EDINBORO — The Edinboro University wrestling team has captured two of the three major awards given out by the Eastern Wrestling League. The EWL announced Thursday that Tim Flynn has been named its Coach of the Year and Shawn Bunch selected as the Wrestler of the Year. West Virginia freshman Brandon Rader was chosen the Freshman of the Year.

Flynn guided to an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Division I Wrestling National Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla. last weekend. It is the highest finish since the 1997 team placed sixth, and is tied for the third-highest finish since Edinboro moved to Division I in 1986-87.

In addition, Edinboro finished the dual meet season as the only undefeated team in Division I with a 12-0 record. The Fighting Scots were ranked 16th in the final USA Today/NWCA/ InterMat Division I Coaches Poll. Edinboro won the EWL dual meet crown for the fifth time in the last eight years, then went on to finish as the EWL Tournament champion for the fourth straight year and the eighth time in the last nine years.

It is the fourth time Flynn has been named the EWL Coach of the Year. He previously earned the honor in 1999, 2001 and 2003.

Bunch concluded a brilliant career with a third-place finish at 133 pounds at nationals. The senior is a two-time All-American who placed second at 133 at the 2005 nationals.

He was 40-2 this season, winning his first 16 matches before suffering a 6-4 overtime defeat to Buffalo’s Mark Budd. He ran off 22 more wins in a row to advance to the 133-pound semifinals. Bunch dropped a 9-2 decision to Chris Fleeger of Purdue, but came back with an impressive showing, handing third-seeded Tom Clum of Wisconsin a 9-5 defeat in the consolation semifinals, then wrapping up third place with an 8-2 win over Minnesota’s Mack Reiter, the fourth seed.

Bunch is the second wrestler in Edinboro history to post 40 wins in a season more than once, joining Matt King.

He went 40-2 as a junior. He finished first at the prestigious Las Vegas Invitational, the Southern Scuffle, the PSAC Championships, the Missouri Open, and the Eastern Michigan Open. He became the fifth wrestler in EWL history to earn four EWL Tournament championships, and was recognized as the Outstanding Wrestler at the EWL Tournament and the PSAC Championships.

In addition to standing tied for sixth in season wins with 40, he moved into a tie for fourth place in career victories with a 132-24 career record. Bunch was a four-time national qualifier, qualifying as a freshman at 125 pounds before heading to nationals at 133 the next three times. In all, he posted a 13-6 record in four trips to nationals.

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