[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The Clarion University wrestling team competed in the Eastern Wrestling League Championships held at Cleveland State University on March 9.
It was 39th annual EWL championship.
Clarion freshman Austin Matthews won his first EWL title against the top seed and No. 15 ranked wrestler, Johnny Greisheimer from the Edinboro University.
The two wrestlers competed in the finals of the Eastern Wrestling League Championships. Matthews defeated Greisheimer 9-6.
The Golden Eagles finished in sixth place as a team behind Edinboro, Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, Rider and Cleveland State in that order.
George Mason finished seventh behind Clarion.
The Golden Eagles scored 69.5 points as team Saturday night.
Matthews had an impressive and historic night individually.
Matthews is a 157-pound wrestler and he is also a freshman.
He had three takedowns and also had a reverse.
To open the match, Matthews had a double leg takedown.
Following the double leg takedown, Greisheimer responded with an escape and takedown.
Matthews turned it around toward the end of the match to take the lead 4-3 at the end of the first period.
In the second period, Matthews took a 6-4 lead with a takedown.
Greishheimer then scored an escape to bring the score to 6-5 after two periods.
To open the third match, Matthews once again opened with an escape.
He had his final takedown when he took the lead 9-5.
Greisheimer was able to escape in the final seconds to make the final score 9-6.
Matthews was 2-0 on the day.
He started the tournament with a bye.
In the second round, he was able to defeat Bloomsburg’s Kevin Hartnett at 4:58 to make it to the finals where he faced Greisheimer.
Matthews is 22-7 on the season and will compete in the NCAA D-1 National Championships in Oklahoma City on March 20-22.
The Eagles also had other wrestlers have success in the tournament.
Placing fourth for the Golden Eagles was junior Ryan Darch in the 174 pound weight class.
Darch finished 2-2 on the day.
He finished his season with a 16-22 record and his career record is 36-50.
Freshman Dustin Conti placed in the 184 pound weight class.
Conti as a true freshman finished his season with an 8-21 record.
Freshman Evan Daley also finished fourth for the Eagles.
Daley opened with a bye but then wrestled the top seed Ernest James of Edinboro losing 2-0.
Daley ended the regular season 19-15.[/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]