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Lock Haven cruises past Bloomsburg

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. -- DJ Fehlman (Warren, Pa./Warren) recorded his 100th career win, Brock Port (Bellefonte, Pa./Bellefonte) picked up a pin and the Bald Eagles benefitted from bonus points as the Lock Haven University wrestling team cruised past arch-rival Bloomsburg University (0-3, 0-2 MAC East), 26-12, tonight in LHU's first ever Mid-American Conference (MAC) Eastern Division dual.

The Bald Eagles won six of 10 bouts and extended their dual win streak to five matches, thanks to two tech falls, a pin and a major. With the win Lock Haven improved to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in MAC East action.

Along with Fehlman (133) and Port (149), Lock Haven got wins from 18th ranked Kyle Shoop (Boiling Springs, Pa./Boiling Springs) at 141 pounds and 18th ranked Alex Klucker (Summerdale, Pa./East Pennsboro) at 157 pounds. Jared Siegrist (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) and Parker McClellan (Altoona, Pa./Altoona) added wins for Lock Haven.

Fehlman's 100th win came in style as he majored Josh Mason 13-3 at 133. He became the 22nd member of LHU's 100-win club and the first since Shoop hit 100 wins last season. Shoop's victory tonight moved him to career win No. 114, the ninth most in school history.

Fehlman has now won 11 straight bouts and hasn't dropped a match since the second round at the Navy Classic on November 23.

Shoop (141) and Siegrist (174) both recorded tech falls tonight as four of LHU's six wins came in the form of bonus-point victories. McClellan (197) and Klucker (157) won by decision.

Tonight's dual started at 197 pounds and McClellan quickly put Lock Haven up 3-0 after a hard-fought 2-0 decision over Kyle Murphy.

Bloomsburg was quick to respond and back-to-back Huskie-wins at 285 and 125 put Bloom up 6-3.

Fehlman's historic win and major at 133 put Lock Haven back on top, and marked the first of four straight Bald Eagle wins.

Shoop, ranked No. 18 at 141, picked up his first tech fall of the season and it came in dominating fashion. After a quick takedown he rolled to a 16-0 first-period tech that took just 2:48.

Port thrilled the crowd at 149, pinning Gavin Hale at the 2:25 mark.

Klucker, ranked No. 18 at 157, grinded out a hard-fought victory and pushed the Lock Haven lead to 21-6.

Bloomsburg got one back at 165, but Siegrist sealed the win with a dominating tech fall at 174. The Bald Eagles led 26-9.

In the night's final bout, No. 15 Corey Hazel (Spring Mills, Pa./Penns Valley) and No. 13 Trevor Allard locked up a thrilling top-15 battle. The two were tied 0-0 after one. An Allard escape in the second helped the Huskie cling to a 1-0 lead after two, but the third period provided some fireworks. After Hazel started the third down and scored on an escape, a crazy takedown-reverse-takedown sequence put Hazel up 5-3. A late Hazel takedown extended his lead to 7-5, but Allard tied the match at the buzzer on a takedown. In sudden victory, nobody scored and Hazel escaped to go up 8-7 in tiebreak one. It looked as if the Bald Eagle had it won, but Allard was awarded a point at buzzer again, this time on a locked hands call on Hazel. In sudden victory two, Allard recorded a late takedown and won 10-8.

Despite the loss in the final bout, the Bald Eagles secured the important win in front of the home fans.

Tonight marked a historic night in Mat-Town U.S.A. Prior to the start of the dual with Bloomsburg, Dallis Dillon, a Howard, Pennsylvania native and Bald Eagle High School graduate, represented the newly formed women's wrestling program. The women's freestyle exhibition match marked the first competition for the women's program, which was announced last May.

Less than 70 miles separate LHU and Bloomsburg's campuses, and the two central Pennsylvania wrestling powers met tonight for the 76th time, but for the first time in Mid-American Eastern Division action. Both schools were part of the historic expansion last spring that saw the MAC add the former members of the Eastern Wrestling League.

LHU has now won six straight vs. Bloomsburg.

Lock Haven will take on another familiar face on Saturday (Dec. 21) as the Bald Eagles make the trek west on I-80 to square off with Clarion University at 7 p.m.

Results:
197: Parker McClellan (LHU) dec. Kyle Murphy (BLOOM) 2-0 / LHU 3-0
285: Jarrett Walters (BLOOM) dec. Trey Hartsock (LHU) 8-1 / TIED 3-3
125: Christian Gannone (BLOOM) dec. Matt Maloney (LHU) 7-4 / BLOOM 6-3
133: DJ Fehlman (LHU) major dec. Josh Mason (BLOOM) 13-3 / LHU 7-6
141: #18 Kyle Shoop (LHU) tech fall Marlon Argeuta-Diaz (BLOOM) 16-0 (2:48) / LHU 12-6
149: Brock Port (LHU) pinned Gavin Hale (BLOOM) 2:25 / LHU 18-6
157: #18 Alex Klucker (LHU) dec. Alex Carida (BLOOM) 5-2 / LHU 21-6
165: Nate Newberry (BLOOM) dec. Austin Bell (LHU) 4-1 / LHU 21-9
174: Jared Siegrist (LHU) tech fall Anthony Vetrano (BLOOM) 20-4 (7:00) / LHU 26-9
184: #15 Trevor Allard (BLOOM) dec. #13 Corey Hazel (LHU) 10-8 SV2 / FINAL, LHU 26-12

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