LHU Wrestling now set for 2018 EWL Championships

Setting the stage:

The 2018 Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Championships are set for Saturday, March 3 at Edinboro University’s McComb Fieldhouse. Action gets underway at 10 a.m. and the championship final round is scheduled for a 6:15 p.m. start following the annual EWL Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

The No. 23 Bald Eagles lineup features six wrestlers listed in the latest NCAA coaches’ panel rankings and all 10 LHU wrestlers in the projected championship lineup will enter the tournament with pre-seed rankings.

Lock Haven will be looking for its first EWL title since 1997. That 1997 title marks the Bald Eagles only EWL championship. LHU has finished third at the EWL tournament in each of the last four outings.

Lock Haven’s 2018

EWL Championship


Wt: Yr. Name (F-L) Hometown/High School (previous school) season record, career record, seed

125: Fr. Luke Werner (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) 23-11, 23-11, No. 4 seed

133: R-So. DJ Fehlman (Warren, Pa./Warren) 22-14, 51-25, No. 4 seed

141: R-So. Kyle Shoop (Boiling Springs, Pa./Boiling Springs) 31-11, 69-28, No. 4 seed

149: R-Sr. Ronnie Perry (Christiana, Pa./Solanco) 26-3, 98-31, No. 1 seed

157: R-So. Alex Klucker (Summerdale, Pa./East Pennsboro) 22-9, 37-24, No. 3 seed

165: R-Jr. Chance Marsteller (New Park, Pa./Kennard-Dale (Oklahoma State)) 36-1, 42-6, No. 1 seed

174: So. Jared Siegrist (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) 24-17, 45-37, No. 4 seed

184: R-So. Corey Hazel (Spring Mills, Pa./Penns Valley) 21-8, 47-20, No. 1 seed

197: R-Jr. Tristan Sponseller (East Berlin, Pa./Bermudian Springs) 9-13, 62-33, No. 3 seed

285: R-Jr. Thomas Haines (Quarryville, Pa./Solanco (Ohio State)) 16-4, 64-13, No. 2 seed

All 10 LHU wrestlers

earn pre-seeds:

All 10 LHU wrestlers have earned pre-seeds including Ronnie Perry (149), Chance Marsteller (165) and Corey Hazel (184) who earned the top-seed at their respective weight class. Thomas Haines is seeded No. 2 at 285, while Alex Klucker (157) and Tristan Sponseller (197) will both enter the tournament as No. 3 seeds. Luke Werner (125), DJ Fehlman (133), Kyle Shoop (141) and Jared Siegrist (174) are all seeded fourth.

Perry is a returning EWL champion after he claimed the 141-pound title last year. Shoop was second last season at 149 and Haines finished second at 285 in 2017. The return of Sponseller at 197 will bolster Lock Haven’s championship lineup Saturday. Sponseller was third at last seasons’ EWL championships, but hasn’t competed since the Virginia Duals on January 12.

Bald Eagles in the NCAA

coaches’ panel rankings, RPI:

*Wt., name, coaches’

panel ranking | RPI:

141: Kyle Shoop, No. 26 | No. 27

149: Ronnie Perry, No. 15 | No. 19

157: Alex Klucker, No. 33 | No. 30

165: Chance Marsteller, No. 5 | No. 4

184: Corey Hazel, No. 22 | No. 24

285: Thomas Haines, No. 13 | No. 15

EWL awarded 18

qualifying spots:

The EWL was awarded 18 qualifying spots: 125 (2), 133 (1), 141 (4), 149 (1), 157 (2), 165 (2), 174 (1), 184 (2), 197 (1) and 285 (2).

Eyeing a second EWL title, first since 1997:

When the Bald Eagles hit the mats on Saturday, they will be looking for their second EWL title in school history and first since 1997.

Strong regular season:

LHU finished the regular season at 12-4 with the 12 wins marking the most in a single season in 15 years. Lock Haven was 4-2 in EWL action with wins over local-rival Bloomsburg, George Mason, Cleveland State and Clarion. Also highlighting the regular season was the Bald Eagles Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championship. Behind five individual PSAC champs, the Bald Eagles rolled to their first PSAC title in 17 seasons. The title marked Lock Haven’s 20th PSAC title, the most of any conference school.

Nationally ranked:

On December 5, 2017, the LHU wrestling team returned to the national rankings for the first time in 15 years and the Bald Eagles ended what had been a historic 2017-18 regular season ranked No. 23. LHU was ranked No. 23 in the final USA Today/NWCA Division I coaches poll for the 2017-18 season, which was released on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Back on Dec. 5 after Lock Haven’s upset-win over Rutgers, the Bald Eagles debuted at No. 24.

Ranked No. 7 in

Mid-Major poll:

On Wednesday (Feb. 21) afternoon, the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released its only Mid-Major Top 20 of the season. Formulated last season, the Mid-Major Top 20 concentrates on the programs that fall outside of the traditional “Power 5” conferences. Lock Haven was ranked No. 7.

* Mid-Major Top-10:

1. Lehigh

2. Cornell

3. South Dakota State

4. Wyoming

5. Northern Iowa

6. Central Michigan

7. Lock Haven

8. Drexel

9. Rider

10. Binghamton

Shoop leads the

nation in tech falls:

Kyle Shoop leads all NCAA Division I wrestlers in tech falls with 12. Chance Marsteller is ranked No. 9 with eight tech falls.

Countdown to 100:

Senior Ronnie Perry sits on 98 career wins and during the postseason will look to become the 20th wrestler in school history to reach the 100-win mark.

Marsteller cracks top-10:

Chance Marsteller is 36-1 on the season. His 36 wins are tied for seventh all-time for a single-season.

*Single-Season Win

Leaders (top-7) –

1. 43, Brad Lloyd (1988-89)

2. 41, Brad Lloyd (1985-86)

3. 40, Doug Buckwalter (1983-84)

4. 39, Seth Martin (2006-07)

5. 38, Jody Karam (1984-85) | Kyle Shoop (2016-17)

6. 37, Mike Lingenfelter (1989-90)

7. 36, 3X including Chance Marsteller (2017-18)

Win streaks:

Chance Marsteller is riding a 14-match win streak and Ronnie Perry has won 12 straight. Both win streaks date back to the Southern Scuffle (Jan. 1-2).

Haines returns:

On February 3, Thomas Haines returned to anchor the lineup at 285. He picked up a win vs. Cleveland State marking the return from a 30-plus day layoff. Since his return, Haines is 3-0.

Trio ranked by InterMat:

When the updated weekly InterMat rankings came out on Tuesday, Feb. 27, Lock Haven was ranked No. 21 in both the InterMat tournament and dual-meet rankings. The trio of Ronnie Perry (No. 17, 149), Chance Marsteller (No. 5, 165) and Thomas Haines (No. 13, 285) was listed as well in the individual rankings.

Single-Season, Career

tech fall leaders:

*single-season tech fall

leaders (top-3) –

1. 16, Brad Lloyd (1988-89)

2. 15, Ronnie Perry (2016-17)

3. 14, Kyle Shoop (*2017-18)

*career tech fall leaders (top-3) –

1. 31, Ronnie Perry (2013 – present)

2. 28, Brad Lloyd (1984-89)

3. 24, Kyle Shoop (2016- present)

NCAA Tournament

on the horizon:

The 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships are scheduled for Thursday, March 15 – Saturday, March 17 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.