Clarion’s Bulsak Named EWL Freshman of the Year

CLARION, Pa. – Clarion’s Greg Bulsak was named the Eastern Wrestling League Freshman of the Year on Monday, in a vote conducted by the league’s coaches at the conclusion of the season.

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Bulsak led all competitors with three first-place votes and 19 total points.

Points totals were determined with a weight voted system, with five points for a first-place vote, three for a second-place vote, and one for a third-place vote. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own wrestlers. Bulsak is Clarion’s first EWL Freshman of the Year since Austin Matthews in 2014.

Bulsak went 21-9 in his redshirt freshman campaign, reaching the 184-pound finals at EWL Championships and qualifying for the NCAA Championships. He won the first dual match of his career in the season opener against Utah Valley, defeating Gary Jantzer by major decision, and helped Clarion to a road dual win at Pittsburgh with a win by fall over Gregg Harvey. Bulsak earned the No. 3 seed entering the EWL Championships, upsetting second-seed Nick Corba to reach the finals. He punched his ticket to the NCAA Championships with a last-second win over Bloomsburg’s Trevor Allard, taking Allard down with one second left on the clock for a 6-4 decision.

Joining Bulsak among the finalists was teammate Taylor Ortz, who finished third in the balloting with 16 total points. However, Ortz tied with Rider’s Ethan Laird in earning two first-place votes, just one behind Bulsak. Ortz also qualified for the NCAA Championships, earning an at-large bid after reaching the 149-pound finals at the EWL Championships.

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