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Penn College Wrestlers Post Win, Prep for Nationals

The Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestling team was the lone winner last week in action among the college’s winter sports teams, which also saw the archers step into action.

Wrestling
In their final tune-up before the United States Collegiate Athletic Association national championships on Feb. 14, the Wildcats split during a triangular match on Saturday, topping Southern Virginia University, 32-15, and losing to Centenary College, 35-13, to go to 6-9 on the season.

Tanner Leid, of Terre Hill, in the 157-pound weight class, was Penn College’s lone double winner. Also for the Wildcats, Ben Doll, of Glen Rock, was 1-1 at 125; Aaron Doll, of Glen Rock, was 1-1 at 133; Mason Replogle, of New Enterprise, was 1-1 at 149; Zach Fitzsimmons, of Portville, was 1-1 at 165; Dan Frankenfield, of Dushore, was 1-1 at 174; Connor Route, of Canton, was 1-1 at 184; Pat Fitzgerald, of Port Royal, was 0-2 at 197; and Zach Kane, of Higganum, Connecticut, was 1-1 at 285.

Looking ahead to competition in the USCAA event at Penn State’s Rec Hall, Penn College sixth-year coach Schuyler Frey said, “I’m hopeful that everyone is peaking for this. Each of the guys, throughout the season, we’ve seen them wrestle extremely well. As a team, I don’t know that we’ve wrestled our best matches, but I think if we can put everything together we should do quite well.”

With the exception of Fitzsimmons, who will wrestle at 149 along with Replogle, all of the Wildcat grapplers will be at the same weights as they were Saturday. The daylong competition is double-elimination, with team scores also being kept. At least a dozen teams are expected to enter, according to Frey.

The key to success, the coach said, is “just to continue to wrestle. One of the things that we continue to see is that the guys wrestle well, they just have these pauses and, at this (collegiate) level, you can’t pause and give up position or points. The main thing we’ve been emphasizing these last few weeks is to be continuously wrestling, wrestling through flurries and not letting up. … That’s what you have to do to be a winner at this level; constant action, constantly pushing it.”

Archery
“I feel we are on a good start for such a young team.”

That was the reaction of Penn College archery coach Chad Karstetter after his team’s inaugural 2016 outing Jan. 29-31 at the Eastern Seaboard Indoor Championship at Mays Landing, New Jersey.

Wildcat archers claimed three first-place finishes, two seconds and four thirds, with several freshmen in that mix.

Claiming firsts were sophomore Tyler Schoonover, of Bradford, in male compound; junior Andrew Rupp, of Dayton, in male bowhunter; and freshman Julia Gause, of Bloomsburg, in female bowhunter.

Earning second-place finishes were freshmen Adam Thomas, of Shade Gap, in male bowhunter, and Logan Booth, of New Kensington, in male compound.

And placing third were freshman Sabrina Toplovich, of Spring Creek, in female bowhunter; senior Markus Weber, of La Plata, Maryland, in male compound; sophomore Justin Rinehimer, of Mountain Top, in male bow hunter; and freshman Tanner Huff, of Altoona, in male recurve.

“I think the team did well for its first event of the year. Overall, scores were average, or just under, this early on in the season as can be expected,” Karstetter said. “It was exciting to watch the male compound team, with only a point separating the top three.

“I was pleased to see how the team worked in a tournament situation. We saw a lot of positive points and a few weak points we will need to work on,” the coach said.

Also for the Wildcats, freshman Stephanie Plummer, of Port Matilda, was fourth in female bowhunter; freshman Tim Lamont, of Eldred, was fourth in male compound; sophomore Chelsea Douglass, of East Greenville, was fifth in female compound; freshman Kaylee Burk, of Hermitage, was fifth in female recurve; junior Abigail Hricko, of Nicholson, was sixth in female compound; sophomore Sam Hamilton, of Genesee, was seventh in male recurve; sophomore Nicholas Daniels, of Levittown, was 12th in male recurve; and freshman Alisha Ortiz, of Brooklyn, New York, was 17th in female recurve.

Men’s Basketball
On Saturday at North Division-leading Morrisville State, the Wildcats fell behind 41-25 at the half and lost, 86-75 to drop to 3-9 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference and 3-15 overall. Again, Penn College got balanced scoring with five players reaching double figures as Bryce Lonsway, of Tiffin, Ohio, tallied 15 points; Kevin Laurence-El, of Milton; Landon Muller, of Ottsville; and Laquinn Thompson, of York, each had 13; and Marquis Delgado, of Mansfield, scored 10. Thomas Ross, of Williamsport, hauled in 10 rebounds for the Wildcats.

Through Saturday in the NEAC South Division, Lancaster Bible was 12-0; Gallaudet, 9-3; Penn State Berks, 7-6; Bryn Athyn, 5-7; Penn College, 3-9; Penn State Abington, 3-9; and Wilson College, 3-10. Morrisville State led the North Division with a 10-3 record.

Women’s Basketball
At Morrisville State on Saturday, Penn College dropped a 72-50 decision to fall to 3-11 in the NEAC and 3-13 overall. Alicia Ross, of Williamsport, scored 26 points and upped her career total to 975 for the Wildcats.

Through Saturday in the NEAC South Division, Lancaster Bible College was 13-1; Bryn Athyn, 11-3; Gallaudet 8-6; Penn State Abington 7-6; St. Elizabeth 8-7; Penn College, 3-11; Penn State Berks, 3-11; and Wilson College, 0-15. SUNY Poly topped the North Division with a 12-0 record.

SCHEDULES/RESULTS/RECORDS
Men’s Basketball
Overall record: 3-15
NEAC record: 3-9
Saturday, Feb. 6 – at Morrisville State College (NEAC), L, 86-75
Sunday, Feb. 7 – at Cazenovia College (NEAC), 1 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 13 – host Wells College (NEAC), 1 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 14 – host Keuka College (NEAC), 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 16 – at Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), 5 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 19 – host Penn State Abington (NEAC), 5 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 20 – host Bryn Athyn (NEAC), 1 p.m.
(End of regular season)

Women’s Basketball
Overall record: 3-13
NEAC record: 3-11
Saturday, Feb. 6 – at Morrisville State (NEAC), L, 72-50
Sunday, Feb. 7 – at Cazenovia College (NEAC), 3 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 13 – host Wells College (NEAC), 3 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 14 – host Keuka College (NEAC), 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 16 – at Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 19 – host Penn State Abington (NEAC), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 20 – host Bryn Athyn (NEAC), 3 p.m.
(End of regular season)

Wrestling
Overall record: 6-9
Saturday, Feb. 6 – host Southern Virginia University, W, 32-15; and Centenary, N.J., College, L, 35-13
Sunday, Feb. 14 – at United States Collegiate Athletic Association Championships
Saturday, Feb. 20—host Muhlenberg College, 1 p.m.
End of season

Archery
Feb. 26-28 – at Lancaster Indoor Nationals

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