Fighting Scots earn sweep at EMU Duals

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Austin Matthews has impressed in his first year at Edinboro.
Scots restling notches three wins

By Tyler Trumbauer
Sports Editor/Spectator

After being upset at home to Pittsburgh in the dual-meet opener in front of the home crowd, the Edinboro wrestling team could not wait to avenge the loss and show the nation what it could do.

The Fighting Scots did just that on Saturday, three times.

Boro went undefeated at Saturday’s EMU Duals at Bowen Field House in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The Scots, who are ranked 14th in the latest USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll, defeated Central Michigan, 30-3, in the opening match, followed by a 40-3 win over Northern Illinois and topped it off with a 23-16 upset of #8 Michigan.

“It was real important [to get these wins],” head wrestling coach Tim Flynn said in a phone interview Saturday night. “I think it let the guys know that if we compete well, we can compete with the better teams and beat them.”

With how Edinboro (3-1) wrestled in the first two matches of the day, there was very little competition.

The first five of Boro’s lineup dominated its opponents the entire day and the wrestlers also shutout Central Michigan’s first five as four of the five earned decisions with redshirt-senior A.J. Schopp, the top-ranked wrestler in the nation at 133 lbs., winning by fall.

The Fighting Scots kept on rolling as they limited Northern Illinois to only three team points, as well, while putting up 40 of their own.

“We talked about competing better and going out harder. We did just that,” Flynn said when discussing the lopsided team scores. “We went out and we scored points, which was big. You can’t score that many team points unless individually you are scoring points, getting pins and getting majors. I think the guys did a good job of going out and getting after it.”

The first five, Kory Mines, Schopp, #2 Mitchell Port, #5 Dave Habat and #13 Austin Matthews shutout the first five of Northern Illinois. Mines and Matthews won by major decision. Schopp and Port won by falls. Habat earned six team points by forfeit.

Northern Illinois didn’t register its first and only team points in the match until 197 lbs., when Shawn Scott of NIU won by decision over Boro’s Vince Pickett, 7-2.

Edinboro had some more competition when it took the mats against #8 Michigan, however the first five set the tone early on.

“Kory Mines got it started off by beating a real sound guy right away,” Flynn stated.

“That was a big one. I think they planned on winning that one. Austin Matthews had a win over a number 10 guy in the country. I think those two along with A.J., who beat a pretty solid kid. Straight up through those first five [did well].”

Outside the first five in the lineup, only #12 Vic Avery, at 185 lbs., picked up a win against the Wolverines as the redshirt junior won by decision, 13-6.

The victory against Michigan, which was the Boro’s first triumph ever over the Big Ten school, and the day as a whole displayed how the Scots’ individual success grows into team victories, which according to Flynn, is the blueprint for the Fighting Scots.

“That’s the plan. Handle your own affairs and if you take care of yourself I think the team will win. I think we have enough talent that the team will get it done as a bunch.” The Fighting Scots hit the mats next on Dec. 4 when they welcome Cleveland State to McComb Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. in Boro’s EWL opener.

Tyler Trumbauer is the news editor for The Spectator. He can be reached by sports.spectator@gmail.com