By Tom McGuire
Bloomsburg Sports Information
BLOOMSBURG—The 19th-ranked Bloomsburg University wrestling scored a 19-18 win over 15th-ranked Edinboro University Friday night in a match decided on the third criteria, total match points. The Huskies won on total match points (52-41). It was the first win for the Huskies over Edinboro since the 2004-05 season.
Edinboro raced out to a 15-0 lead after the first four weights before the Huskies rallied winning four of the next five matches. The Fighting Scots still led 18-15 going to the final bout at 285 pounds, but the Huskies’ Justin Grant (Easton/Easton) scored a 9-4 win to tie the match at 18-18.
The first tiebreaker rule is number of matches won by each team, which was equal at 5-5. The next tiebreaker is which team had the most combined falls and tech falls, which was tied at 1-1. Going to the third tiebreaker is total match points (after throwing out the fall and tech fall bouts). That was won by the Huskies, 52-41.
“This was a great win for us,” said the emotionally drained coach of the Huskies John Stutzman. “We didn’t wrestle well at the start of the match, but Frank Hickman (Castle Hayne, NC/E.A. Laney)’s win by tech fall gave us a spark which got the team going.”
“I did think, though, that after we lost at 184 pounds there was no chance for us,” Stutzman said. “But Rich (Perry) scored a big major decision win and Justin Grant (Easton/Easton) was outstanding in beating a top-20 wrestler at 285 pounds.”
“It’s been a few years (seven) since we last beat Edinboro so this is a big step forward for our program,” said Stutzman. “We just can’t get too high with a win like this and need to stay focused on our goals.”
The Fighting Scots jumped out to a 15-0 lead after four weight classes helped along with by pin from fourth-ranked A.J. Schopp at 133 pounds who beat 14th-ranked Nick Wilcox (Greene, NY/Greene Central) in 2:29.
Bloomsburg started its rally with 19-4 win from 12th-ranked Frank Hickman (Castle Hayne, NC/E.A. Laney) at 157 pounds which was followed by a win for 12th-ranked Josh Veltre (Rochester, NY/Greece Olympia), 5-2, over Johnny Greishmeimer. The Huskies’ Chris Smith (Mineral, Va./Chancelor) followed up with a 6-2 win at 174 pounds before Bloomsburg’s Andre Petroski (Glenn Mills/Springfield) lost 3-2 at 184 pounds making it 18-11 in favor of Edinboro. Perry though came back with a big win at 197 pounds winning 23-9 making it 18-15 setting up the exciting final match. Justin Grant (Easton/Easton), ranked 16th, won 9-4 over number 18 Ernest James setting the tiebreaking wheels in motion.
Bloomsburg, 12-2, wrestles at Cleveland State on Feb. 2. Edinboro drops to 7-4 with the loss.
Bloomsburg 19, Edinboro 18
(Match decided on criteria 3.15.1, total match points. BU wins 52-41)
Match started at 125 pounds
125: Kory Mines (EU) dec. Sean Boylan (Seaville, NJ/St. Marks) (BU), 6-3
133: # 4 A.J. Schopp (EU) won by fall over #14 Nick Wilcox (Greene, NY/Greene Central) (BU), 2:29
141: #5 Mitchell Port (EU) dec. Matt Rappo (Holland/Council Rock South) (BU), 11-4
149: #16 Dave Habat (EU) dec. Josh Roosa (Mountaintop/Crestwood) (BU)
157: #12 Frank Hickman (Castle Hayne, NC/E.A. Laney) (BU) tech fall over Michael DePalma (EU), 19-4, 7:00
165: #12 Josh Veltre (Rochester, NY/Greece Olympia) (BU) dec. Johnny Greishmeimer (EU), 5-2
174: Chris Smith (Mineral, Va./Chancelor) (BU) dec. Patrick Jennings (EU), 6-2
184: Vince Pickett (EU) dec. Andre Petroski (Glenn Mills/Springfield) (BU), 3-2
197: #17 Richard Perry (Meriden, CT/Middletown) (BU) maj dec. Warren Bosch (EU), 23-9
285: #16 Justin Grant (Easton/Easton) (BU) dec. #18 Ernest James (EU), 9-4