‘Boro wrestling travels to NCAA Division I championships, leaves without All-American

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Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 at 5:20 PM

The Edinboro Fighting Scots sent five wrestlers to Cleveland, Ohio over the weekend for the NCAA Division I Wrestling National Championships, but none of them came away with an All-American. The event was held at Quicken Loans Arena in the heart of downtown Cleveland. 

This marks only the second time in head wrestling coach Tim Flynn’s 21-year tenure that Edinboro has not had an All-American.

Sean Russell at 125 pounds, Korbin Myers at 133 pounds, Andrew Shomers at 157 pounds, Ty Schoffstall at 174 pounds and Billy Miller at 285 pounds represented the Fighting Scots at the event. 

The Cleveland faithful set a new record for wrestling national championship attendance with over 18,000 people witnessing the action for each session of wrestling. The action took place over 3 days with 2 sessions of wrestling each day. Here is what happened for the Fighting Scots by day and session.

Day 1, Session 1:

The No. 11 seed Russell got the Fighting Scots started by winning his opening match Thursday morning. His major decision of 16-3 was over Gage Curry of American University. Next up was No. 14 seed Myers. He won his match over Rutgers University’s Scott DelVecchio by a score of 4-0. 

The unseeded Shomers would follow Myers, but would come up a little short. Shomers lost his match by a score of 6-4 to the No. 10 seed Markus Scheidel of Columbia University. Schoffstall, who received an at-large bid to enter the tournament, did not fair as well. He would lose his opening bout to Jadaen Bernstein, the No. 8 seed from Navy, by a score of 8-4. 

Miller, the No. 13 seed, took on unseeded Shawn Streck of Purdue. Miller would lose this match by a score of 11-5. At the close of session one, the Fighting Scots had two wrestlers still alive in the championship side of their brackets and three wrestlers fighting back in the consolation rounds.

Day 1, Session 2:

Russell again would start things off for the Fighting Scots on Thursday night. The Fighting Scot drew Oklahoma State’s Nick Piccininni for the round. 

Russell and Piccininni have a bit of a rivalry going back two years now, meeting three times in 2017, with Russell coming away victorious in two of them. This year, they battled on Feb. 8, when Piccininni evened the series at two victories apiece.

Piccininni would come out the better man at this meeting, defeating Russell by a score of 6-3. This would send the Edinboro athlete to the consolation round. 

Meanwhile, Myers faced the No. 3 seed, Luke Pletcher of Ohio State. Myers battled, but fell by the slim margin of 3-2. This would send him to the consolation round as well. 

Shomers would face Army’s Luke Weiland in his first consolation match, which he lost by a score of 9-1, ending his sophomore season for the Fighting Scots. In Schoffstall’s first consolation match, he drew Devin Skatzka of Indiana University. Schoffstall won this one easily by a score of 13-5. 

Finally, it was Miller’s turn on the mat. He drew A.J. Nevills of Fresno State, who Miller put away by a score of 8-4.

Day 2, Session 1:

The Fighting Scots entered the morning session with four out of five wrestlers still alive and fighting in the consolation round, or wrestle-backs. 

Russell would lead off again for Edinboro. He drew Michael McGee of Old Dominion, and would defeat him by a score of 8-1. In his second match of the session, Russell drew Luke Welch of Purdue, the No. 13 seed. Russell would lose this match by the slim margin of 4-3, ending his junior season for the Fighting Scots. 

Myers would draw Colin Valdiviez of Northwestern University. He would lose this match by a score of 5-2, ending his season as well. 

Schoffstall would face No. 10-seeded Ethan Ramos, an athlete from the University of North Carolina. Schoffstall lost this match by a score of 12-6. A redshirt senior, the loss would be the final match of Schoffstall’s career at Edinboro.  

Miller would face No. 14-seeded Michael Boykin of North Carolina State. Miller would defeat Boykin by a score of 11-1 for a major decision. Miller then drew No. 11 seed Mike Hughes of Hofstra. Miller would end up losing the match 2-0 to end his junior season with the Scots.

The Fighting Scots will be returning all of their national qualifiers next year except for Schoffstall, who will graduate this semester. 

Next year, EWL champion Dakota Geer will also return off of his redshirt season. 

George Schmidt can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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