By Harold Raker
The Daily Item
HERSHEY -- One year after taking the state tournament by storm by winning the championship at 285 pounds as a sophomore in his first trip here, Mifflinburg's Nazar Mironenko saw his season end abruptly in a firestorm of emotion.
A four-point move in the second period of the quarterfinals versus North Allegheny's Nicolas Budd was the difference in a 6-2 loss.
Less than two hours later, in a do-or-die consolation bout with Biglerville's Trevor Stover, which became chippy early on, Mironenko lost by disqualification for taking a swing at Stover.
Mironenko had already been warned for a hit to the head and the match was stopped after the mat judge said the Wildcat took a wing at Stover at the 2-minute, 55-second mark.
Mironenko was hit with a flagrant misconduct penalty, giving the win to Stover by default. It ended Mironenko's season at 35-5 record and disqualifying him from the team's first competition next season. That would be the Top Hat Tournament next December.
First-year Mifflinburg coach Al Fluman said, "It was definitely back and forth throughout the whole match. I don't necessarily agree with the call, either call, but, you've always gotta keep your head."
Fluman agreed that part of the problem for Mironenko was frustration carried over from the quarterfinal loss.
"I think that played a role, yeah," he said.
The coach said he did not want to talk about Mironenko's mindset, but, he said, "He is a good kid. It just didn't go right for him here today."