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Wrestling rolls over Grand Canyon

Alex Wahl
Staff Writer
ajw7885@lhup.edu

 

Aaron McKinney, Photo courtesy of golhu.com

Aaron McKinney, Photo courtesy of golhu.com

The Lock Haven University wrestling team (7-12) finished its regular season by dominating in senior night against Grand Canyon University (1-13) at the Thomas Fieldhouse.

Before the match, the team honored its three seniors, including Ty Albright, Elias Biddle and Fred Garcia.

Jake Field, No. 33 Ronnie Perry and Bobby Rehm started the night with all three wrestlers receiving forfeits, making the team score 18-0 Lock Haven.

Dan Neff, who is ranked No. 24 in the nation at the 149-pound weight class, won by technical fall over Austin Solair, 17-2.

The first senior of the night Elias Biddle made his last match at the Thomas Field House a good one with a 7-2 victory over Chayse Jackson.

Aaron McKinney kept Lock Haven rolling by earning a 11-3 victory over Casey Larson at the 165-pound weight class bout.

Tyler Wood expanded the lead to 36-0 after pinning Pierre Gaud in 2:43.

Fred Garcia, Photo courtesy of golhu.com

Fred Garcia, Photo courtesy of golhu.com

The biggest match of the night featured the senior Fred Garcia, who made history by becoming only the 16th bald eagle wrestler ever to earn 100 career wins. Garcia, who is ranked No. 26 in the nation, earned his 100th victory by pinning Trujillo in 2:11.

Phil Sprenkle received a forfeit at the 197-pound weight class bout, expanding Lock Haven’s lead to 48-0.

Grand Canyon prevented the shutout thanks to Marcus Haughi Austian earning a 4-0 victory over Brad Emerick.

Head coach, Scott Moore was excited about Fred Garcia’s major accomplishment.

“It’s a great accomplishment for Fred,” said Moore. “Not just for him, but for the program as well.”

The Lock Haven wrestling team will travel to Rider University at Lawrenceville, NJ on March 7th to compete at the Eastern Wrestling League Championships, where some of our wrestlers will look to clinch a ticket to the 2015 NCAA Division 1 wrestling Championships at the Scottrade Center at St. Louis, MO.

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