Story first appeared in the Feb. 19, 2015 edition of the Spectator.
To many wrestling fans, Sunday in McComb Fieldhouse was heaven. Two geographically-close, highly-ranked teams wrestled and also the top-two ranked wrestlers at 141 lbs., faced off in the biggest match in the nation that day.
After the action, it was the Buckeyes who still felt as if they were on ‘cloud nine.’
#3 Ohio State cruised to a 30-7 victory over #15 Edinboro (13-5) Sunday afternoon in McComb Fieldhouse in one of eight EAS Nutrion/NWCA Mat Mayhem National Dual regional matches.
Additionally, #1 Logan Stieber won by a 6-3 decision over #2 Mitchell Port in the highly anticipated battle at 141 lbs.
“I thought we could’ve competed a little better,” head coach Tim Flynn said. “They have a really good team. I don’t want to discount that. They may be the best team in the country dual-meet wise, but I certainly think we could’ve competed better.”
Redshirt-senior Kory Mines, who was one of eight seniors who were honored before the match as part of Senior Day festivities, lost by a major decision at 125 lbs., in the first match of the day. Mines held his own against #7 Nathan Tomasello early in the match, but Tomasello pulled away late, earning seven points in the third period by way of two take downs and a near fall.
Anthony Rivera also fell by major decision at 133 lbs., giving Ohio State (13-3) an 8-0 lead heading into the Stieber-Port match.
In the biggest match of the afternoon, that had the crowd of 2,753 on the edge of its seat, Stieber remained undefeated on the season with a 6-3 decision over Port, giving the redshirt-senior his first loss of the 2014-15 campaign.
Following a scoreless first period, the action picked up with Stieber leading 2-1 after the second period. Port was trailing 3-2 midway through the third before Stieber earned a take down with 47 seconds left in the match.
“First off, I lost, which I don’t like to do,” Port said after the dual. “Secondly, I didn’t get into enough scoring positions. I don’t feel like I put myself in the right position to score. I think he scored from all the positions that he put himself in and I didn’t.”
#1 Dave Habat won by a major decision at 149 lbs., over unranked Randy Languis, which gave the Scots their first points of the day, as they trailed the Buckeyes 11-4.
Edinboro’s only other win came at 184 courtesy of #11 Vic Avery. The redshirt-junior earned a 4-1 decision over #10 Kenny Courts earning his three points late in the second period, and tacking on the fourth with riding time.
“It was a good quality win. I’m happy,” Avery said reflecting on the match. “Just kind of climbed up the ladder. It is exciting because I’ve wrestled all of the best guys and I’ve come up short. I felt like I dominated the match. It felt good to open up and control the pace of the match.”
The Fighting Scots wrap up their regular season with a match against West Virginia on Friday at 8 p.m.
#3 OHIO STATE 30, #15 EDINBORO 7
125 lbs. – #7 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) maj. dec. #18 Kory Mines (EU) 13-2
133 lbs. – #10 Johnni DiJulius (OSU) maj. dec. Anthony Rivera (EU) 12-1
141 lbs. — #1 Logan Stieber (OSU) dec. #2 Mitchell Port (EU) 6-3
149 lbs. — #1 Dave Habat (EU) maj. dec. Randy Languis (OSU) 10-0
157 lbs. – #12 Josh Demas (OSU) dec. Chase Delande (EU) 7-0
165 lbs. – #5 Bo Jordan (OSU) fall over Casey Fuller (EU) 3:46
174 lbs. – #13 Mark Martin (OSU) dec. #20 Patrick Jennings (EU) 5-2
184 lbs. – #11 Vic Avery (EU) dec. #10 Kenny Courts (OSU) 4-1
197 lbs. – #3 Kyle Snyder (OSU) tech. fall Vince Pickett (EU) 25-9 (6:04)
Hwt. – Ray Gordon (OSU) dec. Warren Bosch (EU) 3-1
RECORDS: Edinboro 13-5
Ohio State 13-3