Lock Haven dominates Army Black Knight Invite, crowns four champs

Lock Haven University’s Kyle Shoop (left) wrestles his opponent during an NCAA college wrestling match. (Photo courtesy of LHU Wrestling)

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Lock Haven University wrestling team claimed four individual champions to highlight a dominating performance at Sunday’s Black Knight Invite, a six-team tournament, hosted by Army West Point.

Kyle Shoop (Boiling Springs, Pa./Boiling Springs), Ronnie Perry (Christiana, Pa./Solanco), Chance Marsteller (New Park, Pa./Kennard-Dale) and Thomas Haines (Quarryville, Pa./Solanco) all claimed individual titles.

Shoop, Perry, Marsteller and Haines all went 3-0 in their respective weight classes on the way to the individual championships.

The four champs marked the most of any team in the tournament field, which included No. 11 Rutgers.

The Bald Eagles were 4-2 overall in the finals as both DJ Fehlman (Warren, Pa./Warren) and Alex Klucker (Summerdale, Pa./East Pennsboro) placed second overall in their respective brackets.

Corey Hazel (Spring Mills, Pa./Penns Valley) finished third at 184, while both 125-pounder Josiah Kline (Tucson, Ariz./Ironwood Ridge) and 197-pounder Tristan Sponseller (East Berlin, Pa./Bermudian Springts) placed fifth to round out the all-around dominant performance at Army.

Shoop, one of Lock Haven’s four returning national qualifiers, put on a clinic at 141 pounds. He was 3-0 with a major and two tech falls. Over his three-match span today, he surrendered just one point and outscored his opponents 46-1.

Shoop opened day with a 14-1 major of Army’s Austin Harry, before recording a 16-0 tech fall win over Mike Van Brill of Rutgers. In the finals, Shoop dropped Joseph Ross of Binghamton, 16-0.

For his dominating effort, Shoop was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.

At 149, two-time NCAA qualifier and nationally-ranked Perry dominated the field on the way to the title. He was 3-0 with three major decisions. He majored Dylan Wood (Binghamton), 8-0 to open the day and followed it up with an 11-1 major of Army’s Knox Fuller. In the finals, Perry majored Frank Garcia (Binghamton), 15-3 for the title.

For the third straight weekend, Marsteller won a tournament title for the Lock Haven University Bald Eagles. After going a perfect 3-0 today, the nationally-ranked 165-pounder remained unbeaten on the season as he pushed his season record to 11-0. Marsteller opened the day with a 19-3 tech fall win over Dominic Percuelli (Tennessee at Chattanooga.) and followed it up with a 3-1 decision over a tough Vincent Deprez of Binghamton. In the finals, Marsteller dropped Army’s Andrew Mendel 11-4.

Haines, a returning national qualifier who is nationally-ranked, went 3-0 on the way to the 285-pound title. He majored Army’s Gavin Berkley 8-0 in the day’s opening bout and won 9-2 over Connor Tolley (Chattanooga).

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