Freddie Saladin – Staff Writer
On Dec. 2, the Clarion Golden Eagles started its first day of the 2016 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational.
The team did well on its first day.
Every Clarion wrestler who competed had claimed at least one victory.
Brock Zacherl was able to win his first match against West Virginia’s Joe Wheeling in the 141 championship bracket with a 9-1 decision.
After losing his next match against CSU-Bakersfield wrestler Russell Rohlfing by decision, Zacherl managed to pick himself back up and claim another victory against Ohio State’s Brendan Fitzgerald after pinning him to the mat in the third period.
Unfortunately, Zacherl fell 8-6 in his next match to Bucknell’s Tyler Smith.
Weighing in at 165, Evan Delong had also won his first match in the championship bracket with an 8-3 decision against North Idaho’s Trey Meyer and managed to advance to round 16.
However, Delong was unable to obtain anymore victories, as he lost to Army’s Andrew Mendel with a 7-4 decision.
After that, he fell with a 4-1 decision against Ohio State’s Cody Burcher in the consolation bracket.
Dustin Conti, 197 pounds, finished his first match with an 8-1 decision victory against Nebraska-Kearney’s Corey Van Dorn.
Conti moved on to face Bucknell’s Tom Sleigh, but was incapable of getting another win and lost with a 9-3 decision.
This loss took him out of the championship bracket.
In Conti’s third match against Purdue’s Christian Brunner, he dropped 6-3 decision.
Dominic Rigous, who weighed in at 174 pounds, won his first match in the championship bracket against Harvard’s Spencer Kiehm.
It was an impressive victory, as Rigous pinned Kiehm at the 2:09 mark of the very first period.
Rigous was unable receive any more wins as he lost his next two matches via decision.
Clarion had an amount of stunning victories that day.
Jake Gromacki scored high with an 11-9 win over Wyoming’s Ronnie Stevens.
Roshaun Cooley pinned Binghamton’s Joe Nelson in just 1:24 of the first period.