Clarion U.’s Delong Punches Ticket to NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh

| March 10, 2019

FAIRFAX, Va. – It was the one thing missing from his resume, but on Saturday night, Evan Delong filled that gap when punched his ticket to the 2019 NCAA Championships.

(Photo courtesy of Clarion University Athletics)

The redshirt senior rebounded from a semifinal loss in the 165-pound bracket with two wins in the consolation bracket and a third-place finish, highlighting Clarion’s appearance in the 44th and final EWL Championships. The Golden Eagles finished sixth in the team standings with 20 team points.

After falling to eventual champion Chance Marsteller in the semifinal round, Delong’s chances to clinch an NCAA berth came down to taking third place in the 165-pound bracket and earning the third and final automatic qualifier. After beating Cleveland State’s Ryan Ford in the consolation semifinal, Delong took on George Mason’s Colston DiBlasi in the third-place match with a spot in the NCAA Championships on the line. Delong took DiBlasi down in the first period to take a 2-0 lead, but DiBlasi rode him out in the second period to keep it just a two-point gap. DiBlasi rode Delong long enough in the third period to get the riding point, but Delong stayed on the attack and held him off for a 3-1 decision.

Delong’s finish proved to be the highlight of the day, but the Golden Eagles had three other competitors finish in the top-four in their respective weight classes. Seth Koleno, Mike Bartolo and Taylor Cahill all reached their respective third-place matches.

Koleno and Avery Shay were the first Golden Eagles to advance in their championship brackets on Saturday afternoon, with Koleno holding on for a win by decision in the 133-pound bracket and Shay dominating in the opening round at 149 pounds.

Facing off with Cleveland State’s Armando Torres, Koleno pulled off a takedown with less than 30 seconds remaining in the first period and then escaped Torres from the bottom in the second period to go ahead 3-0. Torres followed with an escape of his own to start the third period and went in for a late shot, but Koleno prevented him from getting control and held on for the 3-1 decision.

In contrast, Shay’s first-round win over Bloomsburg’s Gavin Hale was a dominant performance, with Shay working the latter for a number of near falls. After a four-point near fall near the end of the first period, Shay took an 11-0 lead on Hale going into the second period and immediately went back to work. He escaped from the bottom position to open the period and followed it with a quick takedown, and then wrapped the bout with a two-point tilt to secure the 16-0 technical fall.

However, neither Koleno nor Shay was able to make their way into the championship round. Koleno took on top-seeded DJ Fehlman of Lock Haven in the semifinals and traded takedowns with him through two periods, but Fehlman got the better of Koleno in the third period and took the win. Shay had an exciting, low-scoring battle with Rider’s Evan Fidelibus, with Fidelibus getting a third period takedown to lock up a 4-2 decision. Koleno’s day continued when he responded with a 2-0 win over Spencer Reed to advance to the third-place match, where he dropped a tight 6-3 decision to Edinboro’s Richie Gomez.

Mike Bartolo also advanced to the third-place match, beating Cleveland State’s Nico O’Dor in a close 4-3 decision in the consolation semifinals. That put him on a collision course with Gino Fluri, with defeated Bartolo 4-3 in the semifinal round of the championship bracket. Fluri took the early lead on Bartolo, though, and bested him 6-2 while Bartolo took fourth place.

125 – Gavin Park
Quarterfinals – Willy Girard (Bloomsburg) def. Park Inj. Def.

133 – Seth Koleno
Quarterfinals – Koleno def. Armando Torres (Cleveland State) Dec. 3-1
Semifinals – DJ Fehlman (Lock Haven) def. Koleno Dec. 14-7
Consi Semis – Koleno def. Spencer Reed (George Mason) Fall 1:57
Third Place Match – Richie Gomez (Edinboro) def. Koleno Dec. 6-3

141 – Jalin Hankerson
Quarterfinals – Carmine Ciotti (Edinboro) def. Hankerson MD 11-0
Consi #1 – Hankerson def. Aaron Coleman (Bloomsburg) Dec. 14-8
Consi Semis – Sam Matzek (Cleveland State) def. Hankerson MD 10-2

149 – Avery Shay
Quarterfinals – Shay def. Gavin Hale (Bloomsburg) TF 16-0
Semifinals – Evan Fidelibus (Rider) def. Shay Dec. 4-2
Consi Semis – Tyler Vath (Edinboro) Def. Shay Dec. 3-1

157 – Mike Bartolo
Quarterfinals – Gino Fluri (Rider) def. Bartolo Dec. 4-3
Consi Semis – Bartolo def. Nico O’Dor (Cleveland State) Dec. 5-3

165 – Evan Delong
Semifinals – Chance Marsteller (Lock Haven) def. Delong Fall 5:45
Consi Semis – Delong defeats Ryan Ford (Cleveland State) Dec. 4-2
Third Place – Delong defeats Colston DiBlasi (George Mason) Dec. 3-1

174 – Taylor Cahill
Semifinals – Dean Sherry (Rider) def. Cahill Dec. 9-3
Consi Semis – Cahill def. Neil Schuster (George Mason) Dec. 8-3
Third Place – Jared Siegrist (Lock Haven) def. Cahill Dec. 6-1

184 – Ty Bagoly
Quarterfinals – Trevor Allard (Bloomsburg) def. Bagoly Dec. 6-2
Consi #1 – Paul Pierce (George Mason) def. Bagoly Dec. 6-5

197 – Greg Bulsak
Quarterfinals – Kyle Murphy (Bloomsburg) def. Bulsak SV-1 4-2
Consi Semis – Dylan Reynolds (Edinboro) def. Bulsak Dec. 3-2

285 – Edgar Ruano
Quarterfinals –Jon Spaulding (Edinboro) def. Ruano Dec. 8-3
Consi #1 – Ruano def. Collin Kelly (Cleveland State) Fall 5:00
Consi Semis – Ryan Cloud (Rider) def. Ruano Dec. 8-3

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