January 6, 2010
Rick Schmelyun Named PSAC Wrestler of the Week
BLOOMSBURG-Bloomsburg University wrestler Rick Schmelyun (New Oxford/Bermudian Springs) has been named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Wrestler of the Week for the period ending Jan. 3.
Last week Schmelyun went 4-1 against some of the nation's top competition at the Southern Scuffle in Greensboro, N.C. His only blemish came in the finals when he lost a 6-1 decision to Dustin Schlatter of Minnesota, ranked No. 4 in the 165 lb weight class by Intermat.
Perhaps his most impressive win, Schmelyun picked up a 15-2 major decision over Edinboro's Jarrod King, the defending NCAA Champion, who had beaten Schmelyun, 4-0, at the PSAC Championships earlier this season. Schmeylun, who is now ranked No. 11 by Intermat, downed the top-seeded King in the semifinals, handing him his first loss of the season.
In the quarterfinals Schmelyun downed No. 13 Paul Young of Indiana by a 12-2 count to claim another major decision. The Husky opened the tournament with a pair of wins by technical fall. Schmelyun's runner-up effort moved him to 19-5 on the season.
Bloomsburg, 8-2, travels to Cedar Falls, Iowa this weekend to take part in the NWCA National Duals. The Huskies will face No. 2 ranked Iowa State on Saturday in an opening round match.