Wrestling Season Set to Begin for Penn College
Third-year coach Schuyler Frey believes his team has a good nucleus returning from a squad that won last season’s PSUAC championship, finished third in the USCAA and placed 17th in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association championships.
Returning are Austin Clark, of Elysburg, at 165 pounds; Paul Crutchlow, of Morris Plains, N.J., at 174; Logan Gresock, of Copley, Ohio, at 184; Tyler Myers, of Centre Hall, at 157; Jasper Ocker III, of Burnham, at 197; and Kyle Sunseri, of Athens, at 141.
“Tyler and Logan pulled the guys together in preseason, before I was able to start working with them, doing workouts and getting them in shape. Even though we’re into the season, they’re still leading,” Frey said. Last season, Myers and now-graduated Derek Leiby, of Troy, became the college’s first-ever wrestling All-Americans for their top-10 finishes at NCWA nationals. Gresock was a PSUAC champ.
“If we can stay healthy, it’s going to be a good season. With our returning guys, certainly, they’ve set the tone, but the new guys coming in are buying into it and everyone is working hard. … I’m really excited for the season to get started,” Frey said.
Penn College opens at 6 p.m. Friday hosting The Apprentice School, of Newport News, Va., and Frey knows his team has its work cut out.
“They’re consistently one of the better teams in the country in the NCWA. … It’s going to be a tough match. Coming out of the blocks, we’re going to need to be getting after it. It’s going to be a hard one,” the coach said.
“I‘ve tried to make our schedule tougher. We’re trying to wrestle the best teams that we can. If we have a good dual-meet season, that’s good, but it’s the nationals that we’re looking to compete for,” Frey stressed.