CLEVELAND, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) – Head Coach Derek DelPorto became the winningest coach in EMU Wrestling history, Wednesday, Feb. 5 as the Eastern Michigan University grapplers took down Cleveland State, 29-12, at Woodling Arena.
DelPorto now holds an 81-73-2 all-time record in his eight seasons at Eastern Michigan, which broke John Eisley's record of 80-74-4 over a 12 year span at EMU.
Competing in their first-of-six matches in 11 days, the Eagles decisively took down the Vikings as they notched a victory in 7-of-10 bouts. Redshirt-senior Jared Germaine(Saginaw, Mich.-Saginaw Valley) gave Eastern the early 6-0 advantage as he pinned CSU's John Martin in just 45 seconds, which is the second fastest pin of the year for EMU as Shayne Wireman (Lansing, Mich.-Holt) took down Manchester's David Melendez in just 35 seconds at the MSU Open, Nov. 9, 2013.
Redshirt-sophomore Vincent Pizzuto (North Jackson, Ohio-Jackson Milton) picked up his fifth-straight victory as Daniel King forfeit at 133 lbs, allowing the Green and White to take the 12-0 lead before Nicholas Barber (Cleveland, Ohio-St. Edward)extended the Eagle lead to 15 with a 4-2 decision at 141 lbs.
Cleveland State earned its first victory of the night at 149 lbs. to come within 12 of Eastern, but Brandon Zeerip (Fremont, Mich.-Hesperia) clinched his third major decision of the season with a 15-7 victory at 157 lbs. to bring the Eagle lead to 19-3.
The Vikings continued to chip away at the Green and White as Matt Donohoe earned his first pin of the year at 165 lbs., before the Eagles went on to win three-straight bouts and secure its ninth win of the 2013-14 season.
Sophomore Jacob Davis (North Ridgeville, Ohio-St. Edward) grabbed his first win since moving up to 174 lbs. as he shutout Nick Corba, 3-0, before Phillip Joseph (Lapeer, Mich.-Lapeer East) notched a 12-4 major decision at 184 lbs. to extend the Eastern lead to 26-9.
Anthony Abro (Canton, Mich.-Canton) picked up one final victory for Eastern at 197 lbs. as the redshirt-sophomore grabbed a 13-6 decision to put the Eagles up by 20. CSU was able to pick up one final victory in the heavyweight division as Riley Shaw earned a 3-0 decision for the Vikings.
"Six duals in 11 days, this was a great way to start a very tough final stretch of our schedule," stated DelPorto, "No matter what, we must keep our eyes on the prize at the conference tournament and continue to work toward peaking."
The Eagles hit the road for yet another tough conference match as they take on new MAC member, Missouri, Saturday, Feb. 8 before heading to Edwardsville, Ill. for two non-conference duals, Sunday, Feb. 9.
125: Jared Germaine (EMU) wins by pin (:45) over John Martin (CSU) TS: 6-0
133: Vincent Pizzuto (EMU) wins by forfeit over Daniel King (CSU) TS: 12-0
141: Nicholas Barber (EMU) wins by decision (4-2) over Jared Mckinley (CSU) TS: 15-0
149: Nick Montgomery (CSU) wins by decision (7-6) over Mike LeHolm (EMU) TS: 15-3
157: Brandon Zeerip (EMU) wins by major decision (15-7) over R.J. LaBeef (CSU) TS: 19-3
165: Matt Donohoe (CSU) wins by pin (4:25) over Dean Vettese (EMU) TS: 19-9
174: Jacob Davis (EMU) wins by decision (3-0) over Nick Corba (CSU) TS: 22-9
184: Phillip Joseph (EMU) wins by major decision (12-4) over Bobby Blankenship (CSU) TS: 26-9
197: Anthony Abro (EMU) wins by decision (13-6) over Corbin Boone (CSU) TS: 29-9
285: Riley Shaw (CSU) wins by decision (3-0) over Cole Dillman (EMU) TS: 29-12