Schopp Returns to Lineup as Fighting Scots Wrap Up Regular Season with 25-9 Win at West Virginia
MORGANTOWN, WV (Feb. 20, 2015) – Edinboro wrapped up the regular season in style on Friday night with a 25-9 win over West Virginia at the WVU Coliseum. The 14th-ranked Fighting Scots end the dual meet campaign at 14-5 as head coach Tim Flynn won his 198th career match. The Mountaineers fell to 8-9.
This marked the second meeting of the season between the two EWL rivals, with Edinboro earlier prevailing 21-16 at the Virginia Duals.
This time the match wasn't as close, due in part to the return of two-time All-American A.J. Schopp to the lineup. Schopp won a decision at 133 lbs. as the Fighting Scots ran off wins in the first four matches to bolt to a 16-0 lead.
Kory Mines opened up the night with a come-from-behind win over Zeke Moisey, who is ranked 20th by Flowrestling. Mines, ranked 18th by InterMat, trailed 4-2 entering the third period. The redshirt senior registered an escape, then in the final twenty seconds took the lead with a takedown and three back points for an 8-4 decision. Mines improved to 28-7 while Moisey fell to 26-12.
Schopp took the mat for the first time since the end of December after suffering a knee injury. Still ranked second at 133 lbs., he won a 6-0 decision over Cory Stainbrook (14-16). Following a scoreless first period, Schopp picked up three points for the near fall at the buzzer for a 3-0 lead after two periods. He would add a takedown in the final seconds and a point for riding time to boost his season record to 16-1 and career record to 123-15.
Mitchell Port followed with his second pin of the season over 16th-ranked Mike Morales. Ranked second at 141 lbs., Port grabbed a 2-1 lead after one period. He added two more takedowns in the second period, and on the second he threw Morales to his back, with the end coming at 4:32. Port improved to 30-1 and 126-16 for his career with his 13th fall of the season. Morales fell to 27-10.
Top-ranked Dave Habat was up next at 149 lbs. and won a 10-2 major decision over Roman Perryman (4-10) to give Edinboro a 16-0 lead. Habat had a pair of takedowns in the first period for a 4-1 lead, bumped it to 7-1 with an escape and takedown in the second, and closed the win out with a takedown and a point for riding time. He is now 30-1 on the season and 128-25 for his career, tying Josh Koscheck for eighth place in career victories. Port is tied for tenth and Schopp is 13th.
West Virginia would pick up wins in the next two matches to close to 16-6. Brutus Scheffel (7-12) rallied late thanks to a takedown in the final 30 seconds for a 6-5 decision over Chase Delande (12-11) at 157 lbs. Ross Renzi (11-12) followed with a 5-2 decision over Casey Fuller (14-16) at 165 lbs., clinching the match with a takedown in the final ten seconds.
Edinboro would close out the match thanks to decisions by Patrick Jennings and Vic Avery at 174 and 184 lbs., respectively. Jennings, ranked 19th, needed sudden victory to win a 3-1 decision over Parker VonEgidy (5-11). He nearly won with a takedown at the end of regulation after the two traded escapes. His takedown midway through the overtime period helped him prove to 27-9.
Avery turned in an impressive showing against Bubba Scheffel at 184 lbs., save for a few anxious moments at the end. While winning an 8-6 decision he picked up his 75th career victory. Avery led 2-1 after one period and rode out Scheffel in the second. He added an escape and two takedowns in the third for a 7-2 lead. A penalty point and an escape closed the match to 7-3, and Scheffel (18-14) would add a takedown with three seconds left. Avery is now26-6 on the season following his seventh straight victory, and is 75-28 for his career.
The two teams would split the final two matches. John A. Smith (23-8) won an 8-1 decision over Vince Pickett (14-16) at 197 lbs., pulling away with a pair of takedowns in the third period.
Warren Bosch and A.J. Vizcarrondo had a brawl at heavyweight, with Bosch prevailing 5-3 in sudden victory. Bosch opened the scoring with a takedown, but a pair of escapes for Vizcarrondo, plus a penalty point, gave the Mountaineer a 3-2 lead after two periods. Neither wrestler scored in the third period, but Bosch owned riding time to send the match into overtime. The redshirt junior improved to 14-18 with his takedown with 14 seconds left. Vizcarrondo fell to 13-15.
Edinboro will now prepare to defend its Eastern Wrestling League title when the Fighting Scots compete in the EWL Championships on Saturday, March 7 at Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J.
#14 EDINBORO 25, WEST VIRGINIA 9
Friday, February 20, 2015
125 lbs. – #18 Kory Mines (EU) dec. Zeke Moisey (WVU) 8-4
133 lbs. – #2 A.J. Schopp (EU) dec. Cory Stainbrook (WVU) 6-0
141 lbs. -- #2 Mitchell Port (EU) fall over #16 Mike Morales (WVU) 4:32
149 lbs. -- #1 Dave Habat (EU) maj. dec. Roman Perryman (WVU) 10-2
157 lbs. – Brutus Scheffel (WVU) dec. Chase Delande (EU) 6-5
165 lbs. – Ross Renzi (WVU) dec. Casey Fuller (EU) 5-2
174 lbs. – #19 Patrick Jennings (EU) dec. Parker VonEgidy (WVU) 3-1 sv
184 lbs. – #10 Vic Avery (EU) dec. Bubba Scheffel (WVU) 8-6
197 lbs. – Jake A. Smith (WVU) dec. Vince Pickett (EU) 8-1
Hwt. – Warren Bosch (EU) dec. A.J. Vizcarrondo (WVU) 5-3 sv
RECORDS: Edinboro -- 14-5; West Virginia 8-9