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Ashland good fit for Allen

May 17, 2002

Two years ago, Matt Allen said if anyone asked him about college it would've included baseball.

Now, nearing his graduation from Williamsport High School, Allen has taken what his skills have given. A state champion wrestler this year and a second-place winner last year, Allen has decided to use his wrestling abilities to attend Ashland University in Ohio.

"It's a really good fit for me," Allen said. "They've got a great program in the major I want to study (sports broadcasting). And, if things work out, there's the Cleveland Indians just an hour north and numerous minor league teams in the area, maybe I could get an internship with one of them."

Allen, this year's state champ at 188 pounds, said he will wrestle at 184 next year.

"Coach (Ray Kowatch) doesn't believe in cutting weight. You cut weight if you have to, but he thinks I'll be at 184."

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Starting his freshman year will be a tough task. Ashland returns junior Chris Canale, an eighth-place winner at nationals this year.

"If I go in that room and he beats me 10-2, I'm just going to focus and work on my mistakes and try to close that gap and maybe even start as a true freshman," Allen said. "That would be awesome. I'll work until I can dominate him."

Allen said he owes much of his success to his coaches, especially head coach Chuck Martin.

"I remember, my freshman year, I was running on the track and I was dogging it," Allen said. "Coach Martin yelled at me. He took me under his wing and told me just how good I could be if I put my mind to it.

"I really have to give credit to all my coaches - they worked my butt off to get me here."

Allen said that his goals are in sight.

"I'm really going to work hard in wrestling," he said. "There's no future in it, but that's the sport. I also want to work hard on my education and get myself a good job when I leave college.

"I could see myself coaching someday. I'm used to it. It's in my blood."

- Two of the Tri-State's top girls basketball players from Pennsylvania will head to Frostburg State this fall.

Kelly True, a two-time first-team All-Area forward from Southern Fulton is the first. She finished her career as the Indians' all-time leading scorer and led the team to its first state tournament berth as a junior. Southern Fulton also came with seconds of back-to-back trips this season before losing in the District 5 semifinals.

James Buchanan's Lori Stauder has also given a verbal commitment to the Bobcats. Stauder, a two-time second-team All-Area selection, led the Rockets in rebounding each of the last two season, as the team won its first Mid Penn Conference title two seasons ago and lost a heartbreaker in the final to Shippensburg earlier this year.

- Walkersville senior Sarah Ramsburg has signed a letter of intent to play softball at Division I Mount St. Mary's next spring. Ramsburg is a three-time All-Area outfielder for the Lions, but switched over to catcher for her senior season.

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