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Fleming tops Hickman, but No. 14 Bloomsburg beats Clarion 21-9

By Rich Herman
Clarion Sports Information

(CLARION, PA.): Clarion received key wins from Tyler Fraley (Fr. Freehold, N.J.) at 125, #4 ranked James Fleming (Sr. West Mifflin) at 157 and Ryan Darch (So. Batavia, N.Y.) at 174 but it wasn’t enough as #14 ranked Bloomsburg posted a 21-9 win over the Golden Eagles in NCAA Division I wrestling on Sunday.

Held at W.S. Tippin Gym, Clarion’s record went to 3-7 overall and 1-3 in the EWL, while Bloomsburg raised its record to 14-2 overall and 4-0 in the EWL.

Tyler Fraley got the Golden Eagles off to a 3-0 lead by defeating Sean Boylan 4-1 at 125. Fraley’s first period takedown, third period escape and riding time provided the margin of victory.

Bloomsburg came back to win three straight matches for a 9-3 lead. #12 ranked Nick Wilcox used an escape and riding time for a 2-0 win over Clarion’s Joe Waltko (Sr. Allison Park) at 133, then Devin Cook (Jr. Bedford) lost a 5-2 decision to Matt Rappo at 141 and Tyler Bedelyon (Jr. Lewistown) lost a 5-1 decision to Josh Roosa at 149.

The feature matchup between Clarion’s #4 James Fleming and Bloomsburg’s #11 Frank Hickman certainly didn’t disappoint the 500 wrestling fans in attendance. After several good flurries in the first, Hickman scrambled for a takedown with 4 seconds left for a 2-0 lead. Hickman chose neutral in the second with no scoring. Fleming chose top in the third, and after twice getting a one count for back points, brought the crowd to its feet with a three-point near fall with a bout 50-seconds left for a 3-2 lead. With 8 seconds to go Fleming let Hickman escape to tie the match, knowing he had the bout winner with 1:48 on the riding clock to win 4-3. Following the bout Bloomsburg (Hickman) was penalized one team point for unsportsmanlike conduct and the match score showed Bloomsburg on top 8-6.

The win for Fleming gives him a 24-2 season record and a career mark of 116-18, tying former Clarion great Kurt Angle on the all-time win list. Angle had a career record of 116-10-2 from 1988-92 and was a 2-time NCAA D-I National Champ, 3-time All-American and a 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist.

Bloom’s #11 Josh Veltre won a 15-4 major over Nick Milano (Jr. Erie/Cathedral Prep) at 165, but Clarion fought back with another crowd pleasing win at 174 when Ryan Darch defeated Chris Smith 6-5 in rideout. With the bout tied 4-4 in overtime, and neither wrestler scoring in the first overtime period, the duo went to rideout. Darch chose down and reversed Smith for a 6-4 lead. Smith escaped to make it 6-5. Smith chose down in his 30-seconds, with Darch riding Smith out for the win. The win brought Clarion to within 12-9 heading to the final three matches.

Bloomsburg’s Andre Petroski scored a 4-1 decision over Steven Cressley (Sr. Punxsutawney) at 184, #16 Richard Perry scored a 9-4 decision over Clarion’s Justin Ortega (Sr. Oxford) at 197 and the Huskies #15 ranked Justin Grant won 8-4 over Phil Catrucco (Sr. Sharpsville) at heavyweight to win the dual meet 21-9.

Clarion returns home on Friday to host Ohio University at 7 p.m. at Tippin Gym.

#14 BLOOMSBURG 21 CLARION 9
125 – Tyler Fraley (CL) dec. Sean Boylan (BL) 4-1
133- #12 Nick Wilcox (BL) dec. Joe Waltko (CL) 2-0
141- Matt Rappo (BL) dec. Devin Cook (CL) 5-2
149 – Josh Roosa (BL) dec. Tyler Bedelyon (CL) 5-1
157 – #4 James Fleming (CL) dec. #11 Frank Hickman (BL) 4-3*
* – 1 team point deducted for unsportsmanlike conduct
165- #11 Josh Veltre (BL) maj. dec. Nick Milano (CL) 15-4
174- Ryan Darch (CL) dec. Chris Smith (BL) 6-5 rideout 1
184- Andre Petroski (BL) dec. Steven Cressley (CL) 4-1
197- #16 Richard Perry (BL) dec. Justin Ortega (CL) 9-4
285- #15 Justin Grant (BL) dec. Phil Catrucco (CL) 8-4
CLARION: 3-7; 1-3 EWL
BLOOMSBURG: 14-2; 4-0 EWL

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