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. 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.
|Clarion Golden Eagles|
|University||Clarion University of Pennsylvania|
|Head Coach||Keith Feraro (4 season)|
|Arena||Waldo S. Tippin Gymnasium|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|NCAA individual national championships|
|Conference Tournament championships|
|14 times in the PSAC and 3 times in the EWL|
National Collegiate Athletic Association National Champions
|Name||Year||NCAA Location||High School|
|Gary Barton||1972||University of Maryland||Fairview, Pennsylvania|
|Wade Schalles||1972||University of Maryland||Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania|
|Don Rohn||1973||University of Washington||Saucon Valley, Pennsylvania|
|Wade Schalles||1973||University of Washington||Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania|
|Bill Simpson||1973||University of Washington||Gaithersburg, Maryland|
|Kurt Angle||1990||University of Maryland||Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania|
|Kurt Angle||1992||Oklahoma City, OK||Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania|
|Sheldon Thomas||1996||University of Minnesota||St. Marks, Delaware|
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)
Clarion University Golden Eagles Wrestling Head Coaches
|Name||First Year||Last Year||Years||Matches||Wins||Losses||Ties||Win %||Alma Mater|
|Frank Lignelli||1959||1966||6||73||61||12||0||.836||Clarion State Teachers College|
|Bob Bubb||1967||1992||25||447||322||121||4||.725||University of Pittsburgh ('59)|
|Jack Davis||1993||1997||4||82||43||34||5||.555||Clarion State College|
|Ken Nellis||1998||2006||8||139||47||89||3||.349||Clarion University of Pennsylvania ('86)|
|Teague Moore||2007||2011||5||98||37||60||1||.383||Oklahoma State University ('99)|
|Matt Dernlan||2012||2012||1||13||6||7||0||.462||Liberty University ('96)|
|Troy Letters||2013||2014||2||39||14||25||0||.483||Lehigh University|
|Keith Ferraro||2014||present||4||69||24||45||0||.348||Lock Haven University ('03)|
- Clarion University Brand Manual (PDF). Retrieved February 8, 2017.
- "Clarion names PSU Asst. Matt Dernlan Head Wrestling Coach". Clarion University of Pennsylvania. July 25, 2011. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
- "WrestlingStats.com All-Americans". WrestlingStats.com. Retrieved 3 October 2011.