The Wolfpack Wrestling Club (NC State) claimed three national titles at the 2021 U.S. Senior Nationals, one of which came from a Mifflin County alum.
In a low-scoring championship bout at 74 kg, Hayden Hidlay (pictured) brought home top honors with a 2-1 win over former Missouri NCAA Finalist Lavallee, 2-1. A second period step out for Hidlay proved to be the match winner. Hidlay was a perfect 4-0, outscoring his foes 42-4.
“I tried my best and that is all that matters. It wasn’t the best that I’ve wrestled,” said Hidlay. “These last few weeks were stressful. I feel like I’m getting better and making gains and results like this help see the progress.”
Trent Hidlay brought home a second place finish at 86 kg, falling to former national champion Mark Hall in the finals, 5-4. With the score tied 4-4, Hall got the winning push out with 26 seconds left. To advance to the finals, Hidlay scored a gut wrench in the final five seconds to take down former national champion Foster of Northern Iowa.
The top five finishers at each senior weight class qualify for the World Team Trials in September.
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