Pitt hosting 2019 NCAA wrestling

College digest

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA announced Tuesday that the city of Pittsburgh was awarded the 2019 Division I NCAA Wrestling Championships.

The University of Pittsburgh, in conjunction with VisitPITTSBURGH, will host the three-day event March 21-23, 2019 at PPG Paints Arena.

The wrestling championships return to Pittsburgh for the first time since 1957 when the event was held at the Fitzgerald Field House. Three Panthers claimed NCAA titles while five wrestlers reached All-America status en route to a runner-up finish.

“It is a tremendous honor for the city of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh,” Director of Athletics Heather Lyke said.

PSU picked for NCAAs

UNIVERSITY PARK — The NCAA selected Penn State to host several championships from 2018-22, including an NCAA Women’s Frozen Four and two Division I Men’s Hockey Regionals.

The NCAA announced host sites for 84 of its 90 championships through 2021-22.

The championship events Penn State was selected to host from 2018-22: 2022 National College Women’s Hockey Championships (Frozen Four); 2018 and 2019 NCAA Men’s Hockey Regional in Allentown; 2018 and 2021 National Collegiate Fencing Championships; 2018 and 2020 National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Regional and 2018 and 2020 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Regional.

PSU Altoona splits

The Penn State Altoona softball hosted non-conference opponent Juniata College on Tuesday afternoon for a pair of games at Stewart Athletic Field, and the Lady Lions prevailed, 9-1, in game one before dropping game two, 11-0.

In game one, the Lady Lions (15-13) exploded for nine runs in the final three innings.

Haley Giedroc went 3-for-3 with a solo home run, three runs scored, and two stolen bases. Kate Burge (Philipsburg-Osceola) was 2-for-3 with a double, three runs batted in, and one run scored.

Burge pitched a complete game win in the circle, moving her season record to 13-5. In six innings, she allowed only four hits, one run and three walks while recording four strikeouts.

Juniata (14-18) dominated the second game. PSU Altoona’s Abby Showers (Philipsburg-Osceola) had two of Penn State Altoona’s four hits, and Brayley Lewis (Bishop Guilfoyle) was 1-for-2.

Elsewhere:

n Five members of the Saint Francis men’s volleyball team landed on the 2017 All-EIVA Teams announced by the conference on Tuesday. Jeff Hogan (Northern Cambria) and Daniel Ford earned first-team honors, while Stephen Braswell, Gabe Woffindin and Michael Fisher were selected to the second team. Hogan was second in the EIVA in kills (397) and was third in kills per set (3.51). Hogan led the Flash in kills for the second straight year. His defense was strong as well; collecting 187 digs which ranked fifth in the conference and averaged 1.62 digs per set. The opposite hitter was named EIVA Offensive Player of the Week two times this season.

n Penn State’s Chris Nugent and Calvin Mende each earned first-team All-EIVA honors, while redshirt junior Aidan Albrecht earned All-EIVA second-team accolades.

n Today’s Saint Francis softball doubleheader against Kent State was cancelled to allow members of the Red Flash to attend the funeral services of 2017 signee Mikayla Focht. A standout at Hollidaysburg Area High School, Focht signed with the Red Flash in November.

n Former Saint Francis football receiver Daniel Adams, a 2016 graduate, signed a contract with the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa Redblacks.

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