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#2 St. Edward Cruises Over #4 St. Johns, 39-15
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Down two starters against the No. 3 team in the country, St. Edward put on yet another impressive wrestling display in its gym Saturday night.
The Eagles, ranked second in two national polls, knocked off No. 3 St. Johns (Mich.), 39-15. St. Edward won nine of the 12 matches that were wrestled despite missing heavyweight Greg Kuhar, who had season-ending knee surgery, and 145-pounder Matt Van Curen, who suffered an apparent head injury earlier in the day.
“Obviously, it was a big deal coming in with the No. 3 team against No. 2 in the nation,” senior Markus Scheidel said. “Coach Heff [assistant coach John Heffernan] always stresses that if we wrestle like we should, we should kill every team, really.”
The blowout concluded what Heffernan called “the toughest stretch any team has ever wrestled.”
In the past five weeks, the Eagles had duals against teams ranked No. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12 nationally. St. Edward (20-1) didn’t have a completely healthy lineup in any of those matches and beat all but No. 1 Blair, which won a controversial 27-22 dual.
“This is a special group,” head coach Greg Urbas said.
Scheidel, often overlooked on a team loaded with major-college recruits, was thrust into a pivotal role and came through with the biggest win of the night.
Van Curen was hurt in a 41-12 victory over Detroit Catholic Central, leaving a hole at 152 pounds. Against St. Johns, Scheidel was scheduled to wrestle nationally No. 2-ranked Ben Whitford. St. Edward forfeited that match and moved Scheidel up to fill Van Curen’s spot at 152.
The 145 forfeit cut St. Edward’s lead to 16-12 with six matches remaining.
Scheidel hit a quick single-leg takedown, wrapped Travis Curley up in a cradle on the edge of the mat and pinned him in 1:28. He leapt to his feet, threw his headgear and made a wiping-his-hands motion as Eagles fans roared. The move cost St. Edward a team point, but it didn’t matter.
“Coach Heff really strategized well. He was looking for a win in general,” Scheidel said. “I got the single and said, ‘Let’s try to win the match right here.’ ” I thought it was going to be a real hard-fought match for six minutes. It was just instinct.”
Eagles senior Jacob Davis continued the momentum, winning at 160 pounds, 7-6, on a reversal with 37 seconds left.
The most anticipated bout of the night matched St. Edward senior 170-pounder Mark Martin, a state and FILA junior national champion last year, against Michigan recruit Taylor Massa. Massa’s second-period escape and takedown were all he needed in a 3-1 win.
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