The Clarion University wrestling team returned to its winning ways this past Sunday afternoon, as the Golden Eagles overcame a 13-6 deficit to defeat the Bloomsburg Huskies by a final score of 24-19.
The win, which came at Nelson Field House in Bloomsburg, improves Clarion to records of 2-4 on the season and 1-0 in the EWL, while the Huskies’ drop down to an overall record of 0-4 and an EWL record of 0-1.
Bloomsburg started off with an early lead by wins in the 125 and 133-pound rounds, defeating Patrick DeWitt and Michael Bartolo by scores of 3-1 and 6-5 respectively.
A forfeit call from Bloomsburg in the 141-pound match would see Clarion’s Brock Zacherl snag the win and get the Golden Eagles on the board.
The victory would be short-lived, as the Huskies continued their attack when Ryan Snow defeated Clarion’s Brodie Zacherl 5-3.
Bloomsburg’s Brendan Colbert took the 157-pounds in impressive fashion with a 15-6 win over junior Jacob Keller, pumping the Huskies to an overall lead of 13-6.
The tides would turn in Clarion’s favor entering 165, when sophomore Evan DeLong stalled for disqualification over Bloomsburg’s Matt Carr at 5:35.
Delong held a 14-2 advantage over Carr before the disqualification and would take Clarion within 13-12 following it.
From there, the Golden Eagles would take over.
Senior Michael Pavasko would kick-off the comeback by earning an impressive 7-3 victory over Bloomsburg’s Kyle Wojaszek at 174.
Dominic Rigous would maintain the momentum in the Golden Eagles’ favor with a pin on Bloomsburg’s Casey Glunt at 1:59 in the 184-round, putting Clarion over Bloomsburg 21-13 heading into the 197 round.
However, the Huskies would not go down without a fight, with Dom Carfagno pinning Clarion’s Dustin Conti at the 0:59 mark to pull Bloomsburg within 21-19 of the Golden Eagles.
The day would ultimately belong to Clarion, with junior Evan Daley going up against the Huskies’ Saul Wilkins for the final match.
The bout would begin scoreless in the first period, but an escape from Daley in the second would give Clarion a 1-0 lead.
The third period would unravel in much the same way as the first period, with neither combatant gaining an advantage over the other.
Daley would finally get the upper hand with a counter takedown on Wilkins with five seconds remaining, giving him a 3-0 win and the Golden Eagles the 24-19 victory.
Clarion will return to action Nov. 20 when they host the Edinboro Fighting Scots. Match time is set for 7 p.m.