Cram Session: Matthews, Daley give Clarion wrestling lift as freshmen

By | February 10, 2014 11:33 am | 0 Comments


Cram Session features quick-hitting athlete updates and commentary:

Evan Daley

Evan Daley

Austin Matthews

Austin Matthews


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 The 6-foot 7-inch Nadler already ranks No. 2 on Gannon’s all-time list with two seasons of eligibility remaining.


• 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.

McDowell grad De’Vion Tate and Cathedral Prep grad Joe Oduho are also members of Akron’s track and field team. Also in the Akron Invite, Oduho took third in the long jump with a distance of 23-1 3/4.

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


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