Clarion wrestling reflects on team’s season, prepares for EWL’s next

After Clarion University’s wrestling win over the nationally ranked No.24 Pittsburgh Panthers, the Golden Eagles look to take that momentum to the Eastern Wrestling League tournament.

The tournament will take place Saturday March 5 at Lock Haven University.

“I’m looking forward to watching all of our guys compete for an EWL title,” Head Wrestling Coach Keith Ferraro said. “Our team is wrestling better than we have all year; something you want to see heading into the conference tournament.”

Clarion’s wrestlers will be looking to capture their own EWL titles this weekend.

However, there are some Golden Eagles to keep an eye on during the tournament.

Brock Zacherl, of the 141 weight class, has earned a national title bid for the conference.

Brock Zacherl goes for a take down earlier this year.  Archive Photo / The Clarion Call
Brock Zacherl goes for a take down earlier this year.
Archive Photo / The Clarion Call

He is also projected to qualify for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I tournament with a strong performance at the EWL tournament.

Any wrestler who wins the EWL tournament qualifies for the NCAA Division I tournament.

Other notable Golden Eagles to watch in the tournament include Evan Delong, Mike Pavasko and Zack DeLuca.

All of these wrestlers have a chance at stealing spots at the NCAA Division I tournament.

The Golden Eagles have improved significantly this season, ending with a record of 7-12.

This is a great improvement over last season’s record of 1-16.

Ferraro said, “Our motto all year has been ‘1 percent better, every day.’ It gives you something to focus on when things aren’t going your way or you’re having trouble motivating yourself. We are growing steadily and improving technically, mentally and physically.”

Sophomores Evan Delong, of the 165 weight class, and Dominic Rigous, weight class of 174, showed improvement for Clarion during this season.

Delong was also in the lineup last season as a freshman. “He has a very bright future ahead of him.” Ferraro said.

Rigous also had the key pin in Clarion’s win over Pitt.

With a roster consisting of mostly freshman and sophomores, Clarion will have several of young wrestlers coming up in the program.

Ferraro said, “From top to bottom, we’re improving at every weight.”

Clarion ended the season on a high note with the victory over Pitt.

The win will have an impact on the wrestling programs future and possibly bring in new recruits.

“It’s a huge impact because it validates everything we work so hard to improve on,” Ferraro said.  “It is evidence that we’re growing as a program and it’s a reminder to recruits that Clarion is a very relevant and competitive program.”

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