Lugos impress as Boro falls to Pitt

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 at 6:17 PM
Lugos impress as Boro falls to Pitt by Michael McLaughlin
Photo: Kimberly Firestine

The Edinboro Fighting Scots wrestling team dropped their home opening dual match against 20th ranked University of Pittsburgh Saturday by a score of 20-16.

Edinboro dropped to 0-2 on the season as they also lost to sixth ranked Virginia Tech in early November. Pittsburgh improved to 3-0.

The marquee match of the day was Ozzy Lugo against Nick Zanetta at 141 pounds. In Lugo’s collegiate debut, he battled for 11 minutes and two tiebreakers for the victory.

“We gotta win like that right now,” head coach Tim Flynn said. “You gotta be tough. We need to get him better at wrestling; he needs to score some more points, but if you can win on toughness as a freshman you’re gonna be alright.”

He opened up with a reversal for an early 2-0 lead, which was followed by an escape from Zanetta to make the score 2-1. Zanetta tied it up in the third with another escape, forcing the match to go to overtime.

The overtime was scoreless and it looked as if Lugo would take a 4-2 lead with another reversal at the very end of the tiebreaker, but the ref reviewed the takedown and the call was reversed.

In the final tiebreaker, Lugo was called for stalling, so Zanetta was awarded a point, but Lugo was able to come away with an escape with six seconds left to tie the match. Since riding time was a factor in this tiebreaker, Lugo won with a six second advantage.

“This match prepares me for tournaments because it’s just one match, but I just wrestled two matches, so I know I can wrestle every match like that because that’s the kind of shape I’m in,” Lugo said.

He also noted that the pace of the match was fast and he had to fight for every point.

“When you got people on your side like that, you feel better, you feel stronger. It’s a good place to wrestle,” Lugo said of the crowd and his teammates.

The Fighting Scots opened up the match with a win as Sean Russell defeated L.J. Bentley at 125 pounds in a 4-1 decision. He improved to 5-1 on the season and gave Edinboro a 3-0 lead in the match.

At 133 pounds, Edinboro’s Korbin Myers went up against eighth-ranked Dom Forys. Forys won with a 10-2 major decision and gave Pitt a 4-3 lead.

Ranked 12th, Patricio Lugo, Ozzy’s older brother, faced Mikey Racciato and came away with a 14-2 major decision win. With the victory he gave Edinboro a 10-4 lead and improved to 5-2 on the season.

“He looked great. That kid’s a solid wrestler. That’s a big win,” Flynn said.

Edinboro would lose the next two matches at 157 and 165 pounds. Chase Delande fell to Pitt’s Jake Wentzel in a 10-0 major decision and 11th ranked Austin Matthews was upset by 19th ranked TeShan Campbell in a 9-6 decision. Pitt would take an 11-10 lead.

“That kid’s tough to wrestle,” Flynn said about Campbell. “At the end, he (Matthews) figured it out, but a little too late.”

Edinboro scored their final points of the day in the 174 and 184-pound matches to take a 16-11 lead.

First year starter Ty Schoffstall won an 11-5 major decision over Christian Dietrich to improve to 1-1 on the season.

“He did well. He probably could have got that major, which ended up not being a big deal, because we lost the last one, but those little things we’ll have to do better next weekend,” Flynn said about Schoffstall’s match.

Dakota Geer, a true freshman, defeated Mat Carr, 4-3, at 184 pounds, as he improved to 5-1 on the year. Geer had an escape and takedown, good for a 3-1 lead going into the final period, but Carr got a takedown at the buzzer. Geer had the advantage in riding time for the winning point.

“Dakota wrestled well. We just have to score more points...as a team. Get on the board,” Flynn said.

Redshirt freshman Dylan Reynolds lost to Pitt’s Zach Bruce in a 2-0 decision, falling to 4-3 on the season.

The score was 16-14 in favor of the Scots when going into the final match of the day.

Billy Miller, 16th ranked, matched up against 14th ranked Ryan Solomon in the heavyweight class. Solomon won by fall (pin) in the first period to make the final score 20-16 in favor of Pitt.

“I wanna watch the film. He (Billy) came out of his stance a little bit and the kid got the takedown,” Flynn said.

Edinboro is back in action against 10th ranked Lehigh at McComb Fieldhouse on Saturday at 3 p.m. 

Michael McLaughlin is a Sports Editor for The Spectator and can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com

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