Flynn wins 175th dual as Edinboro defeats Rider

EDINBORO, Pa. -- Thanks to wins in seven of ten matches, including a fall by top-ranked Mitchell Port, the Edinboro wrestling team, ranked sixth by InterMat and 15th in the latest USA Today/NWCA/AWN Coaches Poll, handed 25th-ranked Rider a 27-9 defeat to hand Tim Flynn his 175th victory as Edinboro's head coach. The Fighting Scots improved to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in the Eastern Wrestling League. Rider, one of two new members of the EWL along with George Mason, is now 5-2 and 1-1 in the EWL.

Flynn took over as head coach of the Fighting Scots in 1997-98, and has compiled a 175-67-5 record. He is in his 17th season as Edinboro's head coach.

The match got underway at 125 lbs. with the only matchup of the day between ranked wrestlers. Kory Mines came in ranked 17th by Amateur Wrestling News and 18th by InterMat, while Robert Deutsch is ranked 18th by AWN. The two traded escapes in the second and third periods and went to overtime tied at 1-1. Deutsch would register the lone takedown on his lone shot of the match with five seconds left for the 3-1 decision. Mines fell to 10-3 while Deutsch is 9-2.

Edinboro would run off wins in the next four matches to take a commanding 17-3 lead. A.J. Schopp, ranked second by InterMat and third by AWN, improved to 13-0 with an 8-2 decision over Chuck Zeisloft. The redshirt junior led just 3-2 after two periods before taking control in the third period with a takedown and two more points for stalling, along with a riding time point. Schopp boosted his career record to 85-11.

Mitchell Port, who moved up to number one in the country this week at 141 lbs., was tied at 4-4 late in the first period with Rider's Paul Kirchner before taking a 6-4 lead with a takedown as the period ended. He opened the second period with an escape, then boosted the margin to 9-4 with a takedown. Moments later he ended the match by fall at 3:44. The redshirt junior is now 9-0 with six falls and improved to 73-14 for his career.

Dave Habat, ranked seventh by AWN and eighth by InterMat, also picked up bonus points at 149 lbs. with a 10-2 major decision over Curt Delia. It was another match that was close early. Following a scoreless first period, Habat used an escape and takedown for a 3-0 lead after two periods. He used three third-period takedowns to pull away and improve to 14-1 on the year and 80-19 for his career.

Johnny Greisheimer built Edinboro's lead to 17-3 with a 16-3 major decision over Wayne Stinson at 157 lbs. The senior, now 8-5 and with 77 career wins, took a big early lead with a takedowns and six near fall points for an 8-0 advantage after one period.
Rider snapped Edinboro's run with a victory at 165 lbs., as Ramon Santiago, the Collegiate Athletic Association champion a year ago, held off Kasey Burnett-Davis with a 9-4 decision. Santiago, ranked 12th by InterMat and 15th by AWN, trailed 3-2 after one, and the only scoring in the second was a Santiago reversal to give the Bronc a 4-3 lead. He added two takedowns in the third to improve to 8-3, while Burnett-Davis is now 8-3.

The Broncs narrowed the gap to 17-9 thanks a 5-2 decision by Connor Brennan (9-4) over Patrick Jennings (5-3) at 174 lbs.

Edinboro closed out the match with three straight victories. Vic Avery, ranked eighth by AWN and 10th by InterMat at 184 lbs., won a 15-5 major decision over Jeff McElwee. The redshirt sophomore would record six takedowns to boost his record to 4-1.

Vince Pickett followed with an impressive 5-1 decision over 2013 national qualifier Donald mcNeill at 197 lbs. Pickett took a 2-0 lead after one period, then used a second period reversal for a 4-1 advantage. He ended with 4:18 in riding time while improving to 8-3.

Ernest James need an extra minute to capture a 3-1 decision in sudden victory over Greg Velasco at heavyweight. Now 9-3, James won his 80th career match thanks to a takedown with 13 seconds left in the extra period.

Edinboro will return to action on December 29-30, competing in the Midlands Championships.

125 lbs. -- Robert Deutsch (RU) dec. #18 Kory Mines (EU), 3-1 sv 0-3
133 lbs. -- #2 A.J. Schopp (EU) dec. Chuck Zeisloft (RU), 8-2 3-3
141 lbs. -- #1 Mitchell Port (EU) fall over Paul Kirchner (RU), 3:44 9-3
149 lbs. -- #8 Dave Habat (EU) maj. dec. Curt Delia (RU), 10-2 13-3
157 lbs. -- Johnny Greisheimer (EU) maj. dec. Wayne Stinson (RU), 16-3 17-3
165 lbs. -- #12 Ramon Santiago (RU) dec. Kasey Burnett-Davis (EU), 9-4 17-6
174 lbs. -- Connor Brennan (RU) dec. Patrick Jennings (EU), 5-2 17-9
184 lbs. -- Vic Avery (EU) maj. dec. Jeff McElwee (RU), 15-5 21-9
197 lbs. -- Vince Pickett (EU) dec. Donald McNeil (RU), 5-1 24-9
Hwt. -- Ernest James (EU) dec. Greg Velasco (RU), 3-1 sv 27-9


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