CLEARFIELD, Pa. — The 2020-2021 regular season ended for the Clearfield Bison wrestling team on Monday night inside the Arthur J. Weis Gymnasium as they hosted the Central Mountain Wildcats on Senior Night.
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The Wildcats were not gracious to their hosts as they ended the Bison’s seven-match winning streak with a 40-24 victory. The Bison ended their dual meet season with a 14-4 record, while the District 6 AAA power Wildcats raised their record to 11-1.
Bison senior Justin Hand and his parents. Hand ended the regular season 11-6
The match started out well enough for the hosts as 285 pounder Oliver Billotte (17-1) only needed a minute and 10 seconds to flatten Cyrus McCarl for a 6-0 early lead.
At 106 Evan Davis (12-6) ended the bout awfully close to going to his back, but his two takedowns were enough to hold off Clayton Foster 4-1 and give the Bison a 9-0 lead after two bouts.
The Wildcats took the lead in the team score 12-9 the easy way, as Clearfield was once again not able to field a 113 nor 120 pounder and had two forfeit both weights.
The Wildcats then flexed their muscle by running off six wins in a row through the middleweights to take an insurmountable 40-9 lead.
Bison senior Nick Domico with his parents, Domico’s season ended early due to injury with a 2-1 record.
The Bison heavyweights did their thing to close the gap to a very respectable final score as Clearfield did win five out of the 11 contested matches.
Freshman 172 pounder Carter Chamberlain (10-7) was down 3-0 in the second period but took Caleb Porter down to his back and picked up a fall in 2:36 to stop the Wildcat run.
Hayden Kovalick (14-2) wasted little time in his bout with Brayden Blackwell, pinning him in 1:41.
The final match of the night saw Clearfield’s Mark McGonigal (15-3) take down Nikolas Miller three times, once in each period, for a 7-3 quality win.
That closed the gap to 40-24.
The Bison will now wait for the District 4/9 seeds to come out to determine their match-ups for the championships event, which Clearfield will host on February 20.