Wrestling tops Ohio University and Long Island

Category:  Sports
Friday, November 22nd, 2019 at 11:03 AM
Wrestling tops Ohio University and Long Island by Shayma Musa

Edinboro wrestling welcomed both Ohio University and Long Island University to McComb Fieldhouse on Saturday, with the home Scots coming out on top in the ‘Boro Duals.

The results of the night were as follows:

— Edinboro 25, Ohio 7

— Edinboro 51, Long Island 0

These match-ups put Edinboro at 5-1 this season, along with a 2-0 status in Mid-American Conference play.

Against Ohio, Edinboro competed in a total of 10 bouts, winning eight.

Lucas Rodriguez out-wrestled Ohio’s Gio DiSabato for an easy 4-0 win, which pushed him to 5-0 this season.

The crowd was at the edge of their seats for the match pitting freshman favorite Tye Varndell against 17th ranked Mario Guillen. They grappled hard with the match at 4-4 as it went into overtime. Guillen attempted to pin Varndell, but the Fighting Scot adjusted quickly, bringing Guillen to the mat in a move that would give him a 6-4 win.

Coach Matt Hill said, “Overall we wrestled hard we beat some guys that where probably favored we made a lot of effort, we were pretty happy with how things turned out Saturday.”

Hill continued, “We wrestled a tough Ohio University team, they get a lot of the best recruits in the country every year and I think we were well prepared to show the rest of the wrestling world how good we are.”

Edinboro cruised in their 51-0 win against Long Island. The Scots won all eight matches against the Sharks, who were making their first Division 1 showing of the season. They earned extra points on the scoreboard due to one forfeit on Long Island’s side, two technical falls and two major decisions.

Hill said, “The guys go in with a chip on their shoulder, you know we’re a smaller school, less resources and stuff like that and they want to go out there and prove themselves. We lock them in this room and they kind of think that they are better than anyone in this country. It’s an uphill battle all the time and I think they think, ‘Why can’t we be the best as well?’”

Wrestling will take to the mats again at the Navy Classic in Annapolis, Maryland on Saturday, Nov. 23. The Fighting Scots will be at home again on Sunday, Jan. 5, finally wrestling against Gannon.

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