Palisades' Nathan Haubert, Northwestern's Caleb Clymer win gold at PIAA 2A wrestling championships – Allentown Morning Call


HERSHEY — Before the wrestling season began, Nathan Haubert grabbed a Sharpie and wrote “2018 state champ” on a wall in his bedroom. His parents responded generously.

“If you’re going to write it,” they said, “you’d better do it.”

Haubert took their advice, becoming the first Palisades wrestler in 21 years to win a PIAA championship. And the junior did so ferociously with a 9-3 decision over Boiling Springs’ Kollin Myers in the 145-pound final at the Class 2A tournament.

Three District 11 wrestlers won titles Saturday at the Giant Center, the district’s best showing since Bethlehem Catholic’s last year in Class 2A in 2014.

Northwestern’s Caleb Clymer became the third member of his family to win a state title, scoring an 8-0 major decision at 160 pounds. And Tri-Valley’s Danny Scheib capped a 41-0 season with a 3-2 victory at heavyweight.

Lehigh Valley wrestlers went 5-1 in the medal session, with the loss producing one of the session’s better performances. Saucon Valley’s Josh Jones fell 2-0 to Jefferson-Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale, who became Pennsylvania’s 13th four-time champion.

Jones gave Teasdale, a Penn State recruit with a 162-2 career record, a true duel at 126 pounds, not allowing a takedown and nearly securing one in the second period. In fact, Jones got closer to scoring offensively than Teasdale.

“So close,” said Jones, a junior. “I learned that I’m better than I thought I was.”

Haubert (31-3) was among the most dominant wrestlers in the 2A field, adding a pin and technical fall to his championship performance. Haubert beat Myers for the second consecutive week by driving the action and scoring physical takedowns.

“He was definitely a lot more driven this week than I’ve ever seen him,” said Bryan Smith, who capped his first season as Palisades’ head coach with a state champion. “He’s always been a little frightening, but he just looks so much more hungry now. He wants to get inside his opponents’ heads. He wants them to know he’s going to win, and whatever they’re going to do isn’t going to be good enough to beat him.”

Haubert, who tends toward the quiet side, cut loose with the victory. After leaping into his high-school coaches’ arms, Haubert climbed a railing to hug his father David and club coach Jason Magditch. Everyone, Haubert said, pushed him to become a better wrestler.

Haubert also reveled in history. He became just the second state champ in Palisades history, joining 1997 winner Andrew Povenski.

“My favorite part was bringing home a gold medal that no one has done in 21 years,” he said. “That was the best part of this weekend. And making my family and coaches happy. I just love to see the looks on their faces, to see how proud they are of me,”

Smith, a one-time wrestler at Palisades, hoped the gold medal marks the beginning of a wrestling revival.

“It’s really a big thing for a school,” the coach said. “It’s hard for Palisades to pull numbers, with how small we are and how big a football school we are. So I think this will be something to get the numbers out.”

Northwestern is a big wrestling school, in part because of the Clymer family and its three state titles. This year, Caleb Clymer won Corn Cob High’s (a longtime school nickname printed onto T-shirts for states) ninth championship.

Before the match, Clymer’s brothers Scotty and Ben (also state champs) pressed him to be aggressive on offense. Clymer (43-1) did that in an 8-0 win over Port Allegany’s Jacob Kallenborn, stretching the win to a major decision in the third period.

“There was a lot of preaching, especially from my brother Scotty, to just run up the points, keep scoring,” Clymer said. “That’s all I was focused on: score points.”

The title bout was Clymer’s best of states, a consolidated six minutes of aggressive and dominant wrestling. Before the match, Scotty and Ben needled Caleb, wondering whether he’d even win.

That happens often in the Clymer family. In fact, for Caleb, it’s calming. And now, he has a gold medal to add to the family’s trophy cabinet.

“All along I knew they had confidence in me,” he said “To join my brothers as top wrestlers in the state, and one of the best in the country, it’s indescribable right now.”

PIAA 2A WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

FINALS

106: Gary Steen (Reynolds) dec. Patrick Demark (Trinity) 5-2.

113: Josh Boozel (Mount Union) dec. Brock McMillen (Glendale) 7-3.

120: Jaret Lane (Southern Columbia) dec. Chase Shields (Bishop McDevitt) 3-2.

126: Gavin Teasdale (Jefferson-Morgan) dec. Josh Jones (Saucon Valley) 2-0.

132: Joseph Klock (Muncy) dec. Cole Rhone (Benton) 4-3.

138: Cole Matthews (Reynolds) dec. Caleb Dowling (St. Joseph’s) 5-2.

145: Nathan Haubert (Palisades) dec. Kollin Myers (Boiling Springs) 9-3.

152: Thayne Lawrence (Frazier) dec. Justin McCoy (Chestnut Ridge) 8-1.

160: Caleb Clymer (Northwestern) dec. Jacob Kallenborn (Port Allegany) 8-0.

170: Edmond Ruth (Susquehanna Township) dec. Robert Patrick (Ligonier Valley) 6-4.

182: Cody Mulligan (Saegertown) dec. Julian Gorring (Fort LeBoeuf) 5-3.

195: Gavin Hoffman (Montoursvile) tech. fall Chase Dull (Bermudian Springs) 18-3 in 3:24.

220: Anthony Walters (Bishop McCort) dec. Dominic DeLuca (Derry) 16-8.

285: Danny Scheib (Tri-Valley) dec. Bishop McCoy (South Side Beaver) 3-2.

THIRD PLACE

120: Richie Markulics (Notre Dame-Green Pond) dec. Isaac Crowell (Fort LeBoeuf) 3-2.

FIFTH PLACE

132:Ryan McGuire (Notre Dame-Green Pond) dec. Nathan Higley (Sullivan County) 4-0.

SEVENTH PLACE

138: Jason Jones (Saucon Valley) dec. Braeden Swab (Central Martinsburg) 5-0.


THE MEDAL TABLE

Six Lehigh Valley wrestlers won medals at the PIAA 2A wrestling championships.

FIRST

145: Nathan Haubert (Palisades)

160: Caleb Clymer (Northwestern)

SECOND

126: Josh Jones (Saucon Valley)

THIRD

120: Richie Markulics (Notre Dame-Green Pond)

FIFTH

132: Ryan McGuire (Notre Dame-Green Pond)

SEVENTH

138: Jason Jones (Saucon Valley)


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Five potential Jets signings in free agency – Newsday


The Jets have a projected $90 million in cap space. The following free agents could meet some needs:

1.KIRK COUSINS

The quarterbacks has close ties to new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates and that might be the key Jets need to sign him.

2.ALLEN ROBINSON

He’s coming off a torn ACL and the Jets are in need of a No. 1 wideout. He might come in a little cheaper financially due to the injury.

3.MALCOLM BUTLER

The Jets need a corner if they don’t bring back Morris Claiborne. Butler is probably the second-best corner on the marketplace.

4.RYAN JENSEN

Finding a center is a must for the Jets who struggled to run the ball last season. Enter Jensen, a physical center who became a first-time starter for the Ravens last season.

5.TODD DAVIS

The Broncos inside linebacker has 112 tackles the last two seasons. He might be a nice fit in Todd Bowles’ 3-4 scheme especially if he can play well in pass coverage.



Hockey D1 final: Brighton makes it a repeater – The Detroit News


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Plymouth — For the second time in the past six years, Brighton has earned the title of back-to-back Division 1 hockey state champion after defeating Saginaw Heritage on Saturday evening, 5-2.

With the last six Division 1 state championships going to either Brighton or Detroit Catholic Central, it was only fitting that the winner of the semifinal matchup on Friday evening would go on to take the crown.

Brighton (24-6-1) has won four of the last seven Division 1 championships.

BOX SCORE: Brighton 5, Saginaw Heritage 2

Coming off an emotional win over Catholic Central on Friday night as the underdog, Brighton was forced into the opposite role, with more pressure, against Heritage.

“I think it was in reverse, a little bit,” said Brighton coach Paul Moggach, who has now won four state titles. “I think we didn’t play as well as we wanted to because there was some reverse pressure and we were feeling the need to duplicate what we did yesterday (against Catholic Central) and it’s impossible.”

Heritage, making its first trip to the state championship in school history, wasn’t afraid to take on the defending champs.

It was that fearlessness that kept Heritage (22-5-3) in a game that many expected Brighton win handily. The final score wasn’t indicative of how close it really was.

“Our guys played their hearts out,” Heritage coach J.J. Bamberger said. “It went right down to the very end and after the game, for a few minutes, I reflected. For anyone that said it was a shame that Brighton and C.C. weren’t playing in the championship game, I hope they watch what our boys did. Because our boys played their hearts out and were in that game the entire time.”

Right when it looked like Brighton closed the door with a 3-1 lead, Heritage bounced back to score just a few minutes later to make it 3-2.

Evan MacDonald’s goal with just over five minutes left in the third period ended Heritage’s bid for a comeback. Will Jentz added his second goal of the game on an empty net with under a minute left to seal the win.

Senior defenseman Sam Brennan said Heritage wasn’t on his radar before the game, but came away with newfound respect.

“Honestly, I knew nothing about them,” Brennan said. “I knew they were a team in the state finals. They were definitely a good team. They gave us quite the fight.”

David Helpap and John-Michael Watson were credited with both goals for Heritage.

Mathew Kahra, Nate Przysiecki and MacDonald each scored one for Brighton.

State championship victories are nothing new to Brighton, but the excitement never ceases, says Moggach.

“(All four titles) have a different tone to them,” Moggach said. “Back-to-back is very difficult. I think we did a great job and I’m really proud of these guys and their energy and their caring for each other. They really are a special group. This one’s pretty special.”

Connor Muldowney is a freelance writer



Rugby: Blues stay cool for once to claim famous win after frantic finish – New Zealand Herald


The ice was piled high on the Blues players during their short bus ride from Ellis Park, the scene of their incredible victory over the Lions this morning, and their hotel, and for once they had it in their veins when the game was in the balance.

They were behind 14-0 after almost as many minutes, and then 21-3, but despite their disrupted build-up and the fact they were playing at altitude without their halfback and skipper Augustine Pulu, there was no sign of the brain fades which left the Highlanders and Chiefs off the hook this season.

There were mistakes, yes, and several in the dying minutes could have been costly, but their self-belief never wavered.

It remains to be seen whether this thrilling 38-35 victory, sealed in the final minute when replacement flanker Murphy Taramai went over by the posts, is a turning point, but it did prove that they have the ability to be ruthless and stay in a game they probably had no right to be in.

“As you’d expect after a hard-fought win, the spirits are high,” coach Tana Umaga said afterwards. “We’re going to enjoy this win.”

Umaga may have to call up a prop to replace Alex Hodgman, who was taken to hospital with a suspected broken arm, but the Blues will travel to Capetown and their match against the Stormers with a new confidence after one of the best victories of the coach’s tenure and certainly the best away win under him.

Stephen Perofeta of the Blues and Lionel Mapoe of the Lions during the Super Rugby match between Emirates Lions and Blues at Emirates Airline Park. Photo / Getty Images.
Stephen Perofeta of the Blues and Lionel Mapoe of the Lions during the Super Rugby match between Emirates Lions and Blues at Emirates Airline Park. Photo / Getty Images.

Asked about his feelings in the final five minutes as the Blues scored converted tries through first Jimmy Tupou and then Taramai, he said: “It was pretty intense obviously. We’ve been close and it’s gone the other way.

“I think in terms of the confidence we can get out of it, it’s great. But we’ve still got to put in the work. We know how hard it was to get to this stage. We need consistency in our preparation so we can have that in our performance.”

The Lions, last year’s beaten finalists on this ground, looked strangely rattled in the second half after Akira Ioane scored on the stroke of halftime to narrow the gap to 21-10 and give his side a little hope.

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Stand-in skipper James Parsons said: “Sometimes something like Akira’s try can swing that momentum and we obviously went to the shed with a bit of confidence.”

Bryn Gatland missed two penalties in the third quarter, but with the Blues winning a mountain of ball, and, crucially, executing, Rieko Ioane scored two tries in six minutes as the game went into the final 20 minutes, and while Dylan Smith got one back for the Lions, the Blues were almost irresistible in the dying moments.

“It’s a massive win at Ellis Park and it’s about using those motivators and the momentum from it in a positive light and building our season week by week,” Parsons said.

There were teething issues in the midfield, where Rieko Ioane and Sonny Bill Williams took time to settle, but Ioane’s interventions were crucial and so were Williams’. After an uncertain start and several handling errors, it was Williams’ break which had the Blues frantically attacking the line in the last minute in front of a stunned crowd and replacement loosie Taramai was the beneficiary.

Rieko’s big brother Akira was a dominant figure throughout, and so were locks Patrick Tuipulotu and Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, with Scott Scrafton making an impact off the bench.

All of Umaga’s replacements made a contribution, and of those Stephen Perofeta’s was perhaps the most significant.

Gatland was good, but Perofeta, back for his first match of the season after recovering from a hand injury, impressed hugely with his composure and ability to create time and space for himself and his backline.

The No1 first-five at the start of the season, Perofeta must be favourite to start at No10 against the Stormers next weekend.

For Parsons, who said he and his side were looking forward to putting right a few wrongs against the Stormers after last year’s controversial defeat, the victory over the Lions ranks near the Blues’ win over the British and Irish Lions.

“I just texted my old man and said this is one I’ll remember forever. There’s a lot of history at Ellis Park and I’m a traditionalist as most people know, and a bit of a code head. I certainly will take this to my grave with a smile on my face but I’ll worry about that in years to come.”

Blues score winning try against Lions. / Footage from Sky

Blues 38

(Rieko Ioane 2, Akira Ioane, Jimmy Tupou, Murphy Taramai tries; Bryn Gatland pen, con, Stephen Perofeta 4 cons)

Lions 35 (Sylvian Mahuza, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Elton Jantjies, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Dylan Smith tries; Jantjies 5 cons)

Halftime: 10-21


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Free agency roundup: Giants release punter Brad Wing – NFL.com


The New York Giants are letting Brad Wing fly into free agency.

The veteran punter was cut by the Giants on Saturday following an inconsistent 2017 campaign. Wing’s 36.7-yard net average ranked last among NFL punters and his 44.1-yard gross average left him in a tie for 24th last year for the struggling Giants.

Traded to New York in 2015, Wing had a strong 2016 season, finishing the season ranked 10th in league net average (40.9 yards). He was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week twice (Week 14, 15) and made 28 punts that season inside the 20.

With the Giants clipping Wing, his release should generate some buzz among teams searching for a punter in free agency.

Here are some other free agency moves we’ve been monitoring:

1. Former Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, fresh off visits with the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints earlier this week, visited with the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. He’s scheduled to visit with the Washington Redskins next.

2. The Atlanta Falcons re-signed cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson to a one-year contract extension. Selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Wreh-Wilson has 91 combined tackles, 15 passes defense and an interception.

3. Defensive end Kerry Hyder, whose 2017 season was wiped out by a torn Achilles tendon in the preseason, has re-signed with the Detroit Lions, the team announced Saturday. Hyder was slated to become a exclusive rights free agent. Terms of the deal were not announced. In other Lions news, the team also re-signed long snapper Don Muhlbach.

4. Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman visited the San Francisco 49ers. The four-time All-Pro, who is continuing to rehab from a torn Achilles tendon he suffered last season, took a physical and met with team doctors, Rapoport reported. He is scheduled to meet with the Detroit Lions next week, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. Sherman is No. 18 in NFL.com’s Top 101 Free Agents of 2018.



Men's Tennis Comes up Short against Army – U.S. Air Force Academy Athletics



March 10, 2018

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Air Force came up short against service academy rivals Army West Point, 4-1, in a non-conference match up, Saturday afternoon, at the Taube Family Tennis Center of Stanford University.  The Falcons’ overall record drops to 9-6.

Freshman Paul Hendrix had the upper hand over the rival Black Knights, winning both of his matches on the day.  Hendrix and teammate Jamie Bautista won the first match of the dual with a 7-5 victory over Mitchell/Patterson in the No. 3 position.  West Point went on to secure the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2.

In singles action, Hendrix was first to finish again, defeating Dylan Simonsen, 6-1, 6-2, in the fifth position. Three-straight Army singles wins at positions one, two and three clinched the match for the Black Knights, leaving incomplete matches at No. 4 and No. 6

The Falcons continue action tomorrow against third-ranked Stanford, at the Taube Family Tennis Center of Stanford University, at 11 a.m. (PT). The dual marks the first meeting between the teams.

AIR FORCE vs. ARMY WEST POINT, Mar. 10
Doubles

  1. Nguyen/Shannon (ARMY) def. Perez/Sklenka (AF) – 7-6 (2)
  2. Conlin/Simonsen (ARMY) def. Collins/Galvin (AF) – 7-6 (6)
  3. Hendrix/Bautista (AF) def. Mitchell/Patterson (ARMY) – 7-5



 

 

Singles

  1. Michael Nguyen (ARMY) def. Patrick Sklenka (AF) – 6-2, 6-2
  2. Gregory Shannon (ARMY) def. Isaac Perez (AF) – 6-3, 7-5
  3. Myles Conlin (ARMY) def. Luke Sanderson (AF) – 6-4, 6-1
  4. David Mitchell (ARMY) vs. Mack Galvin (AF) – DNF 2-6, 6-3, 2-0
  5. Paul Hendrix (AF) def. Dylan Simonsen – 6-1, 6-2
  6. Anant Mundra (ARMY) vs. Sean McKendree (AF) – DNF 6-7, 5-2

FINAL: ARMY 4, AIR FORCE 1