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Bowers and Young Qualify for States
Punxsutawney varsity wrestlers Joel Bowers (132 lbs.) and Kaleb Young (138 lbs.) both qualified for the PIAA State Individual Wrestling Championships to be held March 6th - March 8th in Hershey, PA. Both Joel and Kaleb finished second at the NW Regional Tournament on March 1st which was held at Altoona High School where they both suffered close losses in the championship round at regionals. It was the first loss of the season for Young, and only the second loss for Bowers this season. For Bowers, a senior, this will be his third and final trip to states, while Young, a sophomore, will make his second appearance.
Punxsy senior wrestler, Josh Schuckers (145 lbs.), nearly earned a trip to the state championships as well, but fell just short by finishing fourth in the region. Only the top three finishers advance. As a team, Punxsy finished 6th overall. Eli Lambiotte (120 lbs.), Perry Arrington (152 lbs.), Keegan Fischer (160 lbs.), and Luke Shiock (285 lb.s) were the other regional qualifiers for Punxsy, but were not unable to advance to the state tournament.
Congratulations Joel and Kaleb... best of luck at states!
Smith Bows out Early at Jr. High States
Punxsutawney eighth-grader and jr. high wrestler, Stone Smith, competed in the124 pound weight class at the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling - Jr. High State Championships held at Hempfield High School in Greensburg on March 1st. Stone was the only jr. high state qualifier for Punxsy this year, but was eliminated by suffering losses in his first two bouts at the tournament. Congratulations to Stone on a very successful season none-the-less.
Siple Earns 2014 Joey Garrison Award at Redbank
Punxsutawney Elementary Wrestler, Brock Siple earned the 2014 Joey Garrison "Extra Effort Award" at The 3rd Annual Joey Garrison Memorial Open Wrestling Tournament at Redbank Valley High School on Sunday, Feb. 9th.
The award is in honor of Sgt. Joseph M. Garrison of New Bethlehem who died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Sgt. Garrison was a 2002 graduate of Redbank Valley High School and a three year starter for the Bulldogs wrestling squad. On June 6, 2011, he lost his life while serving with the United States Marine Corp. in Southern Afghanistan. He was on his 4th tour of duty with the Marines when he paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
Joey was a tenacious competitor who wrestled with a great amount of emotion and heart. He served his country with the same enthusiasm.
The Sgt. Joey Garrison "Extra Effort Award" is given in his memory to the wrestler who shows the same competitive spirit that he did.
The award was presented to Brock by Joey's mom, Natalie Schoonover, sister, Judy Rupp and nephew, Rylan Rupp. Congratulations Brock!!
Mat Hog Wrestling Club Selects New Officers
New officers were elected at a meeting of the Mat Hog Wrestling Club held at the Walston Club on Sunday, October 6th. The new Club leaders include: D.J. Gould - President, Greg Skarbek - Vice President, Kelly Skarbek - Co-Treasurer, and Mark Miller - Secretary. Missy Spack agreed to stay involved and will continue to serve as Co-Treasurer until further notice. Many other items, such as, the upcoming youth wrestling season, youth tournaments, camps, and equipment needs were also discussed. We welcome our newly elected officers and continue to encourage others to become involved in our club. The registration date for the Punxsy youth wrestling program will be announced very soon once all dates are confirmed.
MHWC 5th Annual Gun Raffle Winner Chosen by 7pm PA Daily Number
Mar. 1 - Mar. 10
PIAA State Championships
Giant Center - Hershey, PA
Mar. 6 - 8
PJW, Area V Finals Clarion University - Tippen Gym