Senior Caleb Clymer wins gold at state wrestling championship
Apr 17, 2018
Following in the footsteps of his two older brothers, a PA Cyber senior earned a gold medal at the PIAA state wrestling championship in Hershey.
Caleb Clymer, 18, of Germansville, Pa., participated in the Class 2A 160-pound final on March 10 at the Giant Center in Hershey. He joined his brothers Ben and Scotty, both PA Cyber graduates, who were past PIAA gold medalists in wrestling.
In all, five Clymer brothers share a special bond through wrestling. As part of nine children in the family, the tight-knit clan enjoy spending time together and carry strong Christian values instilled by their parents, Carol and Scott.
“Wrestling is definitely something that they all do together,” said their mother Carol Clymer. “Even the older ones who are graduated still are involved in wrestling. They all still have their hand in it somehow.”
Ben coaches and teaches at Faith Christian Academy, where he started a wrestling program. Scotty is his helper in the wrestling club and works in the family construction business. Bobby was a middle school wrestling coach for about five years at Northwestern Lehigh until this past year. He made it into the state police academy in Hershey and is set to graduate in July.
Carol Clymer said the brothers like to tease each other about their wrestling achievements, and who made it further in districts and regionals. Like Scotty, Ben went to states and won his senior year. Bobby qualified his senior year, too, but didn’t place.
Caleb qualified for states all four years and placed all but once, finishing third last year and sixth as a sophomore. He said having his brother Bobby as a coach last year and advice from his other brothers made a huge impact.
His mother joked that the family wrestling legacy has put pressure on the youngest, Dalton, who turns 13 in May. Dalton will enter seventh grade at PA Cyber next year. The youngest of the nine children, Lacey, is in third grade and homeschooled. She will likely attend PA Cyber next year.
Carol Clymer said PA Cyber was the perfect fit for her children and their busy schedules.
“There were many times where they would say, I won’t be in class Tuesday to Friday because of a tournament. We were always very thankful, very fortunate for that,” she said.
Now post season, Caleb’s wrestling experiences aren’t over. He was selected to wrestle for the Pennsylvania team in the post-season Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic, formerly known as the Dapper Dan, and referred to in some circles as the “Rose Bowl of wrestling.”
PA Cyber history teacher Lon Valentine and his wife, Jill, came to cheer Caleb on. The couple has been a big part of their lives since Scotty started attending PA Cyber.
“I’ve known Caleb since he was in kindergarten,” Valentine said, “as I taught several of his older brothers and sisters. The Clymers are a great family and hard workers, so it’s no surprise that they have found success on the mat and in life. My wife and I had the opportunity to see Caleb’s older brother Ben wrestle in Hershey when he competed for the state title and we were excited to learn that Caleb would be wrestling in our area in such a prestigious event that would allow us to see the family again and reconnect.”
Caleb plans to continue wrestling in college and has verbally committed to Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. His professional goal is to work in the criminal justice field.
The Clymer brothers Bobby, Ben, Dalton, Scotty, and Caleb
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