One of most decorated Boro wrestlers ever recognized as best male Scot
Story first appeared in the April 30, 2015 Edinboro University Spectator, which was distributed on campus and around the town of Edinboro.
Mitchell Port has received many accolades and plenty of praise and recognition during his illustrious career at Edinboro.
The redshirt-senior received his final award Saturday night.
Port was named the Sox Harrison Male Senior Athlete of the Year Saturday night at the Edinboro University Athletic Department’s 34th annual Hall of Fame banquet in McComb Fieldhouse.
The award is to recognize the best male athlete of the academic year and Port was certainly that. The Bellefonte, Pennsylvania native was 36-2 this past season, falling twice to Ohio State’s Logan Stieber, who is only the fourth four-time national champion in NCAA wrestling history. Port dropped a 6-3 decision to Stieber during a regular season dual in February and lost to him again in the 141 lb. finals at the national championships in March, this time by an 11-5 decision.
Port had his way against everyone else, other than the Buckeye. He won a PSAC and an EWL title this season and was an All-American.
“I obviously didn’t accomplish what I set out to accomplish,” Port said about falling short of being a national champion. “Looking back, I’m happy with it [though].”
Although this award recognized this year’s achievements, it may very well have been to applaud him for his career.
Port helped Edinboro to a fifth-place team finish in 2014 and a third-place team finish this past season, the best two finishes in school history. He was a four-time national qualifier, a three-time All-American, a three-time EWL champion and a four-time PSAC champion.
Additionally, he is only one of eight Edinboro wrestlers to achieve All-American status at least three time in their careers. Also, other than Josh Koscheck, Port is the only Fighting Scot to make it to the finals twice in their careers.
The team flourished too, winning four PSAC titles and the last two EWL crowns during Port’s tenure.
If the hardware isn’t enough to impress, he has the statistics to back him up as well. Port finished with a 132-17 career record, good enough for eighth on Boro’s all-time win list and he is also third in career winning percentage at .886. Additionally, he has 35 career falls, ninth best in school history.
In duals, the redshirt senior was 57-3 in his career, losing twice as a redshirt freshman and the Stieber loss, giving him 45 straight wins in duals.
With such an expansive resume, Port says he doesn’t realize all that he has done yet.
“Hopefully one day down the road, I can realize it and really let it sink in how well I’ve done,” he said.
Port did admit that he didn’t think all of this would be possible in his career.
“Coming in I wanted to be a national champ,” he said. “I didn’t know that I would All-American three times. Obviously, you set your goals high and hope that you reach them, but if you just short you still are set up in a very good position.”
The final farewell of Port’s career was the loss in the finals to Stieber at the national championships at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis in March. Although the match did not end as Port would have liked, he liked the atmosphere and when the match was.
“I think the neatest part was that it was the last match,” Port said. “It was the most ‘look-forward-to match’ of the night. Obviously, it didn’t end how I wanted it to, but it was a great experience.”
Port’s experience is part of what put Edinboro on the map and in the upper tier of the Division-I wrestling world, despite the drastic difference between funding and enrollment with their competitors.
“I think it says a lot about us,” Port said. “You don’t need to have the most resources. You don’t need that to win wrestling matches. That’s one of the things that we do here that sets us apart from everyone else.”