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Clarion to Host WVU on Senior Day
Seven seniors will be recognized in pre-match ceremonies including (by weight class) Ron Hicks (Amityville, N.Y.) at 125, Joe Waltko (Allison Park/North Allegheny) at 133, #3 James Fleming (West Mifflin) at 157, Dean Moffo (Sr. Austintown, Oh.) at 174, Steven Cressley (Punxsutawney) at 184, Justin Ortega (Oxford, Pa.) at 197 and Phil Catrucco (Sharpsville) at heavyweight.
Sunday’s matchup against West Virginia will be broadcast on WCCR-FM (92.7) and on the internet at redzonemedia.com with Rich Herman and John Stroup calling the action.
The Golden Eagles are 5-9 overall and 2-3 in the EWL under first year head coach Troy Letters. Last weekend defeated Bucknell (25-16) and Lost to Lehigh (39-9). During the 2013 season Clarion has also posted wins against Eastern Michigan (21-10), Michigan State (25-16), Lock Haven (18-16) and Cleveland State (23-9), while losses have come against Ohio U. (24-18), #14 Bloomsburg (21-9), #28 Kent State (29-10), North Carolina (21-19), #20 Edinboro (28-12), #10 Northwestern (26-9), #13 Pitt (26-15) and #18 Rutgers (26-6). The Golden Eagles also placed second at the PSAC’s championships in December.
The Clarion lineup will likely have Tyler Fraley (Fr. 14-9; Freehold, N.J) at 125; Joe Waltko (Sr. 12-18; Allison Park) at 133; Sam Sherlock (So. 10-10; West Mifflin) at 141; Tyler Bedelyon (Jr. 17-12; Lewistown) at 149; #3 ranked James Fleming (Sr. 28-2; West Mifflin) at 157; Nick Milano (Jr. 3-17; Erie, Pa.) at 165; Ryan Darch (So. 9-14; Batavia, N.Y.) at 174; Steven Cressley (Sr. 9-17; Punxsutawney) at 184; Justin Ortega (Gr. 17-11; Oxford) at 197 and Phil Catrucco (Sr. 17-20; Sharpsville) at 285.
Fleming, ranked #3 in the nation at 157, will wrestle his final dual meet in blue and goid. The Golden Eagle senior has a season record of 28-2 and a career record of 120-18 – tied for 11th on the all-time win list with former Clarion great and MMA Champion Frank Edgar, who had 120 career wins (120-55) from 2001 – 2005. Next at 121 career wins is Bill “Elbows” Simpson who was 121-21-2 from 1971-74. He was an NCAA Champion in 1973 and 5thin 1974 at 167-pounds.
West Virginia, led by head coach Craig Turnbull, who is in his 35th season with the Mountaineers and a former Clarion wrestler and grad (1974), brings his squad to Clarion with a 1-9 overall record and an 0-3 mark in the Big 12.
The Mountaineers win came against Johns Hopkins (43-0), while key losses have come against Penn State (44-3), Lock Haven (19-15), Oklahoma State (36-3), Oklahoma (25-14), Iowa State (30-3) and Pitt (31-9).
The WVU lineup will likely have #24 Shane Young (10-3) at 125, Colin Johnston (6-8) at 133, #12 Nathan Pennesi (21-7) at 141, Brutus Scheffel (9-9) at 149, Jason Luster (4-10) at 157, Dominic Prezzia (5-9) at 165, #27 Bubba Scheffel (8-5) at 174, Lane Bryson (7-12) at 184, A.J. Viscarrondo (6-10) at 197 and Phil Mandzik (8-15) at 285.
CLARION NOTES: This is the first season for West Virginia in the Big 12 … They were formerly members of the EWL … Clarion had an EWL series record of 14-18-2 against wVU in the EWL and an overall record of 14-19-2… Last year at WVU the Mountaineers won 23-20 … Clarion’s last win came in 2010 by a 20-14 margin.
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