Penn College wrestlers returning to mats

After being idle for more than two months, Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestlers are ready to get back into action this week, while in basketball, after a week during which the men’s and women’s teams went a combined 0-3 in road games, they are about to enter a stretch that will see six consecutive home games at Bardo Gymnasium, all in North Eastern Athletic Conference play.

WRESTLING

Of the college’s three winter sports teams, the wrestling squad had the most time off over the semester break as it last saw action on Nov. 12, with its other six outings postponed or canceled due to injuries, three of them season-ending.

“The guys that were wrestling are really getting after it. Right now my goal is to try to build around those guys,” said coach Schuyler Frey. “We’re going to try and be as competitive as we can be.”

Frey said he hopes the long layoff keeps his wrestlers “hungry, in that they want to compete.”

“The guys that we have joining us in the second semester, we’re looking to knock some rust off them and go out and have some fun. … We’re anxious to get back at it and get some competitions in,” the coach added as his team prepared for Saturday’s Gettysburg Duals.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

On Wednesday at Alvernia University, Penn College dropped a 73-60 decision. Four Wildcats scored in double figures, led by Erik Eichinger who had 13 points.

Trailing by 20 points early in the second half at Gallaudet University in NEAC action on Saturday, the Wildcats roared back to knot the contest at 70 with 1:19 to go before falling, 78-71, to drop to 2-7 overall and 0-4 in the conference. Eichinger and Ben Sosa, of Loyalsock Township, each finished with 19 points for Penn College.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Back in action on Saturday, Gallaudet University doubled up on the Wildcats, 72-36. Gwendolyn Lavelle and Jane Herman each scored nine points for Penn College. Gallaudet scored 48 points in the paint and had 33 points off turnovers. The Wildcats now are 0-8 overall and 0-4 in the NEAC.

SCHEDULES, RECORDS and RESULTS

Men’s basketball

Overall record: 2-7

NEAC record: 0-4

Thursday, Jan. 5 – at Alvernia University, L, 73-60

Saturday, Jan. 7 – at Gallaudet University (NEAC), L, 78-71

Sunday, Jan. 8 – at Wilson College (NEAC), 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 10 – at Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 12 – host Penn State Berks (NEAC), 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 14 – host host Wilson College (NEAC), 3 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 15 – host Gallaudet University (NEAC), 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 18 – host Penn State Abington (NEAC), 7 p.m.

Women’s basketball

Overall record: 0-8

NEAC record: 0-4

Saturday, Jan. 7 – at Gallaudet University (NEAC), L, 72-36

Sunday, Jan. 8 – at Wilson College (NEAC), noon

Tuesday, Jan. 10 – at Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), 5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 12 – host Penn State Berks (NEAC), 5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 14 – host host Wilson College (NEAC), 1 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 15 – host Gallaudet University (NEAC), noon

Wednesday, Jan. 18 – host Penn State Abington (NEAC), 5 p.m.

Wrestling

Overall record: 0-4

Saturday, Jan. 7 — at Waynesburg University Tournament, canceled

Saturday, Jan. 14 – at Gettysburg Duals, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 18 – at Centenary College, N.J., 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 27 – at York College, 7 p.m.

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