Bethlehem, Pa.): Clarion?s James Fleming (Jr. West Mifflin) at 157 and Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (Sr. Tashkent, Uzbekistan) were an impressive 2-0 on the day, and the Golden Eagles threw a scare into #8 Lehigh in the nightcap, but the Mountain Hawks won the final four bouts to defeat Clarion 27-12 on Sunday afternoon.
Earlier in the day, #7 ranked Illinois defeated Clarion 34-13 in NCAA Division I Wrestling.
Both matches were held at Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall on the campus of Lehigh University.
The match against Lehigh had plenty of exciting moments. In fact, with wins from Joe Waltko (Jr. Allison Park) at 133, Fleming at 157, and a big upset win by Abdurakhmonov over #4 ranked Brandon Hatchett at 165, the Golden Eagles trailed Lehigh 14-12 after six bouts. And with Tyler Bedelyon?s near win over #6 Steve Dutton at 141, the Golden Eagles could have had the lead after 165. Lehigh took the final four bouts for a final margin of 27-12.
Trailing 5-0 after 125, Waltko brought Clarion back with a 16-5 major decision over Chris Dinnien. Waltko led 8-0 after one period with a takedown and two, three-point near falls. After giving up a 5-point move in the second, Waltko rebounded his own five-point reversal with back points for a 13-5 lead after two. A takedown and riding time gave him his 16-5 win.
Fleming scored a 16-1 technical fall with a dominating performance over Brian Tanen. He led 8-1 in the first with a takedown and two, three-point near falls. A second period takedown and two more three-point near falls gave Fleming his 16-1 technical fall win at 4:58.
Abdurakhmonov upset #4 ranked Brandon Hatchett 6-4 in overtime. Bekzod scored the first takedown of the match and led 2-1 after one period. Abdurakhmonov was ridden out in the second, and Hatchett escaped to start the third to tie the match 2-2, but he also had riding time secured. Bekzod scored a takedown late in the third, but Hatchett escaped, and with riding time, had the match tied 4-4. Bekzod shot a quick single in overtime, and appeared to have a takedown twice, then finally scored the bout-winner about 30-seconds into overtime.
?This win will be a big confidence boost for Bekzod,? said Clarion first year head coach Matt Dernlan. ?He had three nice takedowns, especially the one in overtime to win it. He was the aggressor the entire match and deserved to win.?
Maybe the most exciting bout came at 141 where Clarion?s Tyler Bedelyon (So. Lewistown) lost a 12-10 overtime decision to #6 ranked Steve Dutton. Bedelyon had two first period takedowns and led 4-2 after the first. Dutton rallied with 7 points in the second, and opened with a takedown to start the third for a 9-5 lead. Bedelyon locked on Dutton?s head, hit a roll-through and put Dutton square on his back and could have pinned the Lehigh sophomore, but he suffered a head injury on the move and was bleeding, so he received whatever time needed to recover. Bedelyon, leading 10-9, chose down after the timeout to try ands escape for a win, since Dutton had riding time. Dutton rode Bedelyon out, and Dutton scored a takedown 27-seconds into overtime for the 12-10 win.
?I was disappointed that Tyler didn?t get the pin called in the third period,? said Dernlan. ?He had those two takedowns in the first, and then had Dutton flat on his back on that move in the third. He showed great character coming back against Dutton. In spite of the loss I?m really proud of his effort. That?s what Clarion wrestling should be all about. That?s what we?re asking from our guys and this was a good first step in that direction.?
Lehigh?s Nate Brown decisioned Ryan Darch 4-0 at 174, #2 ranked Robert Hamlin decisioned Steve Cressley 12-2 at 184, Kadeem Samuels decisioned Alex Thomas 7-3 at 197 and #1 ranked and defending national champion Zach Rey decisioned #19 Quintas McCorkle 3-0.
Clarion won three bouts in its match against the talented #7 ranked Fighting Illini, with #5 ranked James Fleming posting a fall at 4:21, #11 ranked Bekzod Abdurakhmonov won a 16-4 major decision over Kyle Dooley and Devin Cook (So. Bedford) decisioned Tucker Armstrong 4-3.
Fleming was taken down by Jackson Morse in the first period, but it was all Fleming after that. Fleming reversed back and posted two, three point near falls for an 8-2 lead at the end of the first. A takedown and near fall to open the second put Fleming ahead 13-2 before he pinned Morse at 4:21.
Abdurakhmonov was scheduled to wrestle #12 Conrad Polz, but Polz was injured in the Illini?s match against Lehigh, so Bekzod went against Kyle Dooley and won a 16-4 major decision. Abdurakhmonov led 2-0 after a one with a takedown, and had an escape, takedown and two near fall points to lead 8-0 after two. Bekzod posted 4 takedowns in the third for his major decision.
Cook?s 4-3 decision over Armstrong came down to the final seconds. Cook escaped in the second, but Armstrong had riding time on the board. Cook posted a takedown with about a minute left, but Armstrong reversed to trail 3-2. Cook escaped with 15 seconds left for a 4-2 lead and the two finished the match on their feet. Armstrong had the riding time but Cook took the win 4-3.
Illinois jumped out to a 17-0 lead when #3 B.J. Futrell pinned joe Waltko at 4:32 at 133, #4 Jordan Blanton pinned Ryan Darch at 174 and Jesse Delgado tech. falled Trey Hicks 20-3 at 4:29.
Clarion?s #19 ranked Quintas McCorkle was pinned by Pat Walker at 4:05 at 285-pounds. Walker had a 1-0 lead at the time of the fall.
Clarion will wrestle at the Penn State Open Dec. 4, then at the PSAC Championships on Dec. 10, before hosting their first home dual against Edinboro on Dec. 19 at 7pm.
#7 ILLINOIS 34 CLARION 13
133- #3 B.J. Futrell (IL) wbf Joe Waltko (CL) 4:32
174- #4 Jordan Blanton (IL) wbf Ryan Darch (CL) 3:52
125- #17 Jesse Delgado (IL) tech. fall Trey Hicks (CL) 20-3, 4:29
141- Devin Cook (CL) dec. Tucker Armstrong 4-3
149 ? #8 Eric Terrazas (IL) maj. Dec. Cameron Moran (CL) 16-4
157 ? James Fleming (CL) Jackson Morse (IL)
165- #11 Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (CL)maj. Dec. Kyle Dooley (IL) 16-4
184- Tony Dallago (IL) maj. Dec. Steven Cressley (CL) 10-2
197- #19 Mario Gonzalez (IL) dec. Alex Thomas (CL) 12-7
285- Pat Walker (IL) wbf #19 Quintas McCorkle (CL) 4:05
#8 LEHIGH 27 CLARION 12
125- Mason Beckman (L) tech. fall Trey Hicks (CL) 20-3, 7:00
133- Joe Waltko (CL) maj. Dec. Chris Dinnien (L) 16-5
141- #6 Steve Dutton (L) dec. Tyler Bedelyon (CL) 12-10 ot
149- Kyle Rosser (L) wbf Cameron Moran (CL) 2:18
157 ? #5 James Fleming (CL) tech. fall Brian Tanen (L) 16-1
165- #11 Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (CL) dec. #4 Brandon Hatchett (L) 6-4 ot
174- Nate Brown (L) dec. Ryan Darch (CL) 4-0
184- #2 Robert Hamlin (L) maj. Dec. Steve Cressley (CL) 12-2
197- Kadeem Samuels (L)dec. Alex Thomas (CL) 7-3
285- #1 Zach Rey (L) dec. #19 Quintas McCorkle (CL) 3-0