Strong finish propels Army West Point to win over Lock Haven

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. -- After facing some tough early competition, and an early deficit Saturday night at Thomas Fieldhouse, the Army West Point wrestling team was able to lock in, taking down Lock Haven 26-9 for its fourth straight dual win of the season.

"Nice win on the road over a really good team," said head coach Kevin Ward. "We overcame a slow start and never looked back. We were in some battles tonight but we were able to use our conditioning and pull away late in some matches."

Lock Haven (6-5) was able to take the early team lead as the night began at 125 pounds. In a match featuring two of the top wrestlers in the country in No. 24 Trey Chalifoux and No. 14 Luke Werner, Werner won a 7-0 decision.

The Bald Eagles would go up 6-0 after DJ Fehlman secured a 7-1 decision over Lane Peters at 133 pounds. Kyle Shoop made it 9-0 Lock Haven after an action packed 9-7 decision into extra time.

Army (8-2) flipped the switch heading into the 149 pound contest, and wouldn't look back. After a scoreless first period, P.J. Ogunsanya put the pressure on and won a 6-3 decision over Brock Port. Rising sophomore Markus Hartman kept it rolling for the Black Knights at 157 pounds, winning a 10-0 major decision over Alex Klucker to make it 9-7 halfway through the dual.

Cael McCormick (5-2 decision) and Ben Harvey (4-0 decision) would make it 13-9 Army heading into the stretch.

The final three bouts would all be bonus point victories for Army to seal the win. Lewistown, Pa. native Noah Stewart was dominant at 184 pounds -- winning a 16-0 tech. fall to make it 18-9 Army. J.T Brown followed that up with another Black Knights shutout, this time a 8-0 major over Parker McClellan.

The final match of the night saw Ben Sullivan impress against Trey Hartsock on the way to a 14-1 major decision to make the final team score 26-9.

"When we were aggressive and relentless we scored points. That has to continue to be our focus -- being aggressive and relentless for a full seven minutes."

125: Luke Werner (LHU) dec. Trey Chalifoux (ARMY) 7-0 / LHU 3-0
133: DJ Fehlman (LHU) dec. Lane Peters (ARMY) 7-1 / LHU 6-0
141: Kyle Shoop (LHU) dec. Corey Shie (ARMY) 9-7 SV / LHU 9-0
149: P.J. Ogunsanya (ARMY) dec. Brock Port (LHU) 6-3 / LHU 9-3
157: Markus Hartman (ARMY) major dec. Alex Klucker (LHU) 10-0 / LHU 9-7
165: Cael McCormick (ARMY) dec. Caleb Clymer (LHU) 5-2 / ARMY 10-9
174: Ben Harvey (ARMY) dec. Jared Siegrist (LHU) 4-0 / ARMY 13-9
184: Noah Stewart (ARMY) tech fall Ray Bernot (LHU) 16-0 (5:40) / ARMY 18-9
197: J.T. Brown (ARMY) major dec. Parker McClellan (LHU) 8-0 / ARMY 22-9
285: Ben Sullivan (ARMY) major dec. Trey Hartsock (LHU) 14-1 / FINAL, ARMY 26-9


Army will face EIWA opponent Lehigh on Friday, Jan. 31 for senior night at West Orange High School in West Orange, NJ. The dual match will begin at 7 p.m.


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