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Edinboro’s Mitchell Port named EWL Wrestler of the Year

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By Bob Shreve
Edinboro Sports Information

EDINBORO, Pa. – Mitchell Port began the 2012-13 wrestling campaign on the sidelines, still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. He ended the year standing one step from the top of the podium at the NCAA Division I National Championships. For his efforts the sophomore from Bellefonte, PA has been named the 2013 EWL Wrestler of the Year.

An Edinboro wrestler has now been named the EWL Wrestler of the Year for the last five years, with Chris Honeycutt earning the honor in 2011 and ’12, and Jarrod King in 2009 and ’10. Nick Bonaccorsi of Pittsburgh was named the EWL Freshman of the Year and Bloomsburg’s John Stutzman was voted the EWL Coach of the Year.

Less than a week ago Port completed his sophomore season as the runner-up at 141 lbs. at Nationals. He finished the year with a 34-4 record with six falls, a technical fall and seven major decisions.

Port entered Nationals as the number four seed at 141 lbs. He would extend his consecutive match winning streak to 19 in Des Moines, IA. The 18th was a 13-5 major decision over fifth-seeded Evan Henderson of North Carolina in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals he handed top-seeded Hunter Stieber of Ohio State his first loss of the season, 7-6, to avenge an earlier loss to the Buckeye.

That left Port paired up against second-seeded Kendric Maple of Oklahoma in the finals. Maple would record the lone takedown of the match in the first period and hold off Port, 4-3.

Port won his first EWL championship with a 6-1 win over Dan Neff of Lock Haven. He also won his second PSAC championship. He would finish fifth at the Midlands Championships, battling through a brutal four-match stretch that featured three of the top seven wrestlers at 141 lbs. He won a 4-0 decision over Henderson, who was ranked fifth at the time, before falling to Maple, 14-11. He would lose to seventh-ranked Mike Mangrum of Oregon State, 7-5, before winning a 7-0 decision over Henderson in the fifth place match.

After missing the UB Open while still rehabilitating following the shoulder surgery, Port made his 2012-13 debut at the MSU Open. He would finish second, dropping a 12-7 decision to Stieber in the finals.

Port will bring a 64-14 career record into his junior season. He finished with a 30-10 record as a redshirt freshman, reaching the round of 12 in his first trip to Nationals.