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Well, it’s official — Donahoe and G. Scott to the ‘Boro.

Got this release from Edinboro Sports Information Director Bob Shreve today.

Edinboro University wrestling coach Tim Flynn has announced the addition of a pair of transfers to his squad. Paul Donahoe (Davison, MI/Davison), a two-time All-American and a former NCAA champion, has transferred from Nebraska, while Garrett Scott (Alexandria, PA/ Juniata Valley) competed this past year as a freshman at Penn State.

Donahoe must meet NCAA transfer requirements and will not be able to compete until at least the end of the first semester. He has one season of eligibility remaining. He captured the 125 lb. national championship in 2007, upsetting top-ranked Sam Hazewinkel in the finals. Donahoe defeated Hazewinkel, 3-1 in sudden victory to cap a 35-5 campaign, two weeks after dropping a 12-3 major decision to Hazewinkel in the Big 12 Championships 125 lb. title match.

This past year Donahoe earned All-American honors for the second time with a third place finish at 125 lbs. Three wins put him in the semifinals against Minnesota’s Jayson Ness. Ness’ takedown with ten seconds left was good for a 4-3 win, but Donahoe came back with a pair of wins on Saturday. He reached the third place match with a 5-3 decision over Stanford’s Tanner Gardner, then defeated Mark McKnight of Penn State, 6-3, to take home third place.

Donahoe finished the 2007-08 campaign with a 25-4 record, winning the Big 12 Championship. He had a 26-9 record as a sophomore, going 2-2 at Nationals. He departed the Cornhuskers with a career record of 86-18.

Scott is a former three-time PIAA Class AA champion while competing at Juniata Valley High School, compiling a 130-2 career record. He did not lose a match his final three seasons.

A year ago he stepped into the starting lineup at Penn State at 141 lbs. when starter Jake Strayer went down with an injury. He proceeded to finish with a 21-7 record and qualify for Nationals thanks to a seventh place finish at the Big Ten Championships. He was ranked tenth in the USA Today/ NWCA rankings, seventh by Amateur Wrestling News, and fourth by W.I.N. Magazine.

Scott went 3-2 at Nationals, losing by fall to Army’s Matt Kyler in the round of 12, falling one win short of All-American status. That loss was his lone defeat to an unranked wrestler. His most impressive win was a 4-3 decision over Michigan’s Kellen Russell, ranked fourth at the time.

Scott will redshirt in 2008-09 and have three years of eligibility remaining after that.

Without a doubt, this has already created a stir on the forums over on themat.com. I’m wondering how many people will be quick to bash Tim Flynn and the staff at Edinboro over these two incoming recruits. I’m sure folks will take the high-and-mighty road proclaiming the “anything to win,” and start questioning Edinboro’s academic and ethical integrity … whoopdie do. I know plenty of well-educated folks from the land of the Fighting Scots, so that argument (at least with me), is pointless.

Yeah, Donahoe’s actions weren’t exactly what I would classify as tactful </sarcasm>, but other than the snickering and the jokes, does he deserve the NCAA death penalty as a result?

Scott, on the other hand, has had a litany of issues and hopefully Flynn can get his head on straight. It’s time for people to be accountable for their actions. Perhaps Scott needs a change of scenery and a smaller atmosphere where the big-time campus activities are less and the distractions are also less. I’ve been to Edinboro.

For both of them, hopefully Flynn’s room and Baumgartner’s watchful eye can keep them in line … Donahoe’s on short time, while this might be Scott’s last (of many) chances.

It will be interesting to see how it pans out.

Written by Jason Bryant

August 25, 2008 at 3:17 pm