This past weekend, the Golden Eagle wrestlers had a great showing at the Edinboro Open on Saturday.
Senior Michael Pavasko highlighted the weekend, reaching the third-place match in the 174 weight division.
Freshman Zack DeLuca also had a successful day, finishing fifth in the heavyweight division.
Pavasko had an interesting day, as he took down teammate Slade Horner, who was wrestling unattached, in the first minute of their opening day match.
Pavasko then defeated Pitt’s Cam Jacobson by technical fall 17-2.
The next match for Pavasko was close, as Edinboro’s Fritz Hoehn beat Pavasko 6-5.
However, Pavasko lost in the third-place match to Michigan’s Myles Amine.
DeLuca started off the day strong as well, winning his first two matches over Rider’s Ryan Cloud 7-2 and Bucknell’s Chuck Boddy.
DeLuca then fell to Hofstra’s Mike Hughes and headed to the consolation bracket.
DeLuca battled into a top five finish, starting by defeating Lehigh’s Christian Collucci.
Buffalo’s Ian James then fell to DeLuca by major decision, and DeLuca finished off the day by defeating West Virginia’s Austin Myers for the fifth place finish.
Travis Jones enjoyed a great day as well, finishing with a 4-2 record at 125 pounds.
Jones won his first match of the day by technical fall, then won three straight in the consolation bracket to reach the semifinals.
Evan Daley also reached a consolation semifinal, where he won three straight before losing to Austin Myers, who DeLuca defeated earlier in the day.
Patrick DeWitt also picked up a victory on the day, taking down Cleveland State’s Nick Derosa 6-2.
Also wrestling for the Golden Eagles Saturday were Roshaun Cooley, Nick Shawley and Edgar Ruano.
Nick Shawley had a few thoughts after Saturday, stating, “I personally think we have a lot of work to do. As a team though, it was a pretty decent turnout. Pavasko and DeLuca showed that they could have a pretty promising after season.”
Shawley also talked about the team’s mindset heading into the final stretch of the season, saying, “The team is looking to finish the rest of the matches out strong. The main focus now would be on how the team prepares for the EWL tournament. There is a good chance a few of the guys could make it to nationals this year, and possibly have some place.”
The Golden Eagles are back in action on Friday, Feb. 19 when they travel down to Morgantown, W. Va. to take on the Mountaineers of West Virginia University.