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Mifflin County cruises to Husky Duals title

Huskies crush competition, get 19 pins

Sentinel photo by WILLIAM WHISLER
Mifflin County’s Blake Aumiller, left, runs an arm bar on Philipsburg’s Scott Frantz during the opening round of the 2022 Husky Duals on Saturday at Mifflin County High School. The Huskies went 3-0 on the day, defeating Philipsburg, South Western and Spring Grove.

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County High School wrestling team pulled no punches Saturday morning, piling up pins on the way to a dominant 60-6 victory over Spring Grove in the championship match of the annual Husky Duals at Mifflin County High School.

The Huskies racked up bonus points all morning, racking up 19 pins on the way to three blowout victories over Philipsburg (64-6) and South Western (64-6) to reach the title.

Mifflin County lost just three bouts all day as the Huskies rolled over the Rockets, using pins from Nic Allison (113), Parker Kearns (152), Kyler Everly (160), Avery Aurand (172), Anson Wagner (215) and Jaxson Pupo (285) to make short work of Spring Grove.

Allison, Hunter Johnson (120), Colby Seiler (126), Blake Aumiller (132), Deakon Schaeffer (145), Parker Kearns (152), Everly, Shoemaker, Wagner and Pupo each went 3-0 on the day.

With the victories, the Huskies remain undefeated in dual meets at 7-0 and are rolling to begin the new year.

Sentinel photo by WILLIAM WHISLER
Mifflin County’s Nic Allison, top, works to pin South Western’s James Bonczewski during the second round of the 2022 Husky Duals at Mifflin County High School. Allison finished with three falls on the day to improve to 18-1 on the season.

“There are some kids who really have found their groove right now and I’m really excited for them,” Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin said. “I’m hoping that continues to be the case. It was exciting to get to wrestle some teams we don’t usually see like South Western and Spring Grove. I’m very thankful that we could get three solid matches and had a full day of wrestling.”

Mifflin County began the championship dual with a major decision by Johnson over Spring Grove’s Braxton Rice, before Seiler won by injury default at 126 pounds.

Aumiller posted an impressive 8-1 decision over eighth ranked Ivan Vega at 132 pounds before Lucas Sheetz pulled out a 5-0 decision over Bryce Weaver at 138 pounds.

Schaeffer followed with one of the more hard-fought victories of the day, as he used a reversal in the final seconds to score an 8-7 decision over Jarod Baker.

Schaeffer surrendered a first-period takedown before escaping and getting a takedown of his own to knot things up at three going into the second period. Schaeffer and Baker exchanged a pair of escapes while a takedown by Schaeffer gave him a 6-4 advantage into the third. Baker escaped and scored a late takedown to lead 7-6 before Schaeffer’s last-ditch effort won the match.

Kearns, Everly and Aurand each followed with falls before a tech fall by Shoemaker put the Huskies up, 42-0. Consecutive falls by Anson Wagner and Pupo continued the Huskies surge before Allison finished things with a 35-second fall over Jason Ruppert.

Spring Grove’s lone victory came at 106 as Tanner Grim won by fall.

“At this point (in the season) we want to see progress,” Martin said. “We feel like our kids are doing that. Hopefully we will continue to see some top-notch kids and I think that we will. We still have some very good Mid-Penn matches coming up and I think that will help us keep our edge. The goal is progress, and we saw some very good things today we’ve worked on recently at practice, so that makes me very happy.”

The Huskies began the day with a first-round thrashing of Philipsburg, with Allison, Johnson, Seiler, Everly, Aurand and Shoemaker all winning by fall. Styers Oden (106), Wagner and Pupo won by forfeit while Schaeffer (145) also picked up bonus points with a 12-2 major decision over Ian Phillips.

Aumiller and Kearns each won by decision in the match.

Against South Western in the second round, the Huskies had a similar performance, as Allison, Seiler, Aumiller, Sheetz, Schaeffer, Everly and Pupo all won by fall. Johnson and Shoemaker each recorded 15-0 tech falls.

The best match of the dual came at 106 pounds as Oden and Natalie Handy went back and forth with Handy carrying a 7-2 advantage into the third period. Oden recovered with a reversal, a takedown and three back points to pull out a 9-8 victory in the final seconds.

Mifflin County’s senior class continues to set the tone for the Huskies’ lineup as the grouping of Nic Allison (18-1), Kyler Everly (19-1), Trey Shoemaker (19-2), Anson Wagner (16-3) and Jaxson Pupo (15-3) have been consistent anchors. The five starting seniors have a combined record of 87-10.

Martin pleased with how the seniors have served in leadership roles as the strong sophomore class of Blake Aumiller (14-7), Parker Kearns (17-4) and Deakon Schaeffer (15-5) have rose to the occasion.

“I’ve very proud of our seniors and the body of work that they have been doing this year and they’re seeing the success out on the mat,” Martin said. “I do think that it is trickling into the younger guys and they are starting to feed off of that and wrestle with pace, continue to score points and really just keep up the standard that the seniors are setting right now.”

The Huskies, who already hold dual-meet victories over rivals State College, Central Mountain and Central Dauphin, finally hit their home stretch of the Mid-Penn schedule as Mifflin County will host Cedar Cliff and Chambersburg this week, before hosting Cumberland Valley on Thursday, Jan. 27th.

Mifflin County is set to host Cedar Cliff on Tuesday night in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth dual.

“It’s going to be nice to be at home now for several matches,” Martin said. “We were doing fine on the road, but sometimes it’s just good to be home.”

Mifflin County Hs (MCH) 60.0 Spring Grove Area Hs (SGAH) 6.0

120: Hunter Johnson (MCH) over Braxton Rice (SGAH) (MD 12-0) 126: Colby Seiler (MCH) over Heath Smyser (SGAH) (Def.) 132: Blake Aumiller (MCH) over Ivan Vega (SGAH) (Dec 8-1) 138: Lucas Sheetz (MCH) over Bryce Weaver (SGAH) (Dec 5-0) 145: Deakon Schaeffer (MCH) over Jarod Baker (SGAH) (Dec 8-7) 152: Parker Kearns (MCH) over Brady Baker (SGAH) (Fall 5:58) 160: Kyler Everly (MCH) over Caleb Bowlin (SGAH) (Fall 1:39) 172: Avery Aurand (MCH) over Brady Shaffer (SGAH) (Fall 4:14) 189: Trey Shoemaker (MCH) over Teague Conover (SGAH) (TF 15-0 4:00) 215: Anson Wagner (MCH) over Logan Herbst (SGAH) (Fall 1:47) 285: Jaxson Pupo (MCH) over Michael Hershey (SGAH) (Fall 3:29) 106: Tanner Grim (SGAH) over Styers Oden (MCH) (Fall 2:35) 113: Nic Allison (MCH) over Jason Ruppert (SGAH) (Fall 0:35)

Mifflin County Hs (MCH) 64.0 South Western Hs (SWH) 6.0

113: Nic Allison (MCH) over James Bonczewski (SWH) (Fall 1:53) 120: Hunter Johnson (MCH) over Brian Williams (SWH) (TF 15-0 4:21) 126: Colby Seiler (MCH) over Dominic Warfield (SWH) (Fall 3:05) 132: Blake Aumiller (MCH) over Wyatt Hale (SWH) (Fall 2:42) 138: Lucas Sheetz (MCH) over Ian Borrell (SWH) (Fall 3:30) 145: Deakon Schaeffer (MCH) over Caleb Wetzel (SWH) (Fall 0:28) 152: Parker Kearns (MCH) over Gavin Leitzel (SWH) (MD 8-0) 160: Kyler Everly (MCH) over Ryan Curley (SWH) (Fall 2:46) 172: Robbie Sterner (SWH) over Avery Aurand (MCH) (Fall 2:18) 189: Trey Shoemaker (MCH) over Owen Reed (SWH) (TF 15-0 4:34) 215: Anson Wagner (MCH) over Robert Utz (SWH) (TF 15-0 5:01) 285: Jaxson Pupo (MCH) over Ayden Wysocki (SWH) (Fall 1:21) 106: Styers Oden (MCH) over Natalie Handy (SWH) (Dec 9-8)

Mifflin County Hs (MCH) 64.0 Philipsburg Osceola Area Hs (POAH) 6.0

106: Styers Oden (MCH) over (POAH) (For.) 113: Nic Allison (MCH) over Hunter Kephart (POAH) (Fall 0:09) 120: Hunter Johnson (MCH) over Nick Coudriet (POAH) (Fall 4:43) 126: Colby Seiler (MCH) over Ben Gustkey (POAH) (Fall 1:39) 132: Blake Aumiller (MCH) over Scott Frantz (POAH) (Dec 11-4) 138: Marcus Gable (POAH) over Lucas Sheetz (MCH) (Fall 1:06) 145: Deakon Schaeffer (MCH) over Ian Phillips (POAH) (MD 12-2) 152: Parker Kearns (MCH) over Austin Foster (POAH) (Dec 6-0) 160: Kyler Everly (MCH) over Luke Hughes (POAH) (Fall 1:09) 172: Avery Aurand (MCH) over Jim Richtscheit (POAH) (Fall 2:36) 189: Trey Shoemaker (MCH) over Dominic Shaw (POAH) (Fall 1:28) 215: Anson Wagner (MCH) over (POAH) (For.) 285: Jaxson Pupo (MCH) over (POAH) (For.)

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