EDINBORO, Pa. -- The Edinboro wrestling team saw bonus point wins from Carmine Ciotti (141 lbs.), Jacob Oliver (174 lbs.) and Jon Spaulding (285 lbs.) as the Fighting Scots picked up a 24-13 win over visiting Cleveland State Friday night at McComb Fieldhouse. Edinboro improved to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the EWL as the Vikings fell to 3-6 overall and 0-3 in the EWL.
Redshirt freshman Lucas Rodriguez got things started for the Fighting Scots picking up a 9-2 decision over Cameron Lathem at 125 lbs. Trailing 2-1 going in to the second period, Rodriguez chose down and used an escape and a takedown of his own to lead 4-2 going into the final period. Lathem chose down to start but Rodriguez got four nearfall points late and had 2:25 of riding time to get the win. He moved to 10-13 this season after the win.
After the Vikings got a win at 133 lbs., Carmine Ciotti used a big first period to jump out to a 9-4 lead after one period against Sam Matzek at 141 lbs. Ciotti shutout Matzek in the second and third periods while getting another takedown, reversal and two stalling points to claim the major decision 17-4. The junior improved to 13-11 on the season with the win.
Cleveland State won the next two bouts to take a 13-7 lead over Edinboro. However, the Fighting Scots won the final five matches to come from behind. The run started with Fritz Hoehn picking up a 11-4 decision over Ryan Ford at 165 lbs. After a scoreless first period, Ford chose down to start the second. A quick escape was followed by a takedown by Hoehn. Ford retook the lead with a reversal before Hoehn used an escape of his own. A takedown and four late nearfall points allowed Hoehn to take a 9-3 lead heading into the third. Choosing to start down, Hoehn got a quick reversal and held on the rest of the period for the win. Hoehn improved to 7-5 on the season.
Jacob Oliver got the deciding points for the Fighting Scots in his 15-2 major decision over Dimitri Williams at 174 lbs. A relatively slow first period with Oliver leading 2-0, the Fighting Scot chose down to start the second period. Oliver used an escape and two takedowns during the second to jump out to 8-1 lead. In the final period a takedown and four near fall points along with 2:46 of riding time earned him a major decision over Williams. The win marked the third straight bonus point win for Oliver who improved to 22-4 on the season. This year he has totaled four technical falls and eight major decisions.
Zach Ancewicz (184 lbs.) led after one period 3-1 over Chris Morrow and 6-2 after two. Morrow got an early escape in the third to pull back within three before Ancewicz got a takedown with less than an minute left to extend his lead. A last second escape by Morrow was not enough as Ancewicz improved to 15-12 on the season with an 8-5 decision.
In a rematch from earlier this year at the Navy Classic which saw the Fighting Scot picked up a 14-2 major decision, Dylan Reynolds and Ben Smith kept things closer this night. Reynolds held a slim 2-1 lead after one period and chose down to start the second. An escape and his second takedown extended his lead to 5-2 after two periods. After an early escape by Smith, both wrestlers remained neutral the rest of the final period. Reynolds earned a riding time point and the 6-3 decision to earn his team leading 24th win on the season.
The final bout of the night saw Jon Spaulding and Collin Kelly face off at 285 lbs. Spaulding got a takedown after a minute in the first period and after a Kelly escape got his second of the match. Leading 4-1 after one period, Spaulding held Kelly to only and escape while adding his third takedown to lead 6-2 after two periods. In the third, Spaulding doubled his point total while allowing only a third escape by Kelly to earn the bonus point major decision, 12-3.
The win marked the fourth straight match which saw Edinboro pick up wins by Oliver, Reynolds, and Spaulding, starting with the dual against Tennessee-Chattanooga on December 18.
The Fighting Scots return to the mat on Sunday, January 26 when they travel to Fairfax, Va. for an EWL dual at George Mason. The match is scheduled to start at 12 noon.
125 - Lucas Rodriguez (EU) dec. Cameron Lathem (CSU), 9-2
133 - Armando Torres (CSU) maj. dec. Richie Gomez (EU), 14-1
141 - Carmine Ciotti (EU) maj. dec. Sam Matzek (CSU), 17-4
149 - Brady Barnett (CSU) fall Christopher Matzke (EU), 4:14
157 - Nico O'Dor (CSU) dec. Tim Suter (EU), 6-1
165 - Fritz Hoehn (EU) dec. Ryan Ford (CSU), 11-4
174 - Jacob Oliver (EU) maj. dec. Dimitri Williams (CSU), 15-2
184 - Zach Ancewicz (EU) dec. Chris Morrow (CSU), 8-5
197 - Dylan Reynolds (EU) dec. Ben Smith (CSU), 6-3
285 - Jon Spaulding (EU) maj. dec. Collin Kelly (CSU), 12-3