LHU Wrestling set for 2019 NCAA Championships

(LHU SPORTS) Lock Haven University’s Kyle Shoop wrestles in an NCAA wrestling match.

The Lock Haven University wrestling team is set to compete at the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, March 21-23 at PPG Arena in Pittsburgh.

LHU will be represented by six wrestlers: DJ Fehlman (133), Kyle Shoop (141), Alex Klucker (157), Chance Marsteller (165), Corey Hazel (184) and Thomas Haines (285).

Marsteller, a returning All-American at 165, headlines the veteran group. Marsteller was fourth last season, but all six Lock Haven wrestlers have national championship experience. Fehlman, Klucker, Marsteller, and Hazel are all two-time NCAA qualifiers, while both Shoop and Haines are three-time NCAA qualifiers.

All six Bald Eagles claimed individual titles at the 2019 Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Championships (March 9) and powered the Bald Eagles to their second straight team title.

LIVE COVERAGE:

Fans can track all the action live thanks to live results, television coverage and more. Visit the LHU Wrestling Schedule page at www.GoLHU.com for more.

TV/ESPN COVERAGE:

ESPN’s unprecedented coverage of the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships returns with the annual event’s three prime-time sessions airing on ESPN, its early sessions on ESPNU and every one of the 640 matches available on ESPN3 via the ESPN App.

QUICK LHU NEWS, NOTES & STORYLINES:

– The six NCAA qualifiers match LHU’s six from last year.

– All six are making return trips to the NCAA Championships.

– Chance Marsteller, the No. 5 seed at 165, is a returning All-American.

– Both Kyle Shoop and Thomas Haines lead the veteran group as three-time NCAA qualifiers.

– Thomas Haines (285) enters the tournament on an 11-match win streak.

– Kyle Shoop (141) leads the nation in tech falls with 15.

– Shoop led the nation in techs last season and is already the school record holder with 40.

– DJ Fehlman (133) is 10-1 since moving from 141 to 133. He has won 10 of 11 matches since January 25, the date of his first match back at 133.

– Marsteller was named the 2019 EWL Tournament’s most outstanding wrestler.

– Sixth-year head coach Scott Moore was a named a finalist for national coach of the year for the second straight season.

– LHU is home to nine national champions and 41 All-Americans.

LHU’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP LINEUP:

133: No. 24 seed, R-Jr. DJ Fehlman (Warren, Pa./Warren) 34-6

141: No. 13 seed, R-Jr. Kyle Shoop (Boiling Springs, Pa./Boiling Springs) 31-6

157: No. 32 seed, R-Jr. Alex Klucker (Summerdale, Pa./East Pennsboro) 21-9

165: No. 5 seed, R-Sr. Chance Marsteller (New Park, Pa./Kennard-Dale) 22-2

184: No. 16 seed, R-Jr. Corey Hazel (Spring Mills, Pa./Penns Valley) 15-3

285: No. 11 seed, R-Sr. Thomas Haines (Quarryville, Pa./Solanco) 23-3

SCOTT MOORE NAMED FINALIST FOR COACH OF THE YEAR:

On Friday, March 15, LHU head coach Scott Moore was named a finalist for National Wrestling Coaches’ Association (NWCA) NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year. This year, the NWCA National Coach of the Year is presented by Defense Soap. It marks the second straight year where Moore has been named as a finalist for this prestigious award. A second consecutive EWL title and six national qualifiers highlighted another banner year for the Bald Eagles, who were ranked as high as No. 14 during the regular season.

BACK-TO-BACK EWL CHAMPS:

Saturday, March 9 proved to be a historic and dominant day for LHU wrestling, as the nationally-ranked Bald Eagles crowned six individual champions and soared by the tournament field on the way to the 2019 EWL Championship. It marked LHU’s second straight conference title. The six champions are the most for Lock Haven in EWL Tournament history. All six individual EWL champions booked trips to the 2019 NCAA Championships and Chance Marsteller was named the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler.

A LOOK BACK AT THE REGULAR SEASON:

The Bald Eagles rolled through the regular season and racked up 10 dual wins, which included non-conference wins over nationally-ranked Arizona State and Southern Conference (SoCon) champion Appalachian State. LHU finished the regular season dual slate at 10-3. Lock Haven soared in EWL action on the way to the regular season crown. The win over Cleveland State on February 16 helped LHU cap an undefeated – 6-0 – run through EWL action. The perfect 6-0 dual record helped the Bald Eagles clinch the EWL regular season title. It marked LHU’s first regular season EWL crown since the 1995-96 season. Ironically enough, that was the last time Lock Haven was perfect (6-0) in EWL duals. During the regular season, LHU also claimed the 2018-19 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Division I Championship. Lock Haven’s win over Clarion on February 10 pushed Lock Haven to a perfect 3-0 in DI PSAC duals. The 3-0 record helped LHU claim the 2018-19 PSAC DI dual-meet championship. The DI PSAC wins came over Bloomsburg, Edinboro and Clarion, marking Lock Haven’s first PSAC sweep in 17 years. It was during the 2001-02 season where Lock Haven last beat Bloomsburg, Edinboro and Clarion in the same season.

LOCK HAVEN PICKED TO WIN THE EWL:

LHU was tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the 2018-19 EWL title, as voted on by the league’s head coaches. A total of five LHU wrestlers sat atop their respective weight classes to start the season and, in all, nine of 10 Lock Haven student-athletes were ranked among the top-three at their weight class in the preseason coaches’ rankings.

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