Golden Eagle wrestling struggles over weekend at Eastern Michigan

The Clarion University wrestling team took part in the Eastern Michigan University Duals in Ypsilanti, Michigan this past Saturday.

The Golden Eagles lost all four of the duals to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (19-12), Northwestern (39-6), Central Michigan (34-6), and Northern Illinois (31-7).

Clarion now starts the season at 0-4 and looking for answers after many key wrestlers transferred in the offseason.

The Golden Eagles started the duals with a loss to Southern Illinois.

The Cougars gave Clarion a 3-0 lead with a 4-1 decision over Kenny Baldridge at 125, but three straight losses at 133, 141 and 149 put the Eagles behind 10-3.

The 149 pound match saw senior Sam Sherlock lose a tough 11-10 decision to Karsten Van Velsor.

Freshman Evan Delong brought Clarion back with an 8-3 win over Erik Travers, and junior Slade Horner answered with a 7-2 win over Connor McMahon making the score SIUE 10, Clarion 9.wrestling online

Junior Michael Pavasko lost 7-2 at 174, then  senior Daniel Sutherland lost a tough 9-7 match to Derek Nagel at 184.

Senior Ryan Darch answered with a crucial 3-2 win over Cole Rodgers at 197, but SIUE still led 16-12.

Sophomore Evan Daley lost 8-5 to Chris Johnson at 285 to close the dual.

Clarion suffered a brutal match following SIUE as they won only one matchup against the No. 18 ranked team in the country in Northwestern.

The match that Clarion did win was by forfeit in the 174 weight class by Pavasko.

The remaining matches were mostly won by a large amount as the Golden Eagles had no answer for their ranked opponent.

The next match Clarion had was against Central Michigan who was also a ranked opponent at No. 31,  and then lost 34-6 to Central Michigan with Darch and Daley picking up wins.

Darch decisioned Central Michigan’s Austin Severn 3-2, and Daley decisioned Newton Smerchel 5-2 at 285.

In the final match the Golden Eagles lost 31-7 to Northern Illinois.

Pavasko won 3-1 over the Husky’s Bryce Gorman at 174 and Daley came back with an 11-0 major decision over the Arthur Bunce.

The Golden Eagles will now look forward to hosting the Penn State Nittany Lions who are currently ranked No. 1 in the coaches poll.

The match will be this Saturday, Nov. 22 in Tippin Gymnasium.

There will be 550 free tickets available to Clarion Students with a valid ID, and 50 free tickets to Clarion University employees.

From there the Golden Eagles will look at a weaker schedule facing off against Ryder University and the University of Pennsylvania on Nov. 30 in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

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