October 17, 2013
A Lock Haven University wrestler is looking at a huge season after having a sensational first year.
141-pound redshirt-sophomore Dan Neff is excited to start the new season and is looking for a better season than last year. Neff went 26-11 last year and went 1-2 in the NCAA championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
“My main goal for this season is to get up on the podium at nationals, become an All-American and perhaps win a national championship,” Neff said.
Neff had a great season but there is only one man on his mind that he wants to beat from last year. That man is Edinboro’s Mitchell Port.
“I am very looking forward to facing Mitchell again this year,” Neff said. “He’s a national finalist and I am right there with him.”
Neff said that the one match he is looking forward to this year is when they travel to three-time defending national champions Penn State.
New head coach Scott Moore said he is hoping for Neff to be an All-American despite the fact that Neff is only a redshirt-sophomore.
“He has beaten All-Americans before and that is not an easy thing to do,” said Moore.
Assistant Coach Matt Bonson believes that Neff’s biggest opponent is himself. “He just needs to believe in himself and not worry about the guy he’s facing in front of him,” Bonson said. “[He needs to] do what he does best: winning his match.”
Lock Haven wrestling hosts its annual crimson and white exhibition on Wednesday Oct. 30 at the Thomas Fieldhouse.
The Eagles officially opened up their season when they host two dual matches against Shippensburg University and Bucknell University on Saturday Nov. 2.