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.
EDINBORO 29, KENT STATE 6
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)
EDINBORO 52, MERCYHURST NORTH EAST 0
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)
EDINBORO 36, ASHLAND 3
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)