Scots defeat Clarion, George Mason over weekend

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Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 at 6:13 PM
Scots defeat Clarion, George Mason over weekend by George Schmidt
Photo: Madi Gross

Over the weekend, the Edinboro University Fighting Scots wrestling team took on Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) opponents Clarion University of Pennsylvania and George Mason University.

The Scots traveled to Clarion on Friday. Sean Russell led off with a technical fall over Gavin Park, 24-9, gathering the win in 7 total minutes. Korbin Myers would earn a major decision, 16-4, over Roshaun Cooley, followed by a 5-2 victory over Evan Myers for Nate Hagan.

Andrew Shomers, Fritz Hoehn, Ty Schoffstall and Aaron Paddock would get wins over their Clarion counterparts, with Shomers needing the first overtime session and Hoehn winning via technical fall.

Billy Miller won his heavyweight bout decisively over unranked Toby Cahill. Miller was able to pull off a tilt for four back exposure points to end the match with a score of 8-2, a feat that is rarely done in the 285-pound weight class. 

On Saturday night, Edinboro returned to McComb Fieldhouse to face George Mason University, who had already wrestled Cleveland State University earlier in the day. 

The Fighting Scots held the Patriots scoreless for a 41-0 victory, as they put on an absolute riding clinic, dominating in every match from the top position. Russell got the McComb faithful on their feet by pinning his opponent in 3 minutes and 15 seconds. 

Myers followed with a technical fall over national qualifier Ibrahim Bunduka. However, Bunduka had moved up to 133 pounds for this match while he normally wrestles at 125. Shomers and Hoehn both won via technical fall in their matches as well.

Head Wrestling Coach Tim Flynn said he was happy to see the Scots win their matches decisively, and that the wins should help boost the team’s confidence moving forward.

“It was nice to wrestle well and get some convincing wins, you know, we haven’t done that,” he said. “More importantly, it was nice for our guys to score a lot of points.”

The win on Saturday night boosts the Fighting Scots’ overall record to 5-3 and their EWL record to 3-1. 

The Intermat-ranked No. 22 Scots look to improve on their record as they travel to No. 18 Lock Haven on Thursday at 7 p.m. 

Flynn said he expects the Bald Eagles to be a tough matchup for the Scots.

“They won the conference tournament, so you know they’re favored, but I think if we wrestle well we can certainly win, and that’s what we’re going to go down there to do,” he said.

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

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