Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Wrestling - Lock Haven moves up in national rankings, jumps to No. 22/17

Last week, the LHU wrestling team returned to the national rankings for the first time in 15 years and this week the Bald Eagles continued to climb in the polls.

MANHEIM, Pa. – Coming off a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) tournament championship, the Lock Haven University wrestling team has moved up in the national rankings.

Today, the Bald Eagles moved to No. 22 in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll and they jumped to No. 17 in the InterMat Dual Meet Rankings. Both set of rankings were released today (Tuesday, Dec. 12).

On Saturday (Dec. 9), Lock Haven crowned five individual PSAC champions and claimed its first conference title in 17 seasons. Chance Marsteller was one of five individual champions Saturday, and he was named the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler after dominating the 165-pound field.

Last week when the Bald Eagles cracked the top-25, it marked the first time LHU was listed in the USA Today/Coaches national rankings in 15 years. Last week’s No. 24 ranking marked the first top-25 ranking for Lock Haven since November 24, 2002 when the Bald Eagles checked in at No. 24.

InterMat released its latest national rankings and the Bald Eagles moved up to No. 17 in the dual meet team rankings. Last week, Lock Haven checked in at No. 18. The trio of Ronnie Perry (149), Marsteller (165) and Haines (285) remained in the individual national rankings.

Perry, who won his second straight PSAC title, improved to 10-1 on the season. He’s ranked No. 13. Marsteller is ranked No. 8 and is a perfected 16-0 on the year. Haines defended his 285-pound PSAC title and improved to 8-2 on the year. He’s ranked No. 13.

LHU is now set to host the Bald Eagle Duals on Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Liberty Arena in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

The Bald Eagle Duals:
The Bald Eagles Duals are set for Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Liberty Arena in Williamsport, Pa. Lock Haven will take on Wheeling Jesuit (2 p.m.) and Messiah (3:30 p.m.) before opening Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) action vs. rival Bloomsburg at 5:30 p.m. Messiah ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division III and the Falcons’ lineup features four nationally-ranked wrestlers. Wheeling Jesuit is ranked No. 23 (tie) in Division II and the Cardinals’ lineup features the second-ranked (DII) Dustin Warner (133). Messiah and Wheeling Jesuit will also meet at 5:30 p.m. to round out the inaugural Bald Eagle Duals.

Full USA Today/NWCA rankings & release

InterMat rankings

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