Clarion wrestling falls to Penn State

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Sunday afternoon the Golden Eagles made a trip to State College, Pa. and struggled when they arrived.
Clarion faced off with the No. 2 ranked Penn State and took a 43-3 loss at a sold-out senior day in Penn State’s Rec Hall.
When asked if the sold-out environment affected the vibe of how the team performed, Head Coach Troy Letters said, “I think it was great for our young guys to wrestle in that environment.” He then went on, saying, “It’s as close you can get to wrestling at the NCAA tournament. Some guys shine under that, and some don’t.”
Freshman Hunter Jones started the matches with a 21-5 loss, making  the score 5-0 in favor of Penn State.
Senior captain Tyler Bedelyon also had a rough bout. He took a loss with an 8-4 score.
Later in the match freshman Michael Pavasko at 165 pounds.
Pavasko was pinned at 11 seconds and lost by fall.
Next up, junior Ryan Darch, also lost by fall at 174 pounds.Clarion Wrestling
“We knew what we were up against,” said Letters. “We had some starters out with injury but expect our guys to fight every second. That is what we asked of them.”
Wrestling two of the top Division I wrestling programs in one week did not faze the Golden Eagles.
Just when fans probably thought Clarion didn’t have a chance; Evan Daley was up at 285 pounds in the final bout of the day.
In the final seconds of the bout, Daley tied at 6-6.
With 2:02 of riding time, Daley won his match at 7-6, defeating the No. 12 ranked wrestler in the weight class, and giving three points to the Golden Eagles scoreboard; however it wasn’t enough for the team win.
After the loss to Penn State, Clarion’s record drops to 9-15
“It was a big win for Evan,” stated Letters. “He is one of the many freshmen in the line up. He has a very bright future. I was not surprised.”
Clarion will be off until March 8 for the EWL Championships at Cleveland State.
“Working the areas where we are best, fixing small mistakes, and most important, get our guys excited about what is to come,” is what Letters said the team will work on prior to the EWL Championships.[/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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