Friday, December 15, 2017

WEEKEND PREVIEW: Huskies Set to Battle No. 22/17 Lock Haven, Virginia This Weekend

The Huskies look to battle two prominent national contenders on back-to-back days when they take on nationally-ranked rival Lock Haven at a neutral site on Saturday (Dec. 16) and host Virginia on Sunday (Dec. 17).

125 - Willy Girard (Williamstown, Pa/Williams Valley) or 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. (Berwick, Pa./Berwick)  
165 - either Nate Newberry (Biglerville, Pa./Biglerville) or Anthony Vetrano (Middletown, N.J./Middletown North)
174 - Kyle Murphy (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan)
184 - Trevor Allard (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico)
197 - Logan Womelsdorf (Benton, Pa./Northwest Area)
285 - Bruce Graeber (Feasterville, Pa./Neshaminy)

Bloomsburg is 29-40 all-time versus Lock Haven. 
Bloomsburg is 2-2 all-time versus Virginia.

The Bald Eagles defeated the Huskies 27-12 at the Nelson Field House back on Dec. 16, 2016. After dropping the opening bout by decision at 125 pounds, the Huskies got their first win of the night from Matt Noble at 133 pounds, defeating Lewis Williams by decision 5-3. Lock Haven would win the next two on a tech fall by Ronnie Perry and a decision by Kyle Shoop, giving them an 11-3 lead. Brendon Colbert defeated Kyle Hammond by decision 3-1 at 157 pounds. Before Lock Haven picked up another win at 165 pounds to go up 15-6. The Huskies followed it up with wins by decision by Trevor Allard (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) (7-3, 174 pounds) and Kyle Murphy (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) (3-1, 184 pounds) to get the match to 15-12. Lock Haven picked up a win by forfeit at 197 pounds and a win by fall at 285 pounds to seal the victory.

Virginia defeated Bloomsburg 21-14 in the two teams' last meeting back during the 2005-06 season.

The Huskies competed in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships last Saturday (Dec. 9) at Edinboro University, where they finished eighth with a total of 43.5 team points. Three men placed in their respective weight classes. Andy Schutz (Exeter, Pa./Wyoming Area) placed second at 133 pounds, Kyle Murphy (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) placed fourth at 174 pounds and Bruce Graeber (Feasterville, Pa./Neshaminy) placed third at 285 pounds. Andy Schutz (Exeter, Pa./Wyoming Area)reached the finals at 133 pounds, after taking out Rodney Sunday of Seton Hill by fall in 1:26 to open the day. In his semifinal match, Schutz defeated a familiar foe in Lock Haven's DJ Fehlman by decision 3-2 to reach the finals. That set up the final between Schutz and No. 12 Korbin Myers of Edinboro. Myers won the title by decision 6-2. Schutz's day earned his team 15.00 points. Kyle Murphy(Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) placed fourth at 174 pounds, earning 10.50 points. Murphy dropped his first match of the day 7-6 in the second tiebreaker to Taylor Cahill of Clarion, before rebounding with a 3-0 win by decision over Shippensburg's Ryan Narber. In the third consolation round, Murphy defeated Mercyhurst's Trevor Johnson by major decision 10-1, before taking care of Jake Stratton of Gannon by major decision 11-1. Murphy earned a rematch with Cahill in the third-place match, with Cahill winning 3-1 in overtime. Graeber placed fourth in the heavyweight division, beginning his day by beating Derrick Berberick of Shippensburg in a 9-6 decision, before falling to No. 13 Thomas Haines of Lock Haven by tech fall 16-0. In the second consolation round, Graeber defeated No. 3 Nick Budd of Gannon by decision 6-1. He then advanced over Jacob Robb of Mercyhurst by way of medical forfeit, before shutting out Edinboro's John Spaulding in a 2-0 decision. Graeber battled Pitt-Johnstown's No. 11 Damon Sims, Jr. in the third-place match, winning by decision 3-0. Braden Stahlnecker (Hughesville, Pa./Hughesville) contributed 2.50 points to Bloomsburg's score at 141 pounds, advancing past Millersville's Keegan Worley by way of an injury default. Nate Newberry (Biglerville, Pa./Biglerville) added one point at 165 pounds, winning by decision 12-8 over Alec Shaw of Seton Hill. Logan Womelsdorf (Benton, Pa./Northwest Area) also registered one point for his team with an 11-4 win by decision over Evan Kauffman of Kutztown.

The Bald Eagles won the team title at the PSAC Championships last Saturday (Dec. 9), totaling 156 team points and five champions. No. 13 Perry (149 pounds), No. 8 Chance Marsteller (165 pounds), Jared Siegrist (174 pounds), Corey Hazel (184 pounds) and No. 13 Thomas Haines (285 pounds) all won individual titles. Marsteller was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler after a perfect 4-0 day with three wins by fall and one by tech fall. Four other Bald Eagles placed in the tournament, led by Shoop placing second at 141 pounds, David Fehlman placed third at 133 pounds, Josiah Kline placed fourth at 125 pounds and Tristan Sponseller placed fifth at 197 pounds.

The Cavaliers last competed at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational back on Dec. 1-2. UVA finished 20th with 42.0 team points. Jack Mueller placed third at 133 pounds, while No. 16 Louie Hayes placed seventh at 125 pounds. Sam Krivus (149 pounds) and No. 17 Will Schany (184 pounds) also advanced to the second day of the tournament. Hayes went 6-2 in the tournament, while Mueller went 6-1. Krivus went 3-2, and Schany went 4-2.

Graeber leads the team with 15 wins at 285 on the season, with one win by fall and one win by major decision. Graeber has one win in dual match competition on the year. Schutz is second on the team with an overall 13-3 record on the season at 133 pounds, including four wins in dual match competition. Schutz is tied for the team lead in wins by fall with four, and also has one win by tech fall and two by major decision. He owns seven of Bloomsburg's 26 total bonus point wins. Schutz is also 3-0 on the year against his projected opponent from Lock Haven, David Fehlman. Allard is third on the team with 11 total wins, including two by fall and two by major decision. Murphy and Womelsdorf each have seven wins, with three of Murphy's victories coming by major decision and four of Womelsdorf's coming by fall. Girard also has six wins at 125 pounds, with three coming by pin and one by tech fall. Six other Huskies have recorded wins on the season.

The Bald Eagles come into the matchup ranked No. 22 by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) and No. 17 by Intermat Wrestle. The Bald Eagles have three men nationally-ranked in No. 13 Perry at 149, No. 8 Marsteller at 165 and No. 13 Haines at 285. Marsteller is a perfect 16-0 on the season and his win total is the highest on the team. Six other Bald Eagles have totaled double-digit wins on the season. Fehlman is 13-5 on the year, along with Shoop and Siegrist each having 12 wins. Kline, Perry and Alex Klucker (157) each have 10 wins on the season. 13 other Bald Eagles have single-digit wins on the season, and the team record is 146-97 (.601).

The Cavaliers come in led by three nationally-ranked individuals in Hayes (125, No.16), Krivus (149, No. 19) and Schany (174, No. 17). Hayes owns an 8-1 record, while Krivus is 6-4 and Schany is also 8-1. Two Cavaliers have double-digit wins on the season in Jake Keating (149/157, 12-7) and Brian Courtney (141, 10-7) who is competing unattached. 16 other Cavaliers have at least one win on the season.

The Huskies come back after holiday to take on No. 24/21 Edinboro in an Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) contest on Jan. 6 at Edinboro's McComb Fieldhouse. The action is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. 

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