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LHU wraps up competition at MAC Championships on Day 1

TRENTON, N.J. — Luke Werner led the way for the Bald Eagles as the Lock Haven University wrestling team returned to competition and competed on Day 1 of the 2021 Mid-American Conference Championships.

Ranked No. 17 nationally and the tournament’s No. 4 seed at 125 pounds, Werner went 2-1 overall with a pair of major decisions.

Werner, who was third at last year’s MAC Championships, opened today’s action with an 18-4 major over Clarion’s Cameron Butler. In the quarterfinals, Werner fell to Missouri’s Noah Surtin (pin, 1:01), but the Bald Eagle battled back in a big way. In consolation round two action, Werner recorded his second major of the day, thanks to a dominating 11-0 victory over Cleveland State’s Cody Moosman.

Werner, the lone Bald Eagle to advance to day two action, will meet Edinboro’s Lucas Rodriguez tomorrow in the consolation quarterfinals.

Matthew Maloney lost by decision to SIUE’s Aaron Schulist, 12-5, in the first round at 133. He then won his consolation bout against Clarion’s Hunter Verge by decision, 9-3. He came up just shy of reaching the consolation quarterfinals, falling to Northern Illinois’ Bryce West, 5-4.

Cole Manley lost at 141 in the first round to Northern Illinois’ Caleb Brooks by decision, 5-4. Manley won his elimination bout over George Mason’s Shawn Nonaka, 4-3, but fell to Edinboro’s Gabe Willochell in the next round.

Kollin Myers lost by major decision to Kent State’s Kody Komara, 13-5, at 149. Myers won in the consolation bracket, however, against George Mason’s AJ Poindexter by tech fall, 16-0. He then fell to Edinboro’s Tyler Vath by technical fall, 17-2.

The Bald Eagles’ Jonathan Ross fell by decision, 10-4, to Central Michigan’s Johnny Lovett, 10-4, in the first round at 157 and lost in the consolation bracket to George Mason’s Daniel Segura by fall in 5:23.

Tanner Updegraff lost to Rider’s Jake Silverstein by decision in the first round, 4-1, at 165. The Bald Eagle wrestlers advanced automatically in the consolation bracket thanks to a bye. Updegraff fell to Ohio’s Colt Yinger by decision, 9-6.

Austin Bell got out of the first round with a 12-10 decision over Buffalo’s Jake Lanning at 174 pounds. The LHU wrestler fell in the quarterfinals, however, to Kent State’s Andrew McNally by fall in 4:22. The loss dropped Bell into the consolation bracket where he faced Cleveland State’s Anthony Rice. Bell came up shy of advancing to the consolation quarterfinals after losing via decision, 12-7, to Cleveland State’s Anthony Rice.

Colin Fegley lost to Cleveland State’s DeAndre Nassar by decision, 8-3, in the first round at 184. He fell to Bloomsburg’s Bruno Stolfi in the consolation bracket by decision, 3-2.

At 197, Lock Haven’s Parker McClellan lost in 61 seconds by fall to Central Michigan’s Landon Pelham. McClellan received an automatic bye out of the first-round in the consolation bracket. McClellan lost by decision to George Mason’s Austin Stith, 5-1, coming up shy of reaching the quarterfinals.

The consolation quarterfinals, consolation semifinals and championship bouts resume today.

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