LOCK HAVEN After three bouts, the Lock Haven University wrestling team held a 6-4 lead over Pittsburgh. That was the good news.
However, for the bad news, the Bald Eagles didn't win another match during the dual meet as the Panthers swept the final seven en route to a 33-6 win.
"It was like the tale of two matches," said LHU head coach Robbie Waller. "We started at 157 against West Virginia and we won four of the first five. Tonight we won two of the first five, but then we hit their murderer's row and I'll be glad when those guys graduate after this year."
Bobby Rehm got the Bald Eagles off and running at 125 when he turned it on down the stretch for a 12-5 decision over Derrick Nelson.
Rehm led 4-3 after one period, but Nelson rallied back to tie the count at 5-all after two periods. In the final two minutes, it was all Rehm as he turned Nelson twice for a half dozen back points and the 12-5 win.
"Bobby is on an eight or nine match win streak," said Waller. "Right now he is in a zone and is wrestling well."
The LHU lead was short-lived as Shelton Mack majored Colton Dalberth 12-4 at 133, but Dan Neff swung the pendulum back in LHU's favor when he downed Travis Shaffer 8-1 at 141.
"Once again that was just a great effort by Danny," said Waller. "We are going to have to wrestle that guy again so it was nice to see him get that win."
Ronnie Garbinsky gave the lead back to Pitt at 149 when he defeated Mac Maldarelli 9-5 and Donnie Tasser was all over Aaron Frye for a 12-0 win at 157.
Tyler Wilps made it three in a row for the Panthers at 167 when he was all over Aaron McKinney for a 19-4 technical fall in 7:00 and Nick Bonaccorsi followed Wilps tech fall with a 12-3 major decision over Tyler Wood at 174.
Max Thomusseit kept the Panther Caravan moving ahead at 184 when he posted a methodical 4-1 win over Fred Garcia before second-ranked Matt Wilps scored seven takedowns on Phil Sprenkle for a 16-2 major decision.
In the finale, seventh-ranked Zach Thomusseit was too much for Jersey Shore alum Cody Mason, with Thomusseit building up a 5-0 lead before getting the fall in 2:34.
Regardless of the lopsided final score, Waller is happy with the progress his wrestlers are making to this point of the season.
"Tonight wasn't any indication, but a number of the guys are making big strides," said Waller. "Aaron McKinney had six wins last year and now he has 23 this year. Harry (heavyweight Turner) is back at twenty wins, Freddy Garcia is already over twenty and ranked in the top 30 at his weight. Bobby is again ranked and Danny is doing a great job and ranked in the top twenty-five. It is coming, but it is a process that we have to go through maturity wise as a team and right now, we are going through it."
The next action for the Bald Eagles will be Friday when they host Clarion in the House of Noise. First whistle for that dual meet is set for 7 p.m.
125 Bobby Rehm, LH, dec. Derrick Nelson, 12-5. (0-3) 133 Shelton Mack, P, maj. Dec. Colton Dalberth, 12-4. (4-3) 141 Dan Neff, LH, dec. Travis Shaffer, 8-1. (4-6) 149 Ronnie Garbinsky, P, dec. Mac Maldarelli, 9-5. (7-6) 157 Donnie Tasser, P, maj. Dec. Aaron Frye, 12-0. (11-6) 165 Tyler Wilps, P, tech. Fall Aaron McKinney, 19-4, 7:00. (16-6) 174 Nick Bonaccorsi, P, maj. Dec. Tyler Wood, 12-3. (20-6) 184 Max Thomusseit, P, dec. Fred Garcia, 4-1. (23-6) 197 Matt Wilps, P, maj. Dec. Phil Sprenkle, 16-5. (27-6) 285 Zach Thomusseit, P, pinned Cody Mason, 2:34. (33-6)
Official: Nate Chatman.
Records:?LHU 5-4, 1-2 EWL. Pittsburgh 7-4, 2-1. Next:?Clarion at LHU, Feb. 1