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Virginia Tech spoils Edinboro’s home opener with 21-16 victory

By Bob Shreve
Edinboro Sports Information

EDINBORO, Pa. – The Virginia Tech wrestling team spoiled Edinboro’s home opener on Sunday, as the 11th-ranked Hokies handed Edinboro, ranked 17th, a 21-16 defeat. The Fighting Scots saw their record even at 1-1 after a win at Michigan State on Friday, while Virginia Tech is now 4-2.

Edinboro opened with wins in two of the first three matches, but the Hokies proceeded to run off wins in the next five matches to take a commanding 21-7 lead. The Fighting Scots would pick up victories in the final two bouts.

Three of the day’s matches featured a pair of nationally-ranked wrestlers, and Edinboro would win just one of those. In a day which featured several exciting finishes, Mitchell Port provided the Scots with one the sophomore won a 7-5 decision in sudden victory over Zach Neibert at 141 lbs.

Port came in ranked fifth according to InterMat, while Neibert was tenth, but needed a late rally to avoid the minor upset. A second period reversal gave Neibert a 4-1 lead in the second period, with Port escaping to trail 4-2 after two periods. In the third period Port would escape at 1:25. Neibert still owned riding time late in the match, but Port would send it into overtime when he recorded a takedown with 15 seconds remaining. He converted a deep single log shot into the winning takedown with 34 seconds remaining in sudden victory. He is now 6-1 while Neibert fell to 7-3.

Dave Habat lost in his upset bid in a somewhat similar fashion at 149 lbs. Entering the third period tied at 2-2 against tenth-ranked Nick Brascetta, took a 3-2 lead with a quick escape. Brascetta would register the wining takedown following a long scramble at the 1:03 mark and Habat was unable to post the tying escape. The 4-3 loss dropped 18th-ranked Habat to 7-3, while Brascetta is now 9-1.

The third matchup of ranked wrestlers came at 165 lbs., with fourth-ranked Pete Yates remaining undefeated at 10-0 with an 8-1 decision over 16th-ranked Johnny Greisheimer, who is now 7-3.

In the most grueling match of the day. 20th-ranked Ernest James needed nine minutes to defeat David Marone, 3-2, in the heavyweight bout. The two traded escapes in regulation. In the sudden victory period James narrowly missed a quick takedown, as the pair rolled out of bounds before James could convert the double-leg shot. Marone, a former national qualifier with a deceiving 1-4 record, would register an escape nine seconds into the first 30-second tiebreaker. James countered with a reversal midway through the period and the exhausted junior was able to keep Marone down the rest of the way. James is now 6-2.
Edinboro’s other wins came at 133 and 197 lbs. A.J. Schopp, ranked fifth at 133 lbs., remained undefeated at 6-0 with a 9-0 major decision over Erik Spjut. The sophomore had three takedowns and almost three-and-a-half minutes in riding time.

At 197 lbs., redshirt freshman Warren Bosch improved to 6-3 with a fall over Derrick Borlie (6-4) at 4:29. Borlie jumped out to a 4-1 lead with a pair of takedowns in the first period, but Bosch began his comeback with an escape to start the second, then tied it up with a takedown at the 1:20 mark. He would complete his second collegiate pin moments later.

Edinboro will return to action on Saturday, December 8 seeking to defend its Pennsylavnai State Athletic conference championship at Kutztown University.

#11 VIRGINIA TECH 21, #17 EDINBORO 16
Sunday, December 2, 2012
McComb Fieldhouse
Edinboro, PA

125 lbs. #7 Jarrod Garnett (VTU) dec. Kory Mines (EU), 10-4 0-3
133 lbs. #5 A.J. Schopp (EU) maj. dec. Erik Spjut (VTU), 9-0 4-3
141 lbs. #5 Mitchell Port (EU) dec. #10 Zach Neibert (VTU), 7-5 sv 7-3
149 lbs. #10 Nick Brascetta (VTU) dec. #18 Dave Habat (EU), 4-3 7-6
157 lbs. #8 Jesse Dong (VTU) fall over Michael DePalma (EU), 2:27 7-12
165 lbs. #4 Pete Yates (VTU) dec. #16 Johnny Greisheimer (EU), 8-1 7-15
174 lbs. Austin Gabel (VTU) dec. Patrick Jennings (EU), 6-4 7-18
184 lbs. Nick Vetterlein (VTU) dec. Vince Pickett (EU), 6-4 7-21
197 lbs. Warren Bosch (EU) fall over Derrick Borlie (VTU), 4:29 13-21
Hwt #20 Ernest James (EU) dec. David Marone (VTU), 3-2 tb 16-21

RECORDS: Virginia Tech 4-2
Edinboro 1-1

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