By Kenny Varner
ALTOONA – All the blood, sweat and tears this season’s MIfflin County wrestlers have endured through the season paid off strong dividends Saturday as the Huskies matmen placed seven wrestlers in the finals of the District 6 Class AAA championships Saturday at Altoona High School.
In all, the Huskies are sending 12 to the next level, the Class AAA regionals held back at Altoona next week.
Competing in the championships were Styers Oden (114), Hunter Johnson (121), Parker Kearns (152), Deakon Schaeffer (160), Avery Aurand (172), Triutt Davis (215) and Peyton Kearns (285).
Mifflin County crowned two District 6 champions. At 121, Hunter Johnson notched his victory over by Tec fall over Altoona’s Philip Sarbo 15-0 at 5.26.
160 Deakon Shaffer notched his district championship at 160 as he gutted out a strong 3-2 decision over Central Mountains’ Gino Serafini.
Picking up runner up nods was
114-pounder Styers Oden. Oden fell to Carson Krupka of Hollidaysburg by pinfall at 1:25.
152-pounder Parker Kearns battled tough but fell to Luke Sipes of Altoona by a 3-1 decision, finishing as a runner up.
State College’s 172-pounder Carter Weaverling of State College won by pinfall over Avery Aurand at 1:54
215-pounder Giovanni Tarantella of Central Mountain won a 7-3 decision over Truitt Davis, 7-3.
Rounding out the runner ups at 285, Nicholas Pavlechko of State College pinned Peyton Kearns at 1:05.
Also, MIfflin County had five wrestlers in the consolation round, battling for a berth to go to regionals.
They were; Kamden Everly (127), Blake Aumiller (133) got a bye, Jacob Cunningham (145) and Gavin Mickey (189) bye.
In third place, 127-pounder Kamden Everly started things with a 4-0 decision over Central Mountain’s Carnell Noone, 4-0.
133-pounder Blake Aumiller pinned Hollidaysburg’s Mason Schenck at 1:36.
MIfflin County’s Lucas Sheetz grabbed the third place finish at 139 pounds defeating Greater Johnstown’s Jorge Morales by major decision, 13-5.
At 145, Jake Cunningham added his name to the list of regional qualifiers as he pinned Altoona’s Eli Wisor at 1:54.
The Huskies notched a third place win at 189 when Gavin Mickey won by major decision over Altoona’s Evan Boose,12-1.
Mifflin County also finished just short in the team standings finishing in second, trailing just Central Mountain 193.5-189.5.
For Juniata, the Indians notched one District 6 runner up. Taylor Smith reached the finals but fell to Liam Cornetto of Marion Center in the 139-pound championship match, 4-3.