CLEVELAND: Clarion won seven of ten bouts including major decisions from Tyler Bedelyon (Jr. Lewistown) at 149 and James Fleming (Sr. West Miflin) at 157 as the Golden Eagles defeated Cleveland State 23-9 in NCAA Division I wrestling.
Held at CSU's Woodling Gymnasium, Clarion raised its season record to 4-8 and 2-3 in the EWL, while Cleveland State dipped to 3-7 overall and 0-4 in the EWL.
Clarion jumped out to a 6-0 led early in the match when Tyler Fraley's takedown with 40-seconds left gave him a 3-2 win over Ben Willeford at 125, and Joe Waltko notched a 9-5 decision over Mike Carlone at 133.
After CSU's Nick Flannery decisioned Sam Sherlock 10-6 at 141, the Eagles rebounded for two major decisions when Tyler Bedelyon won 13-1 over Mike Mencini at 149 and James Fleming won 16-2 over Matt Donohoe at 157 to put Clarion in front 14-3.
Bedelyon had three takedowns and a two and three point near fall for the win while raising his season record to 16-11.
Fleming dominated his bout one takedown and four, three point near falls for his win. Ranked #4 in the nation at 157, the victory puts his season record at 26-2 and his career record at 118-18. His 118 career wins has him 12th all-time. Next up at 120 career wins is former Clarion great and MMA Champion Frank Edgar, who had a career record of 120-55 (2002-2005).
CSU's Corey Carlo notched a 9-2 win over Nick Milano at 165, but Clarion countered with three straight wins to win the dual when Ryan Darch defeated Mike Monson 6-3 at 174, Steven Cressley's overtime takedown gave him a 3-1 win over Bobby Blankenship at 184 and Justin Ortega won 6-0 over Corbin Boone at 197.
Although CSU's Riley Shawn defeated Phil Catrucco 10-6 at heavyweight, Clarion won the dual by a final score of 23-9.
CLARION NOTES: Fraley upped his record to 12-9, Bedelyon 16-11, Fleming 26-2, and Ortega 16-11… Clarion will host Bucknell on Friday night at 7pm, then host Lehigh on Saturday at 2pm at Tippin Gym.
125-Tyler Fraley (CL) dec. Ben Willeford (CSU), 3-2. CL leads 3-0
133- Joe Waltko (CL) dec. Mike Carlone (CSU), 9-5. CL leads 6-0
141- Nick Flannery (CSU) dec. Sam Sherlock (CL), ,10-6. CL leads 6-3
149- Tyler Bedelyon (CL) maj. dec. Mike Mencini (CSU), 13-1. CL leads 10-3
157- #4 James Fleming (CL) maj. dec. Matt Donohoe (CSU), 16-2, CL leads 14-3
165- Corey Carlo (CSU) dec. Nick Milano (CL), 9-2. CL leads 14-6
174-Ryan Darch (CL) dec. Mike Monson (CSU), 6-3, CL leads 17-6
184-Steven Cressley (CL) dec. Bobby Blankenship (CSU), 3-1 in overtime. CL leads 20-6
197-Josh Ortega (CL) dec. Corbin Boone (CSU), 6-0. CL leads 23-6
285-Riley Shaw (CSU) dec. Phil Catrucco (CL), 10-6. CL wins 23-9.