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LHU women’s team jumps into NWCA rankings

MANHEIM –After a strong opening month to the season that saw a number of impressive finishes, the Lock Haven University women’s wrestling team jumped into the national rankings and claimed the No. 15 spot in the National Wrestling Coaches Association rankings behind Jessica Johnson’s No. 8 national individual ranking in the 155-pound weight class.

For the Bald Eagles it will mark a historic first national ranking, as the team competes in their first full season of competition.

Rankings are based on a tournament power index, and point totals are broken down by individual rankings and correlate to placement points at the national championships.

Lock Haven finds itself in a four-way tie for the No. 15 spot with Schreiner, East Stroudsburg, and William Jewell, all scoring three points in the poll behind one ranked wrestler each.

On Nov. 7, at the ESU Open, Johnson claimed the individual tournament championship at 155. She went 4-0 on the day and knocked off preseason No. 7 wrestler Taylor Hites of Tiffin by way of VPO, 8-0. Johnson opened her season 5-0 with two tech falls and a pin to boot.

• For the first time since Feb. 23, 2020, the Lock Haven men’s wrestling team competed at home in Thomas Fieldhouse in front of the Mat-Town U.S.A. fans as the Bald Eagles hosted the 2021 Mat-Town Open I Tournament.

Several Bald Eagles were in action — competing unattached — and leading the way among the limited lineup was Anthony Noto, who powered his way to the 125-pound title. Noto picked up his second consecutive championship in as many tries as the transfer continued to impress.

Noto went 3-0 on the way to the victory. He opened the day with a pin and followed it up with a tech fall. In the opener, Noto pinned Jace Schafer (West Virginia) in 6:11, before earning a 20-5 tech fall (7:00) over Aiden Lewis of Bucknell.

In the finals, Noto’s workmanlike effort led to a dominating 10-3 win over Lehigh’s Sheldon Seymour. Competing unattached at Millersville’s Shorty Hitchcock Memorial Open on November 20, Noto went a perfect 5-0 on the way to the title.

At 285 pounds, freshman Kaleb Snodgrass scored a pair of victories to open the day. Snodgrass upended Binghamton’s Collin Burns by a 4-1 margin, before scoring a quick fall over Zach Taylor in his second matchup of the day.

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