EDINBORO, Pa. -- The 16th-ranked Edinboro wrestling team finished turned in its most impressive showing of the season while handing Lock Haven a 35-6 defeat in an Eastern Wrestling League match on Saturday afternoon at McComb Fieldhouse. The Fighting Scots improved to 7-3 overall and are now 2-0 in the EWL. Lock Haven saw its four-match winning streak snapped while falling to 5-3 and 1-1, respectively.
The Fighting Scots won eight of ten matches, including five with bonus points. Warren Bosch, Ernest James and A.J. Schopp won by fall, with Patrick Jennings and Dave habat winning major decisions.
The match got underway at 157 lbs., with Michael DePalma holding off Aaron Fry, 8-6. The redshirt freshman led 4-0 after one period thanks to a takedown and two near-fall points. He would ride out Fry in the second period, and owned 3 minutes 46 seconds in riding time. Fry would make things interesting in the third period with three takedowns. The last came with 16 seconds left to close tie it at 6-6, but DePalma would escape with ten seconds remaining and Fry could not come up with a tying takedown. DePalma improved to 19-9 with the decision.
Johnny Greisheimer followed with a 6-2 decision at 165 lbs. over LHU's Aaron McKinney, who came in with 23 wins. The junior used a first period takedown and second period escape for a 3-0 lead after two periods. McKinney closed to 3-1 with an escape to start the third, but Greisheimer picked up an insurance takedown with 37 seconds left for a 5-1 lead. McKinney's escape and a riding time point closed out the scoring as Greisheimer improved to 14-8.
Patrick Jennings put an end to a long losing streak at 174 lbs. The redshirt freshman prevailed by major decision, 10-1, over Travis Moyer to snap a ten-match losing skid and improve to 11-17. He recorded the lone points in the first period with a takedown, and followed with an escape and takedown in the second period for a 5-0 lead. He would add two more takedowns in the third and had 1:17 in riding time.
Freshman Vince Pickett fell just shy of upsetting PSAC champion Fred Garcia (20-8) at 184 lbs., as the Bald Eagles got on the board with a 3-2 decision to make it 10-3. Following a scoreless first period, Garcia used an escape and takedown for a 3-0 lead, with Pickett escaping to make it 3-1 after two periods. The only scoring in the third period was a Pickett escape midway through the period. He had one last shot in the final seconds, but could not complete the takedown while falling to 17-11.
Edinboro picked up pins in the next two matches, and three of the next four. Warren Bosch registered his sixth fall of the year when he won by fall at 4:03 over Joseph Rimel at 197 lbs. He had trailed 3-2 after one period, but he began the second period on top and was able to cradle Rimel in a scramble. The redshirt freshman is now 11-12 while snapping a four-match losing streak.
Ernest James took a 5-4 lead in his all-time series with Harry Turner, ending the heavyweight match very quickly. His quick takedown quickly led to a cradle, and the match was over in just 24 seconds. James, ranked 18th by Amateur Wrestling News and 20th by InterMat, is now 18-7 while registering his sixth fall of the season and 28th of his career.
Lock Haven would pick up its other win at 125 lbs., as Bobby Rehm pulled away for a 9-2 decision over Kory Mines. Mines opened the scoring with a takedown in the final minute of the first period, and led 2-1 after one period. Rehm, who improved to 19-7, took control in the second with an escape and takedown for a 4-2 lead. He started on top to start the third, and turned Mines twice for four total near-fall points. Mines is now 12-13.
A.J. Schopp showed why he is ranked fourth in both polls. The sophomore improved to 22-2 with his 13th fall of the year and 32nd of his career, prevailing at 2:04 over Matt Bryer. He dominated the match with a takedown just four seconds into the match, extending the lead to 8-0 midway through the period with back points before finally working for the fall.
Mitchell Port kept pace with Schopp as the fifth-ranked wrestler at 141 lbs. earned a hard-fought 4-0 decision against Dan Neff. The two had met in the PSAC finals, with Port winning 2-0. This time around the Boro sophomore used an escape and takedown in the second period for 3-0 lead. He would ride out Neff in the third period to end with 2:49 in riding time. Port is now 22-3.
Dave Habat, ranked 16th by Amateur Wrestling News and 18th by InterMat, closed out the win with a 15-5 major decision over Mac Maldarelli (14-8) at 149 lbs. Habat gained control late in the second period. He would register a first period takedown, plus an escape in the second for a 3-0 lead. Maldarelli recorded a takedown at 1:05 of the second period to close it to 3-2, but Habat's takedown with ten seconds left and three near-fall points at the buzzer made it 8-0. He added three more takedowns in the third period to boost his record to 19-7.
Edinboro returns to action on Friday, January 25, in a showdown for first place in the EWL at Bloomsburg. The next day the Fighting Scots host Cleveland State at 8 p.m.
157 Michael DePalma (EU) dec. Aaron Fry (LHU), 8-6 3-0
165 Johnny Greisheimer (EU) dec. Aaron McKinney (LHU), 6-2 6-0
174 Patrick Jennings (EU) maj. dec. Travis Moyer (LHU), 10-1 10-0
184 Fred Garcia (LHU) dec. Vince Pickett (EU), 3-2 10-3
197 Warren Bosch (EU) fall over Joseph Rimel (LHU), 4:03 16-3
HWT #20 Ernest James (EU) fall over Harry Turner (LHU), 0:24 22-3
125 Bobby Rehm (LHU) dec. Kory Mines (EU), 9-2 22-6
133 #4 A.J. Schopp (EU) fall over Matt Bryer (LHU), 2:04 28-6
141 #5 Mitchell Port (EU) dec. Dan Neff (LHU), 4-0 31-6
149 #18 Dave Habat (EU) maj. dec. Mac Maldarelli (LHU), 15-5 35-6