Bald Eagles respond to midweek defeat
LOCK HAVEN — Half way through Saturday’s Eastern Wrestling League dual meet with Cleveland State, Lock Haven found itself holding on to a 13-6 lead.
Realizing the Vikings were still hanging around, the Bald Eagles turned the final five Viking wrestlers every which way but loose as they won the final five bouts to rout CSU, 31-6 at Thomas Field House.
“In the close matches I think the conditioning factor is where you win it,” said LHU head coach Scott Moore. “At 174 and 184 and a couple of other places, those guys just kept pressuring in, kept attacking to create offense and Hazel scoring a takedown at the end was huge for him. That was one of his better matches and wins of the season and should help him move up in the rankings to make the national tournament.”
LHU broke on top 8-0 with a pair of major decisions from Luke Werner and D. J. Fehlman, but Evan Cheek was too much on his feet for Kyle Shoop as the Viking racked up five takedowns en route to an 11-7 win.
For Fehlman, it was a solid way to bounce back from a loss in the Edinboro meet, with the redshirt sophomore breaking up a close bout by turning Andrew Coghill for eight back points in the third period.
“I just wanted to pull him into deep water a little bit,” said Fehlman about the third period. “I know in my matches I like to keep a little gas in my tank to be able to wrestle hard in the third period to give me an advantage. I could feel him wearing out in the second period and things were starting to look good for me on top.
“When I had the tight waist on him, I could feel a little bit of his fight going out of him and then in the third period I was feeling good energy wise so I went back to work,” said Fehlman. “I could feel him break a little bit so I told myself, OK, here we go to put some points on the board. That second set (of four back points) was easier than the first set and I was feeling good about that. He was kind of done at that point, but those four points felt good.”
LHU’s scoring machine Ronnie Perry did just that at 149, when he was all over Ryan Ford for a 15-0 technical fall in 3:21 before John Vaughn picked CSU’s final win of the afternoon when he downed Jon Ross, 9-2.
With the 7-point lead, LHU scored 18 unanswered points to win going away.
Chance Marsteller got the Crimson & White ball rolling at 165 when he surrendered en escape and takedown to Viking Georgio Poullas before Marsteller bounced back to build up a 11-3 lead before crunching Poullas for the fall at the 2:10 mark of their bout.
Jared Siegrist made it two wins in a row for the Bald Eagles at 174 when he used a pair of takedowns, an escape and penalty point to double up on Gabe Stark for a 6-3 win.
With LHU leading 22-6 and the winner all but determined with just three bouts left, Corey Hazel and Nick Corba locked horns in arguably the most exciting bout of the day.
After a scoreless first period, Corba went up 2-0 on a penalty point and an escape. However, all that did was set the table for Hazel’s third period ambush that saw him score an escape, a penalty point and a takedown in the final fifteen seconds for the 4-2 win.
“We wrestled each other in previous years so I knew it was going to be a close match,” said Hazel. “He likes to squeeze and he squeezed almost the whole match. He is strong up top so when the third period came around, I felt I was in good position. The coaches told me to go out and get the first takedown, but when that didn’t happen, I just kept wrestling.”
Corba was awarded a questionable penalty point for Hazel poking him in the eye, but it didn’t bother the LHU redshirt sophomore in the least.
“When the penalty was called, I just reminded myself to stay calm that I was still in the match,” said Hazel. “I was still a little tense in the third period, but I knew that I had to move. He is ranked first in the EWL so that was a good win for me. As for the final seconds, he was moving his feet and once I got him moving all over the place, I shot on him and was going to pull out, but instead of doing that, I stayed tough, my instincts took over and I was able to go around him to get the takedown.”
Trey Hartsock made it four LHU winners in a row at 197 when he doubled up on John Keibly for a 6-3 win before Thomas Haines made his return to the Bald Eagle lineup a successful one with a pair of takedowns, an escape and time point to post a 6-0 shutout over Collin Kelly to set the final.
125 — Luke Werner, LH, maj dec. John Martin, 10-1. (4-0); 133 — D. J. Fehlman, LH, maj. dec. Andrew Coghill, 15-2. (8-0); 141 — Evan Cheek, CS, dec. Kyle Shoop, 11-7. (8-3); 149 — Ronnie Perry, LH, tech. fall Ryan Ford, 15-0, 3:21. (13-3); 157 — John Vaughan, CS, dec. Jon Ross, 9-2, (13-6); 165 — Chance Marsteller, LH, pinned Georgio Pouilas, 2:10. (19-6); 174 — Jared Siegrist, LH, dec. Gabe Stark, 6-3. (22-6); 184 — Corey Hazel, LH, dec. Nick Corba. 4-2. (25-6); 197 — Trey Hartsock, LH, dec. John Keibly, 6-3. (28-6); 285 — Thomas Haines, LH, dec. Collin Kelly, 6-0. (31-6)