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MC’s Kibe adds his name to MC history books; Allison and Everly battle in consolations

By BRIAN CARSON

 

ALTOONA – Trey Kibe became the third Mifflin County wrestler in school history to earn three PIAA medals with his championship at the Class 3A West Super Regional in Altoona on Saturday.

 

Kibe joined Hayden and Trent Hidlay as a three-time placer with a 5-3 victory over Luca Augustine of Waynesburg in the 172-pound finals.

 

The Husky senior opened with a takedown, and Augustine escaped to make it 2-1 after the first period. Kibe chose defense and escaped for the 3-1 lead. In the third, Augustine escaped to cut the deficit to 3-2 before Kibe scored a late takedown with 23 seconds left in the match. Augustine hit the escape to end the scoring.

 

“It was a tough match. There was a lot of tough hand fighting. I like to do that too, so it was a good battle. I was able to get those two takedowns to put the match away,” Kibe said. “I feel good. There’s just one week left. I’m excited. It’s my last hurrah, my last year, so I’m going to leave it all out there and hopefully, go for the gold.”

 

Kibe (20-0) opened the day with a 17-0 technical fall in 5:49 over Thomas Jefferson’s Brian Finnerty in the quarterfinals. He followed that up with a 6:18 fall over Sammy Starr of Kiski Area in the semifinals.

 

With the score 1-1 in the sudden victory, Kibe shot in and during the scramble stacked Starr’s shoulders on the mat for the pin.

 

“I wasn’t able to get into my shots the whole match, but I knew my hand fighting was wearing him down. I knew I was going to get to my shot, and I did,” Kibe said. “The pin, I felt was there. That’s just something you get a feel for in the practice room.”

 

Nic Allison (113) and Kyler Everly (145) saw their junior season’s end after falling in the consolations.

 

Allison (20-3), battling stomach issues most of the day, opened with a 9-2 win over Carlisle’s Noah Clawson in the rugged weight class that featured the top six ranked kids in the state and seven of the top 10.

 

In the semifinals, Allison caught returning state champ Vincent Kilkeary of Greater Latrobe in a headlock and was close to getting the pin. Kilkeary came roaring back in the third period and got the fall in 5:47, dropping the Husky junior into the consolations.

 

Penn Trafford’s Troy Hohman hung a 5-1 defeat over Allison in the consolation semifinals, eliminating him from advancing. In the fifth place bout, down 5-0, Allison rolled through and reversed Cedar Cliff’s Aiden Lewis, second in the state a year ago, to his back and picked up the fall in 2:42.

 

Everly (15-7) lost his quarterfinal match to Central Dauphin freshman Ryan Garvick by a 5-1 count. The Husky then dropped a tough 1-0 decision to Mike Trainor of Octorara in the consolation quarterfinals. Trainor escaped in the second and rode Everly the entire third period for the victory.

 

The PIAA Class 3A championships get underway Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the Giant Center in Hershey.

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