Sean Russell earns All-American honors, taking seventh in 125

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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 5:49 PM

The Edinboro Fighting Scots wrestling team sent eight qualifiers to the NCAA National Tournament in St. Louis, with one, Sean Russell, bringing home All-American honors.

Previously it was reported the Fighting Scots were sending only seven wrestlers. However, due to an injury to one of the competitors in the 157-pound bracket, redshirt senior Chase Delande was tapped as the first alternate to compete and fill the bracket. By the time all the dust settled in St Louis, the team would place 20th.

DAY 1

During the first round, five wrestlers won their matches and continued to the evening session still in the championship bracket. Korbin Myers, Patricio Lugo and Ty Schoffstall suffered opening round losses. The national tournament is a double elimination setup.

Korbin Myers had a tough draw as he faced number one seeded Nathan Tomasello of Ohio State. Myers lost this match by a score of 13-4. In the evening session, Myers would receive a win due to medical forfeit by Kevin Devoy of Drexel.

Lugo lost his opening match to Alex Kocer of South Dakota State by a score of 6-5. Lugo would recover nicely by defeating Eric Barone of Illinois by a 7-3 margin.

Schoffstall lost his opening round match to #9 seeded Myles Amine, of Michigan, by a score of 6-4. But in the evening session he would get some payback, easily defeating Austin Trott of Gardner-Webb by a 9-2 margin.

In his opening match, Sean Russell defeated Ibrahim Bunduka of George Mason by a tech fall score of 21-3. Then, in his evening match, he lost to #10 seed Jack Mueller, of Virginia, by a score of 5-2.

Delande won his opening match versus Wyoming’s Archie Colgan in dominating fashion, 8-2. His fortune would change by the time the evening session started when he faced #2 seeded Michael Kemerer, of Iowa, who promptly topped Delande by a score of 22-6.

Austin Matthews drew Cole Walter of Lehigh for his first match. Matthews would defeat him by a 5-2 ledger. In a rematch of the EWL finals, Matthews would face Chad Walsh of Rider. Walsh would pin Matthews in 35 seconds.

In his first ever NCAA tournament match, true freshman Dakota Geer would face Zach Nevills of Stanford. Geer would record a tech fall, topping him 17-0 in under 6 minutes. Then, as luck would have it, Geer would draw #3 seeded Sammy Brooks of Iowa. Brooks would pin Geer in 3 minutes and 44 seconds.

Heavyweight Billy Miller would get Cory Gilliland- Daniel of North Carolina. Miller would defeat Gilliland- Daniel by a score of 3-2. In the night cap, Miller would face #5 seed Nick Nevills of Penn State. Nevills beat Miller by a score of 6-2.

DAY 2

Day two opened with all Edinboro wrestlers competing in the second round of the consolation bracket. Only four of the eight wrestlers would emerge from that match victorious. Those ending their season would be Myers, Lugo, Schoffstall and Miller. All of which lost by slim margins.

It was Miller’s match against Jere Heino, of Campbell, that had the crowd on their feet, going into sudden death overtime, like so many of his matches this year had done. This time, though, it was Heino coming out on top, scoring a takedown to end the match.

Delande would make it to the third round of the consolation matches where he would face Minnesota’s Jake Short. Delande would lose by major decision, 10-2.

Matthews would face Brandon Womack, of Cornell, in the third round of the consolation matches. Womack would pin Matthews at a little over the one minute mark in the match.

Drawing #6 seed and returning NCAA champion Myles Martin of Ohio State, Geer had quite the task ahead of him. Trying to hold his own throughout the bout, Myles’ fast paced offense took over and Geer lost by a score of 12-2.

Sean Russell would fair far better in the third round as he defeated Drew Templeman of Wyoming. Russell outscored Templeman, 5-2.

Russell would follow that performance up by defeating Sean Fausz of North Carolina State. Russell would handle him easily by a score of 8-2. This would send Russell to All-American status for the first time in his career.

However, in that next round, he would face a familiar McComb dual meet foe in Nick Piccininni of Oklahoma State. This time, however, Piccininni would have his revenge. He would beat Russell by a score of 8-2. This sent Russell to wrestle in the eighth/seventh place bout. In this match, Russell faced Nathan Kraisser of Campbell. Russell dominated him by a score of 10-3. Placing him in seventh place overall.

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

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