LOCK HAVEN, Pa. -- The Lock Haven University wrestling team opened the 2013-14 season today with a pair of wins at home.
Lock Haven (2-0) soared past Shippensburg 42-3 before earning a hard-fought 19-13 win over local-rival Bucknell in an early-season thriller. LHU first-year head coach Scott Moore and his staff made their coaching debut and their aggressive style was evident all night long as the Bald Eagles recorded 46 takedowns (46-20) in the two matches.
LHU won 9-of-10 bouts in the win over Shippensburg, collecting bonus points in seven of those wins. The Bald Eagles raced out to a 32-0 lead.
Lock Haven picked up bonus points in the first five bouts, thanks to two tech falls, a major decision, a forfeit and a pin.
The match began at 149 pounds and R.J. Brydon (South Fork, Pa./Forest Hills) got LHU rolling with a teach fall (21-5, 2:24). Dillon Gavlock (Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain) and Elias Biddle (Turbottville, Pa./Warrior Run) followed it up with a major decision and tech fall, respectively and the Bald Eagles sprinted out a 14-0 lead.
Dylan Caprio (Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain) picked up a pin at 184 and Matt Bryer (Cochranton, Pa./Cochranton) added a major decision in the win over Shippensburg.
Lock Haven jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the win over Bucknell. Mac Maldarelli (Merrick, N.Y./Nassau C.C.), Billy Randt (York, Pa./West York) and Jake Kemerer (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield) all won by decision.
Following a Bison win at 174, Fred Garcia (Donora, Pa./Rinngold), ranked No. 12 nationally, picked up a major decision for Lock Haven.
After Garcia's win at 184, Bucknell won three straight matches, but Lock Haven put in away with thrilling wins from Cody Wheeler (Towanda, Pa./Towanda) and No. 14 Dan Neff (Quarryville, Pa./Solanco), at 133 and 141, respectively.
Lock Haven returns to action tomorrow (Sunday, November 3) when a number of Bald Eagles travel to the Clarion Knight Point Open (9 a.m.).
Lock Haven 42 – Shippensburg 3
149: R.J. Brydon (Lock Haven) tech fall Karl Lightner (Shippensburg) 21-5 (2:24)
157: Dillon Gavlock (Lock Haven) major dec. Mark Lentz (Shippensburg) 13-5
165: Elias Biddle (Lock Haven) tech fall Cotton Rebert (Shippensburg) 18-3 (4:58)
174: Dylan Caprio (Lock Haven) pinned Bobby Schievert (Shippensburg) 5:43
184: #12 Fred Garcia (Lock Haven) wins by forfeit
197: Phil Sprenkle (Lock Haven) dec. Evan Ramos (Shippensburg) 10-8
285: Cody Mason (Lock Haven) dec. Jacob Nale (Shippensburg) 6-5
125: David Calambas (Shippensburg) dec. Ronnie Perry (Lock Haven) 6-4
133: Matt Bryer (Lock Haven) major dec. Bryan Varra (Shippensburg) 19-6
141: #14 Dan Neff (Lock Haven) wins by forfeit
Lock Haven 19 – Bucknell 13
149: Mac Maldarelli (Lock Haven) dec. Alex Pellicciotti (Bucknell) 9-7
157: Billy Randt (Lock Haven) dec. Login Kerin (Bucknell) 9-3
165: Jake Kemerer ((Lock Haven) dec. Vincent Favia (Bucknell) 6-3
174: Stephen McPeek (Bucknell) dec. Travis Moyer (Lock Haven) 10-4
184: #12 Fred Garcia (Lock Haven) major dec. Tyler Greene (Bucknell) 16-5
197: Tyler Lyster (Bucknell) dec. Phil Sprenkle (Lock Haven) 6-0
285: #10 Joe Stolfi (Bucknell) major dec. Brad Emerick (Lock Haven) 15-5
125: Paul Petrov (Bucknell) dec. Kaleb LeMaire (Lock Haven) 6-2
133: Cody Wheeler (Lock Haven) dec. Grim Gonzalez (Bucknell) 11-4
141: #14 Dan Neff (Lock Haven) dec. Victor Lopez (Bucknell) 14-10
Bucknell 50 - Shippensburg 0
149: Alex Pellicciotti (Bucknell) pinned Karl Lightner (Shippensburg) 4:26
157: Brenan McAllister (Bucknell) dec. Mark Lentz (Shippensburg) 4-1
165: Rustin Barrick (Bucknell) pinned Brett Pastore (Shippensburg) 2:10
174: Stephen McPeek (Bucknell) wins by forfeit
184: Tyler Greene (Bucknell) wins by forfeit
197: Tyler Lyster (Bucknell) major dec. Evan Ramos (Shippensburg) 12-0
285: #10 Joe Stolfi (Bucknell) pinned Dan Fultz (Shippensburg) 3:44
125: Grim Gonzalez (Bucknell) dec. Dante Steffenino (Shippensburg) 10-3
133: Bob Hauser (Bucknell) major dec. Bryan Varra (Shippensburg) 12-3
141: Victor Lopez (Bucknell) wins by forfeit
Lock Haven 2-0
Scott Moore picked up his first career head-coaching win vs. Shippensburg … The Bald Eagles return two national qualifiers (Dan Neff, 141 & Fred Garcia, 184) … Jake Kemerer will move up and compete at 165 this season … LHU was 7-6 a year ago.