Caslow and Kyler honored by PA Junior Wrestling|
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
WILKES-BARRE - A pair of Progressland standouts were honored Saturday at the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling Championships at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre.
Clearfield Area High School alum Matt Kyler was given the 2011 PJW Wrestler Recognition Award, while former Philipsburg-Osceola head wrestling coach Dave Caslow received the 2011 PJW Adult Recognition Award.
Kyler was a five-time PJW State Champion during his elementary and junior high wrestling career and was the 103-pound PIAA state champ in 2005.
He was also a Cadet National Freestyle champion in 2003 and 2004 and a 2005 Junior National Greco champion. Kyler finished his high school career with a record of 136-13 with 60 falls.
He continued his wrestling career at the United States Military Academy at West Point from which he graduated on May 22, 2010 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army.
Kyler was 146-31 at Army during his four-year varsity career and was the co-captain for the 2009-10 season. His 146 wins stands as the all-time mark at Army.
Kyler was a four-time NCAA qualifier, a four-time New York State Collegiate wrestling champion, a three-time All-Academy champion and a two-time EIWA champ.
Kyler was also a two-time Academic All-American and was named to the Dean's List five times.
In addition to those achievements, Kyler also received the Mike Krzyzewski Teaching Character Through Sports Leadership Award in 2010, the Mike Natvig Award for Outstanding Wrestler four times, the Arvin Memorial Award in 2010, and the prestigious Army Association Trophy awarded to the male and female cadet who displays the "most valuable service to intercollegiate athletics during a career as a cadet."
He was also named Men's Yearling (sophomore) of the Year in wrestling in 2008, Men's Cow (junior) of the Year in 2009 and Men's Mr. Black Knight in Wrestling for the 2010 season.
After graduating from West Point, Kyler continued on and graduated from the Basic Officer Leadership Course and the Airborne School.
He is currently coaching wrestling at the United States Military Academy Prep School in Ft. Monmouth, N.J. and plans to attend the Army Ranger School in July.
Caslow was a four-time letterwinner at Clarion State College where he was the fourth-place finisher at 123 pounds at the 1963 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Caslow was Clarion's first national wrestling placewinner.
He went on to become the head coach at the high school level for 37 years, serving three years at Warrior Run High School and 34 at P-O. His career coaching record stands at 405-171-4.
Caslow coached two PIAA champions, 24 PIAA placewinners, 83 PIAA qualifiers, 55 District 6 champions and had teams in the PIAA top 10 dual meet rankings.
In addition to the PJW award, Caslow was inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 1997, the Clarion University Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 and the District 6 Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006.
He was a four-time District 6 class AAA Coach of the Year and has served as a past president of the District 4 and District 6 Wrestling Coaches Associations, a past treasurer of the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association and was a PJW Area II co-chairman from 1971-2009.
Caslow has been involved in high school, college and youth wrestling for over 50 years, and continues his involvement as a volunteer coach at the junior high level.