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Penn College Basketball Teams Show Improvement

As their seasons near a conclusion, Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s basketball teams continue to show improvement, each posting back-to-back wins for the first time this season, and its wrestlers are fine-tuning for the postseason.

Men’s Basketball
After a Monday night postponement, the Wildcats returned to action Thursday at Penn State Brandywine and, despite putting up another good battle, dropped a 95-89 decision. The game was tied at 89-all with just under a minute left, but Brandywine outscored Penn College 6-0 the rest of the way to win. James Boylan, of Newton, N.J., led Penn College with 18 points while David Ware Jr., of Philadelphia, added 15 points; Jerome Edwards, of Philadelphia, had 13; Marquis Delgado, of Mansfield, 12; and Nathaniel Brown, of Philadelphia, 11.

In its best offensive showing of the season, Penn College just missed reaching the century mark in a 97-80 win at Penn State Scranton on Friday.

The victory avenged an earlier 95-91 loss. Ezra Adams, of Muncy, and Edwards each scored 16 points while Thomas Ross, of Williamsport, added 15 and Delgado and Boylan each tallied 14. Ross also had 10 rebounds.

Saturday at home with Penn State Hazleton, Boylan scored 15 points and hauled in 11 rebounds as Penn College won, 69-52, to improve to 4-20 overall and 3-12 in the Penn State University Athletic Conference. The Wildcats dominated the boards with a 64-42 rebounding advantage.

Penn College closes out its season Monday at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.

Women’s Basketball
On the road Thursday at Penn State Brandywine, Penn College saw any hope of reaching the postseason end with an 88-64 loss. Charese Bova, of Beech Creek, led the Wildcats with 21 points and 17 rebounds and Alicia Ross, Williamsport, added 16 points. Jamie Steer, of South Williamsport, had 10 rebounds.

The Lady Wildcats dug deep at Penn State Scranton on Friday night and came up with a big 95-70 win. Ross poured in a personal season-high 26 points while Bova added 20, Steer 13 and Margaret Dewire, of Beaver Springs, 12. In an earlier meeting, Scranton won, 77-61.

Bova poured in 26 points and pulled down 22 rebounds in a 78-73 win over Penn State Hazleton on Saturday as a big (41-point) second half was instrumental in the team improving to 7-16 overall and 5-8 in the PSUAC. Steer added 15 points and Ross 12 for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats close out their season with games Monday at Penn State Wilkes-Barre and at 7 p.m. Wednesday at home with Elmira (N.Y.) College.

Wrestling
Penn College wrestlers competed Feb. 2 in the Jayhawk Open at Jamestown (N.Y.) Community College and Wildcat Dan Frankenfield recorded a second-place finish in the 174-pound weight class.

Frankenfield, of Dushore, posted three wins – a pin and two decisions – before falling to Austin Weigel of the University at Buffalo, 4-1, in the finale. Also for Penn College, Kyle Sunseri, of Athens, went 4-2, including two wins by fall, and finished fourth in the 149-pound division; Aaron Doll, of Glen Rock, went 1-2 and placed fourth at 125 and Dalton Deimler, of Middletown, was 0-1 and finished sixth, also at 125. Other Wildcat wrestlers and their tournament records include: Joe Champluvier, of Laceyville, at 157 (2-2); Tanner Leid, of Terre Hill, at 157 (1-2); Taylor Porter, of Milton, at 157 (3-2); Cesar Gonzalez, of Woodbridge, Va., at 157 (0-2); Mike Failla, of Beach Lake, at 197 (1-2); and Pat Fitzgerald, of Port Royal, at 197 (2-2). Champluvier and Fitzgerald each had one win by fall for the day.

Tuesday’s scheduled home match with Penn State New Kensington was canceled.

PENN COLLEGE SCHEDULES/RECORDS
Men’s Basketball
Overall record: 4-20
PSUAC record: 3-12
Thursday, Feb. 6 – at Penn State Brandywine, L, 95-89
Friday, Feb. 7 – at Penn State Scranton, W, 97-80
Saturday, Feb. 8 – host Penn State Hazleton, W, 69-52
Monday, Feb. 10 – at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, 8 p.m.
(season over)

Women’s Basketball
Overall record: 7-16
PSUAC record: 5-8
Thursday, Feb. 6 – at Penn State Brandywine, L, 88-64
Friday, Feb. 7 – at Penn State Scranton, W, 95-70
Saturday, Feb. 8 – host Penn State Hazleton, W, 78-73
Monday, Feb. 10 – at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 12 – host Elmira (N.Y.) College, 7 p.m.
(season ends)

Wrestling
Overall record: 1-8
PSUAC record: 0-2
Sunday, Feb. 2 – Jayhawk Open at Jamestown (N.Y.) Community College
Tuesday, Feb. 4 – host Penn State New Kensington, canceled
Sunday, Feb. 9 – Penn State University Athletic Conference Championships at Penn State’s Rec Hall
Saturday, Feb. 15 – at West Chester University, 7 p.m.

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