Lock Haven - Lehigh Dual
District IX


Monday, November 19, 2001

Lock Haven mat men best Lehigh

LOCK HAVEN -- Behind the wins of a pair of local wrestlers, Lock Haven scored an 18-15 upset of Lehigh Sunday afternoon in NCAA Division I wrestling action.

Trap McCormack scored a 9-7 decision of Mario Stuart at 125 pounds and Mike Maney bested Tommy Rohn, 11-5, at 141 pounds as the Bald Eagles evenly split the 10 weight classes at the meet. Lock Haven (1-0), ranked 16th in the nation, won the five lightweights while the No. 8 Engineers (1-1) topped the five heaviest classes.

McCormack is a Bald Eagle Nittany High graduate while Maney graduated from Bald Eagle Area High. Another BEA graduate, Josh Millard, was decisioned by Rob Rohn at 184 pounds.

Despite each school scoring five wins, the Bald Eagles were able to pick up the decisive points with Chris Spealler's 18-6 major decision over Anthony Rizzi at 133 pounds and JaMarr Billman's 21-6 technical fall ofTroy Minarovic at 149.

Box scores for Lehigh-Lock Haven dual - then some comments posted by a couple of fans who attended the meet. Interesting....

Lock Haven 18 Lehigh 15

125 Trap McCormack, LH dec Mario Stuart, LU 9-7
133 Chris Spealler, LH Major dec Andrew Rizzi 18-6
141 Mike Maney, LH dec. Tommy Rohn, LU 11-5
149 Jamarr Billman, LH technical fall Troy Minarovic 5:51(21-6)
157 Jason Gilligan, LH, dec Nate Cote, LU 3-2
165 Chris Vitale, LU dec Charlie Brenneman, LH 8-3
174 Brad Dillon, LU dec Ed Pawlak, LH 3-1
184 Rob Rohn, LU dec. Josh Millard, LH 9-5
197 Jon Trenge, LU dec Avery Zerkle, LH 5-2
HWT Joe Sahl, LU dec Tim Boetsch, LH 10-3


It is a long season

Posted by Boomer on 8:04:15 11/19/2001 from

Lock Haven wrestled well and were the better, more aggressive team last night. They scored a takedown in less than 20 seconds in four of the five bouts they
won, while only two Lehigh wrestlers had first period takedowns.

It is a long season and we were disappointed with last year's Lock Haven performance, so do not give up. I never thought we were a top five team, but the top ten is still possible.

Lock Haven is a good team, they were 21-2 last year, and were not ranked that far behind Lehigh. Billman is certainly among the best 149 pounders around.
Meney beat Goldstein last year and is a very tough wrestler. Tommy Rohn did have a takedown on a duck under that happened in a flash.

I am concerned about Mario and to a lesser degree Jon Trenge. Mario has lost close matches to two good opponents, but has looked tentative in both. Jon has
won close decisions against wrestlers he majored last year. Once again these are ranked opponents, but Jon will have to raise the level of his performance
against the nation's best. Cael is of course on another planet.

But again hats of to Lock Haven, given them credit for a fine performance, and remember the EIWA tournament is 14 weeks away.


Very Disappointing Loss....

Posted by FM LU58 on 0:32:23 11/19/2001 from

I just got home after making the ill fated 3 hr trip to Lock Haven. Lehigh's perfomance was very disappointing. The fact that they lost is not my concern, it's
the manner in which they performed. Believe me when I tell you that the bout was not as close as the score indicates.

Other than the EIWA's at West Poit a few years ago this is as bad as I've seen a Strobel team wrestle. They had no 'juice' at all. Someone please tell me they
had the flue.

Their ranked wrestlers dominated our unranked kids and either won or gave a good account of themselves against our ranked wrestlers. Our AA's could not ring up any back points let alone any bonus points.

125# - It appears Mario's lost his confidence. (0 - 3 including wrestle-offs). I never felt the out come was in doubt. (L 7-9)

133# - Injuries impacted us here going to #4 with #1 thru #3 out with injuries. (L 8-16)

141# - Rohn got spanked. (L 5-11)

149# - Billman looked like a #3 and was as good as the image of Superman pictured on his warm up sweats. (L 6-24)

157# - Cote could possibly could have won this one, but did a lot of tieing-up and took very few decent shots. (L 2-3)

165# - Vitale wrestled like he was on Demerol. Did not look like a #4 ranking against an unranked kid. (W 8-3)

174# - Dillon wrestled well and showed the most fire though the score was close. He kept pressing and taking shots. (W 3-1)

184# - Rohn's head is all banged up and heavily bandaged. I think this may be why he seems tentative. Looks like last year all over again. (W 9-5)

197# - Trenge did not look impressive at all, in fact he looked kind of average. What's up with that? In the third period he was either gassed or disinterestsd????
Bring on Sanderson...say what? (W 5-2)

HWT - Sahl was aggressive to a point, but a pin was what was needed in order to salvage a tie and he could not turn a kid who was 5" shorter and 50lbs. lighter.

I don't mean to be hard on our kids, just calling it like I saw it. I'll be curious to read DRD's prospective.

District IX