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Penn College Looks to Qualify Three for Nationals

02/20/2012 -

On Saturday, Penn College travels to Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne where it will compete with 11 other teams in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Division I Mid-East Conference Championships. Nationally, 46 teams compete in D-I and Penn College is ranked No. 25. The top three in each weight class plus several wild-card selections will advance to the NCWA Championships on March 8-10 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Wrestling in regionals for Penn College will be Kyle Sunseri and Kevin Sutherland in the 141-pound weight class; Derek Leiby at 149; Myers at 157; Austin Clark and Tom Ayers at 165; Logan Gresock Ohio, at 174; Crutchlow at 184; and Ocker at 197. One other grappler, Levi Speicher also could see action at 149.

Penn College was recognized as the conference team titlist after PSUAC/United States Collegiate Athletic Association championship competition Feb. 12. The Wildcats trailed PSU DuBois by 14 points entering the final round, but came away with individual titlists in Leiby at 149 and Gresock at 174 to finish with 108 points to DuBois' 98. Overall, Penn College was third among 10 teams in the USCAA portion of the tourney.

"Within our region there definitely is a lot of good competition. If our guys wrestle as well as they did at Penn State, I'd be disappointed if we don't get three guys who qualify (for nationals) and I wouldn't be too surprised if we get five or six (who qualify)," said coach Schuyler Frey. "Our goal is to make sure everyone is as healthy as can be and is focused on the task."