Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Lock Haven, Pa. – The Division I and II head wrestling coaches from around the PSAC have named Kutztown’s heavyweight Ziad Haddad the PSAC Wrestler of the Year. Clarion’s Austin Matthews is the PSAC Freshman of the Year, while Edinboro head coach Tim Flynn is the PSAC Coach of the Year for the third straight year.
Haddad, the 2013-14 heavyweight NCAA Division II champion, is the first D-II wrestler to ever earn the PSAC Athlete of the Year title. The 285-pound redshirt junior went a perfect 25-0 this season and holds a 51-5 career mark. He was the top ranked heavyweight for the duration of the 2013-14 season and lived up to his ranking with a 5-4 decision over No. 4 Jacob Mitchell of California Baptist in the NCAA championship bout. He is the first D-II champion from the PSAC since Mercyhurst’s Josh Shields and Kutztown’s Joe Kemmerer in 2009.
Matthews capped the 2013-14 season with a 23-9
overall record at 157 pounds. The freshman captured the EWL 157-pound title and was the PSAC Championship runner-up. He went on to compete at the NCAA Division I Championship and posted a 1-2 record in Oklahoma City. Over the course of the season he posted six falls, two technical falls, and four major decisions. Matthews is the third-ever PSAC Freshman of the Year from Clarion, as James Fleming won the award in 2009-10 and Clint Podish was the 2008-09 honoree.
The 2013-14 season marks the 12th time Tim Flynn has earned the PSAC Coach of the Year title during his 17 seasons at the helm of the program. This season Flynn guided the Scots to their eighth PSAC crown in the last nine seasons and their 14th with Flynn as head coach. The Fighting Scots finished fifth at the NCAA Division I Championship, marking the highest finish in school history. Flynn, also the NCAA Division I Coach of the Year and EWL Coach of the Year, is the all-time winningest wrestling coach in Edinboro history with a 184-68-5 overall record.
2013-14 PSAC Wrestling Postseason Awards
Athlete of the Year: Ziad Haddad, Kutztown
Freshman of the Year: Austin Matthews, Clarion
Coach of the Year: Tim Flynn, Edinboro