EDINBORO, Pa. -- The Clarion wrestling team defeated a longtime rival for the first time in nearly a decade and in the process clinched their second straight non-losing dual match season, defeating Edinboro 18-15 at McComb Fieldhouse on Friday night.
The Golden Eagles (7-6, 4-2 PSAC) and the Fighting Scots split the five bouts on Friday night, but Clarion claimed the win with the only bonus points of the evening, coming in the 133-pound match. Seth Koleno trailed Richie Gomez 9-5 after one period and 10-9 after two, but Koleno put Gomez to the mat just 24 seconds into the third period for the win by fall. Though that fall put Clarion ahead 6-3 after just two bouts, it proved to be the difference maker in the match.
The victory is the first time the Golden Eagles defeated the Fighting Scots since the 2010-11 season, and clinches the second straight season at .500 or better in dual match competition. It is the first time the Golden Eagles have had back-to-back seasons at .500 in dual match competition since 1994-95.
After Koleno's pin, the turning point of the match came in the middle weights, when Clarion won three straight bouts to open up a 15-6 advantage. Things started with a 5-1 decision by Avery Shay at 149 pounds, and Mike Bartolo tacked on with a 9-4 decision over Matt Dowler. Evan Delong delivered the capper, though, scoring a late reversal against Fritz Hoehn in the 165-pound bout to take a 5-4 decision.
The Fighting Scots won each of the next two bouts, but Greg Bulsak delivered the clincher with a win over the talented Dylan Reynolds at 197 pounds. He racked up four points after a scoreless first period, winning 4-0 to make it 18-12 and all but assure the match stayed in Clarion's hands.
125: Lucas Rodriguez (Edinboro) over Gavin Park (Clarion) (Dec 8-2)
133: Seth Koleno (Clarion) over Richie Gomez (Edinboro) (Fall 5:24)
141: Carmine Ciotti (Edinboro) over Andrew Gapas (Clarion) (Dec 8-2)
149: Avery Shay (Clarion) over Tyler Vath (Edinboro) (Dec 5-1)
157: Mike Bartolo (Clarion) over Matt Dowler (Edinboro) (Dec 9-4)
165: Evan Delong (Clarion) over Fritz Hoehn (Edinboro) (Dec 5-4)
174: Jacob Oliver (Edinboro) over Max Wohlabaugh (Clarion) (Dec 8-4)
184: Zach Ancewicz (Edinboro) over Tyler Bagoly (Clarion) (Dec 5-2)
197: Greg Bulsak (Clarion) over Dylan Reynolds (Edinboro) (Dec 4-0)
285: Jon Spaulding (Edinboro) over Toby Cahill (Clarion) (Dec 10-6)