Five Lackawanna Wrestlers Qualify for NJCAA Nationals

Left to Right Assistant Coach Chris Calder, Bartley Novak, Head Coach John Fox and Coach Fox's daughter
Left to Right Assistant Coach Chris Calder, Bartley Novak, Head Coach John Fox and Coach Fox's daughter

Lancaster, PA – Saturday, nine members of Lackawanna College's inaugural wrestling team participated in the 2018 Eastern II District hosted by Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Five of those nine are now headed to Council Bluffs Iowa to participate in the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship sponsored by Iowa Western Community College.

The five grapplers who will represent Lackawanna at the Nationals are Sczar Charles of Virgina Beach, Virginia, Thomas Fell of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, Bartley Novak of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Carson Kinney of Hazleton, Pennsylvania and Jacquan McPherson of Penns Grove, New Jersey.

Charles, Fell and Novak qualified for the national tourney by finishing third in their respective weight group. Charles wrestled in the 184-pound weight group, while Fell wrestled at the 165-pound level and Novak at 149 pounds. Kinney and McPherson earned their right to move on by vote of the opposition coaches who selected this Lackawanna duo to be two of the six wild card selections the District is authorized to send to the Nationals. Kinney will wrestle at 197 pounds and McPherson at 174.

First year coach, John Fox, was elated that five of his charges are advancing to the national tournament. He said, "In this my first year as a head coach, I was mostly concerned with developing strong roots that our program could grow on. When we started last November I never anticipated that five of our athletes would be participating in the nationals. However, after seeing how hard our team worked this year and seeing the time and effort they made in bettering themselves as athletes and students, I am not surprised at today's results. The Tourney will be a tremendous experience for these five young men and a great reward for all their hard work. As for our program, this national exposure is priceless. It should help our recruiting process immensely".

The National Tournament will be conducted on Friday, February 23rd and Saturday, February 24th.

Thomas Fell = Second from Left Sczar Charles - Rightmost Wrestler Carson Kinney - Leftmost Wrestler Jaquan McPherson