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MIfflin County wrestlers starts strong and holds onto to win after strong State College comeback attempt

By BRIAN CARSON

STATE COLLEGE – Mifflin County came into its match with State College shorthanded and needing bonus points and solid wrestling up and down the lineup.

That’s exactly what Husky coach Kirby Martin got.

The Huskies received pins from Trey Shoemaker (160), Trey Kibe (170), Blaine Davis (285) and Nic Allison (106) to pull out the 36-29 victory over the Little Lions in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth battle on Thursday evening.

“We were talking early on how important it was for everybody to do their job tonight. We were facing some adversity with injuries and not having guys in the lineup for other reasons, so we needed the bonus,” Martin said. “Boy, these kids did their job. Everybody from start to finish.”

Mifflin County was without injured regulars Hunter Johnson (113), Derek Burk (126), Jaxson Pupo (220) as well as Anson Wagner (152). Even so, the Huskies stared down the face of adversity and came out on top.

“I was super impressed. It shows the character of the kids. They could have been pessimistic about their chances tonight as a team, but we had guys get pins and not give up extra team points. Great job on their part,” Martin said.

The Huskies (4-0, 2-0) jumped out to a 27-0 lead taking the first six matches, thanks to a dominant performance by the upper weights.

Shoemaker started things off with a fall in 3:45 over Jason Dry at 160. The Husky sophomore worked from the top position, his bread and butter, to crank Dry over for the pin.

Kibe (9-0) followed with a 41-second fall over Lance Urbas at 170 to make it 12-0. Kibe defeated Urbas by a 5-0 score at King of the Mountain last week, but this time out was much different.

Urbas shot in; Kibe countered and put the Little Lion junior to his back to the stunned silence of the home crowd.

Brycen Hassinger extended the lead to 15-0 with a 7-1 decision over Ty Price at 182. Hassinger had two takedowns off blast doubles, an escape and two nearfall points in the win.

At 195, Jacob Krepps won 7-3 over Tate McLaughlin. Holding a 3-2 lead after one, the Husky senior chose down to start period two. An escape, takedown and stall point was all he needed to claim the win.

Mifflin County continued the victory march when Haydn Crum, fresh off an outstanding performance at KOM, made a first-period takedown and an escape in the second stand up in a 3-1 win over Shane Focht at 220.

Davis stacked Harrison Schoen on his shoulders and recorded the fall in 4:17 of their heavyweight matchup. The Husky senior had a 6-0 lead at the time of the fall.

State College (2-1, 1-1) finally got on the board when Hayden Cunningham won by forfeit at 106. The reason for the forfeit was solid strategy by Martin. Hoping to win the coin toss and with Johnson out at 113, the plan was to move Allison up a weight and hopefully trade six points for six.

The move worked like a charm.

Allison (9-0) used his full bag of tricks, from cradle to chin whip, to roll up a 14-1 lead before clamping Bailey Weaverlingin 5:25.

“We needed to win the flip and we did. We knew that depending on how the match progressed we would need to do that,” Martin said. “We were fortunate to win the toss.”

Mifflin County showed its toughness even in defeat by not yielding extra points. Lucas Sheetz bumped to 126 and lost a 7-1 decision to Carter Weaverling. The Husky freshman kept Weaverling from coming around for two and a major decision as the buzzer sounded.

At 132, Marshall Maidens lost by technical fall to state-ranked Owen Woolcott but fought off his back to avoid the pin to the cheers of the coaching staff and the Husky faithful.

“Those little things are huge in a dual meet,” Martin said.

Ethan Kauffman clinched the dual with a 7-0 victory over Kyle Martin at 145. Kauffman scored three takedowns, two off a double leg, and rode vicious on top to give the Huskies an insurmountable 36-23 lead with one match to go.

“Outside of the injuries, I really liked how our kids competed tonight. We were aggressive and our conditioning, all three periods was good,” Martin said. “They are executing the stuff we are going over in the room and that’s great. I love seeing that.”

Mifflin County 36, State College 29

160: Trey Shoemaker (MCH) over Jason Dry (SCAH) (Fall 3:45) 170: Trey Kibe (MCH) over Lance Urbas (SCAH) (Fall 0:41) 182: Brycen Hassinger (MCH) over Ty Price (SCAH) (Dec 7-1) 195: Jacob Krepps (MCH) over Tate McLaughlin (SCAH) (Dec 7-3) 220: Hadyn Crum (MCH) over Shane Focht(SCAH) (Dec 3-1) 285: Blaine Davis (MCH) over Harrison Schoen (SCAH) (Fall 4:17) 106: Hayden Cunningham (SCAH) over (MCH) (For.) 113: Nicholas Allison (MCH) over Bailey Weaverling (SCAH) (Fall 5:25) 120: Eric Weaver (SCAH) over (MCH) (For.) 126: Carter Weaverling (SCAH) over Lucas Sheetz (MCH) (Dec 7-1) 132: Owen Woolcott (SCAH) over Marshall Maidens (MCH) (TF 20-3 4:00) 138: Clayton Leidy (SCAH) over Kyler Everly (MCH) (Dec 4-1) 145: Ethan Kauffman (MCH) over Kyle Martin (SCAH) (Dec 7-0) 152: Ben Stroschein (SCAH) over Jacob Cunningham (MCH) (Fall 2:33)

 

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