Mifflin tops Knights, 33-27
The two teams each won 7 matches on the day, but the edge went to Governor Mifflin in terms of bonus points, as 3 of their victories were by pins, which gave them the edge in the margin of victory. The match began with a match up of two of the best heavyweights in the district, both having come into this match with just one loss each. Senior Captain Joey Goodhart outwrestled his much larger opponent, Keith Miller, and came away with a 4-2 win, which was his 100th win as a Black Knight. He accomplished this feat in a somewhat rare fashion, in that he has wrestled in only 3 varsity seasons, wheras most members of the 100 win club are 4 year starters. A wonderful accomplishment for Goodhart. The win helped the team momentum, as the next 3 matches were against high quality opponent, all of whom had won 20 matches for Mifflin. Sophomore Brandon Hartman, turned a first period 3-2 deficit, into a runaway victory, 10-3, over Alex Centeno at 106. At 113,Sophomore Aidyn Miller pulled out a dramatic come from behind victory, by securing a takedown in the waning seconds of his match with Scheetz, 5-4. And at 120, Junior David Good, continued his fine season by shutting out his opponent, Karmonick, 6-0, to build the Hempfield lead to 12-0 after the first four matches. Mifflin reeled off the next 6 matches, all with bonus point victories, culminating with 3 straight falls at 145, 152, and 160 to effectively put the match out of reach, 30-12. Junior Brady Mathias at 170, earned a hard fought 8 to 7 victory over Fontanez. At 182, Junior Jordan Ortiz kept Hempfield’s faint hopes of victory alive as he pinned his opponent, Conde, in 3:09. At 195, Jan Johnson, returning bronze medalist at 195 at last years PIAA AAA State tournament, was able to hold on to a slim 1-0 victory over Tommy Bennett, which put the match out of reach at 33-21. Hempfield’s Donal Straughsbaugh picked a forfeit at 220 pounds to end the match. The team sits at 13-6 on the season, next up will be the teams final dual meet of the season on Thursday at Donegal.
Courtesy of Steve Bennett