Lock Haven University Wrestling back in tournament action Sunday

Junior Tristan Sponseller (left) of Lock Haven University gets his hand risen after a NCAA college wrestling victory. (Photo courtesy of LHU Wrestling)

SETTING THE STAGE

The Lock Haven University wrestling team will return to action on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Black Knight Invite, hosted by Army West Point.

It will mark the third straight weekend where the Bald Eagles will compete in a tournament after opening the 2017-18 season with successful tournament outings at the Clarion Open and Journeymen Collegiate Classic.

Sunday’s Black Knight Invite features a six-team field. Along with Lock Haven and host-Army, the field includes No. 11 Rutgers, Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) foe Bloomsburg, Binghamton and Tennessee at Chattanooga.

LHU will send 15 student-athletes to the mats on Sunday in West Point, New York, including all three of The Haven’s nationally-ranked wrestlers. Action is set for a 10 a.m. start.

NEWS, NOTES

AND STORYLINES:

-The Bald Eagle lineup features three nationally-ranked wrestlers including Ronnie Perry (149), Chance Marsteller (165) and Thomas Haines (285).

-Chance Marsteller is a perfect 8-0 on the season and is coming off a dominating performance at the Journeymen Collegiate Classic.

-Marsteller, a nominee for the NCAA Division I Wrestler of the Week, was named this week’s PSAC & EWL Athlete of the Week.

-157-pounder Alex Klucker was named the EWL Athlete of the Week last week as LHU has swept the first two weekly awards of the 2017-18 season.

-This week (Tuesday, Nov. 14), LHU received votes in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll. Lock Haven also received votes in the preseason poll. The Bald Eagles haven’t officially cracked the top-25 since the 2002-03 season (ranked No. 24 on Nov. 26, 2002).

-LHU has retuned all four of its NCAA Division I national qualifiers from last season. 133-pounder DJ Fehlman went a perfect 3-0 last weekend at the Journeymen Collegiate Classic and 141-pounder Kyle Shoop has five wins on the season. Perry and Thomas Haines (285) made their season debuts last weekend.

BALD EAGLE BLACK

KNIGHT INVITE LINEUP:

125: Josiah Kline, 1-2 | Luke Werner, 4-3 | Brandon Loperfido, 2-2

133: DJ Fehlman, 7-2

141: Kyle Shoop, 5-3 | Todd Lane, 2-5

149: Ronnie Perry, 2-1

157: Alex Klucker, 7-1 | Jonathan Ross, 2-4

165: Chance Marsteller, 8-0

174: Jared Siegrist, 6-3

184: Corey Hazel, 2-2 | Trey Hartsock, 5-4

197: Tristan Sponseller, 0-3

285: Thomas Haines, 1-2

Marsteller sweeps PSAC/EWL Athlete of the Week honors (Monday, Nov. 13):

Redshirt-junior Chance Marsteller was named both the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Wrestler of the Week.

On Sunday, Nov. 12, Marsteller was at it again and went a perfect 3-0 and won Pool A at the elite Journeymen Collegiate Classic. Marsteller downed Lehigh’s Drew Longo 8-3 in the opener and pinned American’s Michael Eckhart in just 1:09 to move to 2-0 on the day. In the Pool A finals, Marsteller downed nationally-ranked Cole Walter (Lehigh), 8-1.

At the Clarion Open (Nov. 5), Marsteller put on a clinic and went 5-0 with four tech falls on the way to the individual crown. Marsteller’s first three bouts took just over 10 minutes as he overpowered his first three opponents by a combined 55-9 score. In the semifinals, Marsteller dropped Pittsburgh’s Jake Wentzel 9-3 before another dominating effort in the finals. In the finals, Marsteller needed just over six minutes to tech Utah Valley’s Demetrius Romero, 20-5.

This marked the first time this season the PSAC has announced a wrestler of the week. The Bald Eagles have now claimed back-to-back EWL Athlete of the Week awards as Alex Klucker took home the honor last week.

-Week 1: November 6 – Alex Klucker, EWL Athlete of the Week

-Week 2: November 13 – Chance Marsteller, PSAC & EWL Athlete of the Week

BALD EAGLES

NATIONALLY-

RANKED THIS WEEK:

149: Ronnie Perry, No. 17 InterMat/No. 14 FloWrestling

165: Chance Marsteller, No. 11 InterMat/No. 10 FloWrestling

285: Thomas Haiens, No. 14 InterMat/No. 13 FloWrestling

A RECAP OF THE JOURNEY MEN COLLEGIATE CLASSIC:

Returning national qualifier DJ Fehlman went 3-0 at 133 pounds and nationally-ranked Chance Marsteller was 3-0 at 165 to highlight another strong early season effort as the Bald Eagles competed at the 2017 Journeymen Collegiate Classic in Troy, New York (Sunday, Nov. 12).

Fehlman went 3-0 at 133 pounds and won Pool B. Fehlman opened the way with a dominating 15-0 (4:30) tech fall win over Hofstra’s Garrett Lambert. He followed it up with a 9-2 win over Army’s Lane Peters and Fehlman capped his perfect 3-0 day with an 11-3 major of Andrew Szalwinski of the Citadel.

Marsteller took home the 165-pound Pool A title, thanks to a 3-0 outing. Marsteller downed Lehigh’s Drew Longo 8-3 in the opener and pinned American’s Michael Eckhart in just 1:09 to move to 2-0 on the day. In the Pool A finals, Marsteller downed nationally-ranked Cole Walter (Lehigh), 8-1.

Redshirt-senior Ronnie Perry made his season debut and went 2-1 in his first outing since moving up to 149 pounds. Perry is a two-time NCAA qualifier.

Luke Werner was 2-1 at 125 and picked up a win over Oklahoma State’s Gary Wayne Harding, a two-time NCAA qualifier. Werner majored Harding 15-5, before pinning Conner Ziegler of Army in 1:13. Werner fell in the finals to Darian Cruz of Lehigh, the defending 125-pound national champion.

A LOOK BACK AT

THE CLARION OPEN:

Alex Klucker and Chance Marsteller led the way for LHU at the Clarion Open (Sunday, Nov. 5) in the Bald Eagles official 2017-18 season opener. Both Klucker and Marsteller dominated on the way to individual titles. Each went a perfect 5-0.

Klucker was 5-0 and worked his way through a deep 157-pound bracket. He racked up a pair of pins including one in the finals against a returning national qualifier. Marsteller was clinical in his much anticipated Bald Eagle debut. He was 5-0 and recorded four tech falls on the way to the 165-pound title.

Jared Siegrist was fourth at 174 pounds both DJ Fehlman (133) and Kyle Shoop (149) – returning NCAA Division I qualifiers – made their season debut at Clarion.

UP NEXT:

Following Sunday’s (Nov. 19) Black Knight Invite at Army West Point, the Bald Eagles will return to action on Sunday, Nov. 26 when they host the 12th annual Mat-Town Open at 9:30 a.m.

RUTGERS ON

THE HORIZON:

On Friday, Dec. 1, the Bald Eagles will host nationally-ranked Rutgers at 7 p.m. The dual is the first home dual of the season and LHU wrestling is calling for a WHITE OUT of Thomas Fieldhouse. The match is also Veterans Appreciation Night and all veterans will be admitted to the match free of charge.

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