Clarion Golden Eagles wrestling

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Clarion Golden Eagles
University Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Head CoachKeith Feraro (4 season)
Conference MAC
Location Clarion, PA
ArenaWaldo S. Tippin Gymnasium
(Capacity: 3500)
Nickname Golden Eagles
ColorsBlue and Gold [1]
NCAA individual champions
Conference Tournament championships
1965, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2010

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]


National Collegiate Athletic Association National Champions [3]

NameYearNCAA LocationHigh 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

Team Championships

Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 2010
Eastern Wrestling League 1995
Eastern Wrestling League 1994
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 1994
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 1992
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 1991
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 1986
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 1983
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 1981
Eastern Wrestling League 1980
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 1978
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 1977
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 1976
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 1974
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 1973
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 1972
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 1965


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 Lignelli 1959196667361120.836 Clarion State Teachers College
Bob Bubb 19671992254473221214.725 University of Pittsburgh ('59)
Jack Davis1993199748243345.555 Clarion State College
Ken Nellis 19982006813947893.349 Clarion University of Pennsylvania ('86)
Teague Moore 2007201159837601.383 Oklahoma State University ('99)
Matt Dernlan 20122012113670.462 Liberty University ('96)
Troy Letters 2013201423914250.483 Lehigh University
Keith Ferraro 2014present46924450.348 Lock Haven University ('03) [4]

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