Edinboro wins first-ever MAC dual, goes 3-0 at Kent State duals

KENT, Ohio -- In one day the Edinboro wrestling team eclipsed its win total from the 2018-19 season. Competing in the Kent State Duals to open the 2019-20 season, the Fighting Scots posted wins over Kent State (29-6), Mercyhurst North East (52-0), and Ashland (36-3) to sprint to a 3-0 start.

Just as notable is the fact Edinboro won its first-ever Mid-American Conference dual with the victory over Kent State, an established member of the MAC. And for second-year head coach Matt Hill, the win came against the man he served under as an assistant coach for 11 years, KSU's Jim Andrassy. A year ago, Kent State defeated Edinboro 26-12.

Edinboro got the day started by winning eight of ten bouts against Kent State. Most noteworthy was a battle between two of the top 174-pounders in the MAC. KSU's Andrew McNally came in ranked third in the MAC preseason poll, while Jacob Oliver of Edinboro was fourth. Both were NCAA qualifiers a year ago, with Mcnally making the trip at 184 lbs. Oliver would win by fall at 3:15.

Another KSU national qualifier, Tim Rooney, came in ranked third in the preseason poll at 133 lbs. Tye Varndell would make his debut a memorable one, as the freshman from nearby Cambridge Springs High School captured a 7-5 upset of Rooney on the strength of three takedowns. Varndell was 3-0 on the day.

Cody Mulligan and Jon Spaulding won by major decision at 184 lbs. and heavyweight, respectively. Mulligan, a redshirt freshman, made his much-anticipated debut after winning two PIAA state championships as a prepster at nearby Saegertown High School. He would go 3-0 on the day, with a fall and two major decisions. That included a 12-1 major decision over Aidan Pasiuk of Ashland, who was a Division II All-American a year ago at Wheeling and came in ranked fifth nationally.

Spaulding, meanwhile, won all three of his bouts by major decision, including 12-2 over Tristen Weirich of Ashland. Weirich was a Division II All-American a year ago after finishing sixth and came in ranked third in Division II.
Oddly enough, Ashland's lone win came at 174 lbs., where Oliver would suffer an 8-5 loss to Bret Romanzak. Romanzak was the 2018 Division II national champion at 165 lbs. and is ranked fifth in Division II.

Lucas Rodriguez also went 3-0 at 125 lbs., as did Nate Hagan (141 lbs.), Tyler Vath (149 lbs.), and Derek Ciavarro (165 lbs.).

Edinboro returns to the mat on Friday, November 8 hosting sixth-ranked Wisconsin. The match will take place at nearby Saegertown High School, where Boro starters Vath, Mulligan and Dylan Reynolds all competed. It is already sold out.

125 lbs. - Lucas Rodriguez (EU) dec. Earl Blake (KSU), 3-0 (EU leads 3-0)
133 lbs. - Tye Varndell (EU) dec. Tim Rooney (KSU), 7-5 (EU leads 6-0)
141 lbs. - Nate Hagan (EU) dec. Cory Simpson (KSU), 5-2 (EU leads 9-0)
149 lbs. - Tyler Vath (EU) dec. Kody Komara (KSU), 8-7 (EU leads 12-0)
157 lbs. - Brady Chrisman (KSU) dec. Peter Pappas (EU), 6-5 (EU leads 12-3)
165 lbs. - Derek Ciavarro (EU) dec. Kade Byland (KSU), 5-3 (EU leads 15-3)
174 lbs. - Jacob Oliver (EU) fall over Andrew McNally (KSU), 3:15 (EU leads 21-3)
184 lbs. - Cody Mulligan (EU) maj. dec. Lane Hinkle (KSU), 12-3 (EU leads 25-3)
197 lbs. - Colin McCracken (KSU) dec. Dylan Reynolds (EU), 7-3 (EU leads 25-6)
Hwt. - Jon Spaulding (EU) maj. dec. Spencer Berthhold (KSU), 12-1 (EU leads 29-6)

125 lbs. - Lucas Rodriguez (EU) fall over Caiden Eastman (MNE), 0:40 (EU leads 6-0)
133 lbs. - Tye Varndell (EU) maj. dec. Dillon Schnars (MNE), 13-4 (EU leads 10-0)
141 lbs. - Nate Hagan (EU) fall over Isaaiah Smith (MNE), 2:40 (EU leads 16-0)
149 lbs. - Tyler Vath (EU) tech. fall Dylan Muscarella (MNE), 15-0, 5:08 (EU leads 21-0)
157 lbs. - Peter Pappas (EU) tech. fall Aaron Morris (MNE), 17-2 (EU leads 26-0)
165 lbs. - Derek Ciavarro (EU) tech. fall Spencer Head (MNE), 19-4 (EU leads 31-0)
174 lbs. - Cullen Wolford (EU) tech. fall Demitrius Smith (MNE), 19-1 (EU leads 36-0)
184 lbs. - Cody Mulligan (EU) fall over Matthew Hammond (MNE), 1:05 (EU leads 42-0)
197 lbs. - Koltyn Eason (EU) dec. Draven Douglas (MNE), 2:18 (EU leads 48-0)
Hwt. - Jon Spaulding (EU) maj. dec. Jonathan Vargo (MNE), 20-7 (EU leads 52-0)

125 lbs. - Lucas Rodriguez (EU) dec. Christian Wellman (AU), 5-2 (EU leads 3-0)
133 lbs. - Tye Varndell (EU) dec. Lawrence Dudgeon (AU), 10-6 (EU leads 6-0)
141 lbs. - Nate Hagan (EU) won by forfeit (EU leads 12-0)
149 lbs. - Tyler Vath (EU) dec. Carson Speelman (AU), 6-0 (EU leads 15-0)
157 lbs. - Peter Pappas (EU) fall over Nick Carbone (AU), 3:30 (EU leads 21-0)
165 lbs. - Derek Ciavarro (EU) dec. Christian Price (AU), 3-1 (EU leads 24-0)
174 lbs. - Bret Romanzak (AU) dec. Jacob Oliver (EU), 8-5 (EU leads 24-3)
184 lbs. - Cody Mulligan (EU) maj. dec. Aidan Pasiuk (AU), 12-1 (EU leads 28-3)
197 lbs. - Dylan Reynolds (EU) maj. dec. Peter Abraham (AU), 18-5 (EU leads 32-3)
Hwt. - Jon Spaulding (EU) maj. dec. Tristan Weirich (AU), 12-2 (EU leads 36-3)


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