Local roundup: Lock Haven wrestling falls to Michigan State,
In its first appearance at Thomas Fieldhouse in 20 months, the Lock Haven University men’s wrestling turned in a stellar effort winning five bouts before ultimately falling to Michigan State, 19-17.
The Eagles were victorious at 125, 141, 149, 165 and 174 pounds and owned a 17-5 advantage heading into the final three bouts of the evening.
At 125 pounds, No. 33 Luke Werner got the evening started on the right foot with an 11-7 decision in sudden victory over Michigan State’s Julian Saldana. Werner and Saldana were knotted up, 7-7, after three periods. In the extra session, Werner used a quick takedown and a pair of near-fall points to secure the win. The victory for Werner was his 98th in his career in the Crimson and White.
Michigan State got on the scoreboard at 133 as No. 10 Rayvon Foley defeated Gable Strickland by a 10-5 tally to tie the match score, 3-3.
The Bald Eagles regained the lead with a decision victory at 141. Nick Stonecheck used three takedowns and a third period escape to turn in a hard-earned 7-5 victory over Matt Santos. With the win, Lock Haven took a 6-3 lead into a pivotal bout at 149.
In a back-and-forth affair at 149 pounds, Connor Eck used a third period takedown to gain a 6-4 advantage over No. 33 Peyton Omania. Omania scored an escape late in the third period, but it wasn’t enough as Eck brought the 1,357 Lock Haven faithful to their feet with a 6-5 upset-victory. After the conclusion of the bout, Michigan State saw a one-point deduction due to unsportsmanlike conduct on the Spartans as the Bald Eagles took a 9-2 advantage after four bouts.
At 157 points, a highly anticipated matchup between a pair of nationally-ranked foes went the distance. No. 22 Chase Saldate earned an 8-5 win over No. 33 Ben Barton to bridge the gap to 9-5 in the match score at the mid-way point of the evening.
Ashton Eyler kept things going for the Bald Eagles with a stellar 3-0 win at 165 pounds. Eyler chose bottom to start the third period and turned in a reversal to take a 2-0 lead and added a point due to a three-minute advantage in riding time as Lock Haven surged to a 12-5 advantage.
The Lock Haven University swimming team opened competition at the Wooster Invitational and posted a number of strong showings.
In the 200-yard individual medley, Lily Arledge bested her seed time of 2:35.34 by nearly eight seconds, swimming 2:27.92 in the prelims. She improved her time again in the finals and swam her way to a 13th-place finish in the event by way of her 2:26.96 effort.
In the 400-yard medley relay, Lock Haven finished eighth behind the efforts of Madison Griffin, Kacey Berardinelli, Lauren Mummert, and Espefani Soto. The Bald Eagles combined to swim 4:21.40 in the event.
The Bald Eagles will compete again Friday at the Wooster Invitational. The action starts at 10 a.m. and will conclude with finals at 6:00 p.m.
The Penn State women’s basketball team fell 86-69 against Boston College on Thursday at Conte Forum in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Nittany Lions dropped to 4-4, while the Eagles improved to 6-1.
Massachusetts native Ali Brigham led Penn State with 18 points, on 9-of-15 shooting, and grabbed five rebounds. Makenna Marisa contributed 14 points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals. Niya Beverley had 10 points, on 3 of 6 from the field. Leilani Kapinus and Kelly Jekot each had eight points. Penn State shot 44 percent from the field.
Boston College was paced by Cameron Swartz’ 29 points. Jaelyn Batts recorded a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Marnelle Garraud tallied 16 points, including four three-pointers. The Eagles made 45% of their field-goal attempts.
A tight first quarter was even at 12-12 with three minutes remaining in the period. However, Boston College finished the quarter on an 8-2 run, including six points by Batts, to hold a 20-14 lead going into the second quarter. Brigham scored four points, while Shay Hagans and Kelly Jekot each hit a three.
The Eagles stretched their lead to 30-21 with 7:21 left in the first half. Swartz and Ally Van Timmeren each had four points during that stretch. A 9-2 run by the Nittany Lions helped to cut the deficit to 32-30 at the 1:52 mark. Marisa had four points during the run and Maddie Burke drained a three. A layup by Swartz and a three by Garraud sent BC into the break with a 37-32 lead.
Michigan State 19, Lock Haven 17
125: No. 33 Luke Werner (LHU) dec. Julian Saldana, 11-7, SV. 133: No. 10 Rayvon Foley (MSU) dec. Gable Stricklad, 10-5. 141: Nick Stonecheck (LHU) dec. Matt Santos, 7-5. 149: Connor Eck (LHU) dec. No. 33 Peyton Omania, 6-5. 157: No. 22 Chase Saldate (MSU) dec. No. 33 Ben Barton, 8-5. 165: Ashton Eyler (LHU) dec. Caleb Fish, 3-0. 174: Tyler Stoltzfus (LHU) tech fall Nathan Jimenez, 16-0, 5:33. 184: No. 27 Layne Malczewski (MSU) pinned Thomas Dressler, 6:59. 197: No. 20 Cam Caffey (MSU) maj. dec. Parker McClellan, 14-5. 285: Brad Wilton (MSU) dec. Colby Whitehill, 13-5.
Boston College 86, Penn State 69
Ali Brigham 9-15 0-0 18; Niya Beverly 3-6 2-2 10; Leilani Kapinus 4-7 0-0 8; Makenna Marisa 6-15 2-2 14; Shay Hagans 1-3 0-0 3; Nyam Thornton 0-1 0-0 0; Tova Sabel 2-4 0-0 5; Anna Camden 0-5 0-0 0; Maddie Burke 1-5 0-0 3; Kelly Jekot 3-5 0-0 8. Totals 29-64-4 69.
BOSTON COLLEGE (6-1)
Jaelyn Batts 7-8 2-2 16; Taylor Soule 0-7 4-4 4; Maria Galkdeng 3-4 0-0 6; Cameron Swartz 11-24 5-6 29; Marnelle Garraud 5-8 2-2 16; Ally VanTImmeren 4-9 0-0 8; Makayala Dickens 1-9 1-2 4; Kaylah Ivey 1-2 0-0 3; Clara Ford 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-71 14-16 86.
PSU 14 18 16 21 — 69
BC 20 17 29 20 — 86
3-point goals: PSU 7-22 (Beverly 2-5, Jekot 2-2, Hagans 1-2, Sabel 1-2, Burke 1-4, Thornton 0-1, Marisa 0-2, Camden 0-4), BC 8-23 (Garraud 4-7, Swartz 2-7, Ivey 1-2, Dickens 1-7). Fouled out: PSU-Kapinus; BC-none. Rebounds: PSU 33 (Kapinus 6), BC 43 (Batts 12). Assists: PSU 20 (Marisa 6), BC 20 (Soule 5, Batts 5). Technical fouls: PSU-none; BC-none. Total fouls: PSU 16, BC 9. A: 833.