December 5, 2011
Clarion junior James Fleming (West Mifflin) was named today as the EWL (Eastern Wrestling League) and PSAC (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) “Wrestler of the Week”, for his performance in winning the 157-pound title at the Nittany Lion Open held Sunday at Penn State’s Rec Hall.
Clarion’s Fleming, ranked #6 in the nation at 157-pounds, was an impressive 6-0 on the day in winning his title. He defeated #11 rated Dylan Alton of Penn State, a red-shirt freshman, in the finals by fall at 2:40. Fleming was trailing 4-1 when he took Alton down and took him to his back for what would have been a 6-4 lead. Fleming cradled Alton and posted the fall.
Fleming opened the open tournament with a pin at 1:42 over Ian Thom, then won a 9-0 major decision over Matt Stephens (Va. Tech), 10-0 over Pierre Frazile (Citadel), 6-2 over John Greisheimer of Edinboro, 1-0 over James Vollrath of Penn State in the semi’s before defeating Alton.
CLARION NOTES: James is the son of John Fleming and Regina Fitzhenry… He is a sports Management major at Clarion … Fleming was 31-4 overall and 1-2 at nationals in 2011 … . During the season he was EWL and PSAC individual champion, EWL “Co-OW”, and placed 4th at Midlands. He had 11 pins and 5 tech. falls. In 2010 he posted a 28-8 record at 149-pounds, was 2nd at EWL’s, 4th at PSAC’s and was an NCAA Qualifier with an 0-2 record. He has a career record of 67-12… In the PSAC award – Fleming actually was co-athlete of the week with Edinboro’s Chris Honeycutt – who won the Las Vegas open at 197 … Clarion travels to Mercyhurst on Saturday to try and defend its 2010-11 PSAC team title it won at Bloomsburg. The finals will begin at 6pm and be televised live by PCN.