Scots squeak by Bald Eagles, win 11th straight EWL match
Story first appeared in Feb. 12 edition of the Spectator.
Edinboro, who is 15th-ranked in the nation, won on Friday night against Lock Haven, securing its second-straight EWL Dual-Meet crown.
However, head coach Tim Flynn does not think his team is performing at its best.
“It’s weird. We have some guys who are firing on all cylinders and we have other guys that are off a little bit. We’ve got to figure that out. We want to get the whole team kind of wrestling at its best. I don’t think we did that tonight by any means,” he concluded.
Even without being the best they could be, the Fighting Scots defeated the Bald Eagles, 21-14, to improve to 13-4 overall and 6-0 in the EWL, completing their second unblemished season in the EWL and swiping their second-straight Dual-Meet title in the process.
All told Boro has been unstoppable of late in the EWL, coming out victorious in 11 straight league duals.
Redshirt-senior Kory Mines got Edinboro out to an early 3-0 lead after earning a 6-1 decision against Jake Field at 125 lbs. Mines scored a one-point escape and a two-point takedown in the third period to secure his 27th victory of the season.
Lock Haven thrusted itself into the lead, 5-3, after Ronald Perry earned an 18-2 technical fall against Anthony Rivera, who is filling in for the injured A.J. Schopp at 133 lbs.
Number two Mitchell Port put Edinboro back in the lead, where it would remain for the duration of the dual, with a pin of Bobby Rehm in 3:34, the returning All-American’s third-straight pin and 11th this season.
Dave Habat, the new top seed at 149 lbs., and Kasey Burnett-Davis, won the next two matches for the Fighting Scots. Davis earned four points in the first period, the first two were rewarded after video review proved Davis did secure a takedown, but Elias Biddle, Davis’s opponent, nearly came back, losing 4-3.
“I think Kasey took his foot off the gas,” Flynn admitted. “He got somewhere in that second period and he said, ‘I’m going to shut her down,’ and you can’t do that in college wrestling. He needs to work on that.”
After Pat Jennings won to give Edinboro an 18-8 advantage, #13 Vic Avery extended the lead with a hard-fought 3-1 decision over Fred Garcia, who he has faced eight times in college, including in this year’s PSAC Championship match, and won on all eight occasions.
Despite the win, the 24th this season for the redshirt-junior, Avery wanted to do more.
“I’m a little disappointed,” he said after the dual. “I like to open it up. I felt like I was moving him real well, but just felt like he kept backing up, posting on my face, trying to keep me from shooting. He did a good job. The one opportunity I did have, I scored, but I definitely need to force more opportunities in the future.”
Lock Haven won the final two matches of the night, at 197 lbs., and heavyweight. At heavyweight for Edinboro, Warren Bosch, has been on a hot streak of late, but dropped that match on Friday to Brad Emerick, who outweighed him by just under 60 pounds, according to the official pre-match weigh in.
Weight discrepancies like that, and the pure fact of moving up from 197 this season, has Bosch learning on the fly, even this late in the season.
“I know it is getting towards the end of the year, but Warren is still figuring this thing out,” Flynn said of Bosch wrestling at heavyweight. “He is a 197 pounder and wrestling those bigger guys. He is figuring it out. I know that he knows what he needs to do if he sees that guy again at the EWL tournament. I know he is still figuring some things out, so I think he’ll be ready.”
Edinboro now prepares to be ready for Sunday, Feb. 15 when #4 Ohio State visits McComb Fieldhouse at 1 p.m. as part of the EAS Nutrition/NWCA Mat Mayhem National Duals. The Buckeyes upset #2 Minnesota 22-13 on Friday night. The winner of the dual will advance to the quarterfinals on Feb. 21, which are hosted by the University of Iowa.
#15 EDINBORO 21, LOCK HAVEN 14
125 lbs. –- #17 Kory Mines (EU) dec. Jake Field (LHU) 6-1
133 lbs. – Ronnie Perry (LHU)) tech. fall Anthony Rivera (EU) 18-2 (5:16)
141 lbs. — #2 Mitchell Port (EU) fall over Bobby Rehm (LHU) 3:34
149 lbs. — #1 Dave Habat (EU) dec. Dan Neff (LHU) 6-0
157 lbs. – Kasey Burnett-Davis (EU) dec. Elias Biddle (LHU) 4-3
165 lbs. – Aaron McKinney (EU) dec. Casey Fuller (EU) 2-0
174 lbs. – Patrick Jennings (EU) dec. Tyler Wood (LHU) 11-4
184 lbs. – #13 Vic Avery (EU) dec. Fred Garcia (LHU) 3-1
197 lbs. – Phil Sprenkle (LHU) dec. Vince Pickett (EU) 3-0
Hwt. – Brad Emerick (LHU) dec. Warren Bosch (EU) 6-2
RECORDS: Edinboro 13-4, 6-0 EWL
Lock Haven 5-11, 2-2 EWL