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Campus Athletes Celebrated as They Head to National Tournaments

Forward/center Will Welles sits with the men's basketball team's PSUAC Championship trophy during a send-off celebration as he and other athletes prepare to travel to national tournaments.
Forward/center Will Welles sits with the men's basketball team's PSUAC Championship trophy during a send-off celebration as he and other athletes prepare to travel to national tournaments.
2/29/2012 —

Members of the Penn State DuBois men's basketball and men's wrestling teams were recognized for outstanding seasons as they head to national tournaments, during a send-off ceremony on Wednesday in the Student Union.

 

The basketball team will play in the United States Collegiate Athletics Association (USCAA) National Tournament that is set for next week.  The team is the number four seed, and will take on number five seed Vermont Tech at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, in the Main Arena at Penn State Fayette.

 

The men's basketball team ended their regular season with a record of 21 and 7, and brought home the Penn State University Athletic Conference Championship, defeating Penn State Wilkes Barre 75-68 on Saturday. 

 

At the recognition ceremony, team member Jovan Brown told the crowd, "Thank you for all of the support all season long.  We really appreciate it."

 

Also competing on the national level next week are six wrestlers from the Penn State DuBois wrestling team.   Nick Bogacki, Garrett Zarecky, Shane Alterio, Stephen Terwilliger, Chike Okolo and Chris Minarchick will represent the campus at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association's (NCWA) National Championship, slated for March 8-10 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

 

Minarchick expressed gratitude during the send-off event, saying, "Thanks to everyone in the community for supporting us.  Thanks also to the campus for providing things like our new wrestling room, that gives us a great place to practice."

 

Chancellor Anita McDonald addressed all of the athletes.  She said, "I think all of you know how proud I am of you; you're going to national tournaments. I’m sure you will perform at your best and represent Penn State and Penn State DuBois extremely well. But, remember, along the way, that this is also an opportunity to meet new people and see new places. Embrace that."

 

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