Campus Corner: Barger Named ECWC Wrestler of Week; Spencer Anchors Record-Breaking Relay Team

WRESTLING

Barger, in action here winning his MAC title, was E

Barger, in action here winning his MAC title, was ECWC Wrestler of the Week for Lycoming (Photo courtesy Lycoming Athletics)

WILLIAMSPORT — After receiving his first  Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week honor early last week for winning a Middle Atlantic Conference championship Jan. 23, junior 165-pounder Nolan Barger (Clearfield) responded by adding two more bonus victories to his unbeaten record in Lycoming dual meet triumphs.

Barger breezed to a 19-2 technical fall in 6:16 over Alfred (N.Y.) State’s Konnor Kremer with 10 back points and pairs of takedowns and reversals Thursday night and followed that up with a 10-1 major decision over King’s Angelo Lussi in Scandlon Gymnasium Sunday.

Those dominating performances moved Barger up the ladder on two Lycoming all-time lists.

He became the ninth Warrior wrestler with at least 25 wins in three seasons and the 12th Warrior to own 90 career wins.

Ranked No. 2 in the nation all season by the National Wrestling Coaches Association and d3wrestle.com, Barger is 25-0 with 18 dual meet wins.

Beating Alfred State 26-19 clinched Lycoming’s 52nd winning record in the 60-year history of the program.

The Warriors bested King’s 32-12 for a 12-6 record.

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CLARION — Redshirt junior Jake Keller (Curwensville) lost by decision in Clarion’s 24-19 Senior Night loss to Eastern Wrestling League and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference rival Lock Haven in Waldo S. Tippin Gym Friday night.

Aaron McKinney defeated Keller 8-3 in the 157-pound bout, dropping the Golden Eagle to 2-12 in dual meets and 8-16 overall.

Clarion is 6-11 with a 2-4 record in both the EWL and the PSAC Division 1.

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MEN’S SWIMMING

NEW WILMINGTON – Freshman Michael Spencer (Clearfield) anchored the Westminster
200-yard medley relay quartet that broke the Westminster Natatorium record and initiated the Titans’ 180-109 win over Grove City Thursday night.

Senior Austin Karper (backstroke), senior Matt Baurle (breaststroke), sophomore Brad Kolesar (butterfly) and Spencer (freestyle) teamed up to lower the pool mark to 1:35.32.

Spencer also was victorious in the 50 free in 21.84 seconds and added points by placing third in the 100 fly in 54.88 and fourth in the 100 back in 56.30 as the Titans completed their Presidents’ Athletic Conference slate at 4-0.

Westminster improved its final dual meet record to 9-2 with a 174-109 win over Mount Union (Ohio) Sunday.

Spencer won the 50 free again in 22.11 seconds while picking up points with a third in the fly in 54.90 and a fourth in the 100 back in a personal-record 56.85.

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WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

GENEVA, Ohio — Freshman Sarah Lash (Clearfield) debuted for St. Francis (Pa.) University by placing 44th in the weight throw at the SPIRE Institute Midwest Indoor Track & Field Open Friday.

Junior Rebecca Johnson (Curwensville) finished 54th in the mile run in 6:01.22.

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