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January 31, 2014

Wrestling team loses, score 4-39

By John Cuturic

The Cleveland State University wrestling team lost a meet at home with the Edinboro University Fighting Scots last Friday, with a score of 4-39.

A few of the Vikings put up good fights Friday, but some of us just got beat. Coach Ben Stehura said that Edinboro is the strongest team in the Eastern Wrestling League.

“You look at this match, these guys are the best in EWL,” Stehura said. “So we got them out of the way first.”

The Vikings’ one win came from freshman Nick Montgomery, who put us on the board with a 9-1 major decision over Edinboro’s Jeff Miller.

The closest bout of the night was the heavyweight match between the Vikings’ Riley Shaw and the Fighting Scots’ Ernest James. Shaw was neck-and-neck with his opponent. At the end of his first overtime, when it looked like he’d be pinned, he slipped out and managed to reset.

Shaw fought his way out of more than one impossible-looking situation in that bout, but in the end he would lose 3-4 in double overtime. Stehura said, “[The heavyweight match] is going to be the match to go to nationals, just like it was last year. He beat us in the regular season, and we beat him in the tournament when it mattered.”

Stehura said that he thinks the wrestling team, currently struggling with a season record of 1-6, has a lot of matches coming up that they can win.

“We’re looking to win some matches and have a winning record in the EWL,” Stehura said.