Wrestling cruises over Cleveland St.

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 4:49 PM
Wrestling cruises over Cleveland St. by Mike Lantinen
Photo: Britton Rozzelle

Young. If you had to describe this Edinboro wrestling team in one word, that would be it.

On a night when the seniors would be honored, Edinboro’s youth continued to be overlooked as the 23rd ranked team in division I. That combination would help top Cleveland State by a score of 46-2.

The Scots left nothing up to chance in their 23rd straight EWL win, one week after an unfortunate loss to Oklahoma State. Six wrestlers rank nationally in the top 20; two freshman, three sophomores, and junior Austin Matthews, all of which came out victorious this past weekend.

By weight class, sophomore Sean Russell sits at ninth in the country and won 10-2 by fall over Cleveland St.’s John Martin. Russell is the highest ranked wrestler on the team. A four- time state champion while at Collins Hill High School, in Georgia, Russell wrestles for the 125 pound division.

Korbin Myers is enjoying his first year as an active wrestler on the roster, making the starting lineup and already putting himself in the national spotlight. A victory over Andrew Coghill puts him at 26-9 for the year.

In a low scoring match- up, the next division would go to Cleveland St. as Evan Cheek pulled out a victory with an escape.

Patricio Lugo and Chase Delande were next on the card, drawing Cleveland St. brothers Nick and Ryan Montgomery. Ryan, the younger of the two, would face Delande in the 157 pound division, where he would lose. Following the match, the Vikings would be deducted a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct. Lugo would pull out a victory as well, winning by technical fall.

Coming off a surreal performance against Oklahoma State, Austin Matthews, sitting at 13th in the country, took on John Vaughn, continuing the Scots’ dominance as he won by major decision. Victories continued to pour in as every Scot in the remaining divisions would win by fall or shut out their opponent, including nationally ranked Billy Miller and Dakota Greer. No ranked opponents were in the cards this week, but there will be plenty to look forward to in the upcoming weeks as Edinboro takes on West Virginia University Friday, followed by a matchup against the number three ranked team in the country, University of Iowa.

The matchup comes from a draw as part of the NWCA Dual Championship Series. 

Mike Lantinen is a sports editor for The Spectator. He can be reached at spectator.sports@gmail.com.

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