Lock Haven knocks off Arizona State

RED LION, Pa. -- The Bald Eagles won six of 10 bouts including a dramatic third-period pin from Luke Werner (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) and a dominating tech fall from No. 20 Kyle Shoop (Boiling Springs, Pa./Boiling Springs), and the No. 22 Lock Haven University wrestling team (4-2) rolled to a thrilling 23-14 upset-win over No. 12 Arizona State (4-7) tonight at sold-out Red Lion High School.

Corey Hazel (Spring Mills, Pa./Penns Valley), Parker McClellan (Altoona, Pa./Altoona), Thomas Haines (Quarryville, Pa./Solanco) and DJ Fehlman (Warren, Pa./Warren) added wins for Lock Haven.

Werner (125) trailed late in the third period, but he came out off a frantic scramble and secured a takedown before locking up the pin at the 6:40 mark, sending the building into a frenzy. Shoop (141) rolled to a 16-0 tech fall at the 4:40 mark as he put on a show much to the delight of the large District 3 crowd.

Shoop was one of two District 3 alums who won tonight. Haines (285) was the other. In all, the Bald Eagles lineup tonight featured six former PIAA District 3 wrestlers. Red Lion, Pennsylvania, the site of tonight's match, is in the heart of District 3.

For Shoop - ranked No. 20 at 141 - the tech fall was his 11th of the season as he keeps pace with the nation's leaders. It was the 36th tech of his career.

No. 18 Hazel (184) marked his return to the lineup with a 3-2 decision and McClellan, a Bald Eagle rookie, earned a hard-fought 2-1 win at 197. Haines, ranked No. 9 at 285, delighted the crowd with a dominating 7-3 victory. For the first time this season, Fehlman dropped back down to 133 and he looked quite comfortable, winning 6-4. Fehlman is a former national qualifier at 133 pounds.

Tonight's match started at 174 pounds and after No. 2 Zahid Valencia picked up a major for ASU, the Bald Eagles rattled off six straight wins. After Shoop's win by tech fall at 141 - The Haven's sixth straight - Lock Haven held a commanding 23-4 lead.

Arizona State won the final three bouts of the match, but the early LHU dominance was too much for the Sun Devils.

In the final bout of the night, the packed house was treated to an absolute thriller at 165. Fifth-ranked Josh Shields (ASU) edged No. 4 Chance Marsteller (New Park, Pa./Kennard-Dale), 2-1 on an escape-point in tiebreaker-two.

The Bald Eagles will return home to Clinton County, Pennsylvania and host Division II Millersville University at LHU's Thomas Fieldhouse on Sunday, January 27 at 1 p.m.

174: #2 Zahid Valencia (ASU) major dec. Jared Siegrist (LHU) 14-4 / ASU, 4-0
184: #18 Corey Hazel (LHU) dec. Jacen Petersen (ASU) 3-2 / ASU, 4-3
197: Parker McClellan (LHU) dec. Austyn Harris (ASU) 2-1 / LHU, 6-4
285: #9 Thomas Haines (LHU) dec. Brady Daniel (ASU) 7-3 / LHU, 9-4
125: Luke Werner (LHU) pinned Brandon Courtney (ASU) 6:40 / LHU, 15-4
133: DJ Fehlman (LHU) dec. Josh Kramer (ASU) 6-4 / LHU, 18-4
141: #20 Kyle Shoop (LHU) tech fall Cory Crooks (ASU) 16-0 (6:40) / LHU, 23-4
149: Josh Maruca (ASU) major dec. Jonathan Ross (LHU) 9-1 / LHU, 23-8
157: #15 Christian Pagdilao (ASU) dec. Alex Klucker (LHU) 10-4 / LHU 23-11
165: #5 Josh Shields (ASU) dec. #4 Chance Marsteller (LHU) 2-1 TB2 / LHU, 23-14

2,712, largest crowd for athletic event at Ronald Abe Fitzkee Center at Red Lion Area Senior High School


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