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LHU wrestling: Anthony Noto named freshman of the year

CLEVELAND – Following his stellar debut campaign, Anthony Noto of the Lock Haven University men’s wrestling team has been named the 2021-22 Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year.

Noto capped his tremendous 2021-22 season as the MAC Champion at 125 pounds and compiled a 31-3 record. The Lima, New York native’s season also included a 29-bout winning streak and a 7-0 record in MAC duals, as Noto’s contributions helped push LHU to both the MAC East Division title and the tournament championship for the first time in program history.

For the Bald Eagles, it marks the first time an LHU wrestler has taken home the award since The Haven first joined the conference in 2019.

Prior to the postseason, Noto was also listed among the top-10 most dominant wrestlers in Division I. The redshirt-freshman led the Bald Eagles with seven pins and was also the team’s co-leader with four tech falls.

Noto’s 4-2 sudden-victory win over No. 16 Drew Hildebrandt of Penn State highlighted the 2022 NCAA Wrestling tournament for the Bald Eagles. Noto’s remarkable run fell just short against eventual NCAA champion Nick Suriano of Michigan.

In similarly dramatic fashion, Noto also brought home the MAC 125-pound crown in sudden victory over Clarion’s Joey Fischer. In the final minute of the first OT, he used a lift and a mat return to score the takedown and give LHU a crucial boost on the way to the team title.

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