Two Edinboro wrestlers win in loss to Oklahoma

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Thursday, February 14th, 2019 at 8:55 AM
Two Edinboro wrestlers win in loss to Oklahoma  by Chris Rosato Jr.
Photo: Ben McCullough

Edinboro stumbled through a tough dual on Saturday that saw just two Fighting Scots’ hands raised when they hosted Oklahoma in the last non-conference meet of the season.

Jacob Oliver and Jon Spaulding earned decision victories over their Sooner counterparts, on a night that included a paper airplane-throwing contest and a raffle, both benefiting Make-A-Wish. With lots of excitement around Edinboro for the cross-conference matchup, former Head Wrestling Coach Tim Flynn filed into McComb Fieldhouse, joining Oklahoma Head Coach Lou Rosselli as Edinboro wrestling alums in attendance.

McComb, which breathed life every time an Edinboro wrestler scored a point, rallied behind Oliver in his 174-pound matchup with Anthony Mantanona. Oliver struck first with a takedown and two near-fall points. Mantanona then earned a reversal after a stalemate reset, but Oliver added to his lead with an escape in the final minute of the first.

After electing to start in the down position, Oliver got the second period started quickly with an escape that he followed up by taking down an off-balance Mantanona, boosting his lead to 8-2. Mantanona would eventually reach his feet, forcing Oliver to try to lift him for a slam. Oliver’s grip was shaky, and Mantanona appeared to land on his head when he fell, earning him an escape point when Oliver let go and gave the Sooner his space for the final seconds of the period.

A stall point and bonus point for riding time gave Oliver the 10-3 decision.

Spaulding sent the crowd home with something to feel excited about after walloping Jake Boyd in the heavyweight match. Boyd struck first with an escape to begin the second period following a scoreless first. Spauding was awarded a point due to a second stall call on Boyd, evening the score at the end of the second.

Spaulding began the final period of the night with a single-leg takedown to give him the 4-2 victory when Boyd was unable to escape from bottom.

Oklahoma got out to a quick lead with bonus point wins in two of the first three matches: Christian Moody earned a 6-0 decision over Arick Shankles at 125 pounds, Anthony Madrigal earned a first-period technical fall over Richie Gomez at 133 pounds and Dom Demas outmatched Jackie Gold for a 10-1 major decision.

The 141-pound matchup was notable because Gold was making his first dual start of the season after Carmine Ciotti did not weigh in. Ciotti had started in nine of the 10 duals this season. Gold’s opponent, Demas, was 22-7 this season as a redshirt freshman and was ranked No. 16 in the country at 141 pounds by InterMat Wrestling heading into the match.

At 149 pounds, Tyler Vath tried to recreate the magic surrounding his first win in over two years last week — also following three straight losses to start the dual — when he started his match against Davion Jeffries with a takedown. But the two points were all Vath would muster. 

Jeffries earned a reversal halfway through the first period, and then added two near-fall points to head into the second leading 4-2. Jeffries started the second frame on bottom, but he quickly picked up the escape point and added a riding time point to take the 6-2 decision.

Zach Ancewicz followed Oliver with a tough battle at 184 pounds against the reigning Mid-American Conference champion Kayne MacCallum. Ancewicz was near to scoring a takedown at multiple points during the first period, but neither wrestler would score in that opening frame.

MacCallum, who transferred to Oklahoma this year as a graduate student following his MAC win at Eastern Michigan University, elected to begin in the down position, and promptly earned the escape nine seconds in. Ancewicz was unable to mimic that performance, failing to earn the escape in the third after choosing down. He would give MacCallum a 2-0 decision after the riding time factored in.

Dylan Reynolds tried to keep the momentum going at 197 pounds, but fell behind 2-1 after getting taken down and eventually escaping in the first. His opponent, Jake Woodley, would add an escape and a takedown to lead 5-1 heading into the third period. 

Woodley conceded the escape point before taking Reynolds down again, and repeated the scheme once more, allowing Reynolds one final escape to ultimately win 10-4 with a riding time point. 

Christopher Rosato Jr. | sports.spetator@gmail.com

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