No. 20 LHU Wrestling headed to Journeymen Collegiate Classic

TIM BARNHART/LHU SPORTS LHU wrestler Chance Marsteller glances toward his coaches during an NCAA wrestling match.

FROM STAFF REPORTS

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – The No. 20 Lock Haven University wrestling team is set to compete Sunday, November 11 at the 2018 Journeymen Collegiate Classic, hosted at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York.

It will mark the third straight season where the Bald Eagles will compete at the Journeymen Collegiate Classic. Action gets underway at 9 a.m. on Sunday. The competition features a unique format as wrestlers compete in different pools – A, B & C – in a round-robin style individual tournament.

The nationally-ranked Bald Eagles are one of 16 teams in the field and one of five teams ranked among the top-25 this week in the National Wrestling Coaches’ Association (NWCA) national poll. Lock Haven will be joined by No. 6 Lehigh and No. 8 North Carolina State, as well as No. 17 Purdue and No. 21 Wyoming. Rounding out the field is Edinboro, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Hofstra, The Citadel, Utah Valley, Army, Bloomsburg, Appalachian State, Ithaca and LIU-Post. Post is ranked among the top-20 in Division II and Ithaca is ranked No. 2 in DIII.

As of press time, 17 Bald Eagles are scheduled to compete on Sunday in Troy including all six of Lock Haven’s returning national qualifiers. Returning national-qualifiers DJ Fehlman (133/141), Kyle Shoop (141) and Alex Klucker (157) all competed last weekend at the Clarion Open. Shoop downed Fehlman for the 141 pound title and Klucker was second at 157. Returning All-American Chance Marsteller (165), and both Corey Hazel (184) and Thomas Haines (285) are set to make their 2018-19 season debuts this weekend.

LHU NEWS, NOTES & STORYLINES:

Two-time NCAA qualifier Kyle Shoop (141) led the way last weekend at the Clarion Open in the Bald Eagles’ season-opener. He went 5-0 and won the 141-pound title.

On Monday (Nov. 5), Shoop was named the PSAC Wrestler of the Week.

2017 national qualifier DJ Fehlman was second at 141 and 2018 national qualifier Alex Klucker was second at 157. Jonathan Ross (149) was also second last week.

Last week at Clarion, Shoop recorded two more tech falls, running his career total to 27, just one away from the No. 2 spot on the Bald Eagles career list. The school record is 32, as Shoop – the nation’s DI leader in tech falls last season – will look to break that mark this year.

Last season (2017) at the Journeymen, both DJ Fehlman and Chance Marsteller went 3-0. Back in 2016, Corey Hazel was 3-0 at 184.

LHU IN THE TEAM RANKINGS:

This week, the LHU wrestling team checked in at No. 20 in the National Wrestling Coaches’ Association (NWCA) Division I Wresting Coaches’ Poll. This week InterMat has the Bald Eagles ranked No. 17 in the dual-match rankings and No. 20 in the tournament index ranking.

INDIVIDUALS IN THE RANKINGS (*as of Tuesday, Nov. 6):

157: Alex Klucker – – #19 InterMat | #19 AWN | NR Flo

165: Chance Marsteller – – #3 InterMat | #3 AWN | #3 Flo

184: Corey Hazel — #17 InterMat | #19 AWN | #15 Flo

285: Thomas Haines – – #8 InterMat | #9 AWN | #9 Flo

AWN = Amateur Wrestling News

Flo = FloWrestling

UP NEXT:

LHU will return to action on Sunday, November 18 at the Army’s Black Knight Invite.

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