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Rounding the Mats with Scott Clymer
Scott Clymer is one of several grapplers who is off to a hot start for the 2009-10 season, including back-to-back tournament showings where his efforts helped him individually place. Clymer is 8-3 on the season, which includes four wins by fall and two major decision victories.
In his first time on the mats for the Flames for the 2009-10 season, the redshirt sophomore dropped his opening bout to No. 2 seed Zack Bailey of Oklahoma before making a strong comeback in the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Tournament.
In the wrestleback bracket, the 141-pounder reeled off four-straight wins, including three by fall, before suffering a 10-6 setback in the third-place matchup with Rutgers Trevor Melde. The fourth-place showing marked the second time the Germansville, Pa., native had placed at the event during his collegiate career.
Last weekend, Clymer was of 10 featured wrestlers to place for Liberty at the Keyston Classic, helping the Flames finish atop the team standings and capture the title over a pair of Top 25 ranked programs.
Seeded No. 3 in the event at 141 pounds, Clymer won his opening two matches before suffering a narrow 7-5 loss to No. 2 seed Jordan Lipp of American.
Once against, the redshirt sophomore battled back in the consolidation bracket, recording two-straight major decision wins to capture third place. He opened the lower bracket with a 17-5 major over Boston University's Abbie Rush before capping off his stay at the Keystone Classic with a 10-2 major decision over No. 4 seed Mike Kessler of Appalachian State.
Clymer is in his third year with the program, but is listed as a redshirt sophomore as he only competed in two events last season. Since joining the program, the 141-pounder has posted a 29-27 record.
Northwestern Lehigh High School
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What are your Top 5 movies you have seen in the past year … old or new?
Saving Private Ryan, The Prestige, Rounders, V for Vendetta and any old James Bond movies
What are you favorite snack foods?
Chips and ice cream (especially Dairy Queen Blizzards)
In your opinion, why should a fan come see a Liberty wrestling home dual/event this season?
This year's team brings so much more talent and intensity to the table.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island, what five items would you want to have with you?
A iPod, pillow, matches, gun/knife and a flashlight
When your preseason training was over, what was the one thing that you were glad was behind you?
The condition preparation we had to go through.
Which member of the coaching staff/administrative staff has been the most helpful for you during your time at Liberty and how?
All my coaches have helped me tremendously, but Coach Pantaleo has opened our eyes to what we need to do in order to be our best.
What is one thing you would like to accomplish within the first five years after graduating from Liberty?
I would like to expand my father's construction business and have a successful coaching career.
If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be and why?
Italy, as I have always had an interest in that country.
If you could choose a theme song for your life, what would it be?
"Living on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi
If you could choose a personal vehicle that best fits your personality, what would it be and why?
A jeep, just because it is rugged and tough (ha-ha)
What was your favorite television show growing up as a child?
The Cosby Show
What is your favorite memory from your high school days?
My favorite memories are winning my state title and watching my brother play football.
Who do you admire most in life and what unique characteristics do you admire about that person?
I admire my father, because of his wisdom and his ability to relate to me.
When someone looks back at your life, how do you want to be remembered and why?
I would want to be remembered as someone who could be relied on and did what I could for others.
If you could go back and speak at your high school for 10 minutes, what would your speech be about and why?
I would tell them they need to think about the decisions they are making and the effect they will have on their lives.
What is the one thing you have already learned at Liberty or hope to learn before you graduate that you feel best prepares you for life after college?
God will only reward those who follow Him.
If you are stuck inside all day because of the weather, what activity best fills your time?
After the season is complete, what is one thing you hope you can say about your personal development as a player that has taken place this year?
I hope that I've will have turned the corner in my career and start developing more than I ever expected.
What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name?
I would keep it the same.
I came to Liberty because …
It best fit me for preparation for life.
Words that describe me on the athletic field are …
Persistent and mentally strong
What is one thing that is unique about you or sets you apart from others?
What sets wrestling apart as a sport and makes it appealing to you?
The toughness required, both mentally and physically