FAIRFAX, Va. – The No. 23/18 Lock Haven University wrestling team returned to Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) action in a big way Saturday as the Bald Eagles won nine of 10 bouts and rolled to a 40-6 win over host George Mason (3-7, 0-3 EWL)
The Bald Eagles (8-1, 2-0 EWL) won the first nine bouts and raced out to a 40-0 lead before forfeiting at 285 pounds. With the win, Lock Haven improved to 11-0 all-time vs. the Patriots.
For Lock Haven, bonus points were certainly part of the story as LHU racked up four tech falls, two majors and a pin.
At 8-1, the Bald Eagles are off to their best start in 16 years. Lock Haven was 8-1 during the 2001-02 season and raced out to a 11-1 start before finishing that season at 17-4 overall.
Luke Werner (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) got things rolling quickly for Lock Haven. He cruised to a 16-0 tech-fall win in upset-fashion as he knocked off No. 31 Ibrahim Bunduka.
DJ Fehlman (Warren, Pa./Warren) and No. 24 Kyle Shoop (Boiling Springs, Pa./Boiling Springs) followed Werner’s tech fall with back-to-back tech falls of their own at 133 and 141, respectively.
No. 16 Ronnie Perry (Christiana, Pa./Solanco) posted a hard-fought 5-1 win at 149 over perennial contender Tejon Anthony.
Alex Klucker (Summerdale, Pa./East Pennsboro) added a tech at 157, No. 8 Chance Marsteller (New Park, Pa./Kennard-Dale (Oklahoma State) recorded a pin at 165 and Jared Siegrist (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) tallied a major at 174.
Corey Hazel (Spring Mills, Pa./Penns Valley), ranked No. 31, continued his run with another big win at 184 and Trey Hartsock (Lewistown, Pa./Mifflin County) capped Lock Haven’s winning ways with a major decision after he got the call up to 197 for the match.
LHU will waste little time in getting back to action. Sunday Lock Haven will hit the mats vs. Brown at 1 p.m. The non-conference dual marks the first meeting between the two schools since 1998. The Bald Eagles are 4-2 all-time vs. the Bears. The dual will be streamed audio/video on therecord-online.
Lock Haven 40 – George Mason 6
125: Luke Werner (LHU) tech fall #31 Ibrahim Bunduka (GMU) 16-0, 6:55
133: DJ Fehlman (LHU) tech fall Victor Echeverria (GMU) 17-0, 4:39
141: #24 Kyle Shoop (LHU) tech fall Trevor Mello (GMU) 16-0, 1:53
149: #16 Ronnie Perry (LHU) dec. Tejon Anthony (GMU) 5-1
157: Alex Klucker (LHU) tech fall Bryce Reddington (GMU) 16-0, 5:22
165: #8 Chance Marsteller (LHU) pinned Justin Yorkdale (GMU) 1:17
174: Jared Siegrist (LHU) major dec. Levko Higgins (GMU) 13-5
184: #31 Corey Hazel (LHU) dec. Austin Harrison (GMU) 7-3
197: Trey Hartsock (LHU) major dec. Eli Spencer (GMU) 10-1
285: #30 Matt Voss (GM) won by forfeit
*NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings (Jan. 18)
LHU entered the weekend ranked No. 23 in the latest (Jan. 16) USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches’ Poll … LHU was ranked No. 18 in this week’s (Jan. 16) InterMat Dual Meet rankings … On Thursday (Jan. 18), the NCAA released its first of four coaches’ panel rankings and five Bald Eagles were listed in the debut list: Shoop (No. 24, 141), Perry (No. 16, 149), Marsteller (No. 8, 165), Hazel (No. 31, 184) & Haines (No. 13, 285) … Lock Haven entered todays’ dual coming off a solid performance at the Virginia Duals. LHU went 3-1 at the premier dual-meet tournament, racking up wins over Fresno State, Bucknell and Chattanooga on January 12 … Today’s meet marked Lock Haven’s first EWL dual in over a month … Back on December 16, the Bald Eagles rolled past Bloomsburg, 37-2.