BROOKVILLE, N.Y. — In a four-match day at Long Island Wrestling Day Sunday, the Clarion University wrestling team finished 2-2.
The Golden Eagles lost to Hofstra (25-18) and Columbia (25-14) before rebounding with wins over UNC-Pembroke (35-6) and LIU-Post (30-14).
The Golden Eagles, now 3-3, head to Lexington, Va., for two matches on Saturday against Davidson College and Virginia Military Institute at 1 and 5 p.m. respectively. They’re off after that until Jan. 21 at George Mason.
Four Brookville and one Redbank Valley wrestler saw action in head coach Keith Ferraro’s lineup throughout Sunday. Nationally-ranked Brock Zacherl went 4-0 at 141 pounds while Taylor Ortz finished 1-1 at 149. Jimmy Miller made his dual meet debut for the Golden Eagles at 165 and finished 1-2 while Redbank Valley’s BryLee Shumaker finished 1-1 at heavyweight.
Another former Raider Gavin Park had a strong day at 125, going 3-0 with three first-period pins. That netted him this week’s PSAC Wrestler of the Week.
Park’s day started in the dual match against Columbia with Park pinning Hunter Dusold just 42 seconds into the bout. Park helped Clarion to a 35-6 win over UNC Pembroke in the team’s third dual of the day, pinning Nick Dagette in 1:59 to get things rolling for his team.
Park finished off the day with a win by fall over LIU-Post’s Nicholas Conetta, flattening him in just two minutes as Clarion rolled to a 30-14 team win over the Pioneers. He’s now 12-7 with six pins this year.
Zacherl, back from an injury, hiked his record to 18-0 with his perfect day. He majored Hofstra’s Charlie Kane (18-4), slapped a 22-7 technical fall on Columbia’s Christian Briody, did the same to UNC-Pembroke’s Luke McDonough (17-1) and decisioned Joseph Calderone (5-3).
Zacherl was ninth in the last intermatwrestle.com rankings back on Dec. 26.
Ortz followed Zacherl’s win against Hofstra with his own major decision (11-3) against Connor Burkert. He dropped a 6-1 decision to Columbia’s Jacob Macalolooy. He’s now 15-7.
Miller’s was pinned in the second period of his bout against Hofstra’s Sage Heller, but rebounded later with a 12-3 major over UNC-Pembroke’s Josh Watts before dropping an 8-3 decision to Dan Arkow of LIU-Post.
Shumaker was pinned in the first period against Hofstra’s Miek Hughes, but pinned LIU-Post’s Damien Caffrey in the second period in the final match of the day.