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Injury forces Avery out of NWCA All-Star Classic; Russell competes in undercard

Story first appeared on edinboronow.com on Nov. 4, 2015 and in the Edinboro University Spectator on Nov. 5, 2015.

For the second straight year, an Edinboro Fighting Scot ended up not competing in the NWCA All-Star Classic.

Redshirt-senior Vic Avery had to withdraw from the 50th annual event, held last Sunday at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion, due to an injury. His withdrawal was announced on Oct. 28.

“Vic had to pull out due to an injury,” head Edinboro wrestling coach Tim Flynn said via a release from the university’s sports information department. “We expect him back soon.”

Flynn also confirmed that the injury was suffered in practice two weeks ago, which also prohibited him from competing at Edinboro’s wrestle-offs in the Mike S. Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Dome on Oct. 24.

Avery was selected to compete at 184 pounds against Nathaniel Brown of Lehigh in the event, an individual whom Avery competed against a year ago.

Despite Avery’s scratch from the lineup, Edinboro was still represented on Sunday evening. Redshirt freshman Sean Russell competed in the undercard. He faced Devane Dodens from Life University in Georgia at 125 lbs.

Russell represented Edinboro well in the event, winning with an 8-2 decision against Dodens.

Russell is the favorite to be the starter for Edinboro at 125 pounds after having a sensational redshirt season a year ago, including a second-place finish at the Edinboro Open. This contributed to him being selected to wrestle in the event, one that is known for showcasing the best wrestlers in collegiate wrestling.

This event used an experimental scoring rule where takedowns were worth three points instead of the usual two and near falls were worth four points instead of three.

Edinboro opens up its 2015-16 season (See B3) as a team on Saturday at the Eastern Michigan Duals, facing Olivet College, Ohio University and Northern Illinois.

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