Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus’ wrestling team has two in contention for National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) Championship Tournament after round of 32 action concluded Thursday afternoon at the Allen Event Center Arena in Allen, Texas.
The Roaring Lions’ Tyler Steele (14-6) defended his fifth seed at 157 pounds with a 18-0 technical fall over Ohio State Wrestling Club’s Dylan Ruedas in 2:11. Steele scored a takedown and turned Ruedas four times to earn 16 backpoints.
Steele, a freshman who graduated from Connellsville, pinned Richland College’s Matt Thompson in 1:39 in the round of 32. Steele wrestles Central Washington University’s Kevin Klein in the round of 16.
Teammate Doug Bittner (17-12) earned a 7-0 decision over Yale University’s Wyatt Sluga to reach the Sweet 16 at 125. Bittner, a freshman and Mount Pleasant graduate, scored a takedown in the first, one in the second and reversed Sluga for a 6-0 lead in the third. He added another point with riding time.
Bittner, the No. 9 seed, faces eighth-seeded Christian Antoine of the University of Massachusetts in his next bout.
Penn State Fayette freshman and Jefferson-Morgan graduate Aaron Mylan (6-13) lost his first bout, but won his next to remain alive in the consolation bracket at 149.
Former Falcon and freshman Arik Nickelson (16-13) won his first bout, but lost, 9-0, to top-seed Wesley Hollingsworth of East Carolina University in the round of 32 to fall into the consolations.
The Roaring Lions’ Gunnar Lynch had to default out of his first bout at 285. He returned in the consolations.
The round of 16 and consolation-round results contested on Thursday evening were not available at press time.