LHU hosts Mat-Town Open; Josiah Kline a champion at 125
LOCK HAVEN – Nine members of the Lock Haven University wrestling team hit the mats Sunday – competing both attached and unattached – as the Bald Eagles hosted the 12th annual Mat-Town Open and it was 125-pounder Josiah Kline (Tucson, Ariz./Ironwood Ridge) who led the way.
Kline went 3-0 and took home the title. Both Jonathan Ross (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern York) and Jared Siegrist (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) finished as runners-up, taking second at 157 and 174 pounds, respectively.
Kline (125) opened the day with a pin after he needed just 26 seconds to pin Shane Metzler (Rutgers, UNA). He moved to 2-0 on the day and earned a spot in the finals after majoring Geo Barzona of Bucknell (UNA), 12-1. In the finals, Kline downed Dominic LaJoie (FLWC), 9-3 in a dominating effort.
Ross (157) majored Chase Gardner (Bloomsburg, UNA) 12-1 and edged out Will Kaldes (Pitt, UNA), 5-2 to earn a spot in the finals. In the finals, Ross fell 7-2 to Fred Green of Virginia.
Siegrist (174) open his day with pin, downing Brandon Stokes (Bucknell, UNA) in 3:52. He followed that up with a dominating 17-0 tech-fall win over Koltyn Eason (Edinboro, UNA). In the finals, Siegrist was downed 7-0 by Jordan Pagano (Rutgers, UNA).
Luke Werner (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) added a third-place finish at 125 pounds. After dropping his opening match of the day, Werner rattled off four straight wins to take third. He was 4-1 on the day with one major decision and one tech fall.
The Bald Eagles will return to action on Friday, December 1 at 7 p.m. when they host No. 11 Rutgers in dual action. The dual will mark the first dual of the 2017-18 season for Lock Haven. The Bald Eagles are calling for a WHITE OUT and the match is also LHU’s Veterans Appreciation match. All veterans get in for free. For ticket information and more, visit the wrestling page at www.GoLHU.com.
With Lock Haven’s dual with No. 11 Rutgers on the horizon, several Bald Eagle starters had a scheduled day off today … Three LHU wrestlers remain nationally ranked as Ronnie Perry (149), Chance Marsteller (165) and Thomas Haines (285) were all listed in last week’s InterMat national rankings … Perry was ranked No. 15, Marsteller No. 10 and Haines No. 15 … Marsteller is a perfect 11-0 on the season … The Bald Eagles continue to receive votes in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches’ Poll … The Bald Eagles haven’t officially cracked the top-25 since the 2002-03 season (ranked No. 24 on Nov. 26, 2002) … In all, the Bald Eagles returned all four of their NCAA Division I national qualifiers from last season … Along with Perry and Haines, DJ Fehlman (133) and Kyle Shoop (141) returned to the lineup.