UNIVERSITY PARK — Former Clearfield Area High School wrestling standouts Brad Pataky of Penn State and Matthew Kyler of Army turned in impressive performances at the Penn State\’s Nittany Open Sunday in Rec Hall.
Pataky, a sophomore wrestling unattached, pinned Jeffrey Shymske (unattached, Kent) in 1:37 and Jerome Greco (Columbia) in 17 seconds and major decisioned Alex Ustics (Navy) 12-3 before losing by a 17-1 technical fall to fifth-rankedFranklin Gomez of Michigan State in the semifinals at 125 pounds. He then posted a 5-3 win over James Nicholson (unattached, Old Dominion) in the third-place bout to improve his record to 14-4 for the season.
Gomez was beaten 5-3 in overtime by seventh-ranked Mark McKnight of Penn State in the championship match.
Kyler, a freshman 133-pounder, sandwiched trios of wins around a 6-1 loss to eventual runner-up and seventh-ranked Jake Strayer of Penn State, who lost 4-3 to top-ranked Andy Simmons of Michigan State in the finals.
Kyler opened with a pin in 3:13 against Matthew Maris (unattached, Lock Haven), major decisioned Joel Trombly (unattached-Michigan) 16-7 and beat Rob LaBrake (unattached, Clarion) before running into Strayer. Following the setback, Kyler bounced back to claim fifth place with decisions over Joey Whitaker (Boston University) 7-3, Steve Fittery of Shippensburg (9-5) and Danny Lopes (Lock Haven) 3-1. Kyle has a 13-4 record and is tied for most wins on the Army team.
Kyle Keane, another Clearfield graduate who is a redshirt freshman at Pitt-Johnstown, had a tough draw in the opening round at 165. He was nipped 2-1 by Dave Rella (unattached, Penn State), who went on to finish as runner-up. Keane is 5-1 this season.
Also at 165, Lock Haven freshman Derek Caldwell of Curwensville was shut out 5-0 by Jon Drew of Army and dropped to 1-5.
More than 600 wrestlers competed in the one-day tourney, including 57 at 125 and 50 at 133.
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AKRON, Ohio — Senior Stacy Ogden of Clearfield placed in two individual events and helped four Clarion University relay teams earn points in the SummaCare Invitational hosted by Akron Friday through Sunday.
Ogden qualified for the B Final in the 100-yard backstroke and won the race to finish ninth overall. She made the C Final in the 50 free and wound up 24th.
Ogden was a member of the third-place 200 free and 400 \’A\’ free relay teams, the 11th-place 200 medley \’B\’ foursome and the 17th-place 800 free \’B\’ quartet.
Clarion finished fifth in the 10-team meet.
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GROVE CITY — Clearfield Area High School graduates Nathan Taylor and Ryan Sayers contributed points to Washington & Jefferson\’s men\’s swimming and diving team that finished second among eight teams in the James E. Longnecker Invitational at Grove City College Friday and Saturday.
Taylor, a freshman swimmer, placed eighth in the 200-yard individual medley, ninth in the 200 and 10th in the 400 individual medley. He also swam legs on the eighth-place 400 \’B\’ medley and ninth-place 200 \’B\’ medley relay teams.
Sayers, a sophomore diver, placed seventh in the one-meter event and ninth in the three-meter competition