Bison Athlete of the Week: Corey Lear '13

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By Chris McCree

Sports Editor

 

Profile:

Corey Lear

Junior

Hometown: Orangeville, Pa.

Weight class: 165 lbs.

Major: Computer Science

 

2011-12 Statistics:

Overall: 12-6

Dual: 9-4

EIWA: 5-0

vs. ranked opp: 1-3

Fall: 4-1  

Despite the team’s disappointing 23-13 home loss to rival American on Sunday, Corey Lear ’13 pulled off the upset of the year for the wrestling team, defeating Ganbayar Sanjaa in an 8-5 decision. Sanjaa is ranked No. 3 in the nation in the 157 lb. weight class, although he was wrestling up a class against the Bison. In the hotly contested bout, Lear trailed 4-3 late in the third period, but rallied behind a tie-breaking takedown and subsequent two-point near fall to pull off an impressive comeback in the match’s final seconds.

After watching his Bison teammates drop their first four matches to American opponents, Lear recorded his decision amidst an Orange and Blue comeback attempt. The team reeled off four consecutive victories in the 149, 157, 165 and 174 lb. weight classes, but failed to capitalize on this momentum during the match’s last two bouts.

Since joining the Orange and Blue in 2009, Lear has played a valuable role in the team’s success, recording 56 total wins over his three years. Much improved from his rookie season, Lear participated in all 37 of the team’s matches as a sophomore and finished the year second among his teammates with 24 wins. At the EIWA Championships, Lear claimed seventh place in the 165-lb. weight class.

After doubling his career win total over ranked opponents this past Sunday, Lear looks to build some late-season momentum as the EIWA Championships loom less than a month away.

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