FAIRFAX, Va. — The Clarion wrestling team pitched a shutout in its first Eastern Wrestling League match of the season as the Golden Eagles cruised past George Mason to the tune of a 48-0 victory last Saturday.
Clarion (6-3 overall, 1-0 EWL) returns for its first home bout since November when it hosts Edinboro Friday night at Marwick Boyd Auditorium starting at 7 p.m.
Included in Clarion’s shutout win were three wins by fall and two forfeits, with Brookville’s Gavin Park and Brock Zacherl, and Greg Bulsak all picking up pinfall victories. Park, the PSAC Wrestler of the Week the past two weeks, extended his streak of consecutive wins by first-period fall to six straight, flattening Talha Farooq in just 40 seconds to improve to 15-7.
Zacherl, 21-0 and ranked sixth in the latest intermatwrestle.com Division I rankings, got the best of Trevor Mello in the second period of the 141-pound match, felling him 46 seconds into the second period, and Bulsak pinned Austin Harrison 1:45 into the first period of the 184-pound match.
The shutout win was a rare one for Clarion and the first time in eight years. The Golden Eagles last shut out an opponent when they beat Cleveland State 49-0 during the 2009-10 season.
The other former Raider standout in the lineup Taylor Ortz picked up an impressive win at 149 pounds, beating Tejon Anthony in a 6-4 decision to put Clarion ahead by a 21-0 score. Avery Shay piled on with a decision of his own, beating Bryce Reddington 5-0, and Taylor Cahill won by technical fall 17-1 to clinch the team victory.
Dom Rigous won a close bout at 174 pounds, taking a 4-3 decision, and Dustin Conti rounded out the day with a 13-3 major decision over Eli Spencer to seal the shutout.
Sunday, the Golden Eagles also are at home gainst Cleveland State in another EWL matchup at Marwick-Boyd starting at 2 p.m.