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Edinboro Pins George Mason to Clinch Tie for EWL Regular Season Crown
FAIRFAX, Va. (Jan. 31, 2015) – Thanks to pins from Mitchell Port, Patrick Jennings and Vic Avery, Edinboro clinched a tie for the Eastern Wrestling League regular season crown on Saturday night with a 31-14 win at George Mason. It marked the first-ever EWL meeting between the two after the Patriots joined the EWL a year ago. Edinboro won its fourth straight dual to improve to 12-4 overall and 5-0 in the EWL. George Mason fell to 7-9 and 2-3, respectively.
Edinboro has one EWL match remaining, hosting Lock Haven on Friday, February 6. The Bald Eagles are 1-1 in EWL action, while Rider is 3-1.
Kory Mines, ranked 17th at 125 lbs., opened the match with a forfeit victory to improve to 26-6. The Patriots would grab a 4-3 lead after the 133 lb. bout as Vince Rodriguez posted a 9-0 major decision over Anthony Rivera (3-12).
Mitchell Port, ranked second at 141 lbs., boosted Edinboro’s lead to 12-4 as he recorded his 11th fall of the season and third in his last four matches with a second period pin over Sahid Kargbo at 4:54. Port is now 28-0 for the season and 124-15 for his career.
Dave Habat, who moved up to the top spot in the country at 149 lbs. earlier this week, won a 9-0 major decision over Blake Roulo on the strength of a pair of takedowns and three back points. Habat picked up his 125th career victory, improving to 27-1 on the season and 125-25 for his career.
George Mason’s Greg Flournoy improved to 18-8 at 157 lbs. as he won a 9-1 major decision over Chase Delande (9-8). The Patriots pulled to 16-11 when Patrick Davis made it back-to-back wins with a 7-6 decision over Casey Fuller at 165 lbs. Fuller nearly rallied from a 5-0 first-period deficit. After tying the match at 6-6 with a takedown with 1minute, 25 seconds to go he released Davis with a minute remaining. He had several opportunities but was unable to post the winning takedown while falling to 14-13.
Any hopes George Mason had of a comeback were squashed when Jennings and Avery recorded falls at 174 and 184 lbs. Jennings would dominate his match against Daniel Mika before finally picking up the fall at 6:30. The redshirt junior is now 25-8 and the victory was the 50th of his career (50-45).
Avery followed with a dominating performance in his own right before finally flattening Derek Dwyer at 6:26 in their 184 lb. match. Ranked 13th, Avery is now 23-6 on the season.
Vince Pickett won his second straight match at 197 lbs. as the junior won a 6-3 decision over Matt Meadows. A takedown by Pickett followed by a reversal by Meadows at the buzzer left it 2-2 after one period. Pickett rode Meadows out in the second, then opened the third with an escape. He added his second takedown midway through the period. The junior had almost six minutes in riding time while improving to 14-13.
The match wrapped up with Jacob kettler (21-8) winning a 5-1 decision over Warren Bosch at heavyweight. In a match that was much closer than the final score indicated, Kettler would grab a 2-0 lead with a takedown two minutes into the first period. After a scoreless second period Kettler chose the top to start the third. Bosch would close the match to 2-1 with a quick escape. He nearly finished several single-leg shots but was unable to finish any, and Kettler rolled off the last one for a takedown with four seconds left.
EDINBORO 31, GEORGE MASON 14
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125 lbs. –- #17 Kory Mines (EU) won by forfeit
133 lbs. – Vince Rodriguez (GMU) maj. dec. Anthony Rivera (EU) 9-0
141 lbs. — #2 Mitchell Port (EU) fall over Sahid Kargbo (GMU) 4:54
149 lbs. — #1 Dave Habat (EU) maj. dec. Blake Roulo (GMU) 9-0
157 lbs. – Greg Flournoy (GMU) maj. dec. Chase Delande (EU) 9-1
165 lbs. – Patrick Davis (GMU) dec. Casey Fuller (EU) 7-6
174 lbs. – Patrick Jennings (EU) fall over Daniel Mika (GMU) 6:30
184 lbs. – #13 Vic Avery (EU) fall over Derek Dwyer (GMU) 6:26
197 lbs. – Vince Pickett (EU) dec. Matt Meadows (GMU) 6-3
Hwt. – Jacob Kettler (GMU) dec. Warren Bosch (EU) 5-1