Tomorrow night’s must see wrestling event is #6 Edinboro’s season-opener vs. in-state rival #14 Pittsburgh. Edinboro finished 5th at last year’s NCAA’s and has 6 ranked wrestlers coming into this match with Pitt. Last year’s duel was a 16-16 tie and was decided by criteria (caused by a stalling call at 285) for a 17-16 Boro win. They open this year with a very tough schedule. The Panthers just beat down a reasonable Bloomsburg team 35-3 but now have Edinboro, Bucknell, Lehigh and Penn State all in the month of November. Pitt will have some changes in their line up from the Bloom match. Also Tyler Wilps and Edgar Bright are still out of the lineup but both should return soon; Bright should be back first with Wilps following shortly afterwards.
125 Dom Forys vs. #16 Kory Mines
133 Nick Zanetta vs. #1 A.J. Schopp
141 Travis Schaeffer vs. #2 Mitchell Port
149 #10 Mikey Racciato vs. #5 Dave Habat
157 Ronnie Garbinsky vs #12 Austin Matthews
165 Eric Nutter vs. Casey Fuller
174 Troy Reaghard vs Patrick Jennings
184 #3 Max Thomusseit vs #13 Vic Avery
197 #13 Nick Bomaccorsi vs. Vince Pickett
285 John Rizzo vs. Warren Bosch or Forest Christmann
149 and 184 have ranked wrestlers facing off. I have the best match up at 149, the Lehigh Valley’s Mikey Racciato goes against Cleveland Ohio’s Dave Habat. Racciato is one of the most exciting wrestlers in the country. He has shades of Andrew Alton, maybe not as powerful but with a better gas tank. Habat took 4th at last years NCAA’s getting knocked out early he won 5 matches in the wrestle back bracket before falling to Eric Grajales in the consolation finals. He’s got a bunch of quality wins over top opponents. This will be an early test of how much Racciato matured since last season; can he break into the upper echelon? Habat majored him 10-2 last season. Who grew more over the off-season Racciato the true sophomore or Habat the senior looking for a championship in his final season.
Not to be overlooked is 184lbs, the Thomusseit vs. Avery match should also be entertaining. Look for a low scoring affair like last season when Thomusseit won a 4-1 match in his home gym. It will be interesting to see what Austin Matthews shows after his transfer from Clarion.
Of course watching Schopp and Port is always a good time. Never pass up watching good wrestling. If you are in western PA or eastern Ohio get to
this match and bring someone, like young wrestlers, with you.