This past weekend, the Clarion University Golden Eagles wrestling team traveled to Lock Haven to compete in the Eastern Wrestling League Championships.
In the 125 weight class, freshman Patrick DeWitt won his first match 3-2 in the quarterfinals advancing on, but was defeated in the semifinals via pin.
For the 133 weight class, freshman Rashaun Cooley lost in the first round 11-3.
Next up was the 141 weight class, which redshirt freshman Brock Zacherl had a first round bye and then won his semifinals match 6-2.
After advancing to the finals, Zacherl won 7-0; in doing so, he earned an automatic bid in the NCAA National Championships.
With Zacherl’s two victories on the day, he improved in a tremendous 27-1 in his first season as a Golden Eagle.
The weight class 149 saw sophomore Golden Eagle Brodie Zacherl compete.
Zacherl was defeated in the first round 6-2.
Junior Jake Keller wrestled for Clarion in the 157 weight class and lost in the opening round via pin.
The next match was the 165 weight class, where sophomore Evan DeLong won in his first match 5-1 before dropping his second contest 13-1, but managed to win out in the consolation bracket to place third.
The next weight class was the lone Golden Eagle senior Michael Pavasko, who competed in the 174 weight class and won his first round matchup 8-3.
He followed that up with a narrow 3-2 victory to advance to the finals.
In the finals, Pavasko prevailed victorious with a 7-3 tally.
This assured Pavasko an automatic bid in the NCAA Championships.
In the 184 weight class, sophomore Dom Rigous won his first round contest 7-2.
Rigous lost his second match, but did manage to rally and place forth.
Weight class 197 is where redshirt freshman Dustin Conti wrestled for the Golden Eagles.
Conti lost his first match 6-1.
Conti battled back in the consolation bracket to place forth after falling 5-4 in the third place class.
In the heavyweight 285 class, junior Evan Daley fell in the first round 8-3. Daley also lost his first consolation round matchup 7-1
The Golden Eagles placed fifth as a team in this year’s EWL championships.
Pavasko and Zacherl will both compete at Nationals beginning March 17 in Madison Square Garden and will continue Saturday with coverage today on ESPNU for the first round and on ESPN tomorrow and Saturday.
Zacherl is a 15 seed (27-1) and will face Tyler Smith (22-11) of Bucknell in the opening round.
Pavasko (21-13) will take on 12 seed from Indiana Nathan Jackson (31-7).
Both Zacherl and Pavasko will look to end their season, and in Pavasko’s case, his college career on a high note.