Wrestling keeps busy: trumps Bloomsburg, falls to Rider

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 at 6:47 PM

Edinboro University’s wrestling team split two Mid-American duals this past week, defeating Bloomsburg on Jan. 16, 19-16, and falling to Rider University on Friday, 20-12.  

Bloomsburg kept Edinboro on its toes throughout their match, with the Fighting Scots struggling to keep up with the Huskies midway through, as the score sat at 13-6.  

Redshirt senior Dylan Reynolds eventually turned the tide and knotted up the score at 16-16 with a win at the 197-pound weight class over Kyle Murphy.  

Junior Jon Spaulding then carried the pressure of overturning this tie well, winning his match against Jarret Walters easily, with a 4-1 lead in period one, eventually ending the match at 14-7.  

This snuck Edinboro by with the 19-16 win, putting them at 3-2 in the conference.  

Friday proved more challenging for the team. Right off the bat, Rider hit the mats hot, eventually leading 17-3 late into the night.  

“We wrestled hard against Bloomsburg,” said Matt Hill, head wrestling coach, about the bouts at Bloomsburg. “Some of the guys came out of their shells and really showed what they could do.”  

Impressive bouts that night included a rematch between Jacob Oliver and Rider’s Dean Sherry at 174 pounds. Last year, Sherry claimed a EWL title over Oliver. Oliver redeemed himself, but not before Sherry began the match with a 7-3 lead in the first period. Eventually, Oliver tied the match in the third period at 9-9. He clinched a hard-earned victory by the score of 13-11.  

Later in the night, the Edinboro men made an effort to overturn Rider’s lead, winning the last three matches. Redshirt freshman Cody Mulligan won at 184 pounds, Reynolds won at 197 pounds, and Spaulding recorded his 50th career win at heavyweight.  They would lose 20-12 to the Broncos.  

“I felt better about our match against Rider than our match with Bloomsburg that we won,” Hill said in an interview after the team returned home. “We did better with technique and performance.”  

The Fighting Scots will wrestle at home again on Friday against Old Dominion University in McComb Fieldhouse at 7 p.m.   

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