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Edinboro Athletics | December 30, 2013

Port paces second-place Edinboro in Midlands Championships

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Mitchell Port will look to become Edinboro's first Midlands Championships titlist since Chris Honeycutt in 2011 on Monday night when he faces Steven Rodrigues of Illinois. Port, the top seed at 141 pounds, won by fall against 12th-seeded Pat Greco of Northwestern at 6:53 in the semifinals. 

Port grabbed a 2-0 lead with a takedown midway through the first period. He led 3-0 after two periods thanks to an early escape, then took control in the third period to improve to 13-0 with his ninth fall of the year.

Port, a redshirt junior, looks to become Edinboro's Midlands champion since Honeycutt took home the crown at 197 pounds in 2011. He faces unseeded Steven Rodrigues of Illinois, who has already upset four seeds to reach the finals.

Edinboro was hoping to have two wrestlers in the finals, but A.J. Schopp was upset by Northern Iowa's Joe Colon. Fourth-seeded Colon handed Schopp his first loss of the year 3-0 in the 133-pound semifinals.

Schopp would come back to avenge a loss to Lehigh's Mason Beckman in the NWCA All-Star Classic with a 5-0 decision against the third seed in the consolation semifinals. He will compete for third place against fifth-seeded Tyler Graff of Wisconsin. 

Johnny Greisheimer (157 lbs.) and Ernest James (hwt.) will also medal after winning twice on Monday to reach the consolation semifinals. Vic Avery won his first consolation match at 184 lbs. but medical forfeited out of the tournament before wrestling in the consolation quarterfinals. He will finish eighth.

Kory Mines and Dave Habat were eliminated in their first matches of the day at 125 and 149 lbs., respectively, both by falls. Mines, the seventh seed, went down at 2:36 to fifth-seeded Dylan Peters of Northern Iowa. Habat, seeded third, was pinned at 1:38 by Iowa's Brody Grothus.

After the semifinals Edinboro was in second place in the Midlands, trailing Iowa. The Fighting Scots posted their highest finish in 1996 when they came in second to Iowa