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Senior Wrestler Honored During Season’s Final Home Match

Kyle A. Suneri is joined (from left) by parents Donna and Mike Shaffer; college President Davie Jane Gilmour; and Scott E. Kennell, director of athletics.
Kyle A. Suneri is joined (from left) by parents Donna and Mike Shaffer; college President Davie Jane Gilmour; and Scott E. Kennell, director of athletics.

The Wildcat wrestling squad recently honored Kyle A. Sunseri, of Athens, its team captain and lone senior, during the season’s last match in Bardo Gym. With respectful humor, coach Schuyler Frey explained the origin of Sunseri’s several monikers, from “Ribeye” to “Flyboy” to “Seriously,” but said – whatever his name – it will be forever in the college’s record books. “Four years ago, in one sweeping move, Kyle recorded the first home win and pin in Penn College history,” Frey said at Thursday’s home match against Kings College. “He was part of our (Penn State University Athletic Conference) championship team. He was also a (National Collegiate Wrestling Association) national qualifier and the first four-year wrestler in our short wrestling history.” Frey also noted Sunseri’s love of the sport, which comes through even in injury. “Most recently, he had one of his famous bloody noses that would not quit,” the coach said. “The referee was wanting to call the match, and, as I asked Kyle if he wanted to keep wrestling, his immediate response was ‘I’ll wrestle all day.'” Sunseri will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in engineering design technology.