Golden Eagle wrestling provides strong showing in weekend matches

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]This past weekend the Clarion Golden Eagles wrestling team went one and one, losing to Ohio University on Saturday, 21-16, but came out on top Sunday against Cleveland State on Senior Day by a score of 30-16.
On Saturday, Clarion started out very strong against Ohio, leading 16-14 after eight matches when freshman Austin Matthews defeated Ohio’s Spartak Chino at 157.
Freshman Michael Pavasko then lost an 8-0 decision to Harrison Hightower, followed by a 5-2 loss by junior Ryan Darch against Cody Walters.
“We were one match away from beating Ohio U who are a top 20 ranked program,” said head coach Troy Letters.  He added that they need to have expectations of winning instead waiting for them to come.
“Sometimes we need to stay on the attack and don’t let our opponents back in the match. We have to continue to put points on the scoreboard,” said senior Tyler Bedelyon.  He added that once they start relaxing things go against them.
Clarion came back winning against Cleveland State, winning 30-16.  Letters said the team was able to bounce back by “hitting the reset button.”Clarion Wrestling
“We wrestle tough Saturday against a tough team and we just bought that same attitude with us Sunday. Our team feeds off the home crowd so that helps a lot,” said Bedelyon.
It was a memorable Senior day for seniors Tyler Bedelyon, Brandon Contreras, and Nick Milano.
Clarion came out with a 10- lead sparked by 13-3 victory by Hunter Jones and a forfeit win for Sam Sherlock.
Bedelyon came out strong as well on his Senior day by pinning his opponent in the first period.
“Wrestling on Senior Day was a special day for me. I got to spend time with my family and friends. I can’t believe the time has come, but I’ll always remember the great memories from Clarion Wrestling,” said Bedelyon.
Brandon Contreras also came away with the victory on his senior day by also coming away with a pin.
“We have some great kids and they have done a great job this year being leaders everywhere,” said Letters.  He added that it was important for the freshman to learn from the seniors in the classroom.
Although, Freshman Evan Daley lost, 13-5, in a major decision to Riley Shaw, the final score was 30-16.
“We continue to improve. That is important when starting a very young team. Learning from mistakes and fixing them quickly is very important,” said Letters.  Bedelyon added that team just has to go out there, have fun, and wrestle for 7 minutes. “Our team continues to get better every match we wrestle. We will be at our best at the end of the year,” said Bedelyon.
This Saturday, Feb. 15, Clarion welcomes Oklahoma State to Tippin Gymnasium.
“I just want my guys to set their goals and expectations for those matches and go out and fight. We have West Virginia University Friday night away so we don’t want to look to ofar ahead,” said Letters.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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