LOCK HAVEN — Penn State sophomore Brad Pataky, a Clearfield Area High School graduate who is wrestling unattached during his redshirt season, avenged a narrow first-round loss during an impressive five-bout run through the consolation bracket that resulted in a third-place finish at Lock Haven University\’s inaugural Mat Town Open Saturday.
After being edged 10-9 by Lock Haven\’s Nicholas Hyatt, Pataky bounced back to register an 8-2 decision over Dan Bishop (unattached) of Buffalo, an 18-1 technical fall in 3:43 over John Andel of Millersville, a fall in 39 seconds against Jake Bucha of Franklin & Marshall, a 17-11 decision over Hyatt and, in the consy finals, a fall in 1:00 against Kyle Hutter of Old Dominion.
Pataky\’s record is 9-3, including three pins and two technical falls.
Two Curwensville grads wrestling unattached, 125-pounder John Sutika of Pitt and 165-pounder Derek Caldwell of Lock Haven, were 0-2 in the Mat Town Open.
Sutika experienced a tough collegiate debut, losing a 21-3 technical fall in 7:00 to eventual champ Obenson Blanc of Lock Haven and a 16-1 technical fall in 3:15 to Old Dominion\’s Hutter.
Caldwell fell to a pair of Penn State matmen competing unattached. Eventual champ Dave Rella won by technical fall in 6:15 and Mike Lorenzo won by major decision 10-1. Caldwell has a 1-6 record.
Many of the same college teams will be represented at Penn State\’s Nittany Lion Open on Sunday. Another is Army, which has freshman Matthew Kyler (7-3) at 133 pounds.