Clarion Wrestling Sinks Vikings 20-1
CLARION, Pa. – The Clarion wrestling team earned a split on the weekend with an inspired effort on Sunday afternoon, with the Golden Eagles defeating Cleveland State 20-12 at Marwick-Boyd Auditorium. Clarion (7-4, 2-1 EWL) will be back in action on Friday when they welcome Rider to Clarion for a 7 p.m. tilt.
The bout between the Golden Eagles and the Vikings was expected to be a close one and the two teams did not disappoint, with Clarion holding a 6-4 edge in wins. The team match was not officially decided until the heavyweight bout at the end, with Toby Cahill’s valiant major decision effort against Collin Kelly sealing the deal. Roshaun Cooley also contributed bonus points on Sunday, creating a one-point hole from which the Vikings never totally climbed out.
Cahill made a big move to start the second period of the 285-pound bout, turning what was nearly an escape for Kelly into a two-point near fall. Kelly rose to his feet at the whistle but Cahill drove him backwards to the mat for two back points. Cahill countered a Kelly shot with 25 seconds left in the second period for a double-leg takedown to make it 4-1 after two periods, and he piled on in the third period to ultimately take the 11-3 major decision.
At 133 pounds, Cooley worked a single leg takedown on Andrew Coghill and immediately cradled him for a four-point near-fall and a 6-0 lead. After Coghill rode Cooley for the majority of the second period, Cooley finally escaped the grasp to take a 7-1 lead entering the third period. Starting in the top position to start the third period, Cooley got a two-point near fall of Martin to take a 9-1 advantage. He rode Martin until clinching the riding time advantage, recording the major decision by a 10-2 score.
That extra point loomed large throughout the team match, as Cleveland State would at times even the ledger in terms of total wins but never went over the top. Clarion took a four-point advantage into Cahill’s heavyweight bout thanks to a gutsy effort from Dustin Conti at 197. Conti worked a counter on John Kelbly midway through the first period, turning what looked like a possible two-point takedown for Kelbly into a takedown of his own to go up 2-0. Conti rode Kelbly out through the end of the second period to establish a firm riding time advantage, and ultimately clinched the point when he escaped Kelbly early in the third period in going up 3-1. He brought Kelbly down for a 5-1 advantage that clinched the bout, ultimately winning 6-2 with the riding time advantage.
Gavin Park started Clarion’s day with a win at 125 pounds, winning a high-scoring match against John Martin. Martin notched the first takedown of the bout and looked to have Gavin Park in a dangerous spot, but Park was able to work his way out and back to his feet. Park followed that up with a late takedown to go up 3-2 and deftly rode Martin for the remainder of the first period. He caught Martin with a single leg takedown late in the second period to build up a 6-2 advantage and again rode him out to wrap the period. Park countered a good shot from Martin 40 seconds into the third period, spinning him around for a takedown, and survived a late flurry to post a 10-6 decision with riding time.
The Golden Eagles kept the pressure on the Vikings throughout the day with a couple of close decisions in the middle of the lineup. There was no scoring through two periods of the 157-pound bout, but Avery Shay still authored a significant accomplishment in riding John Vaughn out for the entire two-minute duration of the second period. Vaughn countered by riding Shay for more than a minute to start the third, but Shay escaped to take a 1-0 advantage. Shay managed to stay on his feet for the final 48 seconds of action, keeping Vaughn at arm’s length to escape with the 1-0 decision.
In the 174-pound bout, Rigous took a shot at Gabe Stark late in the first period, earning a two-point takedown with under 20 seconds to go to take a 2-0 advantage after three minutes. Stark did the same to Rigous near the end of the second period, taking him down with eight seconds remaining to go up 3-2. Rigous tied the bout with an escape to start the third period and then caught Stark in a bad spot late to pick up a two-point takedown and a subsequent two-point near fall. He held on the rest of the way, riding Stark out for a 7-3 decision.
Clarion 20, Cleveland State 12
125: Gavin Park (Clarion) def. John Martin (Cleveland State) Dec. 10-6
133: Roshaun Cooley (Clarion) def. Andrew Coghill (Cleveland State) MD 10-2
141: Evan Cheek (Cleveland State) def. Evan Myers (Clarion) Dec 8-3
149: Ryan Ford (Cleveland State) def. Taylor Ortz (Clarion) Dec 5-2
157: Avery Shay (Clarion) def. John Vaughn (Cleveland State) Dec 1-0
165: Georgio Poullas (Cleveland State) def. Max Wohlabaugh (Clarion) Dec 8-3
174: Dom Rigous (Clarion) def. Gabe Stark (Cleveland State) Dec 7-3
184: Nick Corba (Cleveland State) def Greg Bulsak (Clarion) Dec 1-0
197: Dustin Conti (Clarion) def. John Kelbly (Cleveland State) Dec 6-2
285: Toby Cahill (Clarion) def. Collin Kelly (Cleveland State) MD 11-3