Alex Clemsen (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)
Two former Fighting Scot wrestling teammates - Alex Clemsen and Deonte Penn -- are among nine honorees to be named to the Edinboro Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019, the Pennsylvania-based university announced Wednesday.
Edinboro's 38th Annual Hall of Fame Ceremony will take place on Friday, September 27 at 7 p.m. The ceremony moves to the Pogue Center after previously being held in McComb Fieldhouse or Van Houten Dining Hall.
"We have decided it would be in the best interests of everyone who wants to partake in the many festivities associated with Homecoming Weekend to split up the dates," said Bruce Baumgartner, former Edinboro Athletic Director and legendary wrestler who is now the school's Hall of Fame chairman. "We like the move to the fall, but now the Hall of Fame will have its own entity. This is another outstanding class of inductees and we look forward to a great day to celebrate their inductions."
Two top wrestlers of the 21st century who happened to be teammates are among the 2019 Edinboro Athletics Hall of Fame honorees:
Alex Clemsen was a standout on the Edinboro wrestling team from 2002-07 while competing at 184 pounds. Despite battling injuries, he was a four-time national qualifier who earned All-American honors as a senior. He also won one Eastern Wrestling League title and became just the 14th wrestler at the time to win four PSAC (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) championships. He was also a three-time place winner at the Southern Scuffle. Clemsen concluded his career with a 121-35 record, currently ranking 14th in career victories. Clemsen earned his bachelor's degree in Finance and Marketing in 2007, graduating with the highest GPA ever by an Edinboro wrestler. Since that time he has embarked on a rising coaching career, serving as an assistant coach at Oregon State, Virginia, and Missouri before being named the head coach at University of Maryland in April 2019. He and his wife Lindsay have two children, Payten and Porter. https://intermatwrestle.com/articles/21844
Deonte Penn also wrestled for Edinboro from 2002-07. He began his career at 149 pounds before eventually moving up to 165 pounds. He was a three-time national qualifier who earned NCAA All-American honors as a junior and senior. In addition, Penn won two Eastern Wrestling League and two PSAC titles. He finished his career with a 114-43 record and set school records for pins in a career with 53, now ranking second. Penn currently resides in Las Vegas, Nev. Along with his wife, Vanessa, and daughters Mariah and Makayla and son Deonte. He completed work on his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2017. He is the Human Resource Director of the family-run business, Visiting Angels Senior Homecare.
In addition to Clemsen and Penn, other former Edinboro athletes to be welcomed into the Edinboro Athletics Hall of Fame this fall include former football standouts Chris Amico and Chris Avery; former cross country and track & field standout Gabriela Hnilkova; former volleyball standout Jenna Newman; former swimming standout Gregg Sarbak; and former softball standout Dana Webb. In addition, Ed Mailliard will be inducted as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.