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Fisher, MC enjoy great start to the weekend

All wins are good in sports but some are more significant than others. Last week, the Mifflin County wrestling team experienced a double dose of momentous victories that will go down as hallmarks in the program’s history.

Ironically, both happened in the same match when the Huskies got the monkey off their backs by defeating Cumberland Valley for the first time and Christian Fisher became the sixth wrestler in school history to reach 100 wins.

A thorn in the side of Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin and all Husky fans was the losing streak. One that reached eight, including a loss in the 2016 PIAA Duals.

All the frustration ended when the Huskies handed the Eagles a 45-20 defeat last Thursday in Mechanicsburg. Mifflin County did it in dominant style, winning nine bouts with seven of them earning bonus points.

“The Cumberland Valley win was a huge one for the kids. Their confidence is feeding off of it, but we aren’t satisfied. Cumberland Valley and Central Dauphin have been two of the standards for the state as far as individuals and teams go, so any time you get a win against those teams, that’s huge,” Martin said. “It means you have a group of kids who are working hard and getting better. We want to continually push the bar. We want to continue winning matches. We don’t want this to be the pinnacle. We still have a lot of work to do.”

For Fisher, who suffered through four of those losses in his career, the victory was a long-time coming. Now he hopes the team can build off the victory and peak at the right time for the postseason.

“It was just unreal. All the big matches kept going in our favor. I was watching them all and screaming my head off the whole time,” Fisher said. “When they sent out a forfeit to Nic (Allison), I was calculating in my head, I said, if Nic gets six here it’s over and when they forfeited to him my head was blown because I knew we did it. We finally beat Cumberland Valley. We are wrestling really confident right now. We have to keep working hard, continue working as a team, and keep building up the momentum.”

Fisher (17-5) majored Ruston Dzielak in the dual to reach the 100-win threshold. He joins Trent Hidlay (154 pounds), Hayden Hidlay (149), Noah Stewart (146) Isaac Underhill (111) and Trey Hartsock (105) in the Huskies’100-win club. Fisher (120) currently has 102 wins for his career.

“It definitely felt great to get my hundredth win against Cumberland Valley being the team they are and me not having many wins against them,” Fisher said. “It was nice to go into their gym, with a rowdy crowd, doing what I love, and getting my hundredth win.”

Martin attributes the senior’s success to his work ethic and desire to improve every time he steps on the mat or in the practice room.

“In the state of Pennsylvania, if you break the 100-win barrier you’ve done something significant because this is an outstanding state for wrestling. Fisher has worked hard to put himself in that position,” Martin said. “He’s been through the fire since his ninth-grade year and he’s continued to improve his wrestling. We are super proud of him to be able to get to that milestone. We want him to finish high at Hershey so that’s the next big obstacle.”

As Fisher reflects back on a high school career coming to a close, he’s proud of his accomplishments as a Husky, but there’s still more to do – like becoming only the seventh wrestler in county history to be a three-time state medalist.

The others are a stellar crew – Kenny Whitsel, Matt Bonson and Matt Snyder at Lewistown, Nic Bedelyon at Indian Valley and the Hidlay brothers with Mifflin County.

“I’ve been happy with my career. Growing up in elementary and PJWs, I wasn’t very good. In junior high, I had a pretty decent career, but still never got a state medal. I only made the state tournament once,” Fisher said. “To make the jump and transition and work hard in high school and get two state medals and a hundred wins is honestly, something I never thought would happen when I was a freshman. It feels pretty great.”

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