Ranked Wrestlers Compete in EWL Dual

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Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 at 9:15 PM
Ranked Wrestlers Compete in EWL Dual by Michael McLaughlin

The Edinboro wrestling team defeated Rider University Saturday, Jan. 23 for their 16th straight Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) match win.

The Fighting Scots moved to 7-6 overall and 5-0 in the EWL on the year.

“We’re undefeated in our league, so I think if we win another one we’ll win the league dual meet championship, which is always a goal of ours,” head coach, Tim Flynn said.

Redshirt freshman Sean Russell opened the match with a 24-8 victory over Zach Valcarce at 125 lbs. Russell improved to 21-5.

Rider was victorious in the next two matches. Rider’s Robert Deutsch defeated Anthony Rivera 6-1 at 133 lbs. Paul Kirchner defeated true Freshman Tyler Vath of Edinboro in a 13-7 decision at 141 lbs.

The matches featured several nationally ranked wrestlers on both sides.

At 149 lbs., 19th ranked true freshman Patricio Lugo went up against B.J Clagon, who is ranked 17th and finished fifth at nationals last year. Lugo had a 6-1 lead after the first period and Clagon was unable to overcome the early deficit.

Lugo won 8-6, improving his record to 24-3 for the season.

Flynn noted that the young guys have been performing very well so far this season, saying both Lugo and Russell had “great matches today.”

The following match also featured two ranked wrestlers, with Edinboro’s Austin Matthews ranked ninth and Rider’s Chad Walsh ranked 20th. Walsh was also the 2015 EWL champion.

Matthews, in his second match back after missing more than a year with a knee injury, jumped to an early 6-1 lead after one minute into the match. Walsh came back, however, closing the lead to 7-5 at the end of the first period.

Walsh claimed the lead after the second period, leading 8-7. With a minute to go, Matthews lead 11-10, but Walsh tied it up with a stalling point and then an escape with 45 seconds left in the match, putting him up 12-11. Walsh got a takedown 10 seconds later, which clinched the match for him. He won 15-11.

This was Matthews’ first loss as a Scot on the season, while Walsh improved to 16-5.

After the first five matches, Rider was up 9-8, but Edinboro would win the next three to go up 18-9. Casey Fuller won in a 6-3 decision against Curt Delia at 165 lbs. Fuller is now 21-5.

Redshirt senior Patrick Jennings won his match at 174 lbs. against Wayne Stinson after trailing 1-0 early in the second period. Jennings improved to 19-11 on the season.

Vic Avery, ranked second at 184 lbs., won his match against Michale Fogg-Daves in a 17-4 major decision.

“I think we looked a little sharper than we have in the past,” Flynn said about the match.

Rider won the final two matches. Ryan Walsh defeated Edinboro’s Vince Pickett at 197 lbs. by a score of 4-3. Pickett fell to 17-11 on the season.

In the heavyweight division, Billy Miller of Edinboro fell to Mauro Correnti on a takedown at the end of the match. He is now 22-6 on the season.

Flynn said everyone can still use a little work on some little things, but they’re still practicing hard and will continue to do so over the next two weeks and then plan to start tapering in late February.

Edinboro’s next match is at Lock Haven on Feb. 4 to finish up EWL dual meets for the season.

Michael Mclaughlin is the Sports Editor for The Spectator and he can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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