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Kibe, Allison medal at PIAAs


HERSHEY Four area wrestlers brought home medals at the PIAA tournament on Saturday at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Mifflin County picked up a fourth from Trey Kibe at 170, and an eighth by Nic Allison at 106 in Class 3A.

In Class 2A, Avery Bassett of Midd-West came in third at 145, while Mount Union’s Jake Ryan took fifth at 220.

Kibe came up short on his bid for a second state championship when he lost 2-1 in the ultimate tiebreaker to sophomore Mac Stout of Waynesburg Central in the semifinals.

The two traded escapes in regulation to force overtime. After a scoreless sudden victory session, both wrestlers kept the goose eggs in the tiebreakers forcing the UTB. Stout had choice and took bottom, escaping with seven seconds left to send Kibe into the consolations.

Kibe (38-4) beat South Fayette’s Eli Brinsky 5-1 to advance to the third-place match, where he dropped a 5-1 decision to Gettysburg’s Dylan Reinert. The Husky junior won a PIAA title at 160 last year.

Allison (34-6) earned his first medal in two trips by majoring Josh Jasionowicz of Stroudsburg 13-4 in the blood round. The Husky sophomore lost to Seth Logue of Father Judge by a 4-2 count in the medal match. Logue had a takedown in the first and a two-point nearfall in the third. Allison turned Logue for two in the second.

Bassett (43-4) became the first Mustang to earn a medal since Sam Shirey took sixth in 2009. His third-place finish is the highest for a Midd-West wrestler in program history, surpassing Ty Knepp, who came in fourth in 2008.

The Mustang sophomore gained revenge on Sullivan County’s Nathan Higley with a 3-1 win for third. Higley beat Bassett in the District 4 finals in February. Bassett broke a 1-1 deadlock with a takedown with 28 seconds left in regulation.

Ryan picked up his third state medal and ended his career the only way it could have with a headlock for a pin, his bread and butter move.

The Trojan senior caught Cael Black of Eisenhower with the headlock and got the fall in 25 seconds for fifth. Ryan (41-5) ends his career as the all-time wins (151) and falls (107) leaderin Mount Union history.

Mifflin County’s Ethan Kauffman (145) and Blaine Davis (285) qualified for states but did not place. Kauffman (27-12) ends his career with a 109-54 record. Davis (34-9) finishes with a 62-20 mark over two years.

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