The 2018-19 season will mark head coach Scott Moore’s sixth season as the head coach in Mat-Town U.SA. Moore and the Bald Eagles are coming off a historic season and will look to rise even higher this year.
Without question, the 2017-18 season will serve as Lock Haven University wrestling’s return to the national collegiate wrestling spotlight.
Highlighting the season was the Bald Eagles 16th place finish at the NCAA Division I National Championships in Cleveland, behind two All-American performances including national finalist Ronnie Perry.
Following the 2017-18 season, Moore was named the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Coach of the Year, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Coach of the Year and was one of eight finalists for Division I National Coach of the Year.
A look back at 2017-18:
Behind Moore’s overall leadership, the 2017-18 season was nothing, but a long list of major accomplishments.
Ronnie Perry (149) was named the EWL and PSAC Athlete of the Year, and Chance Marsteller (165) finished fourth at the NCAA Tournament, marking LHU’s second All-American.
The Bald Eagles capped their special season with a 16th place finish at the 2018 NCAA Division I Championships in Cleveland. Behind two All-American performances the Bald Eagles scored 35 points and placed 16th out of 65 teams. Lock Haven finished just 2.5 points behind 34-time NCAA champion Oklahoma State and 1.5 points behind perennial national-power Lehigh. LHU finished ahead of 2007 national champion Minnesota, as well as six other Big Ten teams. The Haven also came in ahead of ACC powers North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia and LHU topped Big 12 schools Northern Iowa, West Virginia, Iowa State and Oklahoma. It marked LHU's highest finish since a tie for 19th back in 2002.
In all, LHU had six national qualifiers last season, and now, in five seasons Moore has led 19 student-athletes to the NCAA Tournament.
The nationally-ranked LHU wrestling team crowned three individual champions and nine Bald Eagles placed as LHU powered its way to the 2018 EWL team title. It marked the second EWL championship in school history and the first since the Bald Eagles won the title in 1997. Ronnie Perry, Alex Klucker and Corey Hazel all claimed individual EWL titles, while Chance Marsteller and Thomas Haines both placed second. The three individual EWL champions were the most since the Bald Eagles also had three in 2001. Perry's title marked the second straight season he claimed an individual title.
LHU finished the regular season at 12-4 with the 12 wins marking the most in a single season in 15 years. Lock Haven was 4-2 in EWL action with wins over local-rival Bloomsburg, George Mason, Cleveland State and Clarion. Also highlighting the regular season was the Bald Eagles PSAC Championship. Behind five individual PSAC champs, the Bald Eagles rolled to their first PSAC title in 17 seasons. The title marked Lock Haven's 20th PSAC title, the most of any conference school.
On December 5, 2017, the LHU wrestling team returned to the national rankings for the first time in 15 years and the Bald Eagles ended a historic 2017-18 regular season ranked No. 23. LHU was ranked No. 23 in the final USA Today/NWCA Division I coaches poll for the 2017-18 season, which was released on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Back on Dec. 5, after Lock Haven's upset-win over Rutgers, the Bald Eagles debuted at No. 24.
Lock Haven also saw success off the mats in 2017-18.
A total of 15 LHU wrestlers earned a spot on the 2017-18 EWL All-Academic Team. To earn a spot on the EWL All-Academic Team, one must have achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the fall 2017 semester. Once again, it proved the Bald Eagles are the true definition of student-athletes. The Bald Eagles were named a 2017-18 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Top-30 All-Academic Team, ranking 13th in Division I. LHU was the only EWL team to make the list. The Bald Eagles were also one of just four programs to finish among the top-20 on the academic list and top-20 (LHU, 16th) at the 2018 NCAA DI Championships. Four Bald Eagles earned individual Division I All-Academic honors including DJ Fehlman, Ronnie Perry, Alex Klucker and Chance Marsteller. Marsteller also earned a spot on the prestigious 2017-18 PSAC Winter Top 10 Award. He became the first Bald Eagle student-athlete to earn the award since 2015-16 and just the third in the last five years.
LHU ranked 18th in DI home dual attendance in 2017-18, a credit to the coaching stuff.