CLARION WRESTLERS HOST #13 PITT ON FRIDAY AT TIPPIN
(Clarion, Pa.): Clarion All-American James Fleming (West Mifflin) will be honored in pre-match ceremonies, while the Clarion University wrestling team hosts #13 rated Pitt on Friday night, Dec. 21 at Waldo S. Tippin Gymnasium. The NCAA D-I matchup will begin at 7pm.
The Pitt match can be heard live on the radio on WCCR-FM 92.7 in Clarion, as well as on the internet at redzonemedia.com, with Rich Herman and John Stroup calling the action.
2012 NCAA Division I All-American James Fleming (West Mifflin), will be honored in pre-match ceremonies for reaching the coveted 100 career win plateau. Ranked #3 in the nation currently at 157-pounds, Fleming reached 100 career wins in early December at while winning the Nittany Lion Open. Since then he went on to win his second PSAC individual title at 157 and was named the tournament’s “OW”. He has a current season record of 16-1 and a career record of 108-17 with 34 falls and 17 technical falls. A sports Management major at Clarion, he is the son of John Fleming and Regina Fitzhenry.
The Golden Eagles are 1-3 in dual meet action, having lost to then #18 Rutgers (26-6), defeated Eastern Michigan 21-10, and lost to #10 Northwestern 26-9 and #20 Edinboro 28-12. The Golden Eagles also placed second at the 70th Annual PSAC Championships in December.
The Golden Eagles, under the direction of first year head coach Troy Letters, will be led on Friday night by Fleming. The Clarion lineup will likely feature Tyler Fraley (Fr. 5-4; Freehold, n.J) at 125; Joe Waltko (Sr. 9-8; Allison Park) at 133; Sam Sherlock (So. 10-6; West Mifflin) or John Matacic (Fr. 7-5; N. Jackson, Ohio) at 141; Tyler Bedelyon (Jr. 9-7; Lewistown) at 149; Fleming at 157; Nick Milano (Jr. 3-8; Erie, Pa.) at 165; Ryan Darch (So. 5-6; Batavia, N.Y.) at 174; Steven Cressley (Sr. 6-9; Punxsutawney) at 184; Justin Ortega (Gr. 11-6; Oxford) at 197 and Phil Catrucco (Sr. 13-9; Sharpsville) at 285.
Pitt, led by veteran head coach Rande Stottlemyer, in his 34th season, brings the #13 rated Panthers to Tippin Gym with 5 nationally ranked wrestlers. The Panthers opened the season with dual meet losses to Michigan (16-15) and Ohio State (26-13), with big wins recently over Virginia Tech (18-16) and Maryland (23-12).
The Panther lineup features 5 nationally ranked wrestlers in #11 Shelton Mack at 133, #10 Tyler Wilps at 165, #14 Max Thomusseit at 184, #2 Matt Wilps at 197 and #7 Zac Thomusseit at heavyweight. Overall the lineup will feature either Godwin Nyama (2-5) or Derrick Nelson (4-3) at 125, Mack (6-3) at 133, Travis Shaffer (1-3) at 141, Ronnie Garbinsky (0-0) at 149, Troy Reaghard (6-5) or Donnie Tasser (5-4) at 157, Tyler Wilps (8-1) at 165, Nick Bonaccorsi (7-2) at 174, Max Thomusseit (7-1) or P.J. Tasser (8-4) at 184, Matt Wilps (5-0) at 197 and Zac Thomusseit (9-0) at 285.
CLARION NOTES: Clarion has an EWL record of 16-18-2 against the Panthers, and a non-league record of 4-3 – for an overall series record of 20-21-2 in the schools history … Last year Clarion lost at Pitt 28-10 at Fitzgerald Fieldhouse … Clarion's last win against Pitt came in the 2001 season by a 32-5 score... Pitt has won 11 straight since 2001 ... Clarion will be participating at the prestigious Midlands Tournament on Dec. 29-30… Clarion returns home to host North Carolina at 2pm and Michigan State at 4pm on January 12.
PITT 28 CLARION 10 (LAST YEAR)
125 – Anthony Zanetta (P) maj. dec. Trey Hicks (CL) 12-1
133 – Shelton Mack (P) dec. Joe Waltko (CL) 6-1
141 – Travis Shaffer (P) tech. fall Tyler Bedelyon (CL) 16-0; 6:58
149 – Tyler Nauman (P) dec. Cameron Moran (CL) 7-3
157 – James Fleming (CL) Donnie Tasser (P) 9-2
165 – Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (CL) maj. dec. Tyler Wilps (P) 13-3
174 – Patrick Tasser (P) dec. Nick Milano (CL) 7-1
184 – Andy Vaughn (P) wbf Steven Cressley (CL) 4:36
197 – Matt Wilps (P) maj. dec. Alex Thomas (CL) 11-2
285 – Quintas McCorkle (CL) dec. Joel Yahner (P) 8-2
Updated on April 17, 2013, 11:19am