CLARION - Max Wohlabaugh of Clarion University shined on the international stage this week, taking the silver medal in the 2019 Junior Pan American Championships in Greco-Roman, which was held at Guatemala City.
Wohlabaugh is no stranger to success in Greco-Roman style. The two-year letterwinner for the Golden Eagles came to Clarion as a 2016 Cadet World Team member, a 2016 Junior Fargo runner-up and a 2015 Cadet Fargo champion. He parlayed that success into a spot in the Clarion lineup, where he's gone 21-21 overall in two seasons.
Wohlabaugh competed at 82 kg in this week's event. He opened with a win over Mexico's Arturo Camacho Valenciano, defeating him 8-0 to advance to the semifinals against Peru's Adrian Ayaucan Mendriel. He finished Mendriel off with a win by fall, pinning him in 45 seconds to earn a rematch with Valenciano. This time Valenciano got the better of Wohlabaugh, beating him 8-0 for the gold.
USA claimed nine medals in the championships, including two golds, five silvers and two bronzes. They won the team title with 190 points in the final team standings, topping Mexico's second-place mark of 130.
Girvan to play in Dominican Republic
Clarion High School senior Kyara Girvan recently received the honor of being selected to the America's Team volleyball squad that will compete in a tournament in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in the summer of 2020.
America's Team is an organzation dedicated to showing kids the world through sports, encouraging participants to learn about foreign countries and their cultures. America's Team looks for players who project out to be Division II, Division III or NAIA level type players.
Girvan, the Bobcats' libero, was selected out of the recruiting database of Allegheny College coach Kelly Barzak. Currently, the team is made up of players from Philipsburg, Pittsburgh, Clarion, Altoona, Uniontown, Emporium, Orefield, Allentown, Palmerton and Seven Valleys.
While waiting for her turn to compete in 2020, Girvan will serve as an ambassador for America's Team.