EDINBORO — Although he came up just short of his ultimate goal — an NCAA championship — Bellefonte graduate Mitchell Port continues to rack up accomplishments.
The Edinboro sophomore was named EWL Wrestler of the Year on Friday after a breakout 2012-13 campaign that saw him achieve All-America status and help lead the Fighting Scots to a 14th-place finish in last week’s NCAA Tournament.
Port began his sophomore season on the injured list, recovering from offseason shoulder surgery that followed a grueling, freshman campaign last season when he missed the All-America round by just one bout. Once Port returned, he did so like a man on fire.
He compiled a 38-5 record including a 4-1 mark in the NCAA tournament. He didn’t take long to hit his stride and ripped off a 19-match winning streak until he fell 4-3 in the 141-pound finals to Oklahoma’s Kendric Maple.
In the process, Port became the first All-American to come out of Bellefonte High School in 51 years. Ron Pifer was the last to do it.
Port ended his second season with six falls, one technical fall and seven major decisions in the regular season.