Courtesy of Edinboro Athletics
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (March 7, 2015) – The Edinboro wrestling team won its second straight Eastern Wrestling League championship and 14th in 18 years under head coach Tim Flynn on Saturday at Rider’s Alumni Gym. The Fighting Scots crowned four champions at the 40th annual EWL Championships and five wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Division I National Championships, which are March 19-21 in St. Louis.
Edinboro finished with 138.5 points to outdistance the seven-team field. Rider was second with 122.5 points, while Lock Haven was third with 101.5 points.
The tournament featured plenty of upsets and Edinboro was unable to avoid them. Only three number one seeds went on to win titles – Edinboro’s Mitchell Port and Vic Avery at 141 and 184 lbs., and Cleveland State’s Riley Shaw at heavyweight.
Kory Mines and Vince Pickett joined Port and Avery as champions. After two second place finishes at 125 lbs. Mines won a 3-1 decision over top-seeded Ben Willeford of Cleveland State thanks to a takedown just before the buzzer. The redshirt senior earned his second trip to Nationals and improved to 31-7.
Pickett (17-16) was one of the surprises of the tournament. The junior, the third seed, had a string of tough losses entering the EWL Championships, but he upset second-seeded Doanld McNeil over in the semifinals 4-3 in sudden victory, then claimed a 5-2 decision over Clarion’s Ryan Darch to win the automatic bid and his first trip to Nationals.
Port won his third straight EWL crown thanks to a 13-2 major decision over Bobby Rehm of Lock Haven at 141 lbs. Ranked second at 141 lbs., he boosted his record to 32-1. He also received the EWL award for Most Dual Points.
Avery continued his impressive wrestling as he all three of his matches at 184 lbs. The junior claimed a 9-1 major decision over Lock Haven’s Fred Garcia, the second seed. Avery is now 29-6 after winning his second straight EWL crown..
Unfortunately, top-ranked Dave Habat (149 lbs.) and second-ranked A.J. Schopp (133 lbs.) were unable to avoid the rash of upsets. In search of his third straight EWL crown, Habat dropped a 6-5 decision to second-seeded B.J. Clagon of Rider, just falling short after trailing 5-1 entering the third period. Habat is now 30-2. Clagon, a redshirt freshman, would go on to be named the Outstanding Wrestler.
Schopp won his first match by fall, but the rust from a knee injury that cost him two months showed in his semifinal match against Ronnie Perry of Lock Haven. Perry, the fourth seed, posted a 5-4 decision.
Denied of becoming just the seventh wrestler in EWL history to win four titles. Schopp would go on to take third place with two more pins. That boosted his career record to 63 as he is now 19-2 on the season.
Seeded fourth at 165 lbs., Casey Fuller (16-17) fell one win shy of earning his first trip to Nationals. The redshirt junior won twice to reach the finals before dropping a 6-4 decision in sudden victory to second-seeded Conor Brennan of Rider. In the semifinals he had upset top-seeded Aaron McKinney of Lock Haven 4-1 in a tiebreaker.
Patrick Jennings entered the tournament as the number one seed at 174 lbs., but he and Schopp will now have to wait until Wednesday, March 11 when the NCAA announces the 70 at-large recipients. The redshirt junior lost in first match to Tyler Wood of Lock Haven 8-6 in sudden victory before coming back to take third place. Jennings is now 29-10.
Chase Delande took over as the starter at 157 lbs. recently, and the redshirt sophomore almost earned his first trip to Nationals. Delande finished third at 157 lbs., with all three of his wins coming by fall. With four weight classes wrestling “true second” matches, Delande (15-13) faced George Mason’s Greg Flournoy, the top seed, with a trip to St. Louis on the line. He would drop a 5-3 decision.
Heavyweight Warren Bosch (16-20) split his four matches to finish fifth.
EDINBORO RESULTS IN EWL CHAMPIONSHIPS
125 lbs. – Kory Mines (#2 seed) – First Place (31-7)
Quarterfinals – won by fall over Hunter Jones, Clarion 6:34
Semifinals – won by dec. over #3 JR Wert, Rider 4-1
Finals – won by dec. over #1 Ben Willeford, Cleveland State 3-1
133 lbs. – A.J. Schopp (#1 seed) – Third Place (19-2)
Quarterfinals – won by fall over Matthew Liggett, Clarion 1:58
Semifinals – lost by dec. to #4 Ronnie Perry, Lock Haven 5-4
Consolation Semifinals – won by fall over #2 Alfredo Gray, Cleveland State 6:25
Third Place Match – won by fall over Vince Rodriguez, George Mason 6:06
141 lbs. – Mitchell Port (#1 seed) – First Place (32-1)
Quarterfinals – bye
Semifinals – won by tech. fall over #4 Sahid Kargbo, George Mason 22-7
Finals – won by maj. dec. over #3 Bobby Rehm, Bloomsburg 13-2
149 lbs. – Dave Habat (#1 seed) – Second Place 32-2
Quarterfinals – won by dec. over Blake Roulo, George Mason 8-7
Semifinals – won by tech. fall over #4 Nick Montgomery, Cleveland State 18-1
Finals – lost by dec. to #2 B.J. Clagon, Rider 6-5
157 lbs. – Chase Delande –Third Place (15-13)
Quarterfinals – lost by dec. to #2 Chad Walsh, Rider 4-0
Consolation First Round – won by fall over Matt Hammerstone, Bloomsburg 2:48
Consolation Semifinals – won by fall over #4 Elias Biddle, Lock Haven 4:52
Third Place Match – won by fall over #3 LaTrell Davis, Cleveland State 3:27
True Second Match – lost by dec. to #1 Greg Flournoy, George Mason 5-3
165 lbs. – Casey Fuller (#4 seed) – Second Place (16-17)
Quarterfinals – won by dec. over Kurt Meske, Bloomsburg 10-3
Semifinals – won by dec. over #1 Aaron McKinney, Lock Haven 4-1 tb
Finals—lost by dec. to #2 Conor Brennan, Rider 6-4 sv
174 lbs. – Patrick Jennings (#1 seed) – Third Place (29-10)
Quarterfinals – lost by dec. to Tyler Wood, Lock Haven 8-6 sv
Consolation First Round – bye
Consolation Semifinals – won by dec. over #3 Mike Pavasko, Clarion 4-3
Third Place Match – won by dec. over Gabe Stark, Cleveland State 9-2
184 lbs. – Vic Avery (#1 seed) – First Place (29-6)
Quarterfinals – won by fall over Brad Miccio, Bloomsburg 1:25
Semifinals – won by dec. over #4 Clint Morrison, Rider 8-4
Finals – won by maj. dec. over #2 Fred Garcia, Lock Haven 9-1
197 lbs. – Vince Pickett (#3 seed) – First Place (17-16)
Quarterfinals – won by dec. over Matt Meadows, George Mason 6-0
Semifinals – won by dec. over #2 Donald McNeil, Rider 4-3 sv
Finals – won by dec. over #4 Ryan Darch, Clarion 5-2
Hwt. – Warren Bosch – Fifth Place (16-20)
Quarterfinals – won by dec. over Evan Daley, Clarion 8-5
Semifinals – lost by dec. to #2 Jake Kettler, George Mason 6-4
Consolation Semifinals – lost by dec. to Brad Emerick, Lock Haven 7-0
Fifth Place Match – won by dec. over Greg Velasco, Rider 3-2