At the 40th Annual Eastern Wrestling League Championships, senior Ryan Darch finished second at 197-pounds and sophomore Evan Daley finished third at 285 to lead Clarion.
Held at Rider University on March 7, Edinboro came out the overall winner with 138.5 points, and Rider finishing second with 122.5 points.
Clarion finished in sixth place with 48 points, behind Lock Haven, Cleveland State, and George Mason.
Darch had a strong tournament, losing a close match to Edinboro’s Vince Pickett 5-2 in the finals.
Darch earned his way to the finals by winning two big matches, upsetting Lock Haven’s No. 1 seed Phil Sprenkle 4-3.
In the opening round, Darch defeated Cleveland State’s Nick Corba 2-0.
Darch finished this season with a record of 16-15 and his career record at 54-65.
With Darch wrestling his last match, he reflected on his proudest accomplishment in his college career, saying, “I’m most proud of the man that I have become after finishing these past five seasons. Division Icollege wrestling is a year- round job, and it can make even the toughest of people crumble. I’ve seen it happen many of times.”
Darch also talked about his emotions after his won, revealing “A lot of emotions. I had lost to him very bad three weeks before the EWL tournament, he beat me 15-3. I’m upset that things didn’t go my way in the finals, but I left everything I had out there. I bumped up two weight classes this year from 174 to 197.”
He said “A lot of people doubted I would be competitive at all but it happened to be my best year I’ve had. I’m very happy to finish as a Clarion Golden Eagle, and I hope that the younger men on the team can rebuild this team to a force.”
Daley also had a great performance at the tournament on Saturday, finishing in third place after a 7-3 victory over Lock Haven’s Brad Emerick.
Daley lost his opening round match to Edinboro’s Warren Bosch 7-5, but rebounded to defeat Rider’s Greg Velasco 3-2.
Clarion had three wrestlers place fifth in the tournament also.
Junior Michael Pavasko at 174, sophomore Slade Horner at 165, and senior Daniel Sutherland at 184 all placed fifth at the EWL tournament.
Pavasko started off the EWL’s with a 6-2 victory over Bloomsburg’s Auston Hummel to advance to the semifinals.
In the semifinals, Pavasko lost 10-6 to Rider’s Ryan Wolfe, and then fell to No. 1 seed Patrick Jennings of Edinboro 4-3.
Pavasko finished the season with a record of 21-14.
Horner started off with a loss to No. 1 seed Aaron McKiney, and then rebounded to defeat Bloomsburg’s Kurt Meske in the wrestle backs 8-2.
He then fell to George Mason’s Patrick Davis 7-2, and finished the tournament by defeating Cleveland State’s Matt Donohoe 9-3.
Sutherland lost his first round match to Rider’s Clint Morrison, and then defeated Bloomsburg’s Brad Miccio 4-0.
He then lost to Cleveland State’s Xavier Dye, and won his fifth place match by medical forfeit.
Sutherland finished this season with a record of 16-21, and went 20-38 in his two-year Clarion career.