PSU wrestlers get team awards

College digest

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State wrestling team was honored at its annual awards banquet Sunday, capping off a season that saw it win its seventh NCAA National Championship in the last eight years.

The Penn State Wrestling Club hosted the annual event, which featured a bevy of annual awards given to members of the team.

All awards given, except two, are stat-driven either academically or competitively.

The Carl Winterburn Award for Manager of the Year was given again to Shannon Daugherty, who won the honor for the second time. Senior Matt McCutcheon was given the Community Service Award. McCutcheon posted a 5-3 record this season before an injury ended his campaign.

Four statistical awards were handed out by the coaching staff, with two-time Hodge Trophy winner Zain Retherford taking home three of them. True freshman All-American Nick Lee won the other.

Retherford won the Bill Koll Award for most pins with 17, the Joe Scalzo Award for most team points scored with 176.5 and the Most Bonus Points Scored Award with 58.5. Lee won the Charles Spiedel Award for most takedowns, notching 135.

Five academic awards were given out as well. Austin Clabaugh won the Freshman Academic Award with a 4.00 grade point average. Bran Friery won the Sophomore Academic Award with a 3.98 GPA. Dominic Giannangeli won the Junior Academic Award with a 3.81 GPA. Devon Van Cura won the Senior Academic Award with a 3.99 GPA. Retherford took home the Fifth Year Academic Award with a 3.73 GPA.

Penn State’s eight All-Americans also received their team All-American Awards at the banquet.

Elsewhere:

n Penn State Altoona junior shortstop Haley Giedroc was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s Player of the Week in softball on Monday for her performance last week.

n With the 2018 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s regular-season schedule now complete, the Penn State Altoona men’s tennis team has officially qualified for the upcoming conference tournament for the second year in a row. The Lions (3-5, 3-2 AMCC) earned the third seed in the AMCC Tournament and will face second seed Penn State Behrend (12-7, 4-1 AMCC) this Saturday in a semifinal round match at Westwood Racquet Club in Erie.

n Saint Francis softball senior Madison Cabell was named NEC Player of the Week and sophomore Abby Trahan was selected NEC Pitcher of the Week on Monday. The duo led the Red Flash to a 5-1 week, including a 4-0 NEC weekend.

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