DATE: January 14, 2012
CONTACT: Bob Shreve, SID
EDINBORO RALLIES PAST OLD DOMINION FOR THIRD PLACE AT VIRGINIA DUALS
A.J. Schopp Named Most Outstanding Wrestler
HAMPTON, Va. – The Edinboro wrestling team came back from a heartbreaking semifinal loss against ninth-ranked Missouri to capture third place at the 32nd annual Virginia Duals with a come-from-behind 23-16 win over Old Dominion on Saturday night at the Hampton Coliseum. The Fighting Scots won the last three matches after trailing 16-11. They are now 5-2 on the season while the Monarchs dropped to 7-6.
Freshman Vic Avery (18-10) got Edinboro’s comeback started when he post a 4-2 decision over Billy Curling at 184 lbs. Second-ranked Chris Honeycutt followed with a 12-8 decision over Joe Budi at 197 lbs. Honeycutt improved to 28-0 overall and 118-20 for his career, moving into 11th in career wins. The win was his 19th with bonus points. The win gave Edinboro a precarious 17-16 lead.
After enduring a long two-tiebreaker 3-2 loss against Missouri in the semifinals that was decided by riding time and gave the Tigers a 19-16 win, Ernest James was again thrust into the deciding match. This time the sophomore heavyweight left nothing to chance, pinning Matt Tourdot at 1:04 for his 13th fall of the season. James is now 22-8.
Kory Mines would open the match with a narrow 4-3 loss to Jerome Robinson at 125 lbs., but the Fighting Scots would run off wins in the next three bouts to take an 11-3 lead. Sixth-ranked A.J. Schopp improved to 28-3 with a 16-0 technical fall over Eric Dunnet at 133 lbs., earning bonus points for the 26th time.
Schopp, who won all four of his matches in the tournament with a fall, two technical falls and a major decision, was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Mitchell Port (20-6), ranked 20th, followed with a 7-4 decision over Justin LaValle, and then sixth-ranked Dave Habat claimed a 4-2 decision at 149 lbs. over Brennan Brumley. Habat is now 28-5.
Old Dominion would win the next three matches, one by fall and one by major decision, to pull ahead 16-11 and set the stage for Edinboro’s comeback.
#23 EDINBORO 23, OLD DOMINION 16
Third Place Match
January 14, 2012
Wt. Wrestlers EU-ODU
125 Jerome Robinson (ODU) dec. Kory Mines (EU) 4-3 0-3
133 #6 A.J. Schopp (EU) tech. fall Eric Dunnet (ODU) 16-0 5-3
141 #20 Mitchell Port (EU) dec. Justin LaValle (ODU) 7-4 8-3
149 #6 Dave Habat (EU) dec. Brennan Brumley (ODU) 4-2 11-3
157 John Nicholson (ODU) maj. dec. Casey Fuller (EU) 11-2 11-7
165 Tristan Warner (ODU) fall over Jesse Swink (EU) 3:26 11-13
174 #17 Te Edwards (ODU) dec. Chris Hrunka (EU) 11-5 11-16
184 Vic Avery (EU) dec. Billy Curling (ODU) 4-2 14-16
197 #2 Chris Honeycutt (EU) dec. Joe Budi (ODU) 12-8 17-16
Hwt. Ernest James (EU) fall over Matt Tourdot (ODU) 1:04 23-16
Records: Edinboro 5-2
Old Dominion 7-6