Edinboro wrestling goes undefeated at Mid-American Conference Duals

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Friday, November 8th, 2019 at 11:13 AM
Edinboro wrestling goes undefeated at Mid-American Conference Duals by Shayma Musa
Edinboro Wrestling is currently 3-0.

The Edinboro University wrestling team went undefeated in their season opening competition at Kent State on Saturday, during the Mid-American Conference Duals against the home team, Mercyhurst North East and Ashland University. The wins put them at 3-0 on the season, with the following results:

— Edinboro 29, Kent State 6
— Edinboro 52, Mercyhurst North East 0
— Edinboro 36, Ashland 3

This was Edinboro’s first dual meet victory over a team in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). In March, it was announced that the Fighting Scots, along with other Eastern Wretstling League squads would be joining the MAC as affiliate members.

The wins put them at 3-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play.

Head Coach Matt Hill spoke on the victories. “I thought our guys wrestled very tough and had a lot of grit in the way that they wrestled overall. We kind of won all the small matches, and there were actually a lot of close, tight matches throughout the dual, and we came out on top in a lot of them. So it was just a really good preview of our guys willing to fight and have a lot of effort in what they are doing.”

Hill was an assistant coach under Kent State Head Coach Jim Andrassy for 11 years before coming to Edinboro two years ago.
Notable matches included at 133 pounds, where freshman Tye Varndell would steal a win from Kent State’s Tim Rooney, 7-5.

Varndell was 3-0 in the duals.

He was joined in going 3-0 during the duals, by Lucas Rodriguez at 125, Nate Hagan at 141, Tyler Vath at 149 and Derek Ciavarro at 165.
“It was a good start to the season,” said Rodriguez. “We wrestled tough, but we gotta keep it rolling. Our next competition we have bigger goals to accomplish.”

Another close match was fought at 174 pounds, where Edinboro’s Jacob Oliver battled Kent State’s Andrew McNally. Oliver ended the bout when he won by fall at 3:15.

“Kent has a lot of talented wrestlers, and I think we had a lot of guys that were a lot grittier and wanted to win a bit more in some situations, so overall I was pretty happy in the way that our guys performed,” said Hill.

Edinboro wrestled 10 matches in total against Kent State. They won eight of these matches, nabbing their 1-0 conference status early in the season.

“I think that some guys had some letdowns against guys that they should have beat, or at least kept it close, and [they] need to wrestle better in those tight and tough situations. But at the end of the day, this is one little stepping stone to the start of a long, tough season,” said Hill.

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