The Edinboro wrestling team turned in an outstanding performance Saturday in the Eastern Wrestling League championships, winning the team title and five individual titles at Cleveland State.
Fighting Scots 133-pounder A.J. Schopp won his third EWL title, while Mitchell Port (141) and David Habat (149) each won their second in a row.
Vic Avery (184) and Ernest James (heavyweight) earned their first titles, and Korey Mines (125) and Johnny Greisheimer (157) claimed automatic NCAA berths with second-place finishes.
Several Scots will wait to see if they will receive at-large bids to the NCAA tournament March 20-22 in Oklahoma City.
• Former Reynolds standout and Clarion freshman Austin Matthews claimed his first EWL title with a 9-6 win over Edinboro’s Johnny Greisheimer. He was the only Clarion wrestler who earned an automatic NCAA bid.
Fort LeBoeuf graduate Evan Daley finished fourth in the heavyweight bracket and closed his freshman season with a 19-15 record.
• The Penn State wrestling team holds a one-point lead over Iowa going into the final day of the Big Ten Conference tournament today in Madison, Wis.
All five of the Nittany Lions’ No. 1 seeds advanced to today’s finals — Nico Megaludis (125), Zain Retherford (141), David Taylor (165), Ed Ruth (184) and Morgan McIntosh (197).
The most anticipated matchup of the day might be the showdown between Retherford, a freshman, and two-time defending national champion Logan Stieber. Retherford is unbeaten, and he handed Stieber his only loss, 4-2 in sudden victory Dec. 15. That ended a 45-match win streak for Stieber, a junior who will go for his third straight Big Ten title today.
Edinboro’s team and, in particular, Mitchell Port will pay close attention to the Retherford-Stieber match. Port is ranked No. 1 at 141 pounds nationally. Retherford is No. 2 and Stieber is No. 3 in one of the NCAA’s most competitive weight classes.
Fans can watch the finals today at 2 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.
• Former Reynolds star Mason Beckman is one of four Lehigh wrestlers who advanced to today’s Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association semifinals.
Beckman, the No. 1 seed at 133 pounds, won both of his matches by major decision Saturday in Philadelphia. He claimed an 11-2 win over Binghamton’s Mike Sardo and a 9-0 victory over Boston University’s Dane Harlowe.
Beckman (22-3) will face No. 4 seed Vinnie Dellefave of Rutgers in the semifinals.
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor