.”
Mifflin County (MCH) 34, Cumberland Valley (CVH) 33
113: Lance Wickerham (CVH) over (MCH) (For.) 120: Ben Monn (CVH) over Derek Burk (MCH) (Dec 9-4) 126: Ruston Dzielak (CVH) over Lucas Sheetz (MCH) (Fall 4:00) 132: Gabriel Belga (CVH) over Marshall Maidens (MCH) (MD 14-2) 138: Kyler Everly (MCH) over Kyle Miller (CVH) (Dec 2-0) 145: Ethan Kauffman (MCH) over Ben Belga (CVH) (Dec 6-2) 152: Anson Wagner (MCH) over Liam Anderson (CVH) (Fall 4:28) 160: Timothy Kissinger (CVH) over Trey Shoemaker (MCH) (TB-1 6-5) 170: Trey Kibe (MCH) over Keegan McCoy (CVH) (Fall 0:20) 182: Brycen Hassinger (MCH) over Dontey Rogan (CVH) (Fall 1:17) 195: Jacob Lucas (CVH) over Jacob Krepps (MCH) (TF 24-8 5:51) 220: Abubakar Saka (CVH) over Hadyn Crum (MCH) (Fall 5:40) 285: Blaine Davis (MCH) over Connor Mundis (CVH) (Dec 8-1) 106: Nicholas Allison (MCH) over Noah Groelly (CVH) (Fall 0:26)