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Woodbine native making mark on the mat at Ohio State

Kyle Snyder was dominant during his wrestling days at Our Lady of Good Counsel.

And now, in his first collegiate season at Ohio State, the Woodbine resident has continued his prolific wrestling career, grappling his way to quite the start for the Buckeyes.

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Snyder has gotten off to a 19-2 start with a team-best 11 major decisions. He has also been recognized in the Big 10, winning the conference's co-wrestler of the week award for the week of Jan. 15. That came after Snyder beat Penn State's Morgan McIntosh, a reigning All-American who was ranked fourth at the time.

Snyder owns a 10-1 record in dual meets and a 5-1 mark in conference matches this season.

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In his high school days, Snyder was a three-time Maryland national prep champion and a Junior World Champion, trained at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, and had a 179-0 record in his first three seasons.

Local leaders

2011 North Carroll graduate Anna Pagels and 2011 Winters Mill grad Jennifer Simensky have been named team captains for the Lebanon Valley women's lacrosse team this spring.

Pagels has been named all-Commonwealth Conference each of her first three seasons. Last year, she tallied 44 goals and 19 assists and ranked second on the team with 62 draw controls.

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Simensky started all 20 games on attack last year, recording 15 goals and a career-high 15 assists.

The Dutchmen begin the season on Feb. 18 against York College.

Back-to-back

McDaniel junior Brad Brooks won the Centennial Conference Swimmer of the Week last week for the second consecutive week.

Brooks won three events in last Friday's meet against Franklin & Marshall, including the 400 Individual Medley with an NCAA Division III B-Cut time of 4 minutes, 7.21 seconds. He also won the 100 free and was part of the winning 200 free relay team.

That relay squad finished in 1:31.20, McDaniel's best time of the season and 10th best in program history.

Falcon soaring

Winters Mill graduate Justin Kozera, a former Times Wrestler of the Year, has a 10-14 record at Gardner-Webb University this season.

The Bulldogs' redshirt-sophomore has picked up six pins, owns a 4-8 dual meet record, and has gone 1-3 against Southern Conference opponents. Most recently, Kozera picked up a 4-3 decision win last Friday against Campbell's Cody Ryba, helping lead Gardner-Webb to a 46-3 win.

Standout performances

A pair of local runners at Mount St. Mary's posted qualifying times for the ECAC/IC4A Championships last Saturday at the Bucknell Golden Relays.

Junior Kody Wilson (North Carroll) finished second in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:29.65.

Sophomore Julian Woods (Century) posted his qualifying time in the 60 hurdles, in which he finished second in a time of 8.14 seconds.

Raising the bars

Ursinus College freshman Kelsey Stewart (Westminster) has helped the Bears' gymnastics team get off to a 2-1 start this season.

In Ursinus' win over Ithaca College on Jan. 18, Stewart placed third in the bars with a score of 9.375. She improved on that score in the Bears' next meet against Temple, last Saturday, when she scored a 9.500 in the event.

Even though that was Ursinus' first loss of the season, it posted a team score of 189.575, a new school record for women's gymnastics.

Reach staff writer Jake Rill at 410-857-7875 or jake.rill@carrollcountytimes.com.

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