LHU with 9 placers at annual tourney

LOCK HAVEN — One hundred thirty wrestlers, 1,078 bouts, a lot of buzzers and whistles and even some bloody noses.

That is what took place Sunday afternoon at Thomas Field House as the annual Mat Town Open Tournament concluded with the final bout in the early evening.

No team scores were held in the open affair, but Lock Haven University fared quite well as the Bald Eagles, wrestling both varsity competitors and some unattached personnel, came away with nine placewinners of a possible 40 in the day-long event.

“Overall, I thought we wrestled well,” said LHU head coach Scott Moore. “Some of the guys had a tough time making weight because we had just wrestled Michigan State (Saturday).”

At 125, Jake Field dropped a 7-4 decision to Josiah Kline to finish second. Former Central Mountain Wildcat Keanan Bottorf finished third with 7-6 decision over Anthony Petril of Kutztown wrestling unattached for Lock Haven.

At 133, Tyshawn White, wrestling unattached for Lock Haven, finished third with an 8-5 win over Bloomsburg’s Andy Schutz.

Lock Haven’s Ronnie Perry defeated teammate D. J. Fehlman, 7-0, for the title at 141 pounds. Collin Glorioso was 4-1 before defaulting out of his third-place match for the Bald Eagles.

Perry went 4-0 on the way to the title at 141 pounds. He racked up two tech falls and a pin, before downing Fehlman for the title.

At 149, Kyle Shoop wrestling unattached for LHU, defeated Paul Klee, 6-2, for the title. Shoop went 4-0.

Tyler Wood finished second at 174 pounds for the Bald Eagles, dropping a 13-3 major decision to former Bald Eagle Chance Marsteller in the finals. Marsteller, representing Pride Wrestling, won twice by fall and once by medical forfeit before earning the major decision in the final.

At 184, Adam Mackie finished second with an 8-6 loss to Anthony Mancini of Franklin & Marshall in the title bout.

Tristan Sponseller went 3-0 at 197, capturing the title with a fall in 1:14 over Kevin Mulligan of Rutgers. Trey Hartsock, wrestling unattached for LHU, finished fourth.

Sponseller opened the day with a pin (1:57) and used a 13-6 victory in the semifinals to advance to the championship bout.

Thomas Haines finished fourth at 285 when he had to medical forfeit his third-place match to Penn State freshman A.J. Nevills.

The Bald Eagles will next see action on the weekend when they face Rider University for a first whistle at 6:30 p.m. Saturday before hosting George Mason in a Sunday matinee the following day slated to begin at noon.