Kyler Off to Winning Start for Army

Brockport, NY — Matt Kyler, former state champion from Clearfield, made his collegiate debut for the Miliatary Academy a successful one by placing second at the Oklahoma Gold/ Brockport Wrestling Classic.

Wrestling at 133, Kyler went 3-1 on the day.

He started his career by beating Jeremy Deboy of Kent St. 10-5. Jeff Schell of Brown was then beaten by Kyler 5-1. Not known for his pinning in high school, it didn\’t take long for Kyler to earn his first collegiate pin. The victim was Rickey Donald of Bloomsburg in 4:00.

In the tourney finals, Kyler ran into the #12 ranked 133-pounder in the country. Kyler took Mark Budd of Buffalo into overtime before getting beaten, 6-1.

Kyler earned the number one spot on the Army team at 133 by beating William Simpson twice in wrestle-offs.

Simpson was an NCAA national qualifier last year at 125 with a season record of 26-16.

Learn how the rest of the Army team did at their season opening tourney at

Kyler and his fellow cadets return to action Wednesday night at Hofstra.

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