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DePalma moving forward for Edinboro wrestling squad

| Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Michael DePalma, a Jeannette graduate, has improved his record this season at Edinboro University.
Michael DePalma, a Jeannette graduate, has improved his record this season at Edinboro University. Submitted

Twenty wins is a nice mile marker, but for Michael DePalma, it's no finish line.

DePalma, a Jeannette High School graduate and the starting 157-pounder for the Edinboro University wrestling team, reached the 20-win mark on Saturday.

The redshirt freshman took a 9-1 major decision over Cleveland State's Matt Donoho as Edinboro rolled to a 37-3 dual meet victory.

DePalma is now 20-10 this season, but he's far from done as Edinboro has four dual meets and at least two tournaments remaining.

In fact, he could flirt with 30 wins before the season is done.

Edinboro head coach Tim Flynn explained that it's more than just talent that has carried DePalma to success, it's also passion.

“He's very hyper. He's a high-energy kid,” said Flynn. “His strength is his energy, his passion.

“He loves to wrestle. Even during his redshirt year, when he'd go out to the center of the mat, he'd look over at the stands and smile.

“As a coach, that's something you hope for because it can spread through the team; it's contagious.”

DePalma has a team-high eight major decision victories to go along with three pins this season.

NCAA Division I Edinboro is now 8-4 in dual meet action. The team will host the Edinboro Open on Feb. 8.

After that, the Fighting Scots have dual meets against Kent State, Iowa, Pitt and West Virginia before the EWL Tournament and, if he fares well enough, the NCAA Tournament begin.

Flynn sees DePalma as the type of grappler who could one day compete at an All-American level.

“He's already competing at a high level, and he's only a freshman,” said Flynn.

Cook, Coastal back in win column

After a brutal stretch of five straight losses, the Coastal Carolina women's basketball team and Jeannette grad Kayla Cook got back on the winning track with a 73-62 win over the University of North Carolina at Asheville on Saturday.

Cook, a junior shooting guard, scored five points and grabbed one rebound in 17 minutes off the bench. Cook is averaging 4.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

Coastal is now 8-12 overall and 3-7 in the Division I Big South Conference.

The Chanticleers host Longwood (9-11, 6-3) on Thursday. The game will be broadcast at

Paulone honored

Jeannette grad Thomas Paulone, a junior at Waynesburg University, was named to the Division III Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC) Academic Honor Roll for the 2012 fall semester.

Paulone, a running back and special teams player had a 3.72 grade point average while majoring in criminal justice.

Waynesburg had 70 athletes on the honor roll, the most of any school.

Baurle sets record

Jeannette area native Matt Baurle, a freshman on the Westminster University swimming team, was part of a record-breaking 200-yard relay team on Saturday as the Titans beat St. Vincent 131-96.

Along with teammates Steven Brooks, Alan Nedley and Jake Pletz, Baurle a Westminster pool record in the event with a time of 1:36.00.

Baurle, a Penn-Trafford grad, also took first in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:13.05.

Baurle and Westminster take on Grove City tonight. The team is 8-2 overall and 3-0 in the PAC.

Brian Knavish is a freelance writer.

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