Wrestling Team Falls to Virginia Tech, but Captures EWL Crown

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Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at 10:22 PM
Wrestling Team Falls to Virginia Tech, but Captures EWL Crown by Michael McLaughlin
Casey Fuller lost in sudden death overtime to 11th ranked David McFadden of Virginia Tech.

The wrestling team kicked off a busy weekend on Thursday, Feb. 4 facing Lock Haven and capturing their third straight undefeated Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) season as well as their 17th straight win in an EWL dual.

The Scots then hosted the Edinboro Open on Saturday Feb. 6 and had a dual against the 10th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies Sunday, Feb. 7.

Edinboro lost to Tech on Sunday by a score of 29-7, which now puts the Scots at 8-7 overall for the season. Five of those seven losses have come from nationally ranked teams.

The match started at 133 lbs., and the Hokies jumped out to a 9-0 lead with Dennis Gustafson defeating Anthony Rivera in a technical fall of 16-0. Tyler Vath was defeated in a major decision of 14-4 at 141lbs. to 10th ranked Solomon Chisko.

14th ranked Patricio Lugo won his match at 149 lbs., defeating Sal Mastriani, 6-4.

“His aggression was good today,” head coach Tim Flynn said about Lugo.

Lugo lost to All-American Dan Neff of Lock Haven on Thursday, and Flynn said that it’s a long season and emphasized the importance of preparing the same way for every match.

Austin Matthews, wrestling for the third time in four days, won a 15-3 major decision over Jake Spengler. Matthews was ranked 15th by InterMat coming into Sunday’s match.

Vic Avery, ranked second in the country, was defeated by Virginia Tech’s Zach Zavatsky, 3-1, in a sudden death overtime period. The day before, Avery defeated seventh ranked Blake Stauffer from Arizona State in a 2-1 tiebreaker at the Edinboro Open.

“He’s so good defensively that sometimes I think he doesn’t have to use his offense, but it’s there and he just needs to open up,” Flynn said.

Flynn also noted how he does not feel Avery’s extensive wrestling tired him out for Sunday, because he has done it before in the national tournament. This was, however, only his fifth match this season, as a result of injury.

Redshirt freshmen Billy Miller and Sean Russell each wrestled third ranked wrestlers in their respective weight classes.

Miller lost a 5-3 decision to redshirt junior Ty Walz at heavyweight. Miller fell to 23-7 and Walz remained undefeated for the season. Russell lost to Joey Dance, 5-2, and fell to 22-6 on the season.

The first period was scoreless, but Dance scored three points in the second with a takedown and an escape following an injury timeout for Russell. Russell was able to get a takedown late in the third period and Dance escaped with seven seconds left for his fifth point.

“You want to watch and say, ‘hey we’re going to be good,’ you have to be good right now,” Flynn said of Miller and Russell.

Flynn feels they’re close, but they need to get over the hump. Beating someone on the level of Dance or Walz would put them over that hump.

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

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