Sunday, January 28, 2018

No. 23 Bald Eagles bounce back rally for win at Columbia

(Photo courtesy of Lock Haven University Sports Information)
The No. 23 LHU wrestling team won four of the final five bouts today and rallied for a 21-19 road win at Columbia.
NEW YORK – The No. 23 Lock Haven University wrestling team rallied for four wins in the final five bouts to dig itself out of a 15-5 hole midway through the dual, and the Bald Eagles held on for a 21-19 win today (Sunday, Jan. 28) at Columbia (3-9).

Four of Lock Haven’s five wins today came by way of bonus points as the Bald Eagles bounced back from the tough Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) loss at No. 19 Rider last night. With today’s win, LHU moved to 10-2 on the season.

Today’s meet started at 165 pounds and No. 8 Chance Marsteller (New Park, Pa./Kennard-Dale) quickly went to work. He put the Bald Eagles up 5-0 after earning a 20-4 tech fall over Max Elling. The win pushed Marsteller to 32-1 on the season and followed last night’s huge upset-win over No. 4 and previously unbeaten Chad Walsh of Rider.

After Marsteller’s win at 165 in the opening bout of the dual, Columbia rolled to four straight wins and led 15-5 after the heavyweight tilt.

Luke Werner (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty), DJ Fehlman (Warren, Pa./Warren), No. 24 Kyle Shoop (Boiling Springs, Pa./Boiling Springs) and No. 16 Ronnie Perry (Christiana, Pa./Solanco) went to work and rallied the Bald Eagles to the comeback-win.

Werner (125) and Fehlman (133) both won by major decision and Shoop put the Bald Eagles in the lead for good after a tech fall at 141. Shoop’s dominating win put Lock Haven up 18-15 in the dual and Perry’s hard-fought decision at 149 extended the LHU lead to 21-15.

Despite Columbia’s win at 157, Lock Haven hung on for the 21-19 win. It marked the Bald Eagles 10th dual-meet win of the season.

Bout-by-Bout Results:

No. 23 Lock Haven, 21 – Columbia 19
*today’s dual started at 165
165: #8 Chance Marsteller (Lock Haven) tech fall Max Elling (Columbia) 20-4 | Lock Haven, 5-0
174: #33 Tyrell White (Columbia) dec. Jared Siegrist (Lock Haven) 7-6 (SV-2) | Lock Haven, 5-3
184: Andrew Psomas (Columbia) dec. #31 Corey Hazel (Lock Haven) 6-5 (SV-1) | Columbia, 6-5
197: Michael Bulkin (Columbia) dec. Trey Harstock (Lock Haven) 4-3 | Columbia, 9-5
285: #14 Garret Ryan (Columbia) pinned Derek Dragon (Lock Haven) 3:50 | Columbia 15-5
125: Luke Werner (Lock Haven) major dec. Spencer Good (Columbia) 19-11 | Columbia, 15-9
133: DJ Fehlman (Lock Haven) major dec. Alec Kelly (Columbia) 18-6 | Columbia, 15-13.
141: #24 Kyle Shopp (Lock Haven) tech fall Val Miele (Columbia) 17-0 | Lock Haven, 18-15.
149: #16 Ronnie Perry (Lock Haven) dec. Jacob Macalolooy (Columbia) 6-3 |Lock Haven, 21-15.
157: #15 Markus Scheidal (Columbia) major dec. Alex Klucker (Lock Haven) 14-4 | Lock Haven 21-19 FINAL

*Individual rankings = NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings (Jan. 18)

UP NEXT:
Lock Haven will open a three-match homestand with EWL rival Edinboro on Thursday (Feb. 1) at 7 p.m. It’s the first of three home duals this week, as the Bald Eagles will host Cleveland State on Saturday (Feb. 3) at 2 p.m. in EWL action, before a Sunday (Feb. 4) home dual vs. No. 11 Cornell at 1 p.m. on Senior Day.

SPECIAL MATCH PROMOTIONS & UPDATES:
Make sure to check www.GoLHU.com early and often in the coming days as a number of special promotions and updates will be released regarding the upcoming home matches.

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