DeSanto picks right up at Iowa

The Southern Berks News - - SPORTS - By Bill Arse­nault

Austin DeSanto went from an out­stand­ing wrestling pro­gram to a great one and he hasn’t missed a beat.

The sopho­more, an Ex­eter Town­ship grad, is com­pet­ing with the tra­di­tion-heavy Univer­sity of Iowa af­ter post­ing a 29-7 record with the Drexel squad as a fresh­man.

Wrestling at 133 pounds, DeSanto cap­tured his first two matches with a tech­ni­cal fall and a de­ci­sion to start the sea­son on Nov. 9 in Kent, OH. But the big test came when he took the mat in the Hawkeyes’ first home match against Prince­ton on Nov. 16 in Carver-Hawk­eye Arena in front of a crowd of 7.940.

DeSanto, who scored a pin in 3:27, helped the team turn back the Tigers 31-10. “I got chills,” DeSanto told the me­dia af­ter that match. “It re­ally pumps you up and I’m ex­cited for this sea­son in front of these fans.”

Coach Tom Brands was im­pressed with his start but knew about DeSanto long be­fore he came to Iowa.

“He’s good and we love him,” Brands said. “My brother (as­so­ciate coach Terry Brands) wanted to re­cruit him out of high school but he was al­ready signed, sealed and de­liv­ered to Drexel.”

The coach likes the fact that DeSanto brings an en­ergy and a com­pet­i­tive­ness that is con­ta­gious.

“The way he com­petes, some­times he takes it over­board a lit­tle bit,” Brands said. “We have to tem­per that. At the same time we’re go­ing to tem­per that with­out tak­ing any­thing away from him edge-wise. We want him to have that com­pet­i­tive fire and I think he’s go­ing to be a fan fa­vorite right away.”

EMILY HANGEN (EX­ETER) >> The 5-foot-9 sopho­more set­ter earned an­other honor for her play with the 25-8 Ship­pens­burg women’s vol­ley­ball team. Hangen was named to the Amer­i­can Vol­ley­ball Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion All-At­lantic Re­gion team on Nov. 21. Pre­vi­ously she was named to the All-PSAC first team and the Di­vi­sion II Con­fer­ence Com­mis­sion­ers As­so­ci­a­tion All-Re­gion sec­ond team. She fin­ished with 1,260 as­sists and 413 digs with 22 dou­ble­dou­bles in 33 matches. Hangen also had 60 kills, 48 to­tal blocks and 45 ser­vice aces.

RACHEL JOHN­SON (GOVER­NOR MIF­FLIN) >> The swim sea­son has just be­gun for the In­di­ana women’s swim team but the fresh­man has al­ready hit a qual­i­fy­ing mark on the PSAC per­for­mance list. She reached that mark when she fin­ished first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:14.57 in a 125-70 vic­tory over St. Vin­cent on Nov. 3 in In­di­ana. She also swam a leg on the win­ning 200 med­ley re­lay with a time of 1:50.20. The Crim­son Hawks are 4-0 in dual meet com­pe­ti­tion af­ter a 137-68 vic­tory over West Vir­ginia Wes­leyan on Nov. 9 in Buck­han­non, W.Va.

GABRIELLE STICK (EX­ETER) >> The 5-foot-10 se­nior out­side hitter had a solid all-around sea­son with the Lock Haven women’s vol­ley­ball team, the Bald Ea­gles fin­ish­ing 10-17 over­all and 5-13 in PSAC play. Stick played in all 27 matches and all 98 sets and was sec­ond on the team in digs with 308, sec­ond in kills with 250 and third in to­tal blocks with 48.0. In three matches at the end of the sea­son, Stick had 74 digs and 31 kills in vic­to­ries over Mer­cy­hurst (3-1) and Ship­pens­burg (3-2) and a loss to Blooms­burg (3-2).

JAX­SON BURNS (DANIEL BOONE) >> The se­nior for­ward saw his ca­reer come to an end when the Millersville men’s soc­cer team dropped a 1-0 de­ci­sion to Charleston in the first round of the NCAA Di­vi­sion II Tour­na­ment on Nov. 10 in Charleston, W.Va. Burns fin­ished the sea­son with eight goals and three as­sists for 19 points with five game-win­ners. The Ma­raud­ers fin­ished 10-4-6. In the PSAC Tour­na­ment, Burns scored a goal in a 2-0 vic­tory over Se­ton Hill and then scored a goal and kicked the win­ning penalty kick in an over­time vic­tory over West Ch­ester. JES­SICA CON­FER (DANIEL BOONE) >> The fresh­man and her Se­ton Hill eques­trian team wrapped up the fall sea­son with a pair of events in the Clar­ion Meet Nov. 10-11 in Va­len­cia. On Nov. 10, Con­fer fin­ished first in walk/trot/can­ter at the Al­legheny Col­lege spon­sored meet. She came back on Nov. 11 to fin­ish sec­ond in the walk/trot/can­ter at a show spon­sored by West Vir­ginia Univer­sity. Af­ter fin­ish­ing sixth in her first col­le­giate show, Con­fer had three firsts and two sec­onds the rest of the sea­son.

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