Fighting Scots hang tough, fall to #1 ranked Oklahoma St.

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 at 5:30 PM
Fighting Scots hang tough, fall to #1 ranked Oklahoma St. by Michael McLaughlin

Edinboro wrestling held their own against top- ranked Oklahoma State on Saturday, falling to the Cowboys, 24-12.

The match was highlighted by Edinboro’s Austin Matthews defeating seventh-ranked Chandler Rogers by fall in the second period.

There were several close matches, which resulted in losses for the Fighting Scots. Those matches were at 157 pounds with Chase Delande, 174 pounds with Ty Schofstall, and 184 pounds with Dakota Geer.

Head coach Tim Flynn said there were no moral victories in this match; you either win or you lose. Flynn said the atmosphere was awesome and that this type of turnout is what wrestling needs.

Matthews reciprocated those feelings, stating: “We expected to win. We train to win, we don’t train to lose, so my expectations were to come in and wrestle to the best of my abilities.”

Flynn said he felt his team gained confidence from this match, as they move into the latter part of the season.

The match started out with a win for Edinboro’s ninth-ranked Sean Russell over 12th ranked Nick Piccininni at 125 pounds. The first period went scoreless, but Piccininni got an escape in the second period. Russell would get a takedown for two points later in the period and an escape in the third period to win the match 3-2. This was Russell’s second victory over Piccininni this season.

“Awesome start for the team,” Flynn said of Russell’s performance.

Korbin Meyers had his hands full with third- ranked Kaid Brock at 133 pounds. Brock won a 16-4 major decision, which put Oklahoma State up 6-3. Meyers came into the match ranked 19th and fell to 25-9 on the season.

“He made a couple mistakes early and fell behind,” Flynn said about Meyers. “But credit the kid Brock, he’s a stud, so we just gotta fix a couple things for Korbin.”

At 141 pounds, Edinboro freshman Ozzy Lugo was back in the lineup for the first time since December and faced the top-ranked, defending national champion Dean Heil. Heil would defeat Lugo with a 17-2 technical fall at 5:43 into the match. After this match, OSU had a 12-3 lead.

Eleventh ranked Patricio Lugo squared up against third-ranked Anthony Collica at 149 pounds. Collica grabbed a takedown in the first period and Lugo responded with an escape to make it 2-1 after the first period. The second period went scoreless and Collica collected one more takedown in the third to win 4-1.

“He wrestled good. He was in the match. He’s closing the gap on that guy,” Flynn said about Lugo’s match.

To cap off four straight victories, Davey Dolan defeated Edinboro’s Delande at 157 pounds in a close match. Dolan went up 4-0 after one, but Delande responded with a four-point nearfall in the second period to tie it up. With 46 seconds remaining in the match, Dolan got a reversal on Delande, and Delande was unable to respond in the closing seconds, losing 6-5. The Cowboys increased their lead to 15-3.

“Chase is really good when he wrestles in his positions and he obviously put himself in position to win,” Flynn said. He continued to say the nearfall at the end of the first period is what hurt Delande the most.

At 165 pounds, 17th ranked Matthews upset seventh-ranked Rogers by pinning him at the 3:47 mark. Matthews trailed 2-1 after one period, but was able to dominate the second period, starting from the top position. Matthews is now 14-5 on the season.

“Going into it I just wanted to wrestle through all the positions. Toward the end of the match, he started opening up more and it provided more chances to expose him,” Matthews said.

“Oh it’s awesome, you know with the crowd. It was nice to see him win,” Flynn said of Matthews’ performance.

Schofstall forced ninth-ranked Kyle Crutchmer into sudden death overtime after a score of 4-4 during regulation. Crutchmer was able to get a takedown 16 seconds into the overtime period for a 6-4 victory. 

“I feel like he’s gotta finish those off. We know how good Ty is. We just gotta finish the match; he’s not gonna give it to us, so we’re real close there,” Flynn said.

At 184 pounds, 17th-ranked Fighting Scot Geer battled with sixth ranked Nolan Boyd. Geer was up 4-3 after one and at the end of the second period Boyd reclaimed the lead, 8-7. Geer tied it up early in the third with an escape to make it 8-8. However, with 10 seconds left, Boyd got a takedown to win the match 10-8.

“He’ll go back and watch the film. He’s a student, so he’s gonna study it and get back after it,” Flynn said about Geer’s close match.

At 197 pounds, Dylan Reynolds lost to Derek White, 1-0, with the only score coming in the second period where White got an escape.

Billy Miller would end the night with a Fighting Scot victory, as he defeated Tanner Allen in a 6-2 decision.

“Billy looked good. I thought he kept shooting, but I mean I was impressed,” Flynn said about Miller. He noted that he would have rather seen their ranked kid, but OSU went with their back-up at heavyweight.

Edinboro is at home again on Friday against Cleveland State for senior night at 7 p.m. in McComb Fieldhouse.

Michael McLaughlin can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com. 

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