ECC's Wittman selected to Big 30 roster

By Bob Parana - Staff Writer

Elk County Catholic Crusaders John Wittman and Leo Gregory and Forest Cressley of St. Marys were among the players announced to the Big 30 Charities Classic Pennsylvania squad in the latest release issued by the Big 30 Committee. David Wheaton of Otto-Eldred will also be joining the PA team. The 47th Big 30 Charities Classic is scheduled to be played Aug. 1 at Bradford’s Parkway Field. Organizers are continuing with their plans despite the COVID-19 pandemic Gregory and Wittman will be joining teammates Jered Emmert, Stephen Bobby, and Anthony Gerg, and Cressley joins fellow Dutch Jake Walter and Gage Burford. Wheaton is the third Otto-Eldred player named to the 43-man roster. Wittman (6’0”, 160-pounds) will play Wide Receiver and Cornerback. He is excited to play one last game and his favorite memory was being the first ECC freshman to score a Varsity touchdown. He was selected as a wide receiver to the District 9 Small School Division All-Star team. According to the latest Big 30 release he will attend Penn State University to major in Mechanical Engineering. He plans to enter the U.S. Army following college. Wittman’s hobbies include hunting and fishing. The Atlanta Falcons and PSU Nittany Lions are his favorite teams and his favorite player is Antonio Brown. Ridgway Head Coach Mark Heindl and his assistants Mickey Delhunty, Rick Viglione, Jack Kifer, and Tony Difillipi will coach the PA squad. Five Elkers have been announced to the team thus far. They include Robert Briggs, Greg Simon, Hayden Haupright, Paul Gresco, and Jake Wickett. More Ridgway players will be announced in the coming weeks. Proceeds from the annual game are donated to individuals in need and charitable organizations in the Pennsylvania counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron, Potter and Warren, and Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautautauqua counties in New York.