CLEVELAND, Ohio — No. 20 Edinboro improved to 8-2 overall and 4-0 in the Eastern Wrestling league with a 40-0 triumph against Cleveland State at Woodling Gymnasium on Saturday night. In winning all ten matches the Fighting Scots won five via bonus points, including two pins, a pair of major decisions, and a technical fall.
A.J. Schopp, ranked sixth at 133 pounds, won by fall for the second consecutive night, pinning CSU’s Nick Flannery at 1:53. The redshirt freshman improved his record to 31-3 on the season with 15 falls. He moved into a tie for sixth place in season falls.
Ernest James is not far behind, as he recorded his 14th fall of the season, good for a tie for ninth place. The sophomore heavyweight needed 4:04 to pin Garry Yarborogh. James is now 26-8 on the year.
Chris Honeycutt remained undefeated with a 19-2 technical fall at 3:14 against Nick Anthony at 197 pounds. The second-ranked senior is now 31-0 and moved into a tie for tenth place in career wins with Alex Clemsen with a 121-20 career mark.
Edinboro’s other two ranked wrestlers continued streaks, as well. Dave Habat, ranked sixth at 149 pounds, made it ten consecutive wins and 19 in his last 20 matches with a 5-2 decision against Lawrence Cavello. Mitchell Port, ranked 18th at 141 pounds, claimed a 15-2 major decision against Josh Palivoda for his eighth win in a row. Habat is now 31-5 on the year, while Port improves to 23-6.
The three true freshmen in the lineup all came away with wins. Vic Avery (20-10) posted a major decision for the second consecutive night, besting Bobby Blankenship 14-4 at 184 pounds. At 157 pounds, Casey Fuller claimed a 7-4 decision against Brandon Sommers to snap a five-match losing streak and improve to 19-16. Finally, Jesse Swink picked up his first win since taking over as the starter at 165 pounds with a 7-2 decision versus Corey Carlo.