Clarion wrestling splits dual meet hosted by Eastern Michigan University

The Clarion Golden Eagles wrestling team opened the season with a dual meet at Eastern Michigan University this past weekend.
The team went 2-2 with wins over Campbellsville and Tiffin and fell to Northern Illinois and Eastern Michigan.
Clarion had a solid showing by freshman Michael Pavasko, who wrestles at 165, and Justin Arthur, who wrestles at 149.
Both wrestlers finished with 4-0 record at the meet.
Arthur is currently ranked at No. 18 in the nation by both AWN and Intermat.
“The legacy for Clarion wrestling is very physical and high pace, I feel that our team was successful in keeping that alive,” said Pavasko.
Wrestling Coach Troy Letters said he was not surprised about Arthur finish at the meet. “He is very talented and expects to win,” said Letters.
Freshman 125 pounder Jonathon Mele, 157 pounder Austin Matthews, and junior 157 pounder Daniel Sutherland also came away with 3-1 records.
The Golden Eagles started off the meet against Campbellsville, who they defeated 34-3.
The Golden Eagles were aided by fall from freshman Evan Daley and major decisions from junior Sam Sherlock and freshman Austin Matthews.
Clarion also took down Tiffin 43-6 which included four pins by senior Tyler Bedelyon, junior Ryan Darch, Sutherland and Arthur.
These two victories were then followed by consecutive losses to Northern Illnois, 21-15, and Eastern Michigan, 26-15.
“We have a very young team with some very talented kids and a lot of new faces on the mat competing together for the first time,” said Letters. He added that he felt like they beat who they should have beaten up on and lost to two teams who they should have beaten.
In both matches that Clarion lost, they did hold leads of 15-12 against Northern Illinois and 11-0 against Eastern Michigan, but fell to both squads.
Letters said that both of these matches were tough and could gone either way.
“Our toughest opponent at the Eastern Michigan University dual’s was Eastern Michigan. Wrestling 4 matches consecutively wears on you physically and mentally. So that was a true test of fight and heart,” said Pavasko. He also added that he has full belief in the program, coaching staff and the team.
“I put my reputation on the line in saying, but this is the re-emergence of Clarion wrestling as a dynasty. I feel that our team will continue to grow and improve through the course of the season and season’s to come. Don’t believe me? Just watch,” said Pavasko.
The Golden Eagles next opponent is Rutgers who they will play host to on Nov. 22 in Tippin Gymnasium.

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