State DuBois Wrestlers at NCWA Championships
- Coach Matt Park and assistant Josh Knapp traveled to
Allen, TX with 10 wrestlers to compete in the NCWA National Championships hosted
at the Allen Civic Center just north of Dallas over this past weekend. The PSUD Team finished in 21st
place as a team with 21 points.
Team champions Grand Canyon University (254.5
pts.) ran away with the title putting seven wrestlers into the finals with four
individual champions and three runner-up finishes. The battle for second place was between
Liberty University (171.5) and Shorter College (162.5); Central Florida
finished strong taking fourth with 122 points.
DuBois was led by Mid-East Conference champion Logan Shirey at 184lbs. Logan
finished the tournament with a 2-2 record. Logan won his first match with a first period fall over Will Robinson of
Fort Collins, and lost his second bout to Jack Wedholm of Army Prep Acad 11-2.
He rebounded with a 6-2 decision over Alec Warner from PSU Mont Alto and was
eliminated from competition by a second period fall at the hands of Staben
Cervantes of Navy Prep Academy.
other Penn State DuBois wrestler’s results were as follows:
Himes (125lbs.) 0-2, Austin Sheibley
(133lbs.) 1-2, Jake Himes (157lbs.) 2-2, Joe Knarr (165lbs.) 0-2, Matt Rivera
(174lbs) 1-2, Ryan Terwilliger (174lbs) 1-2, Nate Rodgers (197lbs) 1-2, Tim
Suydan (235lbs) 2-2, and Andrew Bigley (285lbs) 0-2.
Park stated, “I am pleased with the overall improvement of the wrestlers from
early October. This is a long season and we battled through injures and stayed
focus on getting better each day. Nine
of the ten wrestlers will be back next year; this championship tournament gives
the guys an idea of what it takes to earn All-American honors. The level of completion at the NCWA
championships is very tough, we will return better prepared and the guys will
be working on getting on the podium”.
seasons the Penn State DuBois team has built a sound foundation and continues
to grow and improve under the Leadership of Coach Park and Coach Knapp. Coach Park commented “We have great kids who
are getting it done in the classroom and doing all the little things right. I
am grateful that Penn State DuBois is giving these students an opportunity to
compete at this level”.