LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Two wrestlers on different ends of the eligibility spectrum earned chances to compete for an NCAA championship on Saturday night as Brock Zacherl and Michael Pavasko won individual titles at the 2016 Eastern Wrestling League championships hosted by Lock Haven.
The two earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championships hosted this year at Madison Square Garden on March 17-19.
Overall, the Golden Eagles had a strong showing at the EWL's, taking fifth place with a team score of 41.5 points.
Zacherl and Pavasko are the 56th and 57th individual EWL champions in Golden Eagle history. They will be the first Clarion wrestlers to represent the Blue and Gold at the NCAA Championships since Justin Arthur and Austin Matthews in 2014.
Pavasko, a Steel Valley graduate, is the lone senior on the Golden Eagle squad and has dealt with the team's struggles over the past several years, making his victory on Saturday an especially poignant one.
He breezed to an 8-3 decision over Bloomsburg's Casey Glunt in his first round match but faced a much stiffer test in the semifinal.
Pavasko overcame Lock Haven's Tyler Wood by a 3-2 decision to advance to the finals, where he defeated Cleveland State's Gabe Stark 7-3 to move on to the big dance.
(photo courtesy of Clarion University)