LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Clarion wrestling team rolled in their final tune-ups before the start of conference competition, with the Golden Eagles routing VMI 30-12 and Davidson 36-3 in Lexington on Saturday. Clarion (5-3) has now won four straight dual matches.
Reigning PSAC Wrestler of the Week Gavin Park extended his streak of wins by fall to six straight, pinning VMI's Clifton Conway in 39 seconds and Davidson's Michael McLellan in just 12 seconds. Those highlighted a day in which Clarion wrestlers won 10 matches by bonus points.
Park's pin of Conway set the Golden Eagles in the winning direction against the Keydets, though VMI quickly tied the team match with a win by fall at 133 pounds. Nationally-ranked Brock Zacherl claimed a major decision at 141 pounds to put Clarion back ahead, and Taylor Ortz added a 14-4 major of his own over Dominic Gallo to put Clarion up 14-6. Taylor Cahill continued his transition to 165 pounds with a 3-2 decision over Blake Hohman, and Dom Rigous added a major decision over Cade Kiely at 174 pounds to put the Golden Eagles ahead 21-4. Greg Bulsak clinched the team win for the Golden Eagles with a win in the 184-pound bout, beating Christopher Beck by 7-1 decision. Toby Cahill wrapped up the win with another win by fall, pinning Jake Koch in the second period.
The match against the Wildcats was not even that close, as the Golden Eagles won nine of 10 matches to blow away Davidson. Park again opened with a win by fall and Cameron Butler picked up a win by decision at 133 pounds. Zacherl added another major decision, this one a 14-4 score over Dustin Runzo, and Taylor Ortz posted his second of the day to make it 18-0. Mac Tanner snapped a three-match losing streak with a 9-3 win over Tony Palumbo at 157 pounds, Jimmy Miller added a victory, and Rigous clinched the team win by pinning Noah Satterfield in the second period.
Clarion 30, VMI 12
125: Gavin Park (CLAR) pinned Clifton Conway (VMI), 0:39
133: Hunter Starner (VMI) pinned Cameron Butler (CLAR), 4:34
141: Brock Zacherl (CLAR) maj. dec. Dominic Gallo (VMI), 14-4
149: Taylor Ortz (CLAR) maj. dec. William Lawrence (VMI), 18-7
157: Robert DuPont (VMI) dec. Avery Shay (CLAR), 2-1
165: Taylor Cahill (CLAR) dec. Blake Hohman (VMI), 3-2
174: Dominic Rigous (CLAR) maj. dec. Cade Kiely (VMI), 10-0
184: Greg Bulsak (CLAR) dec. Christopher Beck (VMI), 7-1
197: Max Gallahan (VMI) dec. Edgar Ruano (CLAR), 12-11
285: Toby Cahill (CLAR) pinned Jake Koch (VMI), 4:27
Clarion 36, Davidson 3
125: Gavin Park (CLAR) pinned Michael McLellan (DC), 0:12
133: Cameron Butler (CLAR) dec. Zamir Ode (DC), 4-1
141: No. 7 Brock Zacherl (CLAR) maj. dec. Dustin Runzo (DC), 14-4
149: Taylor Ortz (CLAR) maj. dec. Aidan Conroy (DC), 10-2
157: Mac Tanner (CLAR) dec. Tony Palumbo (DC), 9-3
165: William Miller (CLAR) maj. dec. Hunter Costa (DC), 10-2
174: Dom Rigous (CLAR) pinned Noah Satterfield (DC), 3:45
184: Greg Bulsak (CLAR) dec. Conor Fenn (DC), 5-0
197: Konner Pritchard (DC) SV-1 Edgar Ruano (CLAR), 3-1
285: Toby Cahill (CLAR) dec. Will Cooley (DC), 10-3