Boro grapplers earn EWL win, fall to Lehigh

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 at 4:45 PM
Boro grapplers earn EWL win, fall to Lehigh  by Tyler Trumbauer
Edinboro wrestling hosts the Bloomsburg Huskies in McComb Fieldhouse on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. (Contributed/EU Sports Information).

The Edinboro wrestling team spent much of the weekend of Nov. 20 on the road.

The Fighting Scots garnered one win from the travel.

Boro defeated Clarion 23-15 on Nov. 20 to open up EWL play for the Scots. Head coach Tim Flynn and company traveled to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Nov. 22 to face #10 Lehigh, where the Mountain Hawks won 36-6.

After the weekend, Boro boasted a 3-2 record.

“I think we are developing well,” head coach Tim Flynn said about his team. “Some of the young guys have really stepped up and done a nice job.”

Against the Golden Eagles, 20th-ranked Sean Russell won by major decision at 125 pounds, 16-4, against Patrick DeWitt. Boro won again at 149 pounds as freshman Pat Lugo won by fall in just 26 seconds.

Spency Nagy at 157 pounds and Casey Fuller at 165 pounds won by decision for Edinboro, giving the Scots a 16-7 lead.

Clarion won the next two bout to get to within one, 16-15, but Boro sealed the victory with two wins in the final two bouts of the match. At 197 pounds, Vince Pickett won by a 4-1 decision and at heavyweight, Billy Miller won by a 13-5 major decision.

Against Lehigh, the nationally-ranked Mountain Hawks revenged a narrow loss from a year ago as Boro won on criteria, 19-18, against the Patriot League school at the Grapple at the Garden.

Lugo and Fuller recorded two lone wins for the Fighting Scots in the match. Lugo, the freshman from Homestead, Florida, remained undefeated this season as he earned a 6-4 decision against Laike Gardner at 149 pounds.

“I’m not surprised at all,” Flynn commented about Lugo’s successful start. “He’s a hard working kid and he is a tough kid. If you have work ethic behind desire like that, I think you are going to have success.”

At 165 pounds, Fuller won a 3-2 decision against Ryan Preisch of Lehigh.

Edinboro opens up its home schedule on Dec. 3 when it hosts PSAC and EWL foe, Bloomsburg, at 7 p.m. in McComb Fieldhouse. Two days later Boro is set to compete in the 2015 PSAC Championships at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center in Erie. The Scots are five-time defending champions.

Flynn said it will take some overachieving to compete the PSAC dominance continuing.

“The kids have to compete hard and some of them are going to have to compete above their level,” he said. “As we said, we have some younger kids, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t win. If we can get them a little bit better and in a good frame of mind, I think we will have success on Saturday.”

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