Clarion Wrestlers Host #28 Ohio University Thursday

184 - Daniel Sutherland

184 – Daniel Sutherland

CLARION, Pa. – The Golden Eagle wrestlers return to the friendly confines of Waldo S. Tippin Gymnasium on Thursday, January 8, when Clarion hosts #28 Ohio University in an NCAA Division I dual meet.

Match time is set for 7 p.m.

Thursday will also by Youth Wresting Night – Kids 12 and under will be admitted to the match free of charge.

The Clarion – Ohio University match will be available on WCCR-FM 92.7 for listeners in Clarion area, as well as on the internet on Redzonemdia.com with Rich Herman, Bob Bubb and John Stroup calling the action.

Clarion, under head coach Keith Ferraro, enters the match with a 1-8 dual meet record against a very tough schedule. In its last outing on December 19, Clarion posted its first dual meet victory under coach Ferraro with an exciting 20-19 criteria win over EWL and PSAC rival Bloomsburg at Waldo S. Tippin Gym.

The Golden Eagles opened the 2014-15 wrestling season hosting the Clarion Open on November 2 with three Clarion wrestlers in Saturday’s lineup earning places including Daniel Sutherland (3rd at 174), Michael Pavasko (4th at 174) and Evan DeLong (4th at 157).

On November 15 Clarion participated in the Eastern Michigan duals and lost four dual matches to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (19-12), #19 Northwestern (39-6). Central Michigan (34-6) and Northern Illinois (31-7).

Then on November 22, Clarion hosted four-time and defending NCAA D-I National Champion #4 Penn State at Tippin Gym and lost a 44-0 decision in front of 2,875 fans. On November 30 the Golden Eagles traveled to #17 Rider and lost a 38-3 decision to the Broncs and a 25-13 loss to Penn.

Clarion placed 5th at the PSAC Championships on December 6 at Bloomsburg with Evan Daley finishing second and Slade Horner, Mike Pavasko and Ryan Darch finishing third, while losing a week later at #10 ranked Edinboro 32-6.

Clarion’s lineup for Ohio University will likely be: Hunter Jones (5-5; So. New Rochelle, N.Y.) or Seth Carr (8-12; R-Fr. McDonald/South Fayette) at 125, Joel Rosko (3-10; Fr. Campbell, N.Y.) at 133; Sam Sherlock (6-12; Sr. West Mifflin) at 141; Brodie Zacherl (13-13; Fr. Brookville, Pa.) at 149; Evan DeLong (11-14; Fr. Kane) at 157; Kyle Bradock (3-9; Sr. Beaver Falls/Blackhawk) at 165; Michael Pavasko (14-9; Jr. Munhall/Steel Valley) at 174; Daniel Sutherland (13-12; Sr. N. Bellmore, N.Y./Mepham) at 184, Ryan Darch (12-8; Sr. Batavia, N.Y.) at 197 and Evan Daley (11-6; So. Erie/Fort LeBoeuf) or Joshua Davis (5-6; Jr. Freehold, N.J.) at 285.

Ohio University, under veteran head coach Joel Greenlee, comes into the dual with a meet record of 3-2, a third place finish at the Navy Classic and a fifth place at the Reno Tournament of Champions. Dual meet wins have come over Lock Haven (28-12), SIUE (28-9) and Appalachian State (25-15), with losses coming against Michigan (28-3) and Missouri (25-18).

Greenlee, in his 18th season with the Bobcats, led his 2013-14 team to an 11-4 dual meet record and a 35t place finish at the NCAA D-I Nationals. The 2013 Bobcats were 11-5 in dual meets and 29th at the NCAA’s.

Ohio University’s lineup on Thursday will have Sebastian Arroyo (1-2) or Zak Hassan (6-9) at 125; Kagan Squire (9-6) at 133; Joel Shump (9-7) at 141; #5 Tywan Claxton (19-1) at 149; #20 Spartak Chino (10-6) at 157; #20 Harrison Hightower (14-5) at 165, #10 Cody Walters (20-2) at 174; Andrew Romanchik (16-10) at 184; #17 Phil Wellington (11-5) at 197 and either Zack Parker (8-8) or Jesse Webb (4-12) at 285.

CLARION NOTES: Clarion is 2-6-1 in the all-time series against Ohio University . Last year Ohio U defeated Clarion 21-16 at Ohio U . In a match that started at 184-pounds, Clarion got wins from Dustin Conti, Hunter Jones, Sam Sherlock and Austin Matthews. Matthews win over Spartak Chino gave Clarion an 18-16 lead, but wins by Hightower and Cody Walters sealed the dual for OU. In 2013 Clarion lost to Ohio U – 24-18. Clarion tied Ohio U. 16-16 in the 2005 season. Clarion’s last win came in 1998 – 21-15.

Feb. 8, 2014 Ohio U 21 Clarion 18

Convocation Center – Ohio University

184- Dustin Conti (CL) dec. Ryan Garringer (OU) 9-5

197- #7 Phil Wellington (OU) maj. dec. Daniel Sutherland (CL) 11-3

285- #11 Jeremy Johnson (OU) maj. dec. Evan Daley (CL) 11-3

125- Hunter Jones (CL) win by forfeit

133- Sam Sherlock (CL) maj. dec. Kagan Squire (OU) 10-1

141- Noah Forrider (OU) dec. Tyler Bedelyon (CL) 5-3

149- #8 Tywan Claxton (OU) dec. Justin Arthur (CL) 8-4

157- Austin Matthews (CL) dec. Spartak Chino (OU) 14-8

165- Harrison Hightower (OU) maj. dec. Michael Pavasko (CL) 8-0

174- #9 Cody Walters (OU) dec. Ryan Darch (CL) 5-2


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