Clarion Golden Eagles wrestling

The Clarion Golden Eagles wrestling team represents Clarion University of Pennsylvania of Clarion, Pennsylvania. The squad is coached by Keith Feraro who replaced Troy Letters.. Letter's, replaced Matt Derlan, who is now the coach of the Binghamton Bearcats. Derlan replaced Teague Moore who left the Clarion collegiate wrestling program to become the head coach at American University.[2] The Golden Eagles wrestle in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and as of the 2018-2019 season participated in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) as well. The Eagles were members of the Eastern Wrestling League until the end of the 2018-2019 season when all members of the EWL accepted affiliate membership in the MAC for wrestling starting in the 2019-2020 season. They qualify for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships as Division I members of the MAC. The PSAC comprises both Division I and II squads. Notable former Golden Eagle wrestlers include national champions Wade Schalles and Kurt Angle, who after leaving Clarion would go on to win a gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics before embarking on a career in professional wrestling.[2]

Clarion Golden Eagles
UniversityClarion University of Pennsylvania
Head CoachKeith Feraro (4 season)
LocationClarion, PA
ArenaWaldo S. Tippin Gymnasium
(Capacity: 3500)
NicknameGolden Eagles
ColorsBlue and Gold[1]
NCAA individual national championships
8 individuals
Conference Tournament championships
14 times in the PSAC and 3 times in the EWL

National Collegiate Athletic Association National Champions [3]

NameYearNCAA LocationHigh School
Gary Barton1972University of MarylandFairview, Pennsylvania
Wade Schalles1972University of MarylandHollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
Don Rohn1973University of WashingtonSaucon Valley, Pennsylvania
Wade Schalles1973University of WashingtonHollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
Bill Simpson1973University of WashingtonGaithersburg, Maryland
Kurt Angle1990University of MarylandMt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Kurt Angle1992Oklahoma City, OKMt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Sheldon Thomas1996University of MinnesotaSt. Marks, Delaware

Team Championships

Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference2010
Eastern Wrestling League1995
Eastern Wrestling League1994
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference1994
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference1992
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference1991
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference1986
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference1983
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference1981
Eastern Wrestling League1980
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference1978
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference1977
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference1976
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference1974
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference1973
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference1972
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference1965


Clarion's wrestling program earned its highest ever dual meet ranking in 1986. The Golden Eagles went on to finish the season undefeated, with a record of 17–0–1. The 1986 season was the third season in Clarion's history in which the Golden Eagles finished without a loss.

NWCA Division I National Dual Meet Wrestling Rankings (February 3, 1986)

  1. University of Iowa
  2. Iowa State University
  3. Clarion University
  4. Penn State University
  5. University of Wisconsin
  6. Bloomsburg University
  7. University of Oklahoma
  8. University of North Carolina
  9. University of Northern Iowa
  10. Oklahoma State University

Clarion University Golden Eagles Wrestling Head Coaches

NameFirst YearLast YearYearsMatchesWinsLossesTiesWin %Alma Mater
Frank Lignelli1959196667361120.836Clarion State Teachers College
Bob Bubb19671992254473221214.725University of Pittsburgh ('59)
Jack Davis1993199748243345.555Clarion State College
Ken Nellis19982006813947893.349Clarion University of Pennsylvania ('86)
Teague Moore2007201159837601.383Oklahoma State University ('99)
Matt Dernlan20122012113670.462Liberty University ('96)
Troy Letters2013201423914250.483Lehigh University
Keith Ferraro2014present46924450.348Lock Haven University ('03)[4]


  1. Clarion University Brand Manual (PDF). Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  2. "Clarion names PSU Asst. Matt Dernlan Head Wrestling Coach". Clarion University of Pennsylvania. July 25, 2011. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  3. " All-Americans". Retrieved 3 October 2011.
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