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Scots survive, advance

Edinboro sends 4 to quarterfinals

Video first published on on March 20, 2015.

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ST. LOUIS – Six Fighting Scots qualified for the national championships.

After the first day, five are still alive and four are in the quarterfinals.

Kory Mines, Mitchell Port, Dave Habat, Vic Avery, and A.J. Schopp are all still alive in the 2015 Division I National Championships after the first two sessions, with the first four still in the championship bracket.

At 125 lbs., #12 Mines upset #5 Sean Boyle of Chattanooga by a 12-7 decision. Mines stormed out of the game with six quick points carrying him to his 35th victory of the season.

Mines will get another rematch with #4 Nathan Tomasello of Ohio State in the quarterfinals Friday morning. Tomasello won by major decision when the two last squared off in February.

Port had a quick outing at 141 lbs. in the nightcap as the redshirt-senior won by an injury decision in 56 seconds. His opponent, #15 Jamel Hudson of Hofstra, issued a medical forfeit after injuring his ankle late in the first period. Port was leading 2-0 in the match at the time.

The Bellefonte, Pennsylvania native will face #7 Anthony Ashnault of Rutgers Friday morning in the quarterfinals.

Third-seeded Dave Habat followed up his shutout this morning with another great performance as the redshirt-senior won by a 12-2 major decision against #14 Cody Ruggirello of Hofstra in the second session.

Habat jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead in the first period and also finished strong in the match, recording six points in the third period. The St. Ignatius product will go into battle with #11 Tywan Claxton of Ohio Friday morning.

Habat reflected on his first day in St. Louis.

“There’s two separate things,” he said “One is winning and then evaluating your performance. I could’ve won, but not been happy with the way I wrestled, but I was happy with how I wrestled. In both matches I was really grooving out there and I won. So regardless of how I wrestled, it always feels good to advance in the tournament and to be in the quarterfinals. I feel pretty good, but that is over with now. My goal is to win three more matches. I’m not too happy yet. It feels good.”

Vic Avery needed much more than seven minutes to settle his match with #4 Jack Dechow of Old Dominion. The two went to two tiebreakers and Avery emerged the victor thanks to 15 seconds of riding time, avenging an earlier season loss to Dechow.

According to Avery, who will wrestle in the quarterfinals Friday morning against ###, this was a long time in the making.

“Me, personally, I told everybody. I told my family, I said if I can take the match to deep waters where it’s just heart, you take technique out the window and its’ just heart in those final 30 second periods, I will win. None of these guys have been through what I’ve been through to get to where I am now. They all were great as kids, had cameras in their faces. I’ve never had that. I’ve been underrated. I sucked as a kid. I was a fat kid. I’ve worked for everything I’ve had and God had given me this great opportunity. Just praise God for giving me the opportunity,” he said.

Avery faces off against #5 Taylor Meeks of Oregon State in the quarterfinals.

After falling 4-2 in the first session of the day, redshirt-senior A. J. Schopp bounced back with a win in his first match in the consolation bracket, a 2-1 decision against Geoffrey Alexander. Schopp wrestles Jade Rauser of Virginia Friday.

At 197 lbs., Vince Pickett suffered his second loss of the day, a 7-0 decision against Alex Polizzi of Northwestern, ending his first trip to the national championships.

With four Fighting Scots in the quarterfinals on Friday morning, head coach Tim Flynn is pleased.

“It’s good,” he said of having five still alive. “It’s where we want to be and it was a good day.”

Two more sessions await Edinboro tomorrow. The third commences at 10 a.m. local time with the fourth beginning at 7 p.m. local time.


KORY MINES  — 125 lbs. (#12 seed) (33-7)

First Round – won by dec. over Ares Carpio, Arizona State 10-5

Second Round – won by dec. over Sean Boyle, Chattanooga (#5 seed) 12-7

A.J. SCHOPP – 133 lbs. (#9 seed) (20-3)

First Round – lost by dec. to Caleb Richardson, Penn 4-2

Consolation First Round – won by dec. over Geoff Alexander, Maryland 2-1

MITCHELL PORT – 141 lbs. (#2 seed) (34-1)

First Round – won by maj. dec. over Mitchell Bengston, North Dakota State 17-4

Second Round – won by inj. def. over Jamel Hudson, Hofstra (#15 seed)

DAVE HABAT – 149 lbs. (#3 seed) (34-2)

First Round – won by dec. over Josh Kindig, Oklahoma State 7-0

Second Round – won by maj. dec. over Cody Ruggirello, Hofstra (#14 seed) 12-2

VIC AVERY – 184 lbs. (#13 seed) (31-6)

First Round – won by dec. over Nikko Reyes, Illinois 3-0

Second Round – won by dec. over Jack Dechow, Old Dominion (#4 seed) 3-3 tb2 (RT adv.)

VINCE PICKETT – 197 lbs. (17-18)

First Round – lost by maj. dec. to Nathan Burak, Iowa (#6 seed) 18-4

Consolation First Round – lost by dec. to Alex Polizzi, Northwestern (#11 seed) 7-0


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