Cram Session features quick-hitting athlete updates and commentary:
Two recent District 10 standouts are making an impact as true freshmen with the Clarion wrestling team.
Reynolds graduate Austin Matthews, the 2013 Erie Times-News District 10 Wrestler of the Year, improved to 19-5 at 157 pounds with a win in the Golden Eagles’ 30-16 victory over Cleveland State on Sunday. Fort LeBoeuf grad Evan Daley has posted a 16-12 record at heavyweight as a freshman with Clarion.
The Golden Eagles celebrated Senior Day against Cleveland State on Sunday, and one of the wrestlers honored was Cathedral Prep graduate Nick Milano.
Sharon grad Jarray Norris, a freshman, is also on the Clarion roster. He is redshirting.
• Cathedral Prep graduate and former Edinboro standout Joe Jones scored 41 points Sunday in the Erie Hurricane’s 108-102 loss to the Rochester RazorSharks in a Premier Basketball League game at East High School. Jones joined the Hurricane (0-7) last week and scored 15 points in his first game.
• Villa Maria graduate Kayla McBride helped Notre Dame match its best start in program history in a 101-64 rout of Syracuse on Sunday. McBride played just 23 minutes in the lopsided game but finished with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists. Notre Dame, ranked No. 2 nationally, is 23-0 overall and 10-0 in the ACC.
• Gannon quarterback Liam Nadler, who will be a junior next fall, was featured Sunday in a story by limaohio.com. The 6-foot 7-inch Nadler already ranks No. 2 on Gannon’s all-time list with two seasons of eligibility remaining.
TRACK AND FIELD:
• McDowell graduate John Dahlstrand, a junior at Akron, finished sixth in the heptathlon at the 18-team Akron Invitational on Saturday. He finished with 4,987 points in the seven-event competition. Dahlstrand’s best finish was a second place in the high jump with a height of 6 feet 6 1/2 inches. He also took third in the 1,000 meters (2:50.54) and fourth in the shot put (41-11 1/2). The heptathlon also includes the 60 meters, long jump, 60-meter hurdles and pole vault.
Incidentally at that same meet, Akron’s Shawn Barber set a Canadian national record in the pole vault when he cleared 18-6 1/2.
• Saegertown graduate Rachel DiBartolomeo started her Mercyhurst softball career strongly Saturday by going 3-for-6 with three RBIs while stealing two bases on two attempts in the Lakers’ doubleheader loss to Queens University.
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor