Boro wins over WVU in finale

Contributed Photo: Edinboro Sports Information
#2 A.J. Schopp won a 6-0 decision at 133 lbs., Friday night in his first match since late December due to a leg injury.
Schopp's win in return to action

By Tyler Trumbauer
Sports Editor/Spectator

A win over Ohio State on Feb. 15 would have put #14 Edinboro in Iowa City this past weekend for the championship rounds of the NWCA Mat Mayhem.

Instead, the Scots had to stick to their regularly scheduled programming and were in Morgantown, West Virginia, battling the Mountaineers.

Boro (14-5) won seven of the 10 matches and for the thirdstraight time defeated West Virginia, 25-9, Friday night in the WVU Coliseum to finish out its 2014-15 regular season campaign.

Redshirt-senior Kory Mines started the dual off in exciting fashion, winning by an 8-4 decision, with all of his winning points coming in the final minute of the match by way of a take down and a near-fall.

The big surprise was at 133 lbs., when Edinboro trotted out two-time All-American A.J. Schopp. The Tyrone, Pennsylvania, native has been sidelined since late December with an apparent knee injury, but saw his first action of the new calendar year on Friday.

The second-ranked wrestler at 133, Schopp, faced Cory Stainbrook. Schopp earned three near-fall points late in the second period as he cruised to a 6-0 decision.

“I thought he looked good,” head coach Tim Flynn said in a phone interview Friday night. “He scrambled. His knee felt good. He’s got a lot a confidence from winning that bout.”

Second ranked Mitchell Port faced a familiar foe at 141 as the redshirt-senior battled #16 Mike Morales. Port and Morales last faced off in an earlier season dual between the former conference enemies in the Virginia Duals. Port got the best of Morales then, pinning him in 4:26, and the Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, native had the same result Friday, winning by fall in 4:32.

That pin was the 35th in Port’s career, moving him just two away from eighth all-time in school history.

At 157 lbs., Chase Delande went into battle for Boro, trying to shake off two-straight losses. The redshirt-sophomore was up early in his match against George Scheffel, but Scheffel battled back and earned a point via an escape late in the second period that allowed him to carry on to a 6-5 decision, winning the first match of the night for WVU.

Controversy was stirred up at 174 lbs., as Pat Jennings, who is ranked 29th in the latest NCAA Coaches’ Panel Poll, was knotted at one with Parker VonEgidy before he was initially awarded a takedown with time expiring in the match. After video review, the call was reversed as the takedown occurred multiple seconds after the end of the period.

Jennings didn’t panic though as the redshirtjunior got the legitimate winning takedown just 30 seconds into the first sudden victory period, earning a 3-1 victory to give Edinboro a 19-6 lead in the dual.

The 29th ranking in the NCAA Coaches’ Panel Poll means Jennings is on track to qualify for the national championships as the top 33 ranked wrestlers in the final poll qualify. Flynn is proud of what the Ridge, New York, native has become.

“I think he has progressed nicely,” Flynn said. “The guy works hard. He works hard every summer and now it is starting to pay off. He is getting wins and he is putting himself in a position to beat better kids. We are real happy with where he is at.”

The Scots sealed the dual victory at 184 lbs., when #10 Vic Avery earned his 75th career win by way of an 8-6 decision over Jakob Scheffel. Avery held a 2-1 lead entering the third period before an active third that gave the redshirtjunior a comfortable lead before Scheffel earned a takedown at the end of the match.

Edinboro now prepares to defend its league title at the EWL Championships, which serves as the qualifying tournament for the NCAA D-I National Championships for Boro. The EWL tournament is on March 7 and is hosted by Rider, in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

“[We’ll take] a few days off,” Flynn said in terms of EWL preparations. “Then we will do some real hard training all next week trying to prepare for the national qualifier.”

Tyler Trumbauer is the sports editor for the Spectator. He can be reached by