Campus Corner: Pataky, Barger Go 4-1 in Dual Meet Tourneys; Kyler Notches Three Wins

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Penn State 125-pounder Brad Pataky of Clearfield registered his two biggest wins of the season and went 4-1 overall during the unseeded Nittany Lions\’ eighth-place performance at the 2009 National Wrestling Coaches Association/Cliff Keen Division I Duals in the UNI Dome Saturday and Sunday.
The redshirt sophomore\’s 13-9 win over Troy Dolan set the tone as the 14th-ranked Nittany Lions handed No. 5 Missouri its first loss in 12 matches, 20-19. Pataky racked up six takedowns for a 12-4 lead and also was assured of a riding time point, but Dolan erased what would have been a major decision with a late takedown and near fall.
In a stunner in the next round, Pataky caught Andy Pokorny with a cement mixer for a 12-second fall, but No. 5 Nebraska (8-0) came back to tumble Penn State into the consolation rounds with a 20-16 win.
Pataky followed that up with an impressive 7-5 upset of 11th-ranked Mike Watts that was a key to Penn State\’s 21-18 victory over No. 17 and Big 10 rival Michigan (4-4). Two takedowns in the first period and a quick reversal in the second period gave the Nittany Lion bantam a 6-1 lead before Watts rallied to make it close with two of his three escapes and a takedown.
Against Minnesota\’s No. 8-ranked Zach Sanders, Pataky got off to another quick start with two takedowns, but the Golden Gopher took command with a reversal and near fall. Sanders widened his lead to 14-5 with two takedowns and a near fall in the second period and was ahead 19-6 when he recorded a fall with 18 seconds left that was crucial in 9-3 Minnesota\’s 21-18 win.
In the seventh-place match against No. 16 Boise State (9-3), Pataky punctuated his outstanding performance by escaping at the outset of the second period for the first point of his bout with 18th-ranked Brian Owen and quickly locking up a cement mixer for a fall at 3:48.
Penn State lost 22-15 to the Broncos and will take a 7-6 record into the Big 10 season.
Pataky, 11-2 in duals and 19-5 overall, is second on the team in wins behind freshman 174-pounder Quentin Wright\’s 20. He leads the Nittany Lions in technical falls with four and is tied for first in falls with four. He\’s tops in dual meet bonus points with 17 and is second in overall dual meet points with 50.
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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Sophomore 141-pounder Tom Barger of Clearfield won four of his five bouts as host Lycoming finished sixth with a 3-2 record in the 21st annual Budd Whitehill Duals Friday and Saturday.
Nine of the 20 Division III teams were nationally ranked, including No. 25 Lycoming.
The Warriors beat Springfield 18-13, King\’s 27-13 and No. 27 Messiah 23-11. They lost 20-15 to No. 16 Wilkes and, in the fifth-place match, 25-7 to John Carroll with several reserves in the lineup.
Barger posted wins over Springfield\’s Ryan McGilvray 7-2, Wilkes\’ Anthony Dattolo 10-8, King\’s Tony Miele 8-1 and Messiah\’s Alex DeHart 10-2 before being edged 9-6 by John Carroll\’s Chris Romeo.
Wisconsin-Whitewater (10-3) downed previously-undefeated No. 8 Ithaca 23-15 for the championship, No. 18 The College of New Jersey topped Wilkes 36-7 for third place and Springfield beat Messiah 28-9 for seventh.
Barger is 10-6 with an 8-4 log in duals.
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Nationally-ranked junior 149-pounder Matt Kyler of Clearfield swept his three matches, two with pins, for Army in a quadrangular meet at Rutgers Saturday.

Kyler extended his perfect dual-meet record to 12 wins by pinning Boston University\’s Mike Roberts in 4:53 and Rutgers\’ Dave Greenwald in 1:28 and decisioning King\’s Point\’s Dan Twito 11-4.
The Cadets are 7-4-1 after beating Boston U. 28-15 and King\’s Point 32-9 but losing 20-18 to Rutgers.
Kyler, 22-4 with 11 falls for the season, is ranked No. 8 by Wrestling Insider Magazine, No. 9 by Amateur Wrestling News and No. 12 by Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine/InterMat/National Wrestling Coaches Association.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Clearfield Area High School graduate Kyle Keane of Bradford was 2-1 for No. 11-ranked Pitt-Johnstown at the 2009 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Division II Duals Saturday and Sunday at the University of Northern Iowa.
The No. 1-ranked NCAA Division II 165-pounder bested Nebraska-Kearney\’s Taylor May 6-4 and Wisconsin-Parkside\’s Corey Van Groll 7-2 before being upset 5-4 by Central Oklahoma\’s Mikey Morgan.
UPJ (4-3) sandwiched a 27-13 victory over No. 10 Wisconsin-Parkside between a pair of tough setbacks.  The Mountain Cats tied No. 3 Nebraska-Kearney 17-17 and No. 5 Central Oklahoma 21-21 but lost both matches on criteria.  Those two teams finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Keane, a redshirt junior, has a 4-2 record in duals and a 14-6 mark for all matches.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Junior John Lytle of Clearfield placed in two individual events and was a member of a winning relay foursome for Notre Dame in a 178-117 Big East Conference loss to 16th-ranked Louisville Saturday afternoon.
Lytle finished second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:40.58 and fourth in the 100 free in 46.17.
He touched in 46.94 leading off the 400 free relay, which the Fighting Irish won in 3:10.98.
Notre Dame is 1-1 in the conference and 3-4 for the season.
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WINTER PARK, Fla. – Westminster sophomore Chris Bodle of Clearfield placed fifth in the 1000-yard freestyle as the Titans defeated host Rollins 146-108 on Jan. 7 for their fourth win in five meets.
Bodle\’s 11:15.72 time was a personal best.
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GREENSBURG, Pa. – Freshman Todd Hryn of Clearfield scored all six of his points in a 3:19 span in the first half of Pitt-Greensburg\’s 83-72 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference loss to Medaille in Chambers Hall Gymnasium Saturday.
Hryn sunk one of two free throws, converted an offensive rebound into a field goal, logged an assist and made a three-pointer to help the Bobcats slice the Mavericks\’ 10-point lead in half, 29-24, with 6:15 remaining in the first half.
However, the Bobcats got no closer than four points the rest of the way to fall to 2-3 in the AMCC and 3-9 overall.
In 11 games, including three starts, Hryn has 47 points, 22 rebounds, five assists and one steal.
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