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Bald Eagles suffer 28-7 setback at Old Dominion

By: SAM KUPERMAN

For The Express

After a 29-10 loss at Appalachian State Thursday night, Lock Haven University wrestling matched up with Old Dominion on the second leg of its three match road swing. The Bald Eagles started off well early in Norfolk, Virginia, but left Chartway Arena with a 28-7 loss to their Mid-American Conference (MAC) counterpart.

The dual meet began at 125 pounds, and Lock Haven drew first blood. Coming in strong off of a win at Appalachian State Thursday evening, No. 15 Werner edged out No. 18 Killian Cardinale in a 4-2 decision. After having his redshirt status pulled leading up to the season-opening dual meet against Central Michigan, Werner has consistently produced wins while facing stiff competition.

LHU’s No. 29 DJ Fehlman followed up Werner’s victory with a 5-4 decision of his own over Old Dominion freshman Shannon Hanna II at 133 pounds. It took tie breaker one for Fehlman to secure the decision, but the two-time national qualifier did just that. This put Lock Haven up 6-0 two bouts into the dual meet.

In a meeting of All-American top-20 wrestlers, ODU got the better of LHU at 141. No. 18 Sa’Derian Perry, who was an All-American at Eastern Michigan in 2018, got the better of LHU’s No. 15 Kyle Shoop in a 5-4 decision. This pulled the Monarchs to within three of the Bald Eagles.

149 pounds was the weight class that swung the dual meet to the home team’s favor Thursday night, as App State’s No. 26 Jonathan Millner pinned LHU redshirt-sophomore Brock Port in 4:10. Lightning struck twice in that regard, as ODU notched a win by fall from redshirt-senior Kenan Carter. He put LHU redshirt-freshman Austin Wilson on his back in 4:04. This game Old Dominion a 9-6 lead it would expand upon at 157.

Lock Haven’s No. 30 Alex Klucker, who was not able to go at App State, hit the mats Friday. He faced ODU’s reigning All-American, in No. 16 Larry Early. Klucker ultimately was downed 4-1 by Early, giving ODU a 12-6 advantage heading into the intermission.

The Monarch’s rolled out of the break with a fourth straight victory. At 165 pounds, ODU redshirt-senior Shane Jones won by major decision over LHU redshirt-junior Austin Bell. The Stroudsburg native shut Bell out 8-0, giving Old Dominion a 16-6 edge in the dual.

Lock Haven took the 174 matchup, as senior Jared Siegrist bounced back from Thursday night’s tiebreaker-two loss at App State. This time Siegrist took care of Old Dominion freshman Alex Cramer 6-0. This was the last match Lock Haven would come out victorious in though.

At 184 pounds, Lock Haven two-time national qualifier Corey Hazel suited up. This came after Hazel missed the App State dual meet with an injury. No. 33 Hazel was taken down early by ODU senior Antonio Agee, and was never able to recover. Agee upset Hazel in a 7-2 decision, putting Old Dominion up 19-9 heading into the 197 spot. Unless Lock Haven could pull off some major bonus points in the final two spots, the Monarchs were in position to secure a team victory.

Lock Haven could not muster up any late-match magic though. After earning a victory at App State, Bald Eagles redshirt-sophomore Parker McClellan came up short in Norfolk. He wrestled tough, as he and ODU senior Tim Young were scoreless after two periods. A late reversal in the third scored Young a 2-1 decision, and a team victory for Old Dominion.

In the 197 loss, Lock Haven was docked two team points for control of the mat. After the dust settled in that bout, Lock Haven forfeited the heavyweight spot for the second straight night. This brought the final score to 28-7.

This is LHU’s third straight dual meet loss, and puts the team’s record at 5-4, with a 1-2 mark in MAC East competition. Old Dominion moves to 4-7 overall, and 2-1 in MAC East duals.

Lock Haven concludes this three match in three day trip with a meeting at fellow divisional foe George Mason Saturday at noon. The Patriots are 7-3 (2-0 MAC East).

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