Werner, Ross claim titles at Lock Haven Classic

Eagle Jonathan Ross glances toward  a coach during a break in a wrestling match. Ross took home the 157-pound title at the Lock Haven Classic.

Eagle Jonathan Ross glances toward a coach during a break in a wrestling match. Ross took home the 157-pound title at the Lock Haven Classic.

FROM STAFF REPORTS

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – The nationally-ranked Lock Haven University wrestling team hosted the seventh annual Lock Haven Classic tournament today and despite only sending nine wrestlers to the mats, the Bald Eagles fared well, claiming a pair of individual titles. Luke Werner (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) went 4-0 and was crowned the champion at 125 and Jonathan Ross (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern York) was 4-0 on the way to the 157-pound title.

Collin Glorioso (Huntingdon, Pa./Huntingdon) finished second at 149 and Jared Siegrist (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) placed second at 174.

Werner was 4-0 with a tech fall and a major decision at 125. Ross went 4-0 at 157 and he racked up a pair of first-period pins.

Glorioso (149) finished the day at 3-1 and Siegrist (174) was 3-1 as well with all three of his wins coming vs. Division I opponents.

Brandon Loperfido (Columbia, Pa./Hempfield) placed third at 125 after going 2-2 and Derek Dragon (Harvey’s Lake, Pa./Lake Lehman) was fourth at 285 after finishing at 2-2 to round out a solid day for Lock Haven.

Bucknell took home the team title today after finishing with 133 points behind three individual champions. Old Dominion crowned four individual champs and was second (103.4 pts.) in the team standings, while Messiah, ranked No. 14 in Division III, placed third (35 pts.).

The Bald Eagles entered today’s competition ranked No. 17 in the latest (Tuesday, Dec. 26) InterMat Dual Meet rankings. Lock Haven was listed at No. 20 in the latest USA Today/NWCA Coaches poll, released on December 20. The trio of Ronnie Perry (Christiana, Pa./Solanco), Chance Marsteller (Kennard-Dale) and Thomas Haines (Quarryville, Pa./Solanco) remained nationally ranked this week. Perry is 13-1 on the season and riding a 12-match win streak. Marsteller is a perfect 19-0 on the season with eight tech falls and five pins. Haines has won nine straight bouts and is 9-2 on the year. All three will return to action at the Southern Scuffle (Jan. 1-2).

Up next:

The Bald Eagles will return to action early next week as they open the 2018 portion of their schedule at the prestigious Southern Scuffle tournament. Action will begin on New Year’s Day at 10 a.m. and the two-day tournament (Jan. 1-2) will conclude with championship finals and medal matches on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.

Final Team Standings:

1. Bucknell, 133 pts.

2. Old Dominion, 103.5 pts.

3. Messiah, 35 pts.

4. Buffalo, 22.5 pts.

5. Virginia Military Institute, 22 pts.

6. George Mason, 3.5 pts.

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