Campus clippings: Redshirt McCutcheon keeping busy at PSU
Matt McCutcheon is paying his dues.
The Penn State freshman who left Kiski Area as the program's only PIAA wrestling champion, is seeing mat time as an unattached competitor for the highly touted Nittany Lions.
McCutcheon, a 184-pounder, is serving a redshirt season. Competing unattached means he can face better competition but can't be coached by Penn State coaches and must pay his way to tournaments.
His father, David, and brother, Mike, are coaching him for now.
A perennial power, Penn State has 35 on its roster but there are only 10 spots open for official competition, so it is not uncommon for wrestlers to wait their turn to crack the starting lineup.
McCutcheon has a 7-3 record with two major decisions and a pin for the Nittany Lions, who are ranked No. 1 in the country in the Intermat Tournament Index. He went 3-2 and reached the quarterfinals of the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Penn State won the event for the fourth straight season.
Three Alle-Kiski wrestlers have contributed to the Lakers' 6-1 start. Redshirt sophomore 197-pounder Brian Beattie (Burrell) is 7-4, including a 3-0 mark in duals; senior Tyler Berger (Burrell) is 5-2 at 157; and freshman 184-pounder Dakota DesLauriers (Burrell) is 2-3 after being slowed by an early-season injury.
Men's basketball Duquesne
Sophomore guard Micah Mason (Highlands) is 11 for 15 from 3-point range and averaging 12.3 points per game since returning from a broken hand. Mason, a Drake transfer who missed five games, scored 14 in his return, hitting 4 of 6 3s in a 95-77 win at UMass-Lowell. He added 14 points and made 4 of 5 3s in a 88-69 win at Texas-Pan American.
Mason has made 20 of 32 attempts (62.5 percent).
High school teammates have been reunited on the Bearcats' roster with Geoff Fuquay (Valley) transferring to St. Vincent. Fuquay, who spent one redshirt season at Walsh (Ohio) and a year at College of Wooster, joins fellow sophomore Tom Weremeychik (Valley). Fuquay has appeared in two games, scoring 11 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Weremeychik is averaging 2.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 9.7 minutes for SVC (10-2).
Senior Jared Malecki (Burrell) returns from the holiday break coming off a record-breaking first half of the season. Malecki's most recent performance saw him break a pair of school records at the Wooster Invitational.
He won the 100-yard breaststroke in 56.36 seconds and followed with a runner-up in the 200-yard breaststroke, finishing in 2:04.65. He has qualified for the PSAC Championships in those two events as well as the 50- and 100-yard freestyles.
On the women's side, junior Staci Schrecengost (Valley) has PSAC-qualifying times in the 200 and 500 freestyles and the 200 individual medley.
Teammate Holly Stein (St. Joseph), a freshman, has qualified in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.
Edinboro is No. 12 in the Endless Pool Top 25 rankings, while the men's team is No. 24.