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Penn College Wrestlers Headed to Postseason

In its final tune-up before the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Invitational on Feb. 15, the Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestling team dropped its final dual match on Saturday, 32-18, at Centenary College. Also on Saturday, Penn College’s men’s and women’s basketball teams lost in their only games of the week while, a week earlier, the archery team got off to a good start.

Wrestling
Posting wins against Centenary for the Wildcats, who finish 2-11 overall, were Slade Storm, of New Oxford, with a decision in the 149-pound weight class, and Troy Leid, of Terre Hill, who won by decision at 165. Penn College’s other points came via forfeit wins by Aaron Doll, of Glen Rock, at 125 and Connor Route, of Canton, at 184.

Looking ahead to the weekend at Penn State’s Rec Hall and his team’s only postseason competition and final outing of the year, coach Schuyler Frey said, “It’s about a 10-team tournament and hopefully we can go and dominate there and score as many points as we can.

“We’re blessed with a great group of kids. Everyone that is on the team is a good kid, they are hard workers and they’re a lot of fun to work with.”

Wrestling for the Wildcats will be: 125 – Doll; 133 – Zach Fitzsimmons, of Portville; 141 – Kyle Sunseri, of Athens; 149 – Storm and Mason Replogle, of New Enterprise; 165 – Leid; 174 – Dan Frankenfield, of Dushore; 184 – Route; 197 – Brandon Stover, Oil City.

Of the nine, Frey said Storm, Replogle and Leid have been wrestling really well the last three weeks.

“It’s been a good season so far, but a rough season in that we’re getting into Division III wrestling and it’s a little bit at a higher level. Hopefully, the guys will be able to wrestle their best matches of the year and get us some place-winners and maybe we’ll vie for the team championship,” added Frey, in his fifth season.

Men’s Basketball
At home against Morrisville State, the Wildcats fell behind by 11 at the half and lost 74-58 to drop to 2-10 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference and 3-16 overall. Thomas Ross, of Williamsport, and Kevin Laurence-El, of Milton, each scored 12 points for Penn College and James Boylan, of Newton, New Jersey, added 11. Morrisville made 52 percent of its shots from the field and Penn College just 38 percent. The Wildcats were outscored in the paint, 38-24.

Through Saturday, Lancaster Bible led the NEAC Southern Division with an 11-1 record, followed by Gallaudet at 10-3, Penn State Abington at 6-6, Bryn Athyn at 5-7, Penn State Berks 5-8, Penn College 2-10 and Wilson College 2-11.

Women’s Basketball
In an 84-68 home loss against NEAC North Division co-leader Morrisville State, Penn College was outscored 32-12 in the paint and gave up 30 points off its 30 turnovers. Despite falling behind 15-2 at the start, Penn College pulled back to within three points in the first half and five points in the second half. Alicia Ross, of Williamsport, scored 26 points to lead the Wildcats’ offense while Jamie Steer, of South Williamsport, added 21 points. Charese Bova, of Beech Creek, finished with 15 rebounds as Penn College fell to 8-6 in the conference and 9-9 overall.

Through Saturday, Lancaster Bible College led the South Division with a 13-1 record and was followed by Penn State Abington at 10-3, Gallaudet at 9-6, Penn College and St. Elizabeth both at 8-6, Bryn Athyn, 5-7; Penn State Berks 1-13 and Wilson College 0-15.

Archery
Competing in their first match of the season in the Atlantic Cape Eastern Seaboard Indoor at Mays Landing, New Jersey, on Jan. 31, Penn College archers took three first-, four second-, two third- and three fourth-place finishes. In all, 59 archers competed in the Collegiate Division.

In the men’s compound event, Penn College swept the top four places and the four were separated by just 34 points. Matt Cummings, of Montville, was first with 578 points; Markus Weber, of La Plata, Maryland, second with 574; Justus Leimbach, of Westminster, Maryland, third with 568; and Cody Wolfe, of Tioga, fourth with 544.

In women’s bowhunter, Kendel Baier, of Jersey Shore, was first with 573 points; Courtney Deshong, of McConnellsburg, second with 556; and Holly Neely, of Lebanon, third with 503.

In women’s compound, Nicole Lapinski, of Bloomsburg, was first with 571 points and Abigail Hricko, of Nicholson, fourth with 543.

In men’s bowhunter, Tyler Schoonover, of Bradford, was second with 571 points and Cody McCracken, of Loyalsock Township, fourth with 542.

In men’s recurve, Gregg Foust, of Murrysville, was second with 545 points.

“I was very pleased with the outcome of the shoot,” said coach Chad Karstetter. “We definitely had some who shot a little above their average and we had some who shot a little below their average.

“For their first time out, the new archers got an eye-opener on how a tournament works and it’s definitely going to be a benefit when we get to the indoor nationals (March 13-15 at Harrisonburg, Virginia) now that they’ve participated in a well-run event.”

Karstetter especially was pleased with his men’s recurve team, saying, “We’ve always been a little bit on the weak side (in recurve), with the exception of maybe one or two years. Gregg shot really well and two new guys who are with him, Brandon Lonaberger, of Shillington, and Ron Ferreri, of Waldwick, New Jersey, both just started shooting in December and I was very pleased with the way their scores were (436 and 421, respectively). I was not expecting them to be that high. I think they’re going to end up doing really well this year.”

Commenting on the six-week break between competitions, Karstetter said, “We’re going to hit the range pretty good. I saw a lot of things that we need to work on and improve on. We’re going to be shooting quite a few arrows on the range, but we’ll be ready when we get to (indoor nationals).”

Special Event Scheduled
Penn College will host its inaugural Girls and Women in Sports Day Clinic from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Bardo Gymnasium as student-athletes from soccer, volleyball and basketball will instruct participants on the basics of their respective sport. Each participant, those in kindergarten through sixth grade, will have the opportunity to participate in all three sports. The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 20. For more information, email Matt Blymier.

PENN COLLEGE SCHEDULES/RECORDS
Men’s Basketball
Overall record: 3-16
NEAC record: 2-1
Saturday, Feb. 7 – host Morrisville State, L, 74-58
Sunday, Feb. 8 – host Cazenovia College, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 14 – at Wells College, 2 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 15 –at Keuka College, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 17 – host Lancaster Bible College, 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball
Overall record: 9-9
NEAC record: 8-6
Monday, Feb. 2 – at Elmira College, ppd. to Feb. 9
Saturday, Feb. 7 – host Morrisville State, L, 84-68
Sunday, Feb. 8 – host Cazenovia College, noon
Monday, Feb. 9 – at Elmira College, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 14 – at Wells College, noon
Sunday, Feb. 15 – at Keuka College, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 17 – host Lancaster Bible College, 5 p.m.

Wrestling
Final overall dual record: 2-11
Saturday, Feb. 7 – at Centenary College, L, 32-18
Sunday, Feb. 15 – USCAA National Invitational, 11 a.m.
(End of season)

Archery
Saturday-Sunday, March 13-15 – U.S. Indoor Nationals at Harrisonburg, Virginia

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