Matthews, Arthur put together strong performances in Wrestling Championships

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Freshman Justin Arthur at 149-pounds and fellow freshman teammate Austin Matthews at 157-pounds represented the Golden Eagles and the PSAC at the Division I Wrestling Nationals in Oklahoma City March 20 through March 22.
Arthur opened the NCAA tournament with an 8-2 loss to number 16 seed Alexander Richardson of Old Dominion, and then came back to major decision Alex Kocer of San Diego State University on Thursday. Matthews
Arthur advanced to the All-America round with an 8-2 victory over Matt Frisch from The Citadel and a pin over Kent State’s Mike DePalma.
In the All-America round, Arthur faced 2013 NCAA National Champion this year’s No. 4 seed Kendric Maple of Oklahoma and lost 7-4.
“I felt like the National Tournament was an amazing experience. I’m very proud of my performance this year because I know I can only go up from this point. It sucked losing to the defending champ in the round to place, however, I didn’t back down from him,” said Arthur on his Nationals performance.
Arthur finished his season with a three and two record at nationals and a season record of 29-16, having placed fifth at EWL’s, sixth at PSAC’s, received an at-large bid to nationals and just missed out on All-American status.
“Justin had a really good tournament and freshman season,” said head coach Troy Letters in an interview with clariongoldeneagles.com. “He gained some great experience and has a lot to build on in his future.”
As for Matthews at 157, he lost his wrestle back match and finished with a one and two record overall at Nationals.
He opened the NCAA’s with a loss by pin to number six seed Nestor Taffur of Boston University.
Matthews followed that up with a pin of Alex Hudson of Chattanooga 55 seconds into the first period.
Matthews Nationals then ended on an 11 to two decision to the No. 12 seed Luke Smith of Central Michigan.
Matthews finishes his freshman season with a 28 and nine record, an EWL Title and a second place finish at PSAC’s. Arthur
“Austin had a tremendous freshman season,” said Letters. “He also gained great NCAA experience he can really build from in the future.”
Letters is positive about the future of Clarion wrestling.
“We have a lot of great wrestlers with quality skill and character in our program right now,” said Letters.
“Justin and Austin really led the way here at nationals with a great approach and attitude. There’s a lot to build on here. We really believe we are on our way back and poised for big things with Clarion wrestling.”
Clarion finished with a record of four and four at the NCAA’s Nationals this season.[/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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