Clarke Wins Bracket at Wilkes Open

Kizhan Clarke faces an opponent.

WILKES-BARRE, Pa.Kizhan Clarke won the 157-pound division to lead four American University place-winners Saturday at the 86th Wilkes Open wrestling tournament.

Heavyweight Niko Camacho finished fourth, Conner Allshouse placed fifth at 174 pounds and Tim Fitzpatrick earned sixth place at 165 pounds for the Eagles.

TOURNAMENT NOTES

• Clarke won all four of his bouts with decisions. After opening with a 6-2 win over Matt Grippi of NC State, he used a four-point third period to beat Emmett Licastri of Franklin & Marshall, 4-1, to win his quarterfinal. He again rallied late to beat Bloomsburg's Alex Carida, extending a 3-2 lead with a takedown with 39 seconds left and winning the semifinal 6-2. 

• Clarke beat Brian Meyer of Lehigh, 4-1, in the championship. Following a scoreless two periods, he got an escape, then a takedown with 27 seconds left.

• Camacho began his day with a pair of pins, stopping Mike Leyland of Wyosem Prep in 2:47 and Esposito Alexander of Rutgers in 4:43. He lost to Christian Colucci of Rutgers, 3-0 in the semifinal before losing, 7-4, in the third-place match to Victor Lacombe of Lehigh.

• Allshouse won his first-round match by default, but lost in the quarterfinals. He scored a 13-1 major decision over Brandon Belfonti of Wilkes, then beat teammate Colin Shannon, 7-4. In the fifth-place match, he defeated Anthony of Bloomsburg, 6-1, extending a 3-0 lead with a third-period takedown and riding-time point.

• Shannon won twice at 174, including a 6:12 pin over Paul Dunn of Lehigh.

• Fitzpatrick advanced to the quarterfinals at 165 with a pair of victories – getting a 7-5 win over Joe Eiden of Sacred Heart and a 16-12 win over Anthony Snyder of Delaware Valley. After losing the quarterfinal, he pinned teammate Bryce Dempsey in 6:33 and beat Eiden again, 7-2, before losing in the fifth-place match.

• Dempsey won two bouts with pins on his trip through the 165 bracket. He pinned Will Schmidt of Sacred Heart in 2:45, then dropped Conor Panzarella of Roger Williams in 1:44.

NEXT UP

After the holiday break, American will travel to Wyoming to face dual matches against the host Cowboys, North Carolina and Army West Point.

The Eagles' first home event of the season is on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. in a dual match against Columbia. American wrestles the next day in a Sunday matinee at noon against Hofstra.

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