ST. LOUIS – The Clarion wrestling team saw its stay at the 2017 NCAA Division I Championships come to a close on Friday morning, as Jake Gromacki and Brock Zacherl both fell in wrestlebacks at the Scottrade Center.
(Photo: Jake Gromacki. Photo courtesy of Clarion University Athletics)
The duo bounced back from yesterday morning’s losses with exciting victories on Thursday night, and the action in wrestlebacks on Friday also had an emotional charge. Gromacki fell by major decision to Wyoming’s Drew Templeman, a 10-2 score, while Zacherl dropped a tightly-contested 3-0 decision to Bucknell’s Tyler Smith.
Gromacki’s match kicked off the day proceedings at the Scottrade Center, and things were close early on as he and Templeman felt their way through the opening minutes. Templeman scored a takedown and rode Gromacki out for a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period, but Gromacki was still in striking distance at the end of the second, trailing 4-0. Things opened up in the third, though, with Templeman eventually building a 10-2 lead to finish off the bout.
The 141 bout between Zacherl and Smith was exciting though low-scoring, with neither wrestler able to overpower the other in the first period. Smith started the second period in the bottom position and escaped for a point, and finally was able to take Zacherl down late in the third period to escape with a 3-0 decision.
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