Edinboro wrestling kicks off their season against Erie rivals

Category:  Sports
Thursday, February 4th, 2021 at 2:38 PM

Edinboro University’s wrestling team made the familiar trip to Gannon University to compete against both Mercyhurst and Gannon in their first meet of the 2021 season on Jan. 27. The wrestling team competing, along with men's and women's swimming, marks a return for Edinboro athletics after a quiet fall because of COVID-19. 

It was decided prior to the meet that team results would not be counted, but individual results would. This decision was made collectively by all three schools because of scheduling regulations and procedures that COVID-19 had generated. 

Despite this being Edinboro’s first scuffle of the year, they showed up well-rested and with their sights set on victory. 

The Fighting Scots had a successful performance in the 125-pound weight class, achieving four out of five victories against their counterparts. Lucas Rodriguez scored victories over both of his opponents for the night, in both a decision and an 18-1 technical fall, the latter which lasted 2 minutes and 49 seconds. 

Richie Markulics, of Edinboro, lost a well-fought 4-0 decision against Jacob Dunlap of Gannon University; however, the energy shifted back to the Fighting Scots immediately after. 

Edinboro put up a very impressive rest of the night by sweeping the 141-pound weight class with credit to Ryan Burgos, Jackie Gold and Gabe Willochel. The Fighting Scots nearly repeated the same dominance in the 149-pound class promptly after. 

Sully Allen was quick to earn a fall victory over two-time Pennsylvania state qualifier Caiden Mooney of Mercyhurst. They wrestled in the 149-pound weight class and Allen pinned him at 1:38.

Tyler Vath, who also competed in the 149-pound matchups, posted back-to-back victories as he clashed with Alexander Samson of Mercyhurst, who he defeated in a 2:55 fall, and Dom Means of Gannon, who he beat in a decision. 

P.J. Gohn, in the 149-pound class, defeated Joel Huck of Gannon in an 8-1 decision. 

At 157 pounds, Peter Pappas won in a 9-5 decision over Nick Young of Gannon. Pappas, who finished his 2018-19 season at 17-4 and finished first in the Michigan State Open, is no stranger to a tough matchup. 

Jacob Oliver, Edinboro’s only national qualifier in the 2018-19 season, won in a decision over the 174-pound Trevor Johnson from Mercyhurst. He continued his momentum later in the series against Luigi Yates, when Oliver won in an exciting 12-5 victory.

Matthew Dowler competed in the 174-pound class with Oliver, starting off with tons of energy and defeating the senior from Mercyhurst, Kevin Holman, in a major decision, 11-3. However, the momentum did not last as Dowler lost in a fall to Gannon's Connor Day. 

At 184 pounds, Ethan Ducca, the freshman from Edinboro, posted consecutive decision victories against two of Gannon’s wrestlers: Ducca achieved a 3-1 win over Joey Petrella, and a 6-2 decision over Cameron Page. 

Cody Mulligan, a two-time PIAA state champion and now redshirt sophomore for Edinboro, was victorious in a 4-1 decision against a resilient Luke McGonigal of Mercyhurst. 

In the final weight class (285 pounds), Fighting Scot Jon Spaulding competed in two consecutive matchups, coming out triumphant in both contests. His first victory against Adam Allen of Mercyhurst came in a 1:41 fall. His second was in a 2:35 fall over his counterpart from Gannon, Gehrig Hutchinson. 

To end the night, Max Millon of the 285-pound weight class, won in a major decision with a final score of 13-2 against Matt Long of Gannon.

Juddson Spako is a staff writer and Copy Editor for The Spectator. He can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com.

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