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Wrestling claims fourth straight PSAC title, crown nine individuals

Edinboro wrestling won its fourth straight team PSAC championship, set records in the process.
Edinboro wrestling won its fourth straight team PSAC championship, set records in the process. -Contributed Photo

Story appeared in the Jan., 29 edition of the Spectator.

The 2014 PSAC champion at heavyweight was Ziad Haddad, from Kutztown.

The Golden Bear, who also was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler, was the only grappler not from Edinboro to hoist a first place trophy at the conference championship.

Fighting Scots were at the top of the medal stand in the nine other weight classes, leading the Boro to earn 189.5 team points, enough to earn its fourth straight PSAC team title on Dec. 6 at the PSAC Championships at Bloomsburg’s Nelson Field House.

“I thought we could do it,” head coach Tim Flynn said of taking home so much hardware. “Our goal was to break the record for the most team points at the PSAC tournament and we really shattered that. That was really the goal and to do that we needed to have eight, nine, ten champions. We are happy.”

That was not the only record the Scots broke on the day as the nine individual champions set a new PSAC record, breaking the previous mark of seven that was set by Edinboro in 2007-08, 2008-09 and by Clarion in 1982-83.

The Scots were off to the races early and often, winning the first nine weight classes, with Warren Bosch finishing third at heavyweight.

That fast start allowed the Scots to cruise to its fourth PSAC title in as many years, ninth in 10 years and 15th in the 18 years that Flynn has been the head coach.

Lock Haven finished second with 130.5 team points.

The trio of redshirt-seniors and returning All-Americans, Mitchell Port, A.J. Schopp and Dave Habat all won their respective weight classes for their fourth career individual PSAC titles, making Edinboro the first team in conference history to have three four-year champs in its lineup.

“It’s always nice to see hard work pay off and for those three individuals even more,” Flynn commented about the accolades. “They have been in the program and working hard for five straight years. They wrestle year round, they train really hard, they compete hard. You always tell kids that hard work pays off and to see it actually pay off for those three is rewarding.”

Fellow redshirt-senior Kory Mines took the crown at 125 by dominating his way through the bracket winning by technical fall or major decision in all of his bouts.

However, it was in the 174 lb. and heavyweight weight classes where Flynn was surprised.

“I think Zach Towers really stood out. He had four first period falls. He wasn’t in the lineup for a while as he was out with an injury and came back strong and looked really good. I also think Warren Bosch stood out. He lost in the first round and came back really strong in wrestle backs and had three falls. Those two really stick with me.”

Additionally, Kasey Burnett-Davis (157 lbs.), who is wrestling in place of injured Austin Matthews, Casey Fuller (165), Vic Avery (184) and Vince Pickett (197) won PSAC championships.

Despite the record day, where Edinboro was victorious in 35 of its 36 total matches, Flynn wouldn’t reflect on all his achievements as he hopes more is to come.

“It’s hard when you are in the middle of something to step out and look at it,” he said. “We have real high goals and we really just try to focus on day-to-day. We have a number of guys on the team that have real high goals nationally. It’s hard to sit back and look at what we have done in the PSAC tournament when so and so is trying to win a national championship or so and so is trying to be an All-American. We have more we want to achieve.”

RESULTS

125 lbs. – KORY MINES (#1 seed)

First Round – Seth Carr, Clarion – won by tech. fall 18-2 (7:00)

Quarterfinals – Elliot Zackoski, Bloomsburg – won by maj. dec. 14-1

Semifinals – #4 Evan Link, Pitt-Johnstown – won by. maj. dec. 12-4

Finals — #2 Willie Bohince, Mercyhurst – won by maj. dec. 8-0

133 lbs. – A.J. SCHOPP (#1 seed)

First Round – Bye

Quarterfinals –Maalachi Krenzelak, Pitt-Johnstown – won by fall 3:40

Semifinals – #4 Andy Schutz, Bloomsburg – won by fall 2:58

Finals — #2 Ronnie Perry, Lock Haven – won by tech. fall 19-4 (7:00)

141 lbs. – MITCHELL PORT (#1 seed)

First Round – Bye

Quarterfinals –Matt Benvenuto, Kutztown – won by fall 2:46

Semifinals – #4 Tanner Cahill, Bloomsburg – won by maj. dec. 14-2

Finals — #2 Bobby Rehm, Lock Haven – won by fall 2:30

149 lbs. – DAVE HABAT (#1 seed)

First Round – Bye

Quarterfinals – Nico Demetrio, Millersville – won by fall 4:25

Semifinals – #5 Colin Landowski, Pitt-Johnstown – won by tech. fall 26-9 (6:36)

Finals – #3 Jeremy Landowski, Mercyhurst – won by maj. dec. 15-6

157 lbs. – KASEY BURNETT-DAVIS (#1 seed)

First Round – Bye

Quarterfinals – Garret Smith, Gannon – won by fall 9:03

Semifinals – #4 Zach Voytek, Seton Hill – won by maj. dec. 14-1

Finals — #2 Francis Mizia, Mercyhurst – won by maj. dec. 14-7

165 lbs. – CASEY FULLER (#1 seed)

First Round – Bye

Quarterfinals – Casey Pace, Gannon — won by tech. fall 16-1 (4:01)

Semifinals — #4 Angelo Bertoluzzi, Mercyhurst – won by dec. 5-2

Finals — #2 Aaron McKinney, Lock Haven – won by dec. 3-2

174 lbs. – ZACH TOWERS (#2 seed)

First Round – Brandon Wolfe, Kutztown – won by fall 1:50

Quarterfinals – Casey Bearden, Bloomsburg — won by fall 2:48

Semifinals – #3 Mike Pavasko, Clarion – won by fall 1:49

Finals – #1 August Mizia, Mercyhurst – won by fall 1:42

184 lbs. – VIC AVERY (#1 seed)

First Round – Bye

Quarterfinals – David Williams, Bloomsburg – won by dec. 7-3

Semifinals — #4 Dakota DesLauriers, Mercyhurst – won by maj. dec. 16-6

Finals –#2 Fred Garcia, Lock Haven – won by dec. 5-2

197 lbs. – VINCE PICKETT (#1 seed)

First Round – Aaron Page, Mercyhurst – won by fall 2:39

Quarterfinals – Morris Lawson, Seton Hill – won by maj. dec. 9-1

Semifinals — #4 Ryan Darch, Clarion – won by dec. 6-1

Finals – Mike Mirra, Bloomsburg – won by maj. dec. 8-0

Hwt. – WARREN BOSCH (#5 seed)

First Round – Damon Sims, Pitt-Johnstown – won by dec. 7-6

Quarterfinals – Brad Emerick, Lock Haven – lost by maj. dec. 9-0

Consolation First Round – Shaun Heist, Bloomsburg — won by fall 3:40

Consolation Second Round — Jordan Wertz, Millersville – won by fall 3:23

Consolation Semifinals – #2 Andrew Welton, Mercyhurst – won by fall 0:43

Consolation Finals (3rd place) — #6 Nick Budd, Gannon – won by dec. 3-2

PSAC Championship Team Standings

  1. Edinboro 189.5
  2. Lock Haven 130.5
  3. Mercyhurst 95.5
  4. Kutztown 79.0
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