On Feb. 6 the Clarion University wrestling team took on the West Virginia University Mountaineers at Waldo S. Tippin Gymnasium.
Clarion junior Slade Horner at 165 won his match 7-2 and junior Michael Pavasko at 174 won 3-2 giving the Golden Eagles a 6-0 lead to start off the match.
The following two matches changed the momentum for Clarion as senior Daniel Sutherland dropped the first at 184 losing 3-1 in overtime and senior Ryan Darch also lost a 3-1 in overtime at 197.
The losses left the match tied at 6-6.
Junior Joshua Davis lost 6-1 at 285, and sophomore Hunter Jones lost 15-6 at 125 which resulted in West Virginia pulling away.
Junior John Pezze at 141 was pinned at the 4:11 mark in the match resulting in a loss.
Clarion freshman Brodie Zacherl lost 4-2 at 149 as the bout came down to the last few seconds until Zacherl couldn’t escape which resulted in two points for the Mountaineers.
Freshman Evan DeLong closed the match with a 4-3 victory at 157.
Though in the end it proved not to be enough as Clarion fell to WVU 26-9.
First year head coach Keith Ferraro said on the match “It was one of our better performances of the year. We did better against West Virginia than we expected to. We had three wins and had 2 matches go to overtime.”
The Golden Eagles were back in action Sunday as they traveled to Pittsburgh to take on No. 13 ranked Pitt in an NCAA Division I dual meet at Fitzgerald Field House.
The dual meet started at 125 pounds and Clarion’s Jones was pinned early on at 1:42.
Then at 133, freshman Matt Liggett was pinned at 3:43 which resulted in the Panthers taking a commanding 12-0 lead after two matches.
At 141, senior Sam Sherlock, was able to return to the lineup after being out due to injury and started out strong getting up 5-0 before the his opponent was able to tie the match at five and then pinned him at 4:27 in the second period.
This increased the deficit for Clarion as they now trailed 18-0 to Pitt.
In the 149 pound bout Zacherl was pinned at 0:59.
Meanwhile in the 157 match, DeLong was pinned at 3:56 and Pitt grabbed an insurmountable 30-0 lead.
Horner had a solid performance but fell 5-2 in the 165 pound contest, Pavasko at 174 was pinned at 5:47.
Sutherland lost by fall at 2:42 as he faced the No. 2 ranked Max Thomusseitt 184, Darch at 197 had a competitive match but lost 6-2.
Davis had a hard fought matchup losing 1-0 at 285.
In the end the Golden Eagles lost to Pitt 51-0.
Clarion drops to 1-15 on the season.
Ferraro said “This was our worst performance of the year. We didn’t get the fight out of some of our guys.”
Clarion’s last dual meet of this season is tomorrow as they travel to Oklahoma State University to take on the Cowboys.