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Clarion dominates Messiah in dual finale

CLARION, Pa. -- The Golden Eagle wrestling team closed out their dual match season with a dominant victory at home, cruising to a 35-6 win over Messiah College in Tippin Gymnasium on Friday night. Clarion closes out their dual season with a 3-5 overall record as they prep for the 2021 MAC Championships at Rider in two weeks.

In some ways, the final score was not indicative of the drama throughout the dual, as Messiah kept it close in some crucial moments. The Golden Eagles actually overcame an early team deficit during the team match, eventually taking the lead for good after Joe Sliwoski's major decision over Jake Coniglio. Though there were close individual bouts the rest of the way, Clarion did not drop a match in the team dual the rest of the way.

Cam Butler and Kyle Schickel eked out tight decisions in the light weights, with the latter winning on a 7-6 tiebreaker after riding Dalton Daugherty out. Sliwoski scored a dominant dual win during his senior night, notching a 12-4 major decision over Jake Coniglio to put Clarion ahead 10-6. They shut the Falcons out the rest of the way, starting with a 6-1 decision by Tate Ortz over Nick Barnhart and a 15-3 major decision by Kolby Ho. Caleb Hetrick and Max Wohlabaugh added decisions at 174 and 184, respectively, but the Golden Eagles' heaviest weights were the ones to put the final nails in the coffin. Ryan Weinzen worked Spencer Clements over for a win by fall with 24 seconds left in the second period, and Ty Bagoly flattened Carter Urich late in the first period to set the final deficit.

As it turned out, the Golden Eagles were dominant during the extra match session as well, with Messiah's only win coming on an injury default. Eight of those wins came by fall, including two each for TJ England and John Worthing.

Results:
125 - Cameron Butler (Clarion) over Asa Brunk (Messiah) (Dec 7-4)
133 - Josiah Gehr (Messiah) over Hunter Verge (Clarion) (Fall 4:37)
141 - Kyle Schickel (Clarion) over Dalton Daugherty (Messiah) (TB-1 7-6)
149 - Joe Sliwoski (Clarion) over Jake Coniglio (Messiah) (MD 12-4)
157 - Taylor Ortz (Clarion) over Nick Barnhart (Messiah) (Dec 6-1)
165 - Kolby Ho (Clarion) over Matt Pangle (Messiah) (MD 15-3)
174 - Caleb Hetrick (Clarion) over Brian Shermeyer (Messiah) (Dec 5-2)
184 - Max Wohlabaugh (Clarion) over David Stevens (Messiah) (Dec 4-3)
197 - Ryan Weinzen (Clarion) over Spencer Clements (Messiah) (Fall 4:36)
285 - Ty Bagoly (Clarion) over Carter Urich (Messiah) (Fall 2:24)

Extra Matches:
125: TJ England (Clarion) over Asa Brunk (Messiah) (Fall 4:45)
125: Cameron Butler (Clarion) over Corey Morabito (Messiah) (MD 11-3)
125: TJ England (Clarion) over Corey Morabito (Messiah) (Fall 6:25)
133: Josiah Gehr (Messiah) over Logan Mazzeo (Clarion) (Inj. 0:48)
133: Hunter Verge (Clarion) over Hunter Rinehart (Messiah) (MD 19-5)
133: Hunter Verge (Clarion) over Jordan Howard (Messiah) (Dec 4-1)
133: Logan Mazzeo (Clarion) over Jordan Howard (Messiah) (Dec 9-2)
141: Brady Worthing (Clarion) over Dalton Daugherty (Messiah) (Dec 7-6)
149: Seth Koleno (Clarion) over Ike Bryner (Messiah) (MD 14-3)
149: Seth Koleno (Clarion) over Jake Coniglio (Messiah) (MD 15-3)
149: Joe Sliwoski (Clarion) over Ike Bryner (Messiah) (TB-1 10-9)
157: Trevor Elfvin (Clarion) over Joshua Paige (Messiah) (TF 26-9 6:55)
157: Trevor Elfvin (Clarion) over Nick Barnhart (Messiah) (MD 17-6)
157: Taylor Ortz (Clarion) over Joshua Paige (Messiah) (Fall 4:26)
165: Eli Brinsky (Clarion) over John Sumner (Messiah) (TF 15-0 6:21)
165: Eli Brinsky (Clarion) over Matt Pangle (Messiah) (MD 10-1)
165: Kolby Ho (Clarion) over John Sumner (Messiah) (TF 18-2 4:40)
174: John Worthing (Clarion) over Max Martin (Messiah) (Fall 2:16)
174: John Worthing (Clarion) over Brian Shermeyer (Messiah) (Fall 4:09)
174: Caleb Hetrick (Clarion) over Max Martin (Messiah) (Fall 4:00)
184: Luke Funck (Clarion) over David Stevens (Messiah) (Dec 4-2)
285: Austin Chapman (Clarion) over Hayden Benner (Messiah) (Fall 2:28)
285: Austin Chapman (Clarion) over Carter Urich (Messiah) (MD 13-3)
285: Ty Bagoly (Clarion) over Hayden Benner (Messiah) (Fall 1:13)

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