Bison Beaten by Bearcats 41-26 on Sen...

Bison Beaten by Bearcats 41-26 on Senior Night, End Season 7-9

There are 29 comments on the story from Feb 8, 2013, titled Bison Beaten by Bearcats 41-26 on Senior Night, End Season 7-9. In it, reports that:

Senior Night 2013 saw the home wrestling careers of four Bison grapplers come to a close in a losing effort to a now 14-4 Huntingdon Bearcat squad at the Arthur J. Weiss Gymnasium on Thursday.

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Philipsburg, PA

#1 Feb 8, 2013
time for a new coach. clearfield wrestling is better than that. his arrogance i overwhelming

Clearfield, PA

#2 Feb 8, 2013
Easy to bitch about the coach at the top but it starts at the elementary level and the numbers there are about a quarter of where they need to be. Wrestling requires alot of hard work away from the TV and video games this is where the problem is. I know the coaches at every level in this program and would say there top notch. Also requires parents with alot of dedication to the sport. There is one coach missing in the program that needs to be involved (WV national champ Clfd State Champ) this is only way to improve the staff that I can think of.
The Prisoner

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Feb 9, 2013
Basketball skills are down all across the area. Teams that are good today could have easily been beaten 20-15 yrs ago.
The Prisoner

Brooklyn, NY

#4 Feb 9, 2013
Ditto wrestling

Du Bois, PA

#5 Feb 9, 2013
shug--right on most of your comment, but the head coach is arrogant and full of himself. yes ---good assistants and they do a pretty good job. head coach--no way

Clearfield, PA

#6 Feb 10, 2013
If you get a head coach who is not confident/arrogant then the outcome would be much worse. Look at any championship wrestlng team i would say 90% of the coaches are very confident verging on over confident in my opinion. Confidence is contagious...
hello future

Clearfield, PA

#7 Feb 13, 2013
It sure is hard to pin it all to one particular thing (like TV and video games) and especially assess blame to one school and its coaches. It's closer associated to the sign of the times.

Who would ever have thought Clearfield would forfeit 3 bouts and spot their opponent 18 points? Not I. Historically, that's unheard of. But this isn't the mid-70s and Clearfield hasn't been a dynasty team for quite some time.

Since the glory days of Clearfield's mat dominance, nearly 700 colleges in Division I, II and III have dropped wrestling.

By now, some of you heard the Olympics plans to drop wrestling in the 2020 Olympics. A trevesty especially since wrestling was one of the original Olympic sports.

Of course, the secret vote held by the IOC yesterday still allows a little wiggle room before the committee finalizes wrestling's death blow in 2020. As you can imagine, you wrestling community is outrage and its social networking is abuzz with vows and promises not to let this happen.

Wrestling advocacy may pull it off but I have my doubts. The IOC is very much in tune with moving forward with the changes of time and more importantly, they want brand names in popular sports. Outside of its tight-knit community, freestyle wrestling doesn't garner much popularity and certainly no major revenue stream.

I know it's hard to accept that soccer has stolen the thunder but you can't deny it's international appeal and money stream that follows it.

I wouldn't be afraid to bet a fiver that in the next quarter century there will be more Quad A schools suiting up hockey squads than wrestlers.

It doesn't require rocket science to see how mainstream sports popularity is shaping the young minds and capturing their interest. As for the schools, well, they wanna make a buck, too. These are the times we live in - like it or not.

State College, PA

#8 Feb 13, 2013
Just because a person was a state and national champ does NOT make them a good coach. If you look at Clearfield Wrestling History you can see that he was the head coach at one time and his win numbers weren't too hot. When was the last time you were down in the elementary room? If it had been recently you would realize that there are a number of kids down there that participate in many tournaments and the area league. Alot of boys are going thru the elementary program and dropping out at the middle school level due to other commitments - coaching - parental involvement, etc. To blame it on the head coach is unfair.

Clearfield, PA

#9 Feb 14, 2013
I disagree with alot u wrote there in that last post. I kind of know what is going on in elementary program and if u think he would not improve the program u are not to bright! His style does rub some parents but he is ruff and gruff type (not a bad thing in my opinion but some parents disagree) I had him for a coach he has alot to offer any program. If u can think of anyone in area that wanted to be part of the program then go talk to them(Diel is close, younger Lykens is in town Adams?) obviously there is a need for something down there. Hey as far as the kids go there are alot of great kids in the program but you need a full team not a 2/3 s of a team its just not Clearfield that has low numbers its all the schools not putting blame on any of the coaches I think thay are doing a great job but need to figure somthing out to bring it back. I do ref and not just in this area so I have a pretty good view of this I think..Last time I was in elementary room there was about 40 less kids there than when I was there so not sure what your talking about.

Du Bois, PA

#10 Feb 14, 2013
fire the coach ---he is an idiot
9mm Dick

Evans City, PA

#11 Feb 14, 2013
Wrestling was my favorite sport in school. Ruff and gruff ok. I am pissed they are removing it from the Olympics, man that's crap! I don't know who the coach is, don't got any kids. I remember some parents always complaining about coach back then, but he was good. We had average team, watched one guy make states. Wrestling is awesome everyone should know some moves.

Clearfield, PA

#12 Feb 20, 2013
herman wrote:
fire the coach ---he is an idiot
Yeah, as long as we keep the coach that shuttled young boys to sate the appetite of a pedophile. Lord*(Lord = CHS Board) knows pedophile enablers outrank idiots when it comes to serving our children in their perspective fields.

11-0 and being mentioned in Jerry Sandusky's book trumps a 7-9 coach that has a clean conscience.

Du Bois, PA

#13 Feb 21, 2013
face it clearfield is over as a wrestling dynasty. this coach could not even keep kids out for the sport that wrestled last year, what does that tell you. WAKE UP IT IS OVER.
mirror mirror

Clearfield, PA

#14 Feb 26, 2013
Former Progress sports writer Todd Irwin wrote an article mirroring some of the sentiments recognized in this thread.

For those not willing to click on it, he states in his title: "Irwin: D-6 Class AAA tourney not what it used to be"

So you're saying, well, this isn't District 6. I get it but how far away are from the hint referenced in his article of any combination of merging 4-8-9 tournament for districts. Possibly even foregoing districts altogether and heading straight into some form of an expanded regional at the rate we're going? The article may lend towards school classifications 'A' ratings are part of the problem, as well.

Who knows but the declining numbers obviously can't be ignored - and it's kinda hard to blame a coach if he doesn't have athletes showing up.

Meanwhile, Junior Olympics is as big as its ever been. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the growth remains upward.

Their message board is blistering with activity and more tournaments than a person can memorize.

Yet no one has a firm grasp on why the decline from Junior Olympics-age wrestlers in between their dreams of becoming a MMA/UFC superstar. Whatever it is, it doesn't look good for high school wrestling's future.

State College, PA

#15 Feb 27, 2013
herman wrote:
face it clearfield is over as a wrestling dynasty. this coach could not even keep kids out for the sport that wrestled last year, what does that tell you. WAKE UP IT IS OVER.
Other than one kid I can think of - none of the others that didn't come back contributed even a team point last year. As a couch wouldn't you rather have less kids that are actually trying than ones that can't even be bothered to show up for practices?
Just Win

Clearfield, PA

#16 Mar 3, 2013
herman wrote:
Tell that to the couple hundred coaches who the only way they're getting in the States is by purchasing a ticket.

As for our coach, he gets in free to help assist his THREE state-qualified wrestlers.

Barger and Stone both have realistic chances of being finalist - if not champions, while Graham drew a terrible first round to a kid who will probably win it all.

Dynasty numbers? No. Still, not a bad showing for a school that isn't quite what it used to be. Considering how bad the population and class sizes have declined since Clearfield's 'Dynasty Era', I think we're okay for now.
2 out of 3

Clearfield, PA

#17 Mar 7, 2013
As predicted, Barger (1-0) and Stone (6-3) safely in their quarter-final matches on Friday. Graham got pinned in the first period.

Stone will pretty much have to have a career day. His first is pitted against Ethan Kenney, Connellsville and if the wrestling gods smile upon this match favorably, his evening match will most likely be against the 132 favorite Patrick Duggan, Cumberland Valley. Should Stone pull off these two wins, he'll carry the confidence (and hopefully the gas) to win the final.

Should Barger pick up the tempo in Friday's quarter vs Kevin Synan, Hampton, he'll (likely) meet Solomon Chishko, Canon McMillan in the semi. Chisko is the 145 favorite.

It still looks like the only area AAA champ will probably be Jacob Taylor from Bald Eagle Area at 182.
just wonderin

Houtzdale, PA

#18 Mar 8, 2013
don't count out sleigh or hanna. they can beat anybody.
sleigh has a real tough QF match, but if he wins that, look for him to be in finals.
Barger better pick it up!
Dubois Reppin

Clearfield, PA

#19 Mar 8, 2013
Hanna has the better chance. If he gets past his first match today, he'll probably meet Jacob Hart from Hampton tonight. He'll have his full in the final if he can find a way to get past Hart tonight.

Tom Sleigh is meeting a two-time state champ in a few hours from now... I'm never one to count out anyone can win anytime - especially at States.

Bisons need a miracle but this thread was started by a doubter insulting the wrestling program. I'd say that insult has already been smashed no matter who finishes where.

Good luck to all the remaining locals. Sure would make the TV broadcast worth watching tomorrow night with a local vying for a title!
6 beats 5

Clearfield, PA

#20 Mar 8, 2013
Stone lost to his opponent 6-5 :(
Barger about to wrestle

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