CLARION, Pa. -- The Clarion wrestling team officially turned the calendar page to 2019 with a convincing home win, defeating LIU Post 39-7 at Marwick-Boyd Auditorium on Wednesday evening. The Golden Eagles (3-4) will open EWL action on Sunday when they host Bloomsburg for Senior Day. The match is slated to begin at 2 p.m.
The match against the Pioneers allowed a number of new faces to shine, with Clarion winning eight of the 10 individual bouts. Three Golden Eagles won matches by fall and three more recorded technical falls as Clarion controlled the pace against LIU Post, acting as the aggressor and dictating the match.
Gavin Park set that tone early on, cradling Brandon Mercado just seconds into the 125-pound bout and eventually working him over for the pin. Seth Koleno kept that pressure on in the second bout of the night, notching several near falls against Jacob Zuller en route to a 17-1 technical fall.
Andrew Gapas recorded one of the most impressive wins of the night and certainly one of the best of his young career, defeating the Pioneers' Joe Calderone in the 141-pound bout. Calderone entered the match ranked first nationally at 141 pounds in Division II, but Gapas jumped on the attack early and pinned him less than two minutes into the first period, giving Clarion a 17-0 team lead.
After Avery Shay made it a 20-3 team lead with a decision over Anthony Dushaj, Evan Delong gave Clarion their second technical fall of the night. He downed Kenny Cooper 20-4 just 5:11 into the 165-pound match for the five-point result. 14th-ranked Greg Bulsak sealed the win with a first-period pin over Dan Shafran, and Toby Cahill closed the night with a technical fall over Tim Nagosky at heavyweight.
125: Gavin Park (CLAR) def. Brandon Mercado (POST) Fall 0:42
133: Seth Koleno (CLAR) def. Jacob Zuller (POST) TF 17-1 5:35
141: Andrew Gapas (CLAR) vs. Joe Calderone (POST) Fall 1:50
149: Chris Gomez (POST) def. Austin Jamison (CLAR) MD 11-0
157: Avery Shay (CLAR) def. Anthony Dushaj (POST) Dec. 5-1
165: Evan Delong (CLAR) def. Kenny Cooper (POST) TF 20-4 5:11
174: Dan Arkow (POST) def. Mitch Dean (CLAR) SV-1 5-3
184: Ty Bagoly (CLAR) def. James Langan (POST) Dec. 7-1
197: #14/15 Greg Bulsak (CLAR) def. Dan Shafran (POST) Fall 2:32
285: Toby Cahill (CLAR) def. Tim Nagosky (POST) TF 18-3 3:35