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PAC to play soccer finals at Highmark Stadium

Highmark Stadium
The Presidents’ Athletic Conference will be play its men’s and women’s soccer championship matches at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh next season.

Highmark Stadium is the 3,500-seat soccer-specific stadium in Station Square and home to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the United Soccer League.

“The PAC is thrilled to be hosting its 2014 soccer championships at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds’ Highmark Stadium, a state-of-the-art soccer facility that is the crown jewel of the Station Square area,” said PAC commissioner Joe Onderko.

“We see this as a true showcase for PAC soccer, an event that will bring fans together for a great celebration of PAC soccer, and believe the central proximity will allow our fans and membership to attend and create a festival-like atmosphere. We hope providing this conference championship environment will deliver a student-athlete experience that is unequalled in NCAA Division III.”
The title matches are scheduled for Nov. 8. Tentative start times are noon and 3 p.m.

“We are very excited to be bringing the Presidents’ Athletic Conference into the mix and hope that we can provide a great new venue, and experience, for the all of the participating teams and student-athletes,” said Sara Guffey, event manager for Highmark Stadium.Read full post: PAC to play soccer finals at Highmark Stadium

Ex-Waynesburg wrestler to train in Europe

Former Waynesburg University wrestler Anthony Bonaventura left today to take part in the Cultural Exchange program. The event, which is coordinated Tim Fader, the head wrestling coach at Wisconsin-Whitewater, will take a group of Division III wrestlers through Istanbul, Turkey; Bucharest, Romania; Paris, France and throughout Bulgaria, before returning to the United States June 9.
Bonaventura was the runner-up at 174 pounds at the NCAA Division III Championships this year.
“I heard about the event through,” Bonaventura said. “While I was training at the Naval Academy, I became close with some guys from Wisconsin Whitewater and my father talked with their head coach about my desire to continue competing as a wrestler.”
During the trip, Bonaventura and the other American wrestlers will go to each country’s Olympic training center. Following training, they wrestle in tournament-style competition.
“I was super excited to hear that I was going on the trip. I’ve never been out of North America,” Bonaventura said “It’s an expensive trip, but my parents are paying my way as a graduation present. I am interested to see how some of these countries are staying head of the game in terms of international competition.”
After returning to the U.S., Bonaventura will travel to Fargo, N.D., to compete in the 2014 USA Wrestling Greco-Roman World Team Trials. The top-three finishers at each weight in the NCAA Division III championships earned automatic spots in the event, which is being held June 13-14 and July 22. Because he is entered in the 80 kg (176 pounds) weight class, Bonaventura will compete in July.
“The thought of actually qualifying for the World Team Trials just put me in a state of disbelief. I really didn’t think I could jump into the next level of my competition career,” Bonaventura said. “I would have rather jumped into freestyle, but I’m not going to pass this opportunity up. I’m just excited to go on to the senior level of competition.”Read full post: Ex-Waynesburg wrestler to train in Europe

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