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Bonus points carry Lock Haven to big win over Bloomsburg

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- In all, the No. 15 Lock Haven University wrestling team won eight of 10 bouts and registered bonus points on six occasions as the Bald Eagles (2-0, 2-0 EWL, 1-0 PSAC) rolled by host Bloomsburg University, 36-6, today in Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) action.

The Bald Eagles posted a pair of pins, two tech falls and two major decisions in the dominating Sunday afternoon road win.

Host Bloomsburg (0-4, 0-2 EWL, 0-1 PSAC) posted a win at 125 pounds in the opening bout of the match, but it was all Lock Haven from there as the Bald Eagles went on to win the next six bouts, taking a commanding 29-3 lead. Five of those six wins came with bonus points, thanks to a pair of pins, two tech falls and a major decision.

After a Huskie win at 184 slowed the LHU run, the Bald Eagles put an exclamation point on the victory with wins at 197 and 285, capping the outstanding effort.

Dalton Rohrbaugh (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove), Kyle Shoop (Boiling Springs, Pa./Boiling Springs), Jonathan Ross (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern York), Alex Klucker (Summerdale, Pa./East Pennsboro), No. 3 Chance Marsteller (New Park, Pa./Kennard-Dale), Jared Siegrist (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central), Luke McGonigal (Clearfield, Pa./Clearfield) and No. 10 Thomas Haines (Quarryville, Pa./Solanco) all posted wins for Lock Haven.

Ross and Klucker recorded back-to-back first-period pins at 149 and 157, respectively. Both Shoop (141) and Marsteller (165) posted first-period tech falls, and Siegrist added a major at 174. The true-freshmen duo of Rohrbaugh (133) and McGonigal (197) won by decision and Haines capped the lopsided league win with a dominating major decision of his own at 285.

Bloomsburg's Willy Girard put the hosts up 3-0 after a hard-fought 10-6 win at 125.

It was all Lock Haven from there and Rohrbaugh put the Bald Eagles on the board, and tied the dual at 3-3 with a 5-1 decision over Lewis_Williams.

Shoop needed just 2:29 for a tech fall (17-0) win over Aaron Coleman and it extended the LHU lead to 8-3.

For Ross (149), the win helped him get some revenge on Grant Bond. Last weekend at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Tournament, Bond pinned Ross in the finals, but today it was a different story, as Ross earned the huge first-period fall (1:33), which helped spark the Bald Eagles to victory.

Klucker needed just 1:08 to pin to Bloom's Nate Newberry.

Marsteller - ranked No. 3 at 165 - returned to the lineup and looked as if he hadn't missed a beat. He put on a clinic and had the first-period tech fall wrapped up at the 1:29 (17-1) mark.

Siegrist picked up LHU's sixth straight win, downing Anthony Vetrano by major decision, 14-2. The win extended LHU's lead to 29-3.

After a Bloomsburg win at 184, the Bald Eagles rounded out the dual with two more wins.

At 197, McGonigal used a workmanlike effort to edge BU's Kyle Murphy, 1-0.

In the final bout of the dual, Haines - ranked No. 10 at 285 - was too much for Bruce Graeber. Haines put an exclamation point on the team win with a 12-0 major.

Haines' major pushed the final score to 36-6 as Lock Haven improved to 2-0 overall in dual action this season.

The dual meet today marked the 75th all-time dual meeting between Lock Haven and Bloomsburg. The Bald Eagles are now 46-29 all-time vs. the Huskies. The win extended the Bald Eagles win streak to five as they've dominated the local series as of late. Lock Haven's win over Bloomsburg during the 2014-15 season snapped a 10-match Bloomsburg win streak.

Today's win also proved to be an important PSAC victory.

Last weekend, the 2018-19 PSAC Wrestling Tournament featured a new structure. Continuing the tradition of the past 75 plus years, individual champions at each of the 10 respective weight classes were recognized. Beginning this year however, no team champion was determined for the tournament. At the end of the season, a Division I PSAC and Division II PSAC champion will be crowned based on dual results within the conference vs. respective NCAA level opponents. The new format made today's match and the win over Bloomsburg - as well as remaining duals with Edinboro and Clarion - that much more important.

The Bald Eagles will return to action on Saturday, December 29 as they host the annual Lock Haven Classic Tournament. Looking ahead, Lock Haven will return to the prestigious Southern Scuffle on January 1 and 2.

Results:
125: Willy Girard (BU) dec. Luke Werner (LHU) 10-6 / BU 3-0
133: Dalton Rohrbaugh (LHU) dec. Lewis_Williams (BU) 5-1 / TIED 3-3
141: Kyle Shoop (LHU) tech fall Aaron Coleman (BU) 17-0 (2:29) / LHU 8-3
149: Jonathan Ross (LHU) pinned Grant Bond (BU) 1:33 / LHU 14-3
157: Alex Klucker (LHU) pinned Nate Newberry (BU) 1:08 / LHU 20-3
165: #3 Chance Marsteller (LHU) tech fall Gavin Hall (BU) 17-1 (1:29) / LHU 25-3
174: Jared Siegrist (LHU) major dec. Anthony Vetrano (BU) 14-2 / LHU 29-3
184: Trevor Allard (BU) dec. Breylon Douglas (LHU) 7-3 / LHU 29-6
197: Luke McGonigal (LHU) dec. Kyle Murphy (BU) 1-0 / LHU 32-6
285: #10 Thomas Haines (LHU) major dec. Bruce Graeber (BU) 12-0 / LHU 36-6

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