It’s finally happened; Lock Haven has beaten Michigan State. The Lock Haven wrestling team (8-9) celebrated senior night last Friday (Feb. 12) at the Thomas Fieldhouse with a very impressive victory over the Spartans of Michigan State (1-13) with a final score of 18-15. The win is the team’s first over Michigan State. The Spartans won the first three meetings between the two squads.
Before the official start of the match, Lock Haven honored its seniors, who each won their bouts to secure the victory. The match started with MSU’s Mitch Rogaliner earning a 9-3 victory over Jake Field. At 133 pounds, No. 33 Bobby Rehm earned a 8-7 victory over MSU’s Garth Yender to tie the match at 3-3.
At 141 pounds, LHU’s Cody Wheeler lost a tough match to No. 21 Javier Gasca. No. 18 Dan Neff gave Lock Haven the lead with a 23-8 technical fall over Kaelan Richards.
History had been made twice in this contest. Not only did Lock Haven beat Michigan State, but 157-pounder Aaron McKinney became the newest member of the LHU 100-win club with a 4-0 victory over Mark Bozzo. Neff, Rehm and McKinney have joined the 100-win club within the last month. McKinney is now the 19th Bald Eagle to achieve the honor.
The Spartans ended the losing streak by winning the next three matches thanks to Dean Vettese over Cody Cordes at 165, Travis Curley over Tyler Wood at 174 and Shwan Shadaia over Tristan Sponseller at 184.
At 197 LHU’s Phil Sprenkle earned an impressive 11-0 major decision to tie the match at 15-15 with one match left to go.
For the first time since Dec. 29, LHU Junior Brad Emerick was back in action at a time where the team really needed him. Emerick didn’t disappoint the home crowd by earning a 3-0 victory over Dimitrius Renfroe to give Lock Haven its first ever win over the Spartans and the first over a Big Ten opponent since 2002. Emerick’s performance earned him Eastern Wrestling League Athlete of the Week honors.
Lock Haven will travel to Fairfax, Va. to take on the Patriots of George Mason University. Even though this was senior night, it’s not the last event at the Thomas Fieldhouse. Lock Haven University will host the EWL Conference Championships at the Thomas Fieldhouse on Saturday, March 5 starting at 10:00 a.m.
Full Match Results
Lock Haven 18 – Michigan State 15
125: Rogaliner (MSU) dec. Field (LHU) 9-3
133: #33 Rehm (LHU) dec. Yender (MSU) 8-7
141: #21 Gasca (MSU) dec. Wheeler (LHU) 9-3
149: #18 Neff (LHU) tech fall Richards (MSU) 23-8
157: McKinney (LHU) dec. Bozzo (MSU) 4-0
165: Vettese (MSU) dec. Cordes (LHU) 9-2
174: Curley (MSU) dec. Wood (LHU) 4-0
184: Shadaia (MSU) dec. Sponseller (LHU) 8-2
197: Sprenkle (LHU) major dec. Cooper (MSU) 11-0
285: Emerick (LHU) dec. Renfroe (MSU 3-0