The Lock Haven University wrestling team (7-9 Overall, 2-3 EWL) lost a tough match to Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) rival Edinboro (8-6 Overall, 6-0 EWL) 21-13 at the Thomas Field House last Thursday night.
Despite the loss, 149-pound redshirt-senior Dan Neff upset Patricio Lugo of Edinboro, who was ranked No. 15 in Division I at the time. Dan Neff was ranked No. 24 at the time. The victory moved Neff up to No. 17 in the nation according to Intermat and No. 12 by Wrestling Report. Since returning to 149 pounds, Neff has won 14 consecutive matches.
Other wrestlers that won their match were Cody Wheeler, Tyler Wood and Phil Sprenkle. The match started with Edinboro winning the first two matches thanks to No. 24 Sean Russell over Jake Field and Anthony Rivera over Lewis Williams in sudden victory (OT). Wheeler got LHU on the board by defeating Tyler Vath with a 5-3 score.
After Dan Neff beat Lugo at 149, Edinboro’s No. 13, Austin Matthews won a hard-fought match 6-1 over Aaron McKinney. McKinney currently has 99 career victories.
No. 24 Casey Fuller of Edinboro earned a close 3-0 victory over Cody Cordes at 165 pounds. Lock Haven’s Tyler Wood made the score 13-10 with a 15-6 major decision victory over Ty Schoffstall.
In one of the most anticipated matches of the night, Tristan Sponseller lost a tough match with a score of 11-6 to Edinboro’s Vic Avery, who is currently ranked third in the nation at 184 pounds.
Phil Sprenkle beat Vince Pickett with a 2-1 decision that made the team score in favor of Edinboro 16-13 with one match left. Edinboro’s Billy Miller, who is ranked No. 25 at 285, earned a 15-0 technical fall victory of LHU’s Adam Mackie to give Edinboro the 21-13 victory. The victory gave Edinboro a third straight perfect season in EWL action and 14 consecutive wins over LHU.
The Lock Haven University wrestling team will celebrate senior night tomorrow night (Feb. 12) at 7:00 p.m. at the Thomas Field House when they take on the Michigan State Spartans of the Big Ten Conference (1-12 Overall, 1-7 Big Ten). The Spartans are coming to the Field House after beating Northwestern University for its first win of the season. LHU will be honoring its six seniors before the match, including Cody Wheeler, Phil Sprenkle, Bobby Rehm, Dan Neff, Travis Moyer and Aaron McKinney.