Stark's win in final match lifts CSU past Lock Haven

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. -- Gabe Stark earned an 8-6 sudden victory at 174 pounds in the final match of the day to give Cleveland State an 18-15 win at Lock Haven in EWL action on Sunday afternoon.

The Vikings improved to 7-5 overall this year and 3-2 in the EWL.

Stark trailed 3-2 after the first period and 5-4 after the second period before the final period ended tied at 6-6, forcing sudden victory where Stark scored a takedown for the win. The bout featured three video reviews.

Xavier Dye got the Vikings off to a quick start with a 13-3 major decision at 184 pounds. He raced out to a 10-2 lead after two periods thanks to three takedowns and back points, giving CSU a 4-0 lead.

Sam Wheeler earned his 20th win of the season with a 5-3 victory at 197 pounds and 15th-ranked Riley Shaw followed with a 20-5 tech fall over Adam Mackie to extend CSU's lead to 12-0.

Shaw poured it on early, leading 11-1 after two periods and earning the tech fall.

Wheeler and Shaw both improved to 4-1 in EWL duals.

Lock Haven closed the deficit to 12-6 with victories at 125 and 133 pounds before Mike Carlone used a takedown and back points late in the third period to earn a 12-5 win at 141 pounds.

Victories at 149, 157 and 165 pounds allowed Lock Haven to knot the match at 15-15, setting up a winner-take-all match at 174 where Stark earned the sudden victory.

The Vikings are back in action on Saturday (Feb. 6) when CSU competes in the Edinboro Open.

184: Xavier Dye (CSU) major dec. Tristan Sponseller (LHU) 13-3; CSU leads 4-0
197: Sam Wheeler (CSU) dec. Phil Sprenkle (LHU) 5-3; CSU leads 7-0
285: #16 Riley Shaw (CSU) tech fall Adam Mackie (LHU) 20-5 (7:00); CSU leads 12-0
125: Jake Field (LHU) dec. Nick Derosa (CSU) 1-0; CSU leads 12-3
133: #33 Bobby Rehm (LHU) dec. Evan Cheek (CSU) 4-2: CSU leads 12-6
141: Mike Carlone (CSU) dec. Cody Wheeler (LHU) 12-5; CSU leads 15-6
149: #25 Dan Neff (LHU) dec. Nick Montgomery (CSU) 5-1; CSU leads 15-9
157: Aaron McKinney (LHU) dec. John Vaughn (CSU) 3-0; CSU leads 15-12
165: Cody Cordes (LHU) dec. Nathan Wynkoop (CSU) 6-3; Tied 15-15
174: Gabe Stark (CSU) dec. Tyler Wood (LHU) 8-6 SV-1; CSU wins 18-15


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