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Lock Haven’s Werner places fifth at MAC Championships

Lock Haven’s Luke Werner placed fifth at 125 pounds to the lead the way for Lock Haven University wrestling team at the 2021 Mid-American Conference Championships.

Werner, ranked 17th nationally and the tournament’s No. 4 seed, went 4-2 overall at the two-day tournament. He was the only Bald Eagle to advance to Day 2 action today, and Werner is now a two-time MAC placewinner after a third-place showing a year ago.

After going 2-1 on Day 1, Werner opened Saturday’s action in the consolation quarterfinals where he recorded another dominating major decision. Werner downed Edinboro’s Lucas Rodriguez 11-2 to advance to the consolation semifinals. The major over Rodriguez marked Werner’s third major decision of the tournament after both of his Day 1 wins came by way of major decision.

In the consolation semifinals, Werner fell to Rider’s Jonathan Tropea, 7-3.

Werner however bounced back and capped his tournament run with a victory, downing Josh Jones, 6-1, for fifth-place.

COLLEGE WRESTLING

2021 MAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

125: Championship Round 1: Lock Haven’s Luke Werner maj. dec. Cameron Butler (Clarion), 18-4. … Quarterfinals: Noah Surtin (Missouri) pinned Werner, 1:01. … Consolation Round 2: Werner maj. dec. Cody Moosman (Cleveland State), 11-0. … Consolation Round 3: Werner maj. dec. Lucas Rodriguez (Edinboro), 11-2. … Consolation Semifinals: Jonathan Tropea (Rider) dec. Werner, 7-3. … Fifth-place match: Werner dec. Josh Jones (George Mason), 6-1

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