Clarion Wrestles at #7 Oklahoma State Friday at 6pm

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CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – The Clarion University wrestling team will travel to #7 ranked Oklahoma State on Friday, February 13 which will also be the 2015 dual meet season finale for the Golden Eagles. Match time is 6 p.m. EST at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The Clarion – Oklahoma State match will air locally on WWCH-AM (1300) and on the internet at www.Redzonemedia.com.

The radio play by play will be provided by Roger Moore of the Oklahoma State Wrestling Radio network and station KVRO (101.1 FM).

Clarion, under head coach Keith Ferraro, enters the match with a 1-15 dual meet record and a 1-5 mark in the EWL against a very tough schedule.

Recently the Golden Eagles lost to Pitt 51-0 on Feb. 8, West Virginia (26-9) on Feb. 6 and Lock Haven (34-6) on Feb. 4. Prior to that Clarion lost a close 21-15 matchup at Cleveland State, lost to George Mason (29-9) on Jan. 18, lost to EMU on Jan. 10 (34-7) and #28 Ohio U. (42-5) on Jan. 8th.

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 6th 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 on Friday will be: Hunter Jones (7-10; So. New Rochelle, N.Y.) at 125, Matt Liggett (0-17; Fr. Chardon, Oh.) at 133; John Pezze (3-17; Jr. N. Huntingdon/Norwin) at 141; Brodie Zacherl (13-20; Fr. Brookville, Pa.) at 149; Evan DeLong (12-20; Fr. Kane) at 157; Slade Horner (14-10; Jr. Ridgway) at 165; Michael Pavasko (19-11; Jr. Munhall/Steel Valley) at 174; Daniel Sutherland (14-18; Sr. N. Bellmore, N.Y./Mepham) at 184, Ryan Darch (14-13; Sr. Batavia, N.Y.) at 197 and Joshua Davis (5-12; Jr. Freehold, N.J.) at 285.

#7 ranked Oklahoma State is led by 24th year head coach and former NCAA and Olympic star John Smith. Smith has compiled an amazing collegiate coaching record of 367-56-6, while leading the Cowboys to NCAA D-I titles in 1994, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. OSU was 3rd at the NCAA’s last year and 2nd at nationals 2013. Smith also was a 2-time NCAA Champion as a wrestler at OSU with a record of 154-7-2, won Olympic Gold medals for the USA in 1988 and 1992, and was a six time World Champion.

In 2015 OSU has posted an 8-3 dual meet record, 3-0 in the Big 12 and is preparing to host Penn State on Sunday. Wins for OSU have come against Oklahoma (25-11) and (25-9), West Virginia ((35-3), #14 Pitt (25-13), #8 Iowa State (20-15), and #19 Wyoming (19-12). Losses have come against #4 Minnesota (19-15), #1 Iowa (30-7) and #2 Missouri (22-10).

Oklahoma State has 8 ranked wrestlers and will feature a lineup that includes #9 Eddie Klimara (15-4) at 125, Gary Wayne Harding (24-8) at 133, #15 Dean Heil (18-6) at 141, #4 Josh Kindig (12-1) at 149, #18 Anthony Collica (17-9) at 157, #1 Alex Dieringer (22-0) at 165, #11 Kyle Crutchmer (13-5) at 174, #18 Nolan Boyd (19-7) at 184, Luke Bean (7-11) at 197 and #5 Austin Marsden (20-1) at 285.

CLARION NOTES: Clarion has a 1-5 series record against Oklahoma State …. Oklahoma State came to Clarion last year and posted a 45-0 shutout win… OSU defeated Clarion 42-6 in the 2010 season … in 2009 Oklahoma State won 44-0 in 2009, and 38-6 in 2008 … Clarion went 17-0-1 in the 1986 season – and the Golden Eagles started the season with a 20-19 win at Tippin Gym over Oklahoma State …. In 1987 Oklahoma state won 36-9 in the other matchup between the two Feb. 15, 2014 / W.S. Tippin Gym

OK. STATE 45 CLARION 0
125- #12 Eddie Klimara (OSU) maj. dec. Hunter Jones (CL) 13-5
133- #4 Jon Morrison (OSU) t. fall Sam Sherlock (CL) 18-3 7:00
141- #19 Anthony Collica (OSU) dec. Tyler Bedelyon (CL) 12-10
149- #9 Josh Kindig (OSU) maj. dec. Justin Arthur (CL) 14-5
157- #2 Alex Dieringer (OSU) dec. Austin Matthews (CL) 11-4
165- #5 Tyler Caldwell (OSU) wbf Michael Pavasko (CL) 4:34
174- #2 Chris Perry (OSU) wbf Ryan Darch (CL) 4:05
184- Nolan Boyd (OSU) t. fall Dustin Conti (CL) 17-2 7:00
197- Kyle Crutchmer (OSU) wbf Daniel Sutherland (CL) 1:33
285- Ethan Driver (OSU) dec. Evan Daley (CL) 5-3

A LOOK BACK – DEC. 1, 1985 W.S. TIPPIN GYM

CLARION 20 OK. STATE 19
118- Randy Richard (CL) maj. dec. Cory Baze (OSU) 19-8
126- Phil Rattan (OSU) maj. dec. Willie Warren (CL) 11-1
134- Paul Clark (CL) dec. John Loomis (OSU 5-0
142- Mike Cole (CL) dec. Leo Bailey (OSU) 8-3
150- Ken Nellis (CL) Angelo Cuzalina (OSU tie 1-1
158- Ken Haselrig (CL) dec. Vince Silva (OSU) 7-6
167- Mark Vantine (OSU) maj. dec. Nate Carter (CL) 10-2
177- Chuck Kearney (OSU) dec Scott Hall (CL) 9-4
190- Jim B eichner (CL) maj. dec. Mike Farrell (OSU) 14-4
HWT- Tom Erikson (OSU) wbf Kirk Butryn (CL) 0:53


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