Edinboro rallies for win at Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mi. -- The 17th-ranked Edinboro wrestling team opened its dual match season with a 22-12 win at Michigan State at Jemison Field House on Friday night. The loss dropped Michigan State to 1-1, and Edinboro has now won all five meetings with the Spartans.

The match got underway at 149 lbs., and Edinboro found itself trailing 12-9 after seven bouts. But that still left the heart of the lineup for the Fighting Scots, and Edinboro would win the final three matches. In fact, after nothing but decisions decided by no fewer than four points, Edinboro would win two of the final three matches with bonus points.

Kory Mines gave Edinboro the lead for good at 13-12, as the sophomore improved to 6-3 with a 13-2 major decision over Josh Heinzer at 125 lbs.

Fifth-ranked A.J. Schopp followed with his fourth fall in five matches this year, needing just 1:16 to pin Christian Olanowski in the 133 lb. match. Mitchell Port, ranked fifth at 141 lbs., wrapped things up with a 3-0 decision over Nick Trimble.

Dave Habat, ranked 18th, started the match with a 3-1 win over Dan Osterman at 149 lbs. Michael DePalma made his debut at 157 lbs., but the redshirt freshman dropped a 4-0 decision to David Cheza.

16th-ranked Johnny Greisheimer boosted his record to 7-2 with a 4-0 decision at 165 lbs. over Ryan Watts, but the Spartans would proceed to win three of the next four matches.

The one win Edinboro did pick up was key, though. Redshirt freshman Warren Bosch won a 6-4 decision in sudden victory over Nick McDiarmid. A year ago McDiarmid gave All-American Chris Honeycutt a battle in the dual between the two teams.

In the highlight match of the night, 12th-ranked Mike McClure of MSU edged 20th-ranked Ernest James, 2-0, at heavyweight. McClure earlier defeated James, 4-2, but a year ago James provided the winning points in an 18-15 win without a 3-1 decision over McClure.

Edinboro will return to action on Sunday, December 2 hosting 11th-ranked Virginia Tech in the first home dual of the season. That match gets underway at 1 p.m. at McComb Fieldhouse. Fans can receive free admission with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy benefitting the Toys for Tots program.

149 lbs. #18 Dave Habat (EU) dec. Dan Osterman (MSU) 3-1
157 lbs. David Cheza (MSU) dec. Michael DePalma (EU) 4-0
165 lbs. #16 Johnny Greisheimer (EU) dec. Ryan Watts (MSU) 4-0
174 lbs. Jordan Wohlfert (MSU) dec. Patrick Jennings (EU) 5-3 sv2
184 lbs. John Rizqallah (MSU) dec. Vince Pickett (EU) 5-1
197 lbs. Warren Bosch (EU) dec. Nick McDiarmid (MSU) 6-4 sv
HWT #12 Mike McClure (MSU) dec. #20 Ernest James 2-0
125 lbs. Kory Mines (EU) major dec. Josh Heinzer (MSU) 13-2
133 lbs. #5 A.J. Schopp (EU) fall Christian Olanowski (MSU) 1:16
141 lbs. #5 Mitchell Port (EU) dec. Nick Trimble (MSU) 3-0


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