Edinboro sophomore Mitchell Port settled for second place Saturday night in a close title match at the NCAA wrestling championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Port (34-4) battled unbeaten Kendric Maple (30-0) of Oklahoma throughout the 141-pound final, but Maple was able to fight off Port’s late push to hold on for 4-3 decision.
Read more about the title match and Port’s thoughts afterward.
Meanwhile, Edinboro’s A.J. Schopp also earned All-America status. The 133-pounder went 1-1 in consolation matches Saturday and claimed a fourth-place medal.
Penn State won the NCAA team title for the third straight season and Cornell’s Kyle Dake made history by winning his fourth title in his fourth weight class.
Edinboro sophomore Mitchell Port has earned a shot at a national title with an upset tonight in the semifinals of the NCAA wrestling championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Port (34-3) beat previously unbeaten Hunter Stieber (34-1) of Ohio State 7-6 tonight in a 141-pound semifinal.
Port, the No. 4 seed, will face No. 2-seeded Kendric Maple (29-0) of Oklahoma in the national title match Saturday night. The finals will be televised live by ESPN.
Edinboro’s A.J. Schopp (32-4) was not as fortunate against Stieber’s brother, Logan, who was top-seeded at 133 pounds. Logan Stieber (25-0) tagged Schopp with an 18-2 technical fall in the semifinals. Stieber, a sophomore, will go for his second straight national title.
Below are earlier updates.
Get updates here on Edinboro wrestlers from the NCAA championships in Des Moines, Iowa, this weekend.
Check out the Erie Times-News story on Edinboro from Thursday’s action.
– 133 pounds: Edinboro’s A.J. Schopp (32-3) wins 11-7 decision over fifth-seeded Chris Dardanes (19-7) of Minnesota. Schopp will take on top-seeded and unbeaten Logan Stieber (24-0) of Ohio State in the semifinals. Stieber won by 17-1 tech fall today after winning by pin in the first two rounds.
The semifinals are scheduled for 7 p.m.
In the 133-pound class, all four top seeds have made the semifinals. No. 2 Tony Ramos of Iowa and No. 3 Tyler Graff of Wisconsin will meet in the other semifinal. The finals are Saturday night on ESPN.
– 141 pounds: Edinboro’s Mitchell Port (33-3) wins 13-5 over fifth-seeded Evan Henderson (36-6) of North Carolina. Port will face top-seeded and unbeaten Hunter Stieber (34-0) of Ohio State in the semifinals.
In the 141-pound bracket, there was one quarterfinal upset: Sixth-seeded Undrakhb Khishignyam of the Citadel beat No. 3 Michael Mangrum 3-2 in OT. Khishignyam will face second-seeded Kendric Maple (28-0) of Oklahoma in the semis.
149 pounds: Edinboro’s Dave Habat (30-8) pins Nick Lester (17-12) of Oklahoma in 59 seconds. Habat moves on in the wrestlebacks.
Update, 2:50 p.m.: Habat loses 5-2 to Purdue’s Ivan Lopouchanski in consolations and is eliminated. The Scots will have 2 All-Americans — Schopp and Port.
285 pounds: Edinboro’s Ernest James (23-14) loses 2-0 to Benjamin Apland (20-13) of Michigan in the consolation second round. James is eliminated and won’t win a medal.
133 pounds: A.J. Schopp (31-3) wins 18-1 tech fall over Binghamton’s Derek Steeley.
Schopp, the No. 4 seed, will face fifth-seeded Chris Dardanes (19-6) of Minnesota in the quarterfinals.
Note: Meadville grad Shelton Mack of Pitt lost to No. 1-seeded Logan Stieber of Ohio State by fall in the second round at 133 pounds.
141 pounds: Mitchell Port (32-3) wins 13-2 major decision over Hofstra’s Luke Vaith.
Port, the No. 4 seed, will face fifth-seeded Evan Henderson (36-6) of North Carolina in the quarterfinals.
285 pounds: Ernest James (23-13) loses 4-0 to Oregon State’s Chad Hanke (35-3). James falls into consolation round.
149 pounds: Edinboro’s Dave Habat (29-8) wins 3-1 over Cornell’s Chris Villalonga (23-12) to stay alive for medal.
165 pounds: Edinboro’s Johnny Greisheimer (19-16) loses 6-5 to Northwestern’s Pierce Harger. Greisheimer is the only Fighting Scot eliminated on the first day.
133 pounds: A.J. Schopp (30-3) opens with 8-0 win over Michigan’s Rosario Bruno.
141 pounds: Mitchell Port (31-3) advances with 5-2 win over Frank Cimato of Drexel
149 pounds: David Habat (27-8) loses 16-6 to top-seeded Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State
165 pounds: Johnny Greisheimer (19-15) loses 7-4 to Josh Condon of Chattanooga (21-6)
285 pounds: Ernest James (23-12) wins a 3-2 decision over William Smith of Rutgers (26-10)
Note: Meadville grad Shelton Mack (19-9) of Pitt opens with 3-2 victory over Hoftra’s Jamie Franco at 133 pounds.