EDINBORO, Pa. (Oct. 31, 2009) – The final prelude to the 2009-10 season took place on Saturday, October 31 as the Edinboro wrestling team held its annual Wrestleoffs. The Fighting Scots officially get underway on Saturday, November 7 competing in the EMU Open, hosted by Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI.
“The wrestleoffs went well,” related head coach Tim Flynn. “We have lots to work on now that we have seen the guys compete to prepare for next weekend.”
Flynn knew going in that the biggest question mark was who would get the nod at 157 lbs. to replace four-time All-American Gregor Gillespie. If the wrestleoffs are any indication, he may still not know, although it is a good problem to have.
A pair of highly-regarded freshmen worked their way through the five-man field to meet in the finals. John Greisheimer, a two-time New York state champion while competing at Wantagh High School, and Matt Laird (above), from nearby Linesville High School and a two-time PIAA state medalist, met in the final, with Laird posting a minor upset with a takedown in overtime to win 7-5.
“We have two good young kids at 157 lbs.,” Flynn commented. “One will redshirt and one will wrestle. Both are going to be really good.”
The most interesting match of the wrestleoffs took place at 184 lbs., where a pair of two-time national qualifiers paired off. Junior Chris Honeycutt, who is redshirting this year, paired off against senior Pat Bradshaw (right), the starter the last two years at 197 lbs., but now dropping down to 184. Bradshaw posted a 5-1 decision.
“The 184 lb. match was a great match between twio of the best kids in the country at that weight,” Flynn pointed out. “Pat’s at a more natural weight. People will be impressed with him this year.”
Here’s a breakdown of how the finals went at each weight class.
125 lbs. Eric Morrill maj. dec. Shawn Giblin, 15-3
133 lbs. Kyle Fluke dec. Ashton Osterberg, 3-1
141 lbs. Joel Webster fall over Jon-Marc Burdick, 4:05
149 lbs. Torsten Gillespie dec. Kory Bissett, 4-0
157 lbs. Matt Laird dec. John Greisheimer, 7-5 ot
165 lbs. Matt King tech. fall Chris Hrunka, 18-1
174 lbs. Joe Loffredo dec. Chris Hrunka, 7-2
184 lbs. Pat Bradshaw dec. Chris Honeycutt, 5-1
197 lbs. Shawn Fendone dec. Kenny Massey, 5-0
Hwt. Chris Birchler dec. Mike Horton, 9-3