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CLARION, Pa. -- Edinboro opened Eastern Wrestling League action in impressive, and quick fashion, defeating Clarion 37-12 at Tippin Gymnasium on Monday night. The Fighting Scots improved to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in EWL action while winning five matches by bonus points. Clarion falls to 0-3 and 0-1, respectively.

Seven of the 10 matches were won by bonus points, with Edinboro posting three falls and a pair of technical falls, while both of Clarions wins were via pins.

Edinboro jumped out to a 22-0 lead behind its quartet of redshirt freshmen at the lower weights. Kory Mines got the action underway at 125 pounds with a 20-3 technical fall against Vic Lipari, boosting Mines' record to 10-7.

A.J. Schopp improved to 19-1 with his ninth fall of the season, pinning Joe Waltko at 4:43 in the 133 pound bout. Eighteenth-ranked Mitchell Port followed with another fall at 141 pounds, this one against Tyler Bedelyon. A week ago Port defeated Bedelyon 12-4 at the PSAC Championships. He is now 13-4.

Dave Habat boosted the margin to 22-0 with a 15-0 technical fall against Cameron Moran at 149 pounds and is now 18-4. He had won a 14-9 decision between the two at the PSACs.

Clarion cut the gap to 22-12 with falls at 157 and 165 pounds. Ninth-ranked James Fleming pinned freshman Casey Fuller (15-8).  Bekzod Abdurakhmonov, ranked seventh, followed with a fall at 1:37 against Ethan Saylor, who fell to 7-7.

Edinboro would win the final four matches. Chris Hrunka won a 7-0 decision against Ryan Darch at 174 pounds, with Vic Avery following with a 7-2 decision against Nick Milano at 184 pounds.

The final two matches were actually the most highly-anticipated of the night. The 197 pound bout was a rematch of the PSAC championship, and the score was similar.  After winning a 12-6 decision at the PSAC’s, third-ranked Chris Honeycutt improved to 19-0 with an 11-6 decision against 19th-ranked Alex Thomas.

The match concluded with Ernest James winning by fall against Quintas McCorkle at heavyweight. It was James’ ninth fall and boosted his record to 17-4.