Reynolds has 16 alum wrestling in college

According to occasional  Herald correspondent Don Shaffer and his Reynolds Wrestling Magazine, the Raiders have 16 former matmen competing for college teams this season.

The are: Cole Matthews and Cole Rickert, Pitt; Mike Bartolo and Hunter Michaels, Clarion; Joel Leise and Andrew Ischo, Gannon; Seth Hogue and Rocco Bartolo, West Virginia; Jarod Miller and Hunter Thompson, Baldwin Wallace; Gage Bayless and Chaise Hauck, University of Chicago; Beau Bayless, Harvard; Gavin Wilkerson, Mercyhurst; Derek Skeehan, Kent State-Tuscarawas; and Austin Matthews, Northern Colorado. 

Locals doing well racing at The Meadows 

WASHINGTON, Pa. — Mercer Countians recently had success in the racing at The Meadows. 

• Fredonia’s Kris Rickert enjoyed a win when a horse he trains, Night Explorer, captured an $8,300 race Monday at The Meadows.

It was the first win in 9 career starts for the freshman gelding pacer, who prevailed by a whopping 5-1/4 lengths for driver Dave Palone.

• Trainer William Daugherty Jr. and owner Susan Daugherty, both of Mercer, had a good day when their 3-year-old trotter, Watch Me Hanover, captured a $6,600 race. Watch Me Hanover was a determined winner for Dave Palone, as he challenged the leader, Fins Up, with an uncovered move and proved stronger late.

Saturday’s program marked the final call at The Meadows for Roger Huston, “The Voice” of the track for the last 44 years. He has accepted a position as ambassador for the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and will continue calling the Little Brown Jug.

Randall returning to banged-up Browns

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns starting safety Damarious Randall has returned to practice after missing 2 games with a hamstring injury.

Randall’s return is significant because the struggling Browns (2-6) are thin at the position after releasing Jermaine Whitehead. The team cut Whitehead on Monday after he posted profane, threatening messages on Twitter following Cleveland’s loss in Denver. Randall got hurt in the Browns’ loss to Seattle Oct. 13.

Starting defensive end Olivier Vernon (knee) and tight ends Pharaoh Brown (concussion) and Ricky Seals-Jones (knee) were missing from Wednesday’s practice. Coach Freddie Kitchens was vague on their status, saying they were considered day-to- day as the Browns prepare to host the Buffalo Bills (6-2) this Sunday.

Left tackle Greg Robinson practiced after suffering an ankle injury against the Broncos. He got hurt, returned to the game and left again.

Cleveland has lost 4 straight.

Bell back with Jets?

 FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets’ running back Le’Veon Bell is sitting out practice with ankle and knee soreness, but the team is optimistic he will be able to play Sunday against the Giants.

Coach Adam Gase said Wednesday that Tuesday’s MRI revealed no structural damage. Bell was hurt late during New York’s 26-18 loss at Miami. The star running back never left the game and Gase didn’t know Bell’s knee or ankle were bothering him until he missed Monday’s meeting to have tests.

Gase says Bell was pressing to practice Wednesday, but coaches and training staff discouraged that. Bell, off to a sluggish start in his 1st season with the Jets., has 415 yards on 125 carries (3.3) that ranks as the lowest of his career, and ranks 2nd on the team with 40 receptions.

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