Clarion U. wrestlers head to PSAC Championships
EDINBORO — The Clarion University wrestling team heads to Saturday’s Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships with some familiar faces in the lineup.
Head coach Keith Ferraro’s Golden Eagles will have three former Brookville Raiders in the lineup, headed up by nationally-ranked Brock Zacherl at 141 with red-shirt freshman Taylor Ortz at 149 and freshman Gavin Park at 125.
While Zacherl and Ortz went into the season as the starters at their weights, Park is stepping in for starter Jake Gromacki at 125.
Park (4-4), the No. 2 man behind Gromacki, was third at last weekend’s Storm Open at Lake Erie College.
Ortz (8-3) is also making his PSAC Tourney debut.
“This will be a first PSAC appearance for Park and Ortz. I’m really excited to see how they handle the pressure of competition,” Ferraro said Tuesday.
Zacherl (10-0) is currently ranked No. 9 nationally by intermatwrestle.com. He missed last year’s tournament with an injury. As a red-shirt freshman, Zacherl won the 141-pound PSAC title two years ago.
“Brock is anxious to go to work at the PSACs after sitting out last year with an injury,” Ferraro said.
The rest of the Golden Eagles’ lineup has Roshaun Cooley (3-5) at 133, Port Allegany’s Mac Tanner (5-3) at 157, Max Wohlabaugh (5-5) at 165, Dom Rigous (6-5) at 174, Greg Bulsak (4-1) at 184, Dustin Conti (7-3) at 197 and Toby Cahill (6-7) at heavyweight.
“We’re looking forward to getting back on the mat this weekend. Our team goal is to make a jump upward in our conference,” Ferraro said. “This team is fully capable of doing that with a great effort.”
Last year, the Golden Eagles finished third out of 12 teams behind Edinboro and Lock Haven. Kane’s Evan DeLong won the 165-pound title and earned the Outstanding Wrestler award, but he won’t be in the lineup this weekend.
Rigous was second at 174 and Conti was sixth at 197.
Host Edinboro will be the favorites. The Fighting Scots are ranked No. 21 nationally in tournaments and No. 22 in dual meets by intermat.
Redbank Valley girls still
NEW BETHLEHEM — The Redbank Valley junior high girls’ basketball teams swept visiting Keystone Monday with the A squad improving to 16-0 with a 45-9 rout.
Alyssa Bowser and Alivia Huffman each scored nine points to lead a balanced scoring effort. Katie Davis scored seven points.
The B squad won, 10-8. Madison Smith scored four points.
Last week, both teams won at A-C Valley on Friday. The A squad won, 29-5, as Huffman, Davis and Madison Foringer each scored six points. The B team won 23-14. Kiersten Kiehl scored five points.
Last Wednesday, the A squad won at home against Karns City, 30-19. Huffman and Davis scored nine and seven points respectively. Arissa Bish scored four points in the B squad’s 23-8 loss.
The Lady Bulldogs wrap up the season this week with a game at Moniteau Wednesday and home game against Union Thursday.
CUP men fall at Shippensburg
SHIPPENSBURG — The Clarion University men’s basketball team dropped two games over the weekend, a 78-65 loss at Shippensburg Sunday and a 102-71 rout at Millersville Saturday.
The Golden Eagles take a 2-7 record into Saturday’s game at Bloomsburg.
In Sunday’s loss, the Golden Eagles trailed by 19 at halftime and cut into that margin in the second half to lose by 13. Former C-L standout R.J. Laugand scored six points and grabbed two rebounds in 24 minutes while Johnsonburg’s Cameron Grumley finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Saturday, Laugand scored five points while Grumley finished with 19 points and eight rebounds.
For the year, Laugand is averaging 7.6 points and 2.2 assists per game while Grumley is at 15.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
CUP women even record
SHIPPENSBURG — Sunday’s 65-59 win at Shippensburg University evened the Clarion University women’s basketball team’s record to 4-4 going into Wednesday’s non-conference game at home against PSU-Greater Allegheny.
Amesha Harden-Pullium finished with a team-high 21 points and was especially effective at the free throw line, where she went 12-of-14. Jordan Bekelja was right behind her, notching 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting (3-of-4 from three-point range) and a perfect 6-of-6 day at the charity stripe.
Saturday, the Golden Eagles also visit Bloomsburg.