Lock Haven rallies past George Mason

FAIRFAX, Va. -- The Lock Haven University wrestling team won six bouts, including four of the last five and the Bald Eagles rallied past host George Mason 22-14 tonight in Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) action, wrapping up 2015-16 regular season.

With the win, Lock Haven moves back to .500 and wraps up the season at 9-9 overall. The nine dual wins are the most since LHU won nine back in the 2007-08 season. It also marks Lock Haven's second straight 3-3 EWL finish.

The Bald Eagles also remained unbeaten vs. George Mason (8-12, 2-4 EWL), improving to 10-0 all-time.

Highlighting The Haven's victory was Dan Neff's (Quarryville, Pa./Solanco) 16th straight win and back-to-back tech falls from Tristan Sponseller (East Berlin, Pa./Bermudian Springs), and Phil Sprenkle (Seven Valleys, Pa./Dallastown).

Lock Haven also got wins from Cody Wheeler (Towanda, Pa./Towanda), Cody Cordes (Edwardsville, Pa./Wyoming Valley West) and Tyler Wood (West Chester, Pa./West Chester-Rustin).

George Mason jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead after picking up wins at 125 (major dec.) and 133.

Wheeler put Lock Haven on the board and titled the momentum in the Bald Eagles favor with a 5-1 victory at 141.

Neff made it two straight Haven victories as he grinded out a 3-2 win at 149.

With the win, Neff, a returning All-American who is currently ranked No. 17 improved to 16-0 since returning to 149 pounds on December 17.

George Mason picked up another win at 157 and led 10-6, but it was all Lock Haven from there as LHU won four of the last five bouts.

Highlighting the Bald Eagle rally was the back-to-back tech falls from Sponseller and Sprenkle at 184 and 197.

The Bald Eagles are set to host the 2016 EWL Championships on Saturday, March 5. Check in the coming days for much more on the championship event.

125: Ibrahim Banduka (GMU) major dec. Jake Field (LHU) 16-3; George Mason leads 4-0
133: Vince Rodriguez (GMU) dec. Bobby Rehm (LHU) 5-2; George Mason leads 7-0
141: Cody Wheeler (LHU) dec. Tejon Anthony (GMU) 5-1; George Mason leads 7-3
149: Dan Neff (LHU) dec. Blake Roulo (GMU) 3-2; George Mason leads 7-6
157: Gregory Flournoy (GMU) dec. Aaron McKinney (LHU) 6-1; George Mason leads 10-6
165: Cody Cordes (LHU) dec. Patrick Davis (GMU) 4-2; George Mason leads 10-9
174: Tyler Wood (LHU) dec. Ryan Forrest (GMU) 7-3; Lock Haven leads 12-10
184: Tristan Sponseller (LHU) tech fall Luke Ludke (GMU) 18-3 (5:50); Lock Haven leads 17-10
197: Phil Sprenkle (LHU) tech fall Cameron (GMU) 17-2 (7:00); Lock Haven leads 22-10
285: Matt Voss (GMU) major dec. Brad Emerick (LHU) 11-3; Lock Haven wins 22-14


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