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Wildcat Archer to Represent United States in World Competition

Danny WidoDanny Wido, a senior from Shickshinny, will represent Penn College and the United States as a member of the men’s compound team that will compete at the eighth World University Archery Championship in Shenzhen, China, from Sept. 23-26.

“He’s definitely excited to head over. It’s the first time he’s ever competed internationally. I feel he’s going to do very, very well,” said Wildcats coach Chad Karstetter. “If he shoots anything like he did at nationals last year, he’s very capable of winning the whole thing.”

Last May at the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships at Texas A&M University, Wido claimed the individual national championship in men’s compound and led the Penn College men’s compound team to a collegiate title, too. He is a two-time individual national collegiate champ and three-time All-American.

“He has been practicing. Not as much, probably, as I would have liked as a coach, but with his school load this semester in his senior year he is pretty busy. We set up some targets here at the school and he’s tried to keep in shape and keep everything fine-tuned,” Karstetter said.

Wido will compete in individual and team compound events, and also may compete in a mixed-team event. Having participated in two world championships more than a decade ago when he was a student at the college himself, Karstetter knows what Wido is in for.

“It will be a different experience something you’ll never experience nationally. When you go there, everybody is a good as you are. It’s pretty tough competition. It probably will be the toughest competition he has ever faced. But for as good as he is, and as good as he has shot the last couple of years, he’s going to do well,” Karstetter predicted.

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