Clarion University Wrestlers Top Bloomsburg 20-19

pavasko 1 icsCLARION, Pa. – Clarion’s Michael Pavasko, Daniel Sutherland, Ryan Darch and Evan Daley swept the final four bouts, rallying the Golden Eagles from a 19-4 deficit to defeat Bloomsburg by criteria decision 20-19 at Waldo S. Tippin Gymnasium on Friday night.

(Photo: Michael Pavasko)

Clarion raised its record to 1-8 overall and 1-2 in the EWL, while Bloomsburg dropped to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the EWL.

The dual meet finished in a 19-19 tie after Clarion heavyweight Evan Daley decisioned Dominic Carafagno 6-1. The NCAA Dual Meet tie breaker was called into action. The match was decided on criteria 3, which includes match points scored by both teams in all bouts, excluding pins. Clarion won the tie breaker 42-41.

Trailing 19-4 after 165-pounds, Clarion started its winning comeback at 174 when junior Michael PAvasko came out and got the crowd involved right away. Waving to the crowd to get some noise started, he notched three quick takedowns and then cradled Casey Bearden and pinned him at 2:08 to bring the Eagle fans to their feet and Clarion to within 19-10.

Daniel Sutherland kept the comeback going with a gritty 6-1 win over Brad Miccio at 184. Sutherland had a takedown in both the second and third periods to pace his win.

Ryan Darch had the big win of the night, toping Michael Mirra 6-4 in sudden death overtime. Darch controlled the pace, and his early third period takedown gave him a 3-1 lead. Mirra scored a counter takedown with about 40-seconds left and Darch escaped to tie the match 4-4. Off the whistle in overtime Darch shot a quick double leg and scored the winning takedown (6-4), putting the Eagles in position to win.

Daley opened the bout at 285 with a takedown and led 2-1 after the first period. Dominic Carafagno was called twice for stalling in the second period giving Daley another point, and then was called twice for stalling in the third period for two additional points. Carafagno, normally a 197-pounder, was trying to keep the match close. Daley had riding time, giving him the extra point and a 6-1 victory, which also proved to be the dual meet winning point.

Clarion junior Hunter Jones won the opening bout at 125-pounds, posting a 12-1 major decision over Elliott Zackoski. He had two takedowns and three near falls to pace the win.

After losses at 133, 141 and 149, Clarion’s Evan Daley lost a tough 8-6 sudden death overtime bout to Matt Hammerstone at 157. With Slade Horner out of the lineup at 165, backup Kyle Braddock lost 13-6 to Kurt Meske at 165 giving the Huskies a 19-4 lead. Setting up the Clarion comeback.

CLARION NOTES: The Golden Eagles will participate in the Lock Haven Invitational on Dec. 29 …. The next dual meet will be against Ohio University on January 8 at Tippin Gym – 7pm.

125- Hunter Jones (CL) maj. Dec. Elliott Zackoski (BL) 12-1
133- Andy Schutz (BL) maj. Dec. Joel Rosko (CL) 11-0
141- Tanner Cahill (BL) wbf Sam Sherlock (CL) 5:26
149- Kevin Laubach (BL) dec. Brodie Zacherl (CL) 2-0
157- Matt Hammerstone (BL) dec. Evan DeLong (CL) 8-6 sv
165- Kurt Meske (BL) dec Kyle Braddock (CL) 13-6
174- Michael PAvasko (CL) wbf Casey Bearden (BL) 2:08
184- Daniel Sutherland (CL) dec. Brad Miccio (BL) 6-1
197- Ryan Darch (CL) dec. Michael Mirra (BL) 6-4 sv
285- Evan Daley (CL) dec. Dominic Carafagno (BL) 6-1

Clarion: 1-8; 1-2
Bloomsburg: 0-3; 0-1

*- Match ended in 19-19 tie – Clarion wins on more match points scored (3:15.3)

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