|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: ATHENS' BURKHART LEADS 'SUPER 7' AS BOYS "ATHLETE OF THE WINTER" (2018-03-23)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Athens senior A.J. Burkhart finished fifth at the PIAA Class AA Championships to earn the Valley Sports Report 2017-18 boys “Athlete of the Winter.”
Burkhart, who will wrestle collegiately at Division I powerhouse Lehigh University, finished his senior season with a 38-7 record, winning North Section, District 4, and Northeast Region titles in the process. He was 76-15 in two years at Athens.
He completes one of the best careers in Valley wrestling history with a career mark of 186-28.
During his three seasons at Waverly, Burkhart won two Section IV titles, a New York State title as a freshman, and a sixth-place medal as a sophomore.
Burkhart, who was a five-time “Super 7” selection, earns his second nod as VSR “Wrestler of the Year.”
The remainder of the “Super 7” is as follows:
Caleb McClelland, sophomore, Sayre: Sayre senior Caleb McClelland won a pair of District 4 gold medals, and narrowly missed out on medals in both events at the PIAA Championships. He was the VSR boys “Swimmer of the Year.”
McClelland won District 4 gold in the 200-yard freestyle in a new Williamsport High School pool record and school-record time of 1:44.31, and the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4:50.39.
At States, McClelland finished ninth in 500 free in a school-record time of 4:46.25, and was 10th in the 200 free in 1:44.36.
McClelland, a three-time “Super 7” selection and former “Newcomer of the Year,” won NTL gold in the 200 free in time of 1:48.16, and the 500 free in 5:01.49. He also won the 200 free in the loaded field at the Waverly Invitational in a time of 1:47.87, and was second in 500 free in time of 4:56.53.
Brady Worthing, sophomore, Tioga: Brady Worthing won a New York State silver medal at 120 pounds, dropping a 3-2 decision to unbeaten defending state champ junior Trent Svingala, who is headed to Cornell. It was the only decision all season Svingala won by less than three points, and only the third time all season he allowed as many as two points in a match.
Brady Worthing finished the season with a 43-9 record, with titles at the IAC Championships, and Class B Championships, and a runner-up finish at the Section IV, Division 2 Championships. He advanced to States with a wild card invitation, and is 91-28 for his career.
Nate Bradley, senior, Athens: Nate Bradley capped a brilliant career for the Wildcats with a seventh-place finish at 160 pounds at the PIAA Championships.
Bradley finished second to defending state champion Creighton Edsell of Wyalusing at the North Section Tournament, then finished third at Districts and Regionals in the loaded 160-pound weight class.
Bradley, a three-time state qualifier. graduates with a 113-42 record, which puts him 15th all-time on the wins list for the storied Athens program.
Mike Atanasoff, sophomore, Waverly: A three-time “Super 7” selection and former “Newcomer of the Year,” Atanasoff won Section IV gold in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:04.09, and Section IV silver in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 57.85 seconds.
At the IAC Championships, Atanasoff won the 50-yard freestyle in a time 22.16 seconds, and the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 48.65 seconds. Both winning times qualified him for the New York State Championships.
Atanasoff also won the 100 free in the loaded field at the Waverly Invitational in 50.18 seconds, and was second in the 50 free in 22.58 seconds.
At States, he finished 44th in the 100 free in a time of 49.24 seconds, and was 49th in the 50 free in a time of 22.36 seconds.
Austin Lamb, junior, Tioga: Lamb won a fifth-place medal at the New York State championships, pinning BGAH’s Ben Bivar to earn a bit of redemption for a loss in the Section IV, Division 2 title match.
Lamb, who finished sixth at States last year, won the IAC and Class B Championships en route to a 46-6 record this season. He is 161-44 for his career.
Isaac Chandler, sophomore, Waverly: Chandler won a silver medal in the 55-meter hurdles in a time of 8.35 seconds at the Section IV, State Qualifier to advance to the New York State Championships.
A week earlier, Chandler won a gold medal in the 55-meter hurdles in a time of 8.37 seconds at the Section IV, Division 1 Championship. He was fourth in the pole vault at 10-feet.
At States, Chandler finished 29th in the 55 hurdles in a time of 8.59 seconds.
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