Boro wrestling notches record-breaking six EWL champions

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Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 at 6:35 PM

The Edinboro Fighting Scots wrestling team made the 271-mile trek to Bloomsburg University Saturday for the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) championship tournament. Edinboro had been touted as the number one team in this NCAA Division I conference throughout the year and by 6p.m. that evening, they proved why.

The Scots put eight of its wrestlers in the championship finals, out of 10 possible weight classes. When they lined everyone up and paraded them out, it looked more like a dual meet at McComb Fieldhouse than the actual EWLs. A school-record six Edinboro wrestlers came away with EWL titles as well as two second place finishes and one fourth place finish.

125 pounds: Sean Russell — NCAA Championship Qualifier

Sean Russell entered the EWL tournament as the number one seed. Russell handled Jake Fields of Lock Haven by pinning him in 3 minutes, 24 seconds. In the semifinals he took care of Ibrahim Banduka of George Mason University, the number 4 seed, by defeating him by a score of 10-4. In the finals, Russell faced number two seed Jake Gromacki of Clarion. Russell emerged victorious, winning 11-3.

133 pounds: Korbin Myers — NCAA Championship Qualifier

Korbin Myers entered the tournament as the number one seed and received a bye for the quarterfinal round. This is Myers’ first year in the starting lineup for the Fighting Scots and his first active year on the roster. Myers faced #5 Matt Noble of Bloomsburg in the semifinal match, winning by major decision, 16-6. In the finals, Myers took on second seeded DJ Fehlman of Lock Haven. It took them to the second overtime to decide this one as Myers would come out on top by a score of 7-3.

141 pounds: Nate Hagan

Hagan had a rough go of it for the tournament, facing number three seed Tejon Anthony of George Mason University in the quarterfinals and losing by a slim 4-3 decision. Hagan landed a draw with Grant Bond of Bloomsburg and defeated him by a 7-4 margin. In the consolation semifinals, Hagan faced #4 Evan Cheek of Cleveland State. Cheek got the better of Hagan by a score of 8-2.

149 pounds: Patricio Lugo — NCAA Championship Qualifier

Lugo entered as the number one seed and pinned his way to the finals match. In the quarterfinals he pinned Sam Matzek of Cleveland State in 2 minutes and 50 seconds. Lugo pinned the number four seed Jake Keller of Clarion in 3 minutes and 57 seconds. For an encore, Lugo would tech-fall number two seed Sahid Kargbo of George Mason with a score of 17-2 in 6 minutes and 34 seconds to win the EWL title.

157 pounds: Chase Delande

Delande came out on fire, recording a tech fall over Mac Tanner of Clarion in 6 minutes and 6 seconds, by a score of 20-2. In the semifinals, Delande would face three seed Evan Delong of Clarion and would win by an 11-1 margin. In the finals, Delande faced off against #5 nationally ranked and one seeded B.J. Clagon of Rider. Delande would suffer a defeat by a score of 9-1. EWL was allotted only one slot for the national tournament and Delande was not awarded one of the at-large bids to the tournament.

165 pounds: Austin Matthews — NCAA Championship Qualifier

Matthews entered the tournament as the two seed. Matthews won his first match via pin over John Barber of Bloomsburg, 2 minutes and 40 seconds into the match. In the semifinals match, Matthews would defeat the three seed Evan Delong of Clarion, 11-1. Matthews would lose in the finals match to number one seed Chad Walsh of Rider. Matthews still moves on to the national tournament as the EWL is sending two wrestlers to St. Louis.

174 pounds: Ty Schoffstall — NCAA Championship Qualifier

Schoffstall would also be a number one seed in the tournament. In the quarterfinals, Schoffstall would face Devon Pingel of Cleveland State and would come out on top with a major decision, 16-5. In the semifinals, Schoffstall squared off against Dean Sherry of Rider. It took extra time to decide this match as Schoffstall would score a takedown to win it in sudden death overtime. In the finals, Schoffstall would have an easier time as he faced second seed Adam Mackie of Lock Haven. Schoffstall defeated Mackie in regulation by a score of 12-8.

184 pounds: Dakota Geer — NCAA Championship Qualifier

Geer entered like many of his teammates as the number one seed in the EWL tournament. In the quarterfinals, Geer drew Austin Harrison of George Mason, recording a tech fall over him in 3 minutes with a score of 19-0. Geer would face fourth seed Scott Marmoll of Clarion and would beat him by a score of 6-1. In the finals match Geer would face three seed Nick Corba of Cleveland State. Geer would win this match handily by a score of 6-3. Geer is a true freshman in his first year of competition at this level.

197 pounds: Dylan Reynolds

Reynolds would win his quarterfinal match against Matt Meadows of George Mason by a score of three to zero. In the Semifinals Reynolds would get tech falled by number one seed Ryan Wolfe of Rider with a score of twenty two to seven in under six minutes. In the consolation semifinals Reynolds drew Collin Kelly of  Cleveland State. Reynolds would tech fall Kelly in under three minutes by a score of eighteen to zero.The third place match Reynolds faced  second seed Tristan Sponseller of  Lock Haven. Reynolds lost by a score of four to zero. Reynolds missed out on the trip to St louis as EWL is sending only one wrestler to Nationals from this weight class

 285 pounds Heavyweight: Billy Miller- NCAA Championship Qualifier

Miller faced Evan Daley of Clarion in the quarterfinals and this match would go into sudden victory as Miller got the takedown to win four to two. The Semifinal match went a little easier as Miller faced Matt Voss of George Mason. Miller would win by a score of six to one. In the finals Miller would face a familiar foe in Thomas Haines of Lock Haven. Haines has been a bit of a nemesis for Miller having beat Miller twice already on the season. This match lived up the the hype as it went into double overtime with Miller securing the win by a score of seven to three. 

 Edinboro Took home plenty of hardware from the EWL’s. Along with the individual titles the Team won the team competition with a 121 points their closest competition had 73 points. Edinboro will send seven wrestlers total to St Louis on March 16th for NCAA Division One Tournament. With many wrestlers being talked about as potential All-Americans. 

George Schmidt is a sports writer for The Spectator. 

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