Boro third in team race heading into finals
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ST. LOUIS – Ohio State may have clinched the team title, but not too many people are talking about the Buckeyes.
Instead, it is Edinboro that is the talk of the championships.
After five sessions in the 2015 Division I Wrestling National Championships at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, the Fighting Scots were third with 75.5 points in the team race, with two wrestlers competing in the morning session.
Those two, A.J. Schopp and Vic Avery, held their own as they were victorious twice and earned third place in their respective weight classes.
A.J. Schopp woke up Saturday on the right side of the bed as the redshirt-senior faced James Gulibon of Penn State in the first match of the day on mat three. Schopp and Guliman were knotted at two after the first period and we still tied when Schopp flipped the script and pinned Guliman early in the second period. The fall in 3:39 is Schopp’s fourth win by fall in the championships.
The victory advanced the All-American to the third place match at 133 lbs. where he battled top-seeded Chris Dardanes of Minnesota. Schopp trailed for most of the match before he secured two points right before the end of the third period, knotting the match at three. Schopp tacked on one more point thanks to his advantage in riding time to take the 4-3 win and third place at 133 lbs.
Schopp finished his career with a 133 wins, good for fifth all-time in Edinboro history and with 67 falls.
“He did a good job of taking it one at a time,” Flynn said of Schopp. “I think we saw a little bit of the old A.J. Schopp on top. He got a couple of falls. That is really tough to do. That was Herculean.”
After falling in the semifinals Friday night, Vic Avery continued his national championships in the consolation bracket Saturday morning. The redshirt-junior defeated sixth-seeded Hayden Zillmer of North Dakota State by a 4-2 decision. Avery trailed 1-0 entering the third period and notched three points with an early escape and then a takedown midway through the final frame to secure the victory with one more point of riding time.
The Foxboro, Massachusetts native advanced to the third-place match at 184 lbs and battled #3 Blake Stauffer of Arizona State. Avery trailed 1-0 entering the third period, but earned a takedown late in the period on his way to a comeback 3-2 decision which earned him third place.
Despite a third-place finish and an All-American status, Avery still has Cornell’s Gabe Dean on his mind.
“I would’ve traded not placing this year if I knew I’d win it next year,” Avery said. “I hope I opened some eyes and let them know that I am here. Also, that I am coming for Dean next year.”
The final session begins tonight at 7 p.m. central, 8 p.m. eastern. The parade of All-Americans precedes the session and will commence at 6:35 p.m. Dave Habat faces #1 Drake Houdashelt of Missouri in the first match of the session and Mitchell Port battles #1 Logan Stieber of Ohio State in the final match of the championships.
KORY MINES — 125 lbs. (#12 seed) (33-9)
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
Quarterfinals – lost by tech. fall to Nathan Tomasello, Ohio State (#4 seed) 17-1 (5:25)
Consolation Fourth Round – lost by maj. dec. to Nahshon Garrett, Cornell (#2 seed) 11-0
A.J. SCHOPP – 133 lbs. (#9 seed) (24-3)
First Round – lost by dec. to Caleb Richardson, Penn 4-2
Consolation First Round – won by dec. over Geoff Alexander, Maryland 2-1
Consolation Second Round – won by fall over Jade Rauser, Utah Valley 3:17
Consolation Third Round – won by fall over Gary Wayne Harding, Oklahoma State 1:23
Consolation Fourth Round – won by fall over George DiCamillo, Virginia (#12 seed) 3:33
Consolation Fifth Round – won by dec. over Rossi Bruno, Michigan (#14 seed) 7-0
Consolation Sixth Round – won by fall over James Guliborn (#7 seed) 3:39
Third-place match – won by decision over Chris Dardanes (#1 seed) 4-3
MITCHELL PORT – 141 lbs. (#2 seed) (35-1)
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)
Quarterfinals – won by dec. over Anthony Ashnault, Rutgers (#7 seed) 9-4
Semifinals – won by maj. dec. over Chris Mecate, Old Dominion (#11 seed) 14-2
DAVE HABAT – 149 lbs. (#3 seed) (35-2)
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
Quarterfinals – won by maj. dec. over Tywan Claxton, Ohio (#11 seed) 10-0
Semifinals – won by dec. over Jason Tsirtsis, Northwestern (#2 seed) 3-2
VIC AVERY – 184 lbs. (#13 seed) (32-6)
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.)
Quarterfinals – won by maj. dec. over Taylor Meeks, Oregon State (#5 seed) 14-5
Semifinals – lost by dec. to Gabe Dean, Cornell (#1 seed) 3-3 tb2 (RT adv.)
Consolation Sixth Round- won by decision over Hayden Zillmer (#6 seed) 4-2
Third-place match – won by decision over Blake Stauffer (#3 seed) 4-2
VINCE PICKETT – 197 lbs. (17-18)
First Round – lost by maj. dec. to Nathan Burak, Iowa (#6 seed) 18-4
Consolation First Round — lost dec. to Alex Polizzi, Northwestern (#11 seed) 7-0