LOCK HAVEN, Pa. -- Competing in a dual match for the final time at home in front of the Mat-Town U.S.A. fans, Chance Marsteller (New Park, Pa./Kennard-Dale) and Thomas Haines (Quarryville, Pa./Solanco) celebrated 'Senior Night' in style, and sparked the No. 21 Lock Haven University wrestling team (10-3) to a dominating 31-7 victory over visiting Appalachian State (9-7) tonight.
Tonight's match featured two teams in search of their 10th win in dual action. App State picked up their ninth dual-win earlier today at Bloomsburg and the Mountaineers looked to carry that momentum into tonight, but after Appalachian State won the night's opening bout at 149 pounds, it was all Lock Haven from there.
The pins from nationally-ranked seniors Marsteller and Haines highlighted the win and No. 21 Kyle Shoop (Boiling Springs, Pa./Boiling Springs) added a bonus-point win at 141. All six nationally-ranked Bald Eagles won tonight as Luke Werner (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty), DJ Fehlman (Warren, Pa./Warren) and Corey Hazel (Spring Mills, Pa./Penns Valley) added wins.
Alex Klucker (Summerdale, Pa./East Pennsboro) and Jared Siegrist (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) rounded out the Lock Haven winners as LHU won eight of 10 bouts.
Tonight's dual started at 149 and redshirt-freshman Brock Port (Bellefonte, Pa./Bellefonte) looked poised for an upset, but in the end he was edged out 3-2 by No. 27, Matt Zovistoski.
After the loss at 149 to start the match, the Bald Eagles rattled off four straight wins and led 15-3 at the midway point.
Klucker got the Bald Eagles on the board with a strong effort at 157. Klucker's workmanlike effort paved the way for an exciting 13-8 decision over Angel Najar.
No. 5 Marsteller ended things quickly at 165, much to the delight of the packed Thomas Fieldhouse crowd. He scored on a quick takedown and needed just 53 seconds to earn the fall over Michael Elliot.
Siegrist (174) used a three-takedown effort to drop Thomas Flitz, 7-3 and No. 17 Hazel (184) followed things up with a three-takedown effort of his own on the way to a thrilling 8-2 victory.
The visitors got one back at 197, as No. 18 Randall Diable posted a major decision.
Lock Haven responded once again and ended the night with four consecutive wins.
At 285, No. 22 Haines put on a show. He earned a quick takedown and put his nationally-ranked foe on his back. At the 2:16 mark, Haines earned the pin over No. 26 Cary Miller in a bout that featured two of the best at the weight class.
Werner, ranked No. 32 at 125, extended the Bald Eagles lead with a 7-1 win over De'Andrew Swinson-Barr.
Fehlman secured a huge win at 133, as the Lock Haven momentum continued to build. Fehlman, ranked No. 30, knocked off No. 29 Codi Russell 11-7 in absolute thriller that headlined the night.
Shoop put an exclamation point on the win with another spectacular effort. He won 12-0 as he cruised by Irvin Enriquez.
Prior to the match, the Bald Eagles honored Shoop for achieving his 100th career victory last weekend. LHU also honored its three seniors in Marsteller and Haines, along with Derek Dragon (Harvey's Lake, Pa./Lake Lehman).
For Haines, tonight's win extended his win streak to eight and Fehlman improved to 7-1 since returning to 133 on January 25.
It will be a quick turnaround as the nationally-ranked Bald Eagles officially close the regular season tomorrow (Sunday, February 24) by hosting the Mat-Town Open II Tournament.
149: #27 Matt Zovistoski (APP) dec. Brock Port (LHU) 3-2 / APP, 3-0
157: Alex Klucker (LHU) dec. Angel Elliot (APP) 13-8 / T, 3-3
165: #5 Chance Marsteller (LHU) pinned Michael Elliot (APP) 0:53 / LHU, 9-3
174: Jared Siegrist (LHU) dec. Thomas Flitz (APP) 7-3 / LHU, 12-3
184: #17 Corey Hazel (LHU) dec. Alan Clothier (APP) 8-2 / LHU, 15-3
197: #18 Randall Diable (APP) major dec. Parker McClellan (LHU) 12-4 / LHU, 15-7
285: #22 Thomas Haines (LHU) pinned #26 Cary Miller (APP) 2:16 / LHU, 21-7
125: #32 Luke Werner (LHU) dec. De'Andrew Swinson-Barr (APP) 7-1 / LHU, 24-7
133: #30 DJ Fehlman (LHU) dec. #29 Codi Russell (APP) 11-7 / LHU, 27-7
141: #21 Kyle Shoop (LHU) major dec. Irvin Enriquez (APP) 12-0 / LHU, 31-7