LHU Wrestling set for Sunday dual at rival Bloomsburg

LOCK HAVEN — The No. 15 Lock Haven University wrestling team is set to make the short trip east on Interstate 80 to take on archrival Bloomsburg University in an important Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) dual on Sunday, December 16 at 1 p.m.

With just over 60 miles separating the two NCAA Division I wrestling powers, Sunday’s match marks the 75th all-time dual meeting between the two. The Bald Eagles have won four straight over Bloomsburg and lead the all-time series 45-29.

Lock Haven is 1-0 on the season (1-0 EWL, 0-0 PSAC) after a dominating 28-10 win over George Mason in EWL action on November 30. Bloomsburg is 0-3 overall (0-1 EWL, 0-0 PSAC).

On Sunday, LHU will look to benefit from the return of 165-pounder Chance Marsteller. The returning All-American is expected back in the lineup after missing the last couple weeks of action. His return and the Bald Eagles overall strength will look to propel Lock Haven to its fifth straight win over the Huskies.

The Bald Eagles are coming off a dominating effort at the 2018 PSAC Tournament where LHU crowned four individual champions. Thomas Haines took home the title on Saturday (Dec. 8), becoming a three-time PSAC Champion at 285 pounds. The Bald Eagles also saw a pair of true-freshmen take home titles thanks to dominating tournament runs by true-freshman Dalton Rohrbaugh at 133 pounds and fellow rookie Luke McGonigal at 197. Both rookies will be in the lineup Sunday at Bloomsburg. Redshirt-junior DJ Fehlman took home the PSAC title at 141.

In all, the Bald Eagles lineup features three nationally-ranked wrestlers. Marsteller, is ranked as high as No. 3 at 165, while both Corey Hazel (184) and Haines are listed among the top-20 at their respective weight class this week.

Lock Haven’s projected

lineup for Sunday’s match:

No. 15 Lock Haven

(1-0, 1-0 EWL, 0-0 PSAC)

125: So. Luke Werner (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) 11-5

133: Fr. Dalton Rohrbaugh (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) 12-7

141: R-Jr. Kyle Shoop (Boiling Springs, Pa./Boiling Springs) 15-2

// OR // 141: R-Jr. DJ Fehlman (Warren, Pa./Warren) 19-2

149: Jr. Jonathan Ross (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern York) 12-4

157: R-Jr. Alex Klucker (Summerdale, Pa./East Pennsboro) 6-3

165: No. 3 R-Sr. Chance Marsteller (New Park, Pa./Kennard-Dale) 6-0

174: Jr. Jared Siegrist (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) 16-4

184: No. 17 R-Jr. Corey Hazel (Spring Mills, Pa./Penns Valley) 6-2

// OR // 184: Fr. Breylon Douglas (Youngstown, Ohio/Austintown Fitch) 4-7

197: Fr. Luke McGonigal (Clearfield, Pa./Clearfield) 7-4

285: No. 10 R-Sr. Thomas Haines (Quarryville, Pa./Solanco) 9-2

*subject to change

*rankings = InterMat (Dec. 11)

Bloomsburg’s projected

lineup for Sunday’s match:

125: Jr. Willy Girard (Williamstown, Pa./Williams Valley) 11-5

133: R-Jr. Lewis–Williams (Bloomsburg, Pa./Central Columbia) 5-7

141: Fr. Aaron Coleman Iselin, N.J./John F. Kennedy Memorial) 5-8

149: R-Jr. Grand Bond (Carlisle, Pa./Boiling Springs) 6-2

157: Jr. Nate Newberry (Biglerville, Pa./Biglerville) 8-8

165: Fr. Gavin Hale (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) 0-9

174: R-So. Anthony Vetrano (Middletown, N.J./Middletown North) 3-8

184: R-Jr. Trevor Allard (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) 9-7

197: Jr. Kyle Murphy (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) 6-7

285: Jr. Bruce Graeber (Feasterville, Pa./Neshaminy) 7-9

Lock Haven in the national

rankings this week:

*as of Tuesday, Dec. 11

TEAM: No. 15, InterMat Dual // No. 23, InterMat Tournament // No. 19 NWCA

INDIVIDUAL:

165: Chance Marsteller – – No. 3 InterMat // No. 3 Amateur Wrestling News // No. 3 FloWrestling

184: Corey Hazel – – No. 17 InterMat // No. 17 Amateur Wrestling News // No. 9 FloWrestling

285: Thomas Haines – – No. 10 InterMat // No. 11 Amateur Wrestling News // No. 18 FloWrestling

The series with

rival Bloomsburg:

Sunday marks the 75th dual meeting between Lock Haven and Bloomsburg. The Bald Eagles are 45-29 all-time vs. the Huskies. LHU has won four straight over Bloomsburg and will look to make it five straight with a win Sunday. Lock Haven’s win over Bloomsburg during the 2014-15 season snapped a 10-match Bloomsburg win streak.

The last five duals

with Bloomsburg:

-2017-18 season // Dec. 12, 2017 // Lock Haven W, 37-2 (LHU won 9 of 10 bouts)

-2016-17 season // Dec. 16, 2016 // Lock Haven W, 27-12 (LHU won 6 of 10 bouts)

-2015-16 season // Dec. 17, 2015 // Lock Haven W, 39-3 (LHU won 9 of 10 bouts)

-2014-15 season // Feb. 2, 2015 // Lock Haven W, 31-3 (LHU won 9 of 10 bouts)

-2013-14 season // Dec. 19, 2013 // #22 Bloomsburg W, 19-16 (Bloomsburg’s 10th straight win in the series)

Shoop techs his way

to school record:

On Sunday (Dec. 9), Kyle Shoop teched his way to a title at the Patriot Open and a school record. Competing unattached at George Mason’s Patriot Open, Shoop went 4-0 with three tech falls on the way to the 141-pound title. He needed only two tech falls to tie the school record of 32 and the third tech of the tournament for Shoop – in the semifinals – set a new career school record for tech falls with 33. In his first three bouts Sunday, Shoop didn’t surrender a single point as he won 16-0 (TF), 16-0 (TF) and 16-0 (TF), outscoring his opponents 48-0 on the way to the finals. In the 141-pound title bout, Shoop soared by Cole Matthews of Pittsburgh, 11-3 to cap the 4-0 day.

Lock Haven dominates

the PSAC Tournament:

The Bald Eagles dominated the field at the 2018 PSAC Tournament Saturday (Dec. 8) at Kutztown University and Lock Haven crowned four individual champions. Leading the way was 285-pounder Thomas Haines, who became a three-time PSAC champion. The Bald Eagles also saw a pair of true-freshmen take home titles thanks to dominating tournament runs by true-freshman Dalton Rohrbaugh at 133 pounds and fellow rookie Luke McGonigal at 197. Redshirt-junior DJ Fehlman took home the PSAC title at 141 pounds, rounding out LHU’s champions. Haines, a redshirt-senior and nationally-ranked 285 pounder, became Lock Haven’s 21st three-time PSAC champion. Despite a new tournament format and no team championship on the line, the Bald Eagles still flexed their muscles and showed their dominance, sending six to the finals. LHU put on a show early and advanced eight of 10 wrestlers into the semifinals. The six finalists by Lock Haven were the most of any of the 12 teams in the field. Jonathan Ross and Jared Siegrist finished second at 149 and 174, respectively.

New format at

PSAC Tournament:

The 2018-19 PSAC Wrestling Tournament featured a new structure. Continuing the tradition of the past 75 plus years, individual champions at each of the 10 respective weight classes were recognized. Beginning this year, no team champion was determined for the tournament. At the end of the season, a Division I PSAC and Division II PSAC champion will be crowned based on dual results within the conference vs. respective NCAA level opponents. The new format makes Sunday’s match with Bloomsburg – and remaining duals with Edinboro and Clarion – that much more important.

Haven strong at Patriot Open:

Joining Kyle Shoop (141) as a champion at George Mason’s Patriot Open Sunday (Dec. 9) was rookie Caleb Clymer. Clymer took home the 165-pound title after going 4-0. The Bald Eagle freshman, who is planning to redshirt his rookie season.

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