Eastern Michigan grinds out win over Clarion

CLARION, Pa. -- The Eastern Michigan University wrestling team grinded out a hard fought, 18-16, dual win over Clarion University Friday night, Nov. 18, at Tippen Gym in Clarion. With the win, EMU moved to 2-0 on the season.

The Eagles and Golden Eagles (0-3, 0-0 EWL) actually tied in matchups, 5-5, but a pin in the 133 lbs. bout by redshirt freshman Sa'Derian Perry (Lakeland, Fla.-Lake Gibson)ended up being the difference in the match. The pin was the only bonus point win for Eastern, while Clarion notched a major decision of their own.

Beginning at heavyweight, redshirt junior Gage Hutchison (Buchanan, Mich.-Buchanan)got EMU off on the right foot with a tight 4-3 decision. Hutchison got a takedown in period one and a reversal in period three, while Clarion got three escapes. With time winding down in the third, Hutchison fended off a couple shots to maintain the decision and give Eastern the early 3-0 lead.

Clarion returned the favor at 125 with a 5-1 decision, tying the score at 3-3 going into the 133 lbs. bout. There, Perry followed up his EMU dual debut pin with another one against the Golden Eagles, once again in the first period in 1:39. After three bouts, EMU led 9-3.

At 141 lbs., Clarion sent the 14th-ranked national wrestler out onto the mat in Brock Zacherl, and he took care of business, winning 5-3 to close the gap to 9-6. Redshirt senior Nick Barber (Cleveland, Ohio- St. Edward) answered back at 149 lbs. with a 7-5 decision. The veteran got takedowns in periods one and two, and with an escape led 5-1 into the third. He got one more in period three, but two escapes and a late takedown by Clarion finished things out with the two-point win. Midway though, EMU led 12-6.

Eastern made it two in a row at 157 lbs. when redshirt freshman Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio-Lake) made his dual debut. He notched four takedowns in all, and with an escape and riding time, secured a 10-5 decision and extended the Eagles' lead to 15-6.

A major decision at 165 lbs. made the team score 15-10, as redshirt freshman J.J. Wolfe(Dakota, Ill-Dakota) wrestled up a class, but fell by a 13-3 tally. At 174 lbs., a thrilling overtime match went in favor of Clarion in sudden victory. Redshirt senior Jacob Davis(North Ridgeville, Ohio-St. Edward) was tied with Dom Rigous at three after regulation, but a takedown late in OT gave Clarion the win, and cut EMU's lead to two with two bouts to go.

Needing a clutch win to maintain its lead, Eastern got the victory it needed at 184 lbs. when redshirt sophomore Kayne MacCallum (Green Oaks, Ill.-Libertyville) took a 4-2 decision. Tied at two all in the third, MacCallum notched a takedown with about 1:30 left in the match, and rode out the decision to push the lead to five, 18-13, going into the final match.

With the five-point lead, redshirt sophomore Derek Hillman (Woodhaven, Mich.-Woodhaven) just needed to avoid a fall to secure the dual win. He wrestled to a 1-1 stalemate into the third, and took the match into overtime. After a scramble, Hillman gave up the takedown to fall 3-1 in OT, but EMU still walked away with the 18-16 dual win.

The Eagles will remain in the Keystone State for the Keystone Classic tournament this Sunday, Nov. 20. The Philadelphia based event will run all day.

125: Jake Gromacki (Clarion) def. Noah Gonser (EMU) Dec. 5-1
133: Sa'Derian Perry (EMU) def. Roshaun Cooley (Clarion) Fall 1:39
141: No. 14 Brock Zacherl (Clarion) def. Kyle Springer (EMU) Dec. 5-3
149: Nick Barber (EMU) def. Mike Bartolo (Clarion) Dec. 7-5
157: Zac Carson (EMU) def. Taylor Cahill (Clarion) Dec. 10-5
165: Evan DeLong (Clarion) def. J.J. Wolfe (EMU) MD 13-3
174: Dom Rigous (Clarion) def. Jacob Davis (EMU) Dec. 5-3 SV-2
184: Kayne MacCallum (EMU) def. Scott Marmoll (Clarion) Dec. 4-2
197: Dustin Conti (Clarion) def. Derek Hillman (EMU) Dec. 3-1 SV-1
HWT: Gage Hutchison (EMU) def. Evan Daley (Clarion) Dec. 4-3


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