NCAA Div.I College Wrestling
Clarion 32 Virginia Tech 14 133- Rad Martinez (CL) maj. dec. Dave Hoffman (VT) 8-0 141- Sean Gray (VT) wbf Starlin Jimenez (CL) 1:57 149- Dom Surra (CL) wbf Reed Carpenter (VT) 1:06 157- Jeremy Reitz (CL) wbf Mike Cox (VT) 6:53 165- Jim Perry (CL) dec. Jerome Villanueva (VT) 4-2 174- Tomas Ovalle (VT) dec. Ryan Pataky (CL) 15-13 ot 184- Scott Justus (VT) tech. fall Marcus Surin (CL) 24-6, 4:33 197- Eric Mausser (CL) maj. dec. Canaan Prater (VT) 12-3 HWT- John Testa (CL) wbf Kris Wiedegreen (VT) 1:51 125- Peter Derstine (CL) dec. Geoff Head (VT) 9-7 Final Score: Clarion 32 Virginia Tech 14 Clarion: 5-11, 2-4 EWL Virginia Tech: 5-10; 1-5 EWL Ref: Jim Sterner Att: 500
CLARION WRESTLERS DEFEAT VIRGINIA TECH 32-14
(CLARION, PA:): Clarion University's NCAA Division I Wrestling team used pins from Dom Surra at 149, Jeremy Reitz at 157 and John Testa at heavyweight to vault the Golden Eagles to a 32-14 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday afternoon.
Held at Clarion's Waldo S. Tippin Gymnasium, the Golden Eagles raised their overall record to 5-11 and its Eastern Wrestling League mark to 2-4. The Hokies dropped to 5-10 overall and 1-5 in the EWL. Clarion won four of the first five matches on Saturday and built a 19-6 lead that the Hokies could not overcome. Rad Martinez raised his season record to 25-4 with an impressive 8-0 major decision over VT's Dave Hoffman. Martinez was ranked 9th and Hoffman 17th entering the bout. The Hokies took their only lead when #3 rated Sean Gray at 141-pounds pinned Starlin Jimenez at 1:57. The win for Gray set a new Virginia Tech record for career wins at 127, topping the old mark of 126 set by Chris Martin. VT led 6-4.
Clarion senior 149-pounder Dom Surra brought the Eagles right back with a pin over Reed Carpenter at 1:06 to put Clarion ahead for good 10-6. Surra, from nearby St. Marys, raised his season record to 14-13.
Then Brookville native Jeremy Reitz brought the crowd to its feet late in his match when he pinned Mike Cox at 6:57. Reitz was trailing 3-2 late in the third period when he stacked Cox on his shoulders from a defensive position to pin the Hokie and give Clarion a 16-6 advantage. Reitz is now 15-10 this season.
Jim Perry moved the Golden Eagles out to a 19-6 lead when he defeated Jerome Villanueva 4-2.
The Hokies mounted a comeback with wins at 174 and 184 to narrow Clarion's lead to 19-14. Tomas Ovalle won an overtime decision against Ryan Pataky 15-13, then #2 rated Scott Justus won a technical fall over Clarion's Marcus Surin 24-6 at 4:33. Justus upped his record to a perfect 25-0 this season.
Clarion won the final three bouts to coast to its 32-14 victory. #15 ranked Eric Mausser won a 12-3 major decision over Canaan Prater and raised his season record to 27-7 in the process. Mausser now has a career mark of 81-34.
Clarion's #8 rated heavyweight John Testa put the match out of reach when he pinned Kris Wiedegreen at 1:51. Testa has a season record of 28-5 and a career record of 85-16.
The Golden Eagles won their seventh match of the day when Peter Derstine decisioned Geoff Head 9-7. Clarion hosts Cleveland State on Thursday, February 21st at 7pm. The match will also serve as Senior Day for the Golden Eagles. The Hokies move on to Cleveland State for a Sunday afternoon match tomorrow.