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Hidlays qualify for U.S. World Team Trials

Photo courtesy of SAM JANICKI
Mifflin County alum and NC State wrestler Hayden Hidlay, won the title at 74kg, on Saturday, in Coralville, Iowa.

From staff reports

CORALVILLE, IA — Former Mifflin County High School wrestlers Hayden and Trent Hidlay put together standout performances at the Senior Nationals with Hayden coming away with the championship at 74kg, while brother Trent Hidlay finished second at 86kg.

In a low-scoring championship bout at 74 kg, Hayden Hidlay brought home top honors with a 2-1 win over former Missouri NCAA Finalist Lavallee, 2-1. A second period step out for Hidlay proved to be the match winner. Hidlay was a perfect 4-0, outscoring his foes 42-4.

“I tried my best and that is all that matters. It wasn’t the best that I’ve wrestled,” Hayden Hidlay said. “These last few weeks were stressful. I feel like I’m getting better and making gains and results like this help see the progress.”

Trent Hidlay brought home a second-place finish at 86 kg, falling to former national champion Mark Hall in the finals, 5-4. With the score tied 4-4, Hall got the winning push out with 26 seconds left. To advance to the finals, Hidlay scored a gut wrench in the final five seconds to take down former national champion Foster of Northern Iowa.

With their respective finishes, Hayden and Trent qualified for the 2021 U.S. World Team Trials which will take place between Sept. 3-5.

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