Lock Haven’s wrestling program signs 13 for incoming class

LOCK HAVEN — Excitement is building for the 2020-2021 Lock Haven University wrestling season as coach Scott Moore looks to solidify an already stout team with a strong 2020 recruiting class.

The storybook team finished fifth in its first-ever MAC Tournament in March and was poised to make a splash at the 2020 NCAA National Championships.

Ushering in a new class, the Bald Eagles will continue their trademark “Rise” with a 2020 class that represents over 1,400 wins and 10 state championships. In all, the Bald Eagles are excited to welcome a total of 13 commits/transfers that will add much needed depth in a variety of weight classes.

“We are extremely excited about this year’s recruiting class. We were able to fill all of our needs and then some with this large class,” Moore said.

The incoming class consists of Tyler Stoltzfus (Saint Joseph’s Academy), Will Betancourt Jr. (Manhiem Central H.S.), DaShawn Farber (Nazareth H.S.), Killian Delaney (W.C. Henderson H.S.), Kaleb Snodgrass (Van Buren H.S., Ohio), Billy Talmadge (High Point H.S., New Jersey), Tanner Updegraff (Hershey H.S.), Nick Stonecheck (Buford H.S., Georgia), Sage Serbenta (Cedar Springs H.S., Michigan), Andrew Sharer (Penns Valley H.S.) and Cory Johnston (Glendale H.S.).

It also includes two transfers in Ashton Eyler, who is coming from Iowa Central Community College, and Jack Davis, who is transferring from Penn State.

“This group is very determined to build upon their prior success and establish a championship culture. It is by far the best recruiting class in my tenure as head coach, with wrestlers from five different states who have won championships at every level. Our staff worked hard to build strong relationships with each of these wrestlers that will last a lifetime. We look forward to welcoming them to campus soon,” Moore added.

On paper, this recruiting class is one of the most talented classes in school history. It also includes two transfers; a JUCO national finalist from Iowa Central in Eyler and a two-time prep high school national champion in Davis.

Stoltzfus, a native of Mifflinburg, was a four-time PIAA qualifier and won a state championship at 170 pounds this past year in Class AA. He was nationally ranked No. 2 at his weight.

Betancourt was nationally ranked 15th at 120 pounds and was a PIAA Class AAA champion last year. He was a four-time state qualifier and three-time state placewinner.

Farber was nationally ranked 15th at 138. He was a third-place medalist in Class AAA competition last year and was a PIAA sate finalist in 2019 and a two-time Georgia state champion.

Delaney was a four-time PIAA qualifier and two-time placewinner. He also was an NHSCA national runner-up.

Snodgrass was a three-time all-league selection in high school and was an Ohio state runner-up at 220 his junior season.

Talmadge was a three-time district champion and two-time New Jersey state placewinner.

Updegraff was a Powerade placewinner , a PIAA Class AAA third-place finisher in 2019, a two-time state qualifier and two-time sectional and District 3 champion.

Stonecheck was nationally ranked 12th at 152 and was a four-time Georgia state champion. He was also a two-time NHSCA All-American and a one-time Fargo Freestyle All-American.

Serbenta was nationally ranked at 11th at 182 and was a Michigan State champion and Flo National champion.

Sharer was a fourth-place finisher last year at the PIAA Class AA tournament.

Johnston placed sixth and seventh in his career at the PIAA Class AA tournament and was a runner-up at the Escape the Rock tournament.


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