KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- The Edinboro wrestling team successfully defended its 2011 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship on Saturday afternoon, outdistancing Clarion and Bloomsburg to win the 70th Annual PSAC Wrestling Championship. Kutztown hosted the championships at Keystone Arena.
Edinboro finished with 160.5 points while winning its sixth PSAC title in the last seven years and 15th overall. Clarion was second with 140 points and Bloomsburg third with 134 points. Lock Haven had 125 points for fourth place. Ten teams competed in the PSAC Championships. Clarion's James Fleming was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler.
All ten Edinboro wrestlers placed, with three coming away with individual championships. In fact, all three repeated as champions. The sophomore trio of A.J. Schopp, Mitchell Port and Dave Habat won at 133, 141 and 149 lbs., respectively. Kory Mines (125 lbs.) and Johnny Greisheimer (165 lbs.) also reached the finals before losing. Michael DePalma (157), Vince Pickett (184 lbs.) and Ernest James (hwt.) brought home third place finishes, while Patrick Jennings (157 lbs.) and Warren Bosch (197 lbs.) earned fourth place finishes.
"We're real happy to win the tournament," noted head coach Tim Flynn. "The really good thing is I think we can wrestle a lot better, way better. I think there's a lot of improvement possible, so I'm really optimistic."
Flynn's Fighting Scots got off to a fast start, winning their first 14 matches, with all but two producing bonus points. All ten Fighting Scots reached the semifinals.
Schopp, ranked fourth by InterMat at 133 lbs., picked up his second straight title with a 9-0 major decision over Lock Haven's Nick Wilcox. While winning all three of his matches to improve to 9-0, he posted a fall and two major decisions.
Port won by fall and technical fall in his first two matches before narrowly defeating Daniel Neff of Lock Haven in the semifinals, 2-0. The fourth-ranked wrestler at 141 lbs. was dominant again in the finals with an 11-1 major decision over Sam Sherlock of Clarion. Port is now 10-1.
Habat had the easiest time in his finals match, winning by medical forfeit over Bloomsburg's Josh Roosa at 149 lbs. Ranked 16th, Habat posted a fall, technical fall and major decision while improving to 11-3.
Mines reached the finals for the first time at 125 lbs. after decisioning Sean Boylan of Bloomsburg, 6-5, in the semifinals. The sophomore would drop a 10-4 decision to Lock Haven's Bobby Rehm in the finals. He is now 9-5.
Greisheimer was wrestling in his second PSAC final after losing to Fleming at 157 lbs. in 2010. After a major decision and fall in the earlier rounds, he dropped a 6-3 decision to Josh Veltre of Bloomsburg in the finals. Greisheimer is ranked 16th at 165 lbs. and now has a 9-4 record.