PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Edinboro heavyweight Ernest James has been in big matches throughout his career, and the senior came through once again on Friday night. His 3-0 decision over P.J. Tasser helped the 14th-ranked Fighting Scots upset sixth-ranked Pittsburgh, marking one of the biggest wins in head coach Tim Flynn's 17-year tenure. Edinboro won on criteria 17-16 after the two former EWL rivals battled to a 16-16 tie. They tied 5-5 in the first criteria, and 0-0 in the second. Edinboro finally gained the edge on the third criteria thanks to total match points, with the Fighting Scots prevailing 50-49.
Edinboro won for the ninth time in the last ten matches to improve to 9-3, while Pittsburgh fell for just the second time, as the Panthers are now 12-2. The other loss came to Penn State. The Fighting Scots snapped a four-match losing streak to Pitt.
Edinboro jumped out to a 13-3 lead with wins in four of the first five matches. Back came the Panthers with four straight wins as they grabbed a 16-13 leading heading into the heavyweight match. That left James, ranked 17th, needing a win over 19th-ranked P.J. Tasser. James would prevail 3-0, with his riding time point providing the winning match point, as well. James improved to 22-5 with his 93rd career win.
The match started with Anthony Zanetta (19-6) edging Kory Mines at 125 lbs. in one of five matches that featured a pair of ranked wrestlers. Zanetta, ranked 19th, jumped out to a 9-5 lead but Mines would rally with an escape and takedown late in the second period to close to 9-8. He would knot the match at 9-9 late in the third period, but Zanetta had riding time to post the winning point in a 10-9 decision. Mines, ranked 18th, fell to 19-7.
A.J. Schopp, ranked second at 133 lbs., renewed his rivalry with Shelton Mack (21-8). Schopp would improve to 26-1 for the season and 98-12 for his career with a 1-0 decision over Mack, who was ranked 20th. It marked the fifth win in six meetings over Mack, but none have been decided by more than three points.
Top-ranked Mitchell Port remained undefeated at 141 lbs. boosting his record to 22-0 with an 8-2 decision over 17th-ranked Edgar Bright (15-7). Dave Habat followed with a 10-2 major decision over Mikey Racciato (20-10) at 149 lbs. for Edinboro's lone bonus points of the night. Ranked 15th, Habat is now 22-4.
Johnny Greisheimer built Edinboro's lead to 13-3 with an 8-1 decision over Cole Sheptock at 157 lbs. The senior picked up his 90th career win and is now 21-7 on the season.
Pitt started its comeback at 165 lbs., as Geno Morelli used a late takedown to edge Kasey Burnett-Davis 4-3, dropping Burnett-Davis to 15-9. Seventh-ranked Tyler Wilps (24-5) followed with an 18-5 major decision over Patrick Jennings (9-10) at 174 lbs.
At 184 lbs., sixth-ranked Max Thomusseit improved to 14-1 with a 4-1 decision over 15th-ranked Vic Avery. Thomusseit picked up the lone takedown early in the match to drop Avery to 18-4.
Pitt would regain the lead at 16-13 thanks to Nick Bonaccorsi's 8-2 decision over Vince Pickett at 197 lbs. Bonaccorsi is ranked 18th and improved to 18-9, while Pickett fell to 17-10. Pickett led early 2-0 but Bonaccorsi scored the final eight points.
125 lbs. -- #19 Anthony Zanetta (UP) dec. #18 Kory Mines (EU), 10-9 0-3
133 lbs. -- #2 A.J. Schopp (EU) dec. #20 Shelton Mack (UP), 1-0 3-3
141 lbs. -- #1 Mitchell Port (EU) dec. #17 Edgar Bright (UP), 8-2 6-3
149 lbs. -- #15 David Habat (EU) maj. dec. Mikey Racciato (UP), 10-2 10-3
157 lbs. -- #16 Johnny Greisheimer (EU) dec. Cole Sheptock (UP), 8-1 13-3
165 lbs. -- Geno Morelli (UP) dec. Kasey Burnett-Davis (EU), 4-3 13-6
174 lbs. -- #7 Tyler Wilps (UP) maj. dec. Patrick Jennings (EU), 18-5 13-10
184 lbs. -- #6 Max Thomusseit (UP) dec. #15 Vic Avery (EU), 4-1 13-13
197 lbs. -- #18 Nick Bonaccorsi (UP) dec. Vince Pickett (EU), 8-2 13-16
Hwt. -- #17 Ernest James (EU) dec. No. 19 P.J. Tasser (UP), 3-0 16-16