Friday, December 8, 2017

TOURNAMENT PREVIEW - Huskies Ready to Compete at PSAC Championships Saturday

THE DETAILS
Bloomsburg (2-2, 1-0 EWL) at the PSAC Championships
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
McComb Fieldhouse - Edinboro, Pa.
 
TOURNAMENT COVERAGE
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RELATED LINKS
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Edinboro - Schedule | Roster | Statistics
Gannon - Schedule | Roster | Statistics
Kutztown - Schedule | Roster | Statistics
Lock Haven - Schedule | Roster | Statistics
Mercyhurst - Schedule | Roster | Statistics
Millersville - Schedule | Roster | Statistics
Pitt-Johnstown - Schedule | Roster
Seton Hill - Schedule | Roster
Shippensburg - Schedule | Roster | Statistics
 
STORYLINE
The Huskies look to battle some tough in-state competition at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships on Saturday (Dec. 9). The field features two nationally-ranked Division I teams (NWCA Coaches/Intermat) in No. 24/18 Lock Haven and No. 23/22 Edinboro, as well as seven nationally-ranked individuals at the Division I level. The field also includes four nationally ranked Division II teams in No. 5 Pitt-Johnstown, T-No. 7 Gannon, T-No. 13 Seton Hill and T-No. 13 Mercyhurst, as well as 19 nationally-ranked individuals.

 
PROJECTED LINEUP
125 –Drew Massetti (Kennett Square, Pa./Kennett)
133 – Andy Schutz (Exeter, Pa./Wyoming Area)
141 – Braden Stahlnecker (Hughesville, Pa./Hughesville)
149 – Evan Campbell (Berwick, Pa./Central Columbia)
157 – Kevin Laubach, Jr.
165 – Nate Newberry (Biglerville, Pa./Biglerville)
174 – Kyle Murphy (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) or Anthony Vetrano (Middletown, N.J./Middletown North)
184 – Trevor Allard (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) or Anthony Vetrano (Middletown, N.J./Middletown North)
197 – Logan Womelsdorf (Benton, Pa./Northwest Area)
285 – Bruce Graeber (Feasterville, Pa./Neshaminy)
 
 
LAST YEAR AT THE PSAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
TEAM SCORES
 
The Huskies finished last year's PSAC Championships (Dec. 10, 2016) in fourth place with 74 points, totaling six place-winners. Edinboro took home the team title with 156.5 points. Kevin Laubach Jr. (Berwick, Pa./Berwick) led the Huskies with a third-place finish at 149 pounds, going 4-1 on the day. Allard placed fourth at 184 pounds with a 4-2 record, while Murphy took fifth place after a 3-2 day at 184 pounds. Girard placed sixth at 125 pounds after winning his first match of the day and going 1-3.
 
LAST TIME OUT
The Huskies opened up Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) competition last Saturday (Dec. 2) with an 18-17 win at George Mason. The match began at 125 pounds, with George Mason's Ibrahim Bunduka winning by major decision 19-7 over Drew Massetti (Kennett Square, Pa./Kennett) to give the Patriots a 4-0 lead. Andy Schutz (Exeter, Pa./Wyoming Area) would respond at 133 pounds with a win by technical fall over Victor Echeverria 20-5. The win gave Bloomsburg a 5-4 lead. Mason responded with back-to-back decision wins coming from Tejon Anthony over Braden Stahlnecker (Hughesville, Pa./Hughesville) (141 pounds, 10-4) and Matthew Raines over Evan Campbell (Berwick, Pa./Central Columbia) (149 pounds, 13-3) to take an 11-5 lead. The Patriots won three of the first four bouts to get their lead, before Kevin Laubach, Jr. halted the momentum with a 9-5 decision win at 157 pounds over Creed Lumpp to cut the Patriots lead to 11-8. Nate Newberry (Biglerville, Pa./Biglerville) returned to action at 165 pounds, earning an 8-4 decision over Brendan May to knot the match at 11-all. The low-scoring affair was tied with just four bouts remaining, the next bout being 174 pounds. Kyle Murphy (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) earned four big points for Bloomsburg, winning by major decision 12-3 over Levko Higgins to put the Huskies up 15-11. Trevor Allard (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) would win the fourth straight bout for Bloomsburg, with a 10-3 decision over Austin Harrison at 184 pounds. Headed to the final two bouts, the Huskies led 18-11. Eli Spencer swung momentum back to the Patriots with an 8-6 decision win over Logan Womelsdorf (Benton, Pa./Northwest Area), getting the match to within four headed to the final bout. At 285 pounds, Matthew Voss was able to get the win by decision (4-2) for George Mason over Bruce Graeber (Feasterville, Pa./Neshaminy). The three points were not enough, and the Huskies prevailed with the win on the road.
 
Clarion had three champions in their last action at N.C. State's Wolfpack Open back on Nov. 19. Brock Zacherl won his second tournament title of the season at 141 pounds, going 4-0 and winning all four matches by bonus points. Dustin Conti also brought home an individual championship at 197 pounds, going 3-0 with one win by tech fall. Evan DeLong won the 174-pound weight class, sweeping the field with a perfect 4-0 record. Greg Bulsak finished second after a 3-1 day at 184 pounds, while Mac Tanner finished third at 157 pounds. Max Wohlabaugh finished fourth at 165 pounds with a 3-2 record, while Taylor Cahill went 5-1 on the day.
 
East Stroudsburg went 1-2 in their last action back on Sunday (Dec. 3) at the Newberry Duals. They dropped duals to Limestone 35-12 and Newberry (S.C.) 37-9 before defeating Emmanuel 32-15. No. 8 Dylan Nace went 2-1 on the day at 141; winning by decision (3-2) over Limestone's Matthew Rose and scoring another decision (8-5) over Dylan Carlile of Emmanuel. No. 9 Mike Raccioppi also posted two wins on the day at 165 pounds. He won by disqualification over Richie Guilliaume of Limestone and by fall over Newberry's Joey Rocca. Two other Warriors earned two wins on the day, while East Stroudsburg won seven of 10 bouts against Emmanuel.
 
The No. 23/22 Fighting Scots last competed at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational over Dec. 1 and Dec. 2. Edinboro finished 16th out of 46 teams, registering two place-winners and totaling 46 team points. No. 7 Sean Russell finished as the runner-up at 125 pounds after going 5-1 in the tournament. No. 12 Korbin Myers placed sixth at 133 pounds after going 4-3 in the two-day event.
 
No. 13 Gannon last competed at the Lake Erie Storm Open on Sunday (Dec. 3), where they recorded two place-winners. Bryan Zehe and Joe Leise both went 4-1 on the day and tied for fourth place at 174 pounds.
 
Kutztown fell at No. 13 Seton Hill 29-11 last Saturday (Dec. 2). Chad Haegele won by decision 3-1 at 149 pounds, before Mikey O'Brien won by decision 13-6 at 157 pounds. No. 5 Ryan Appleby also earned a 20-4 tech fall win at heavyweight.
 
No. 24/18 Lock Haven rocketed into the Top 25 after a 22-16 upset of No. 12 Rutgers back on Dec. 1. Lock Haven got four bonus-point wins and a win by fall (0:43) from No. 15 Thomas Haines to seal the victory. Kyle Shoop won by major decision at 141 pounds, before No. 13 Ronnie Perry defeated No. 14 Eleazar DeLuca 5-1 at 149 pounds. Alex Klucker won by tech fall (16-1, 7:00) at 157 pounds, before No. 8 Chance Marsteller picked up a win by major decision (11-3) at 165 pounds.
 
No. 13 Mercyhurst picked up two wins last Saturday (Dec. 2), defeating Millersville 22-16 and LIU Post 25-19. Eric Bartos (125), Aidan Burke (133), No. 5 Logan Grass (149), No. 7 Wes Phipps and Jacob Robb (285) all went 2-0 on the day. Kevin Kinyua (141) also picked up one win in the match against Millersville.
 
Millersville last competed at the Mercyhurst duals back on Dec. 2, falling to No. 13 Mercyhurst 21-16 and No. 7 Gannon 32-11. Shane Ruhnke (165) was the lone Marauder to go 2-0 on the day, while Seth Decker (157), Kyle Narber (174), Evan Morrill (184) and Colton Dull (197) each won one bout on the day.
 
No. 5 Pitt-Johnstown came away with a 25-12 win at No. 10 Ashland back on Dec. 2. No. 6 Chris Eddins earned a win by decision (11-7) at 141, starting a streak of three straight UPJ wins. Corey Falleroni won by decision (8-6) at 149, setting the stage for a win by tech fall 22-7, 6:55) by No. 2 Cody Law at 157. No. 2 Tyler Reinhart earned a win by fall (2:29) at 174, before Steve Edwards won by major decision (12-0) at 184. No. 10 Levi Neibauer won the final bout of the day for the Mountain Cats at 197 with a 13-0 major decision.
 
No. 13 Seton Hill defeated Kutztown 29-11 back on Dec. 2, winning seven bouts and earning bonus points in three of them. The Griffins got three straight wins to start the match, before winning four of the last five. Vincent DeStefanis (125) won by decision 6-4), while Rodney Sunday (133) won by fall in 4:10. Joseph Alessandro (141) earned a 17-0 tech fall win in 6:22, before Zach Voytech (165) won by fall in 6:16. Damon Greenwald (174) won by decision 9-3, before Nathan Bowlen (184) earned an 11-5 decision win. Jake Temple (197) secured the final win of the day for the Griffins with an 8-3 decision.
 
Shippensburg defeated Elizabethtown 30-10 back on Nov. 22, winning seven of 10 bouts. Cole Rush (133) earned a 17-6 major decision, before Jared Leonetti (141) recorded a 6-4 decision. Mike Springer (157) won by fall in 1:15, before Ryan Narber (174) pinned his opponent in 4:55. At 184, Logan Fisher won by tech fall 16-0 in 6:02, before No. 3 Evan Ramos won by decision 7-4 at 197. Derek Berberick closed the match out with a 7-2 decision at 285.
 
SCOUTING BLOOMSBURG
Schutz and Allard are tied for the team lead in wins with 11, while Graeber is second on the team with 10. Girard and Womelsdorf each have six, while eight other Huskies have at least one win.
 
SCOUTING CLARION
Zacherl leads the Golden Eagles with a perfect 10-0 record at 141 pounds, and also being ranked No. 9 nationally at his weight class. Taylor Cahill is the only other Golden Eagle with double-digit wins, notching an 11-4 record at 174. Nine other Golden Eagles have at least five wins on the year, while 12 others have picked up wins on the season.
 
SCOUTING EAST STROUDSBURG
Nace leads the Warriors squad at 141 pounds with a 2-0 record on the season. Raccioppi is ranked ninth at 165 pounds, with a 7-1 record and five wins by bonus points. 10 other Warriors have recorded wins on the season.
 
SCOUTING EDINBORO
The Fighting Scots come into the tournament with a 2-1 record and ranked No. 23/22 in the country. Edinboro has four nationally-ranked individuals on their roster in Russell (125, No. 7), Myers (133, No. 12), Austin Matthews (165, No. 18) and Billy Miller (285, No. 9). Russell is second on the team in wins with 10 behind Andrew Shomers (157) with 12. Myers holds an 8-5 record on the year, while Matthews is 0-1 and Miller is 4-0.
 
SCOUTING GANNON
The Golden Knights are tied for No. 7 nationally, and have four individuals nationally-ranked. Carmine Ciotti is ranked No. 5 at 141 pounds with a 7-4 record, while Eric Lewandowski is ranked No. 4 at 157 pounds. Nick Costa is ranked No. 6 at 184 pounds with a 1-1 record, and Nick Budd is ranked third at 285 pounds with a 9-2 record including five wins by fall.
 
SCOUTING KUTZTOWN
The Golden Bears are led by Appleby, who is ranked fifth in the country at 285 pounds with a team-high five wins. Connor Rogovich at 165 pounds is second on the team in wins with three, while four other Golden Bears have two wins apiece.
 
SCOUTING LOCK HAVEN
The No. 24/18 Bald Eagles come into the weekend sporting a 1-0 record and three men nationally-ranked. Perry at 149 pounds is ranked No. 13 with a 6-1 record, while Marsteller is ranked No. 8 at 165 pounds with a perfect 12-0 record. Marsteller's 12 wins are the highest total on the team. Finally, Haines is ranked No. 13 at 285 pounds with a 5-2 record. As a team, Lock Haven owns a 114-90 record, good for a .559 winning percentage.
 
SCOUTING MERCYHURST
The Lakers are tied for No. 13 in the nation, led by Dakota DesLauriers who is ranked fifth at 184 pounds and Phipps who is ranked No. 7 at 197 pounds. Phipps has a perfect 4-0 record so far on the season.
 
SCOUTING MILLERSVILLE
Alex Baider and D.J. Mele are tied for the team lead in wins with six, while Decker, Dull and Aaron Wildonger are tied for second on the team with five wins. Ruhnke owns a 4-1 record on the year, while three other men have three wins on the year. Two other wrestlers have two wins on the year, with four other men having one win on the season.
 
SCOUTING PITT-JOHNSTOWN
The Mountain Cats come into the weekend ranked No. 5 in the nation with six men nationally-ranked. Eddins is ranked No. 6 at 141 pounds, while Law is ranked No. 2 at 157 pounds. Devin Austin is ranked No. 11 at 165 pounds, along with Reinhart who is ranked second at 174 pounds. Niebauer is ranked No. 10 at 197 pounds, and DJ Sims is ranked No. 11 at 285 pounds.
 
SCOUTING SETON HILL
The Griffins come into the tournament tied for No. 13 nationally, and have three men nationally-ranked. Alan Diltz is ranked No. 2 at 125 pounds, while Alessandro is ranked seventh at 141 pounds. Bowlen is also ranked ninth at 184 pounds.
 
SCOUTING SHIPPENSBURG
The Raiders are led by Ramos, who is ranked third at 197 pounds with a 2-0 record on the season. The Raiders also return four men who won double-digit matches last season in Berberick (285, 13-17), Adam Martz (157, 17-13), Springer (149/157, 21-6) and Dustin Steffenino (125, 14-10).
 
UP NEXT
The Huskies will hit the mat again when they take on No. 24/18 Lock Haven in EWL competition next Saturday night (Dec. 16). The action begins at 5:30 p.m. at Liberty Arena in Williamsport, Pa. 
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