Vikings Host Lock Haven, Bloomsburg
CSU has won five straight
Jan. 29, 2007
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Cleveland State Wrestling
Dual Meet # 11 - vs. Lock Haven
Date: Friday, Feb. 2, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Site: Woodling Gym - Cleveland, Ohio
Last Meeting: Lock Haven 25 CSU 15 (Feb. 4, 2006)
All-Time Series: Lock Haven leads, 18-10
Dual Meet # 12 - vs. Bloomsburg
Date: Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Site: Woodling Gym - Cleveland, Ohio
Last Meeting: Bloomsburg 27 CSU 9 (Feb. 5, 2006)
All-Time Series: Bloomsburg leads, 14-10-3
SETTING THE SCENE: The Cleveland State wrestling team (8-2, 1-0 EWL) hosts two EWL duals starting with Lock Haven on Friday, Feb. 2 at 7:00 p.m. The Vikings then battle Bloomsburg at 5:00 p.m. the next day.
RECAPPING LAST WEEK: The Vikings extended their winning streak to five with a 21-15 win at Pittsburgh. Here is a quick recap of that contest:
CSU 21, Pittsburgh 15 (Jan. 24, 2007 - Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Cleveland State jumped out to a 13-4 lead and a pin by sophomore Chris Hahn at 197 pounds clinched the win at 26th-ranked Pittsburgh. Sophomore Victer Crenshaw (157) defeated No. 8 Matt Kocher to headline CSU winning four of the meet's first five bouts.
PREVIEWING THE VIKINGS: Cleveland State has won seven of its last eight duals and is starting to find a rhythm now that the schedule has only EWL contests left. Sophomores Victer Crenshaw (23-5 at 157) and Rashard Goff (21-11 at 285) and junior Ryan Hurley (21-8 at 149) have been CSU's most successful wrestlers thus far. Sophomore Marcus Effner (18-13 at 165) and junior Mike Hurley (16-7 at 141) are solid NCAA contenders along with junior David Armstrong (12-6 at 133). Senior David Gilkey (15-13) and sophomore Chris Hahn (9-4) are the starters at 184 and 197 pounds, respectively, while junior Ryan Riggs (8-10) has won his last five bouts at 125 pounds. Sophomore Nate Kmetz (4-16) is the starter at 174 pounds.
THE HEAD COACH
Jack Effner (Indiana State `86)
At CSU: 65-77-3
Head coach Jack Effner is in his ninth season at the helm of the Vikings. During his tenure, he has coached 32 NCAA qualifiers and five Eastern Wrestling League Champions. The Vikings sent five wrestlers to the NCAA Championships last season, the fifth straight year that four or more CSU wrestlers have qualified for the national tournament. Additionally, Effner has instilled an emphasis on academic success in his teams, as the Vikings have finished among the nation's leaders in team grade point average in seven of Effner's eight seasons, with the 2000 squad posting the highest ranking when it finished seventh out of nearly 100 teams.
...EFFNER REACHES 150 DUAL MEET WINS: Cleveland State's 35-10 win over Ashland on Jan. 21 was Jack Effner's 150th dual victory as a collegiate head coach. After picking up two wins in the last two contests, Effner now stands 152-119-8 in his 18-year career, including a 65-77-3 mark at CSU. Effner was 87-42-5 over nine years at Army from 1989-98.
CSU ALL-TIME AGAINST THE BALD EAGLES: CSU is 10-18 in 28 meetings with Lock Haven, dating back to the 1978-79 season. The Bald Eagles have taken six of the last eight meetings, including a 25-15 decision last year on Feb. 4. CSU defeated Lock Haven in 2003 (30-6) and 2004 (18-15).
...VERSUS THE HUSKIES: The Vikings are 10-14-3 all-time against Bloomsburg after having dropped the last three meetings. The Huskies defeated CSU, 27-9, last year and 25-18 in 2005.
AMONG CSU'S BEST: The Vikings' 8-2 start is among the best of Cleveland State athletic teams this year after 10 contests. The men's swimming team started 7-2 before improving to 9-3 after a quad meet and the Viking volleyball team also began the year 8-2.
"VICTERY" EVERY TIME: Victer Crenshaw went 9-0 at 157 pounds in the month of January and has now won 12 of his last 13 bouts dating back to the Midlands Invitational on Dec. 29. Crenshaw's latest triumph came in a 7-4 decision over eighth-ranked Matt Kocher of Pittsburgh on Jan. 24. The Cincinnati native was named EWL Wrestler of the Week on Jan. 8 after winning four straight matches from Jan. 3-6, including a 3-0 mark at the Purdue Duals.
ARMSTRONG GOING STRONG: David Armstrong won all three of his bouts at the Ashland Duals on Jan. 21, joining Victer Crenshaw as the only Vikings to go 3-0 in each of the season's duals tournaments. The 133-pound Armstrong ran into third-ranked Drew Headlee at Pittsburgh on Jan. 24 and lost, 10-0, stopping his winning streak at three bouts.
TAG TEAM: Brothers Mike and Ryan Hurley are a combined 37-15 with six pins and five tech falls this season at 141 and 149 pounds, respectively. Mike (16-7) has won four straight matches and is now 6-1 in dual meet action. Ryan (21-8) is tied for second on the team in wins and was named the EWL Wrestler of the Week on Jan. 22 after going 3-0 at the Ashland Duals. The brothers from Akron, Ohio (Mike is 18 months older) are both returning NCAA qualifiers and are a combined 94-78 for their careers.
NATIONAL CHAMPION ON STAFF: The Vikings have the advantage this season of working every day in practice with a former NCAA national champion. First-year assistant coach Brian Dolph won the national title at 150 pounds in 1990 while wrestling at Indiana, finishing his career 127-9. He also competed on the U.S. National Team four times and barely missed out on a spot in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
EWL TOURNEY AT CSU: For the third time in school history and the first time since 1999, Cleveland State will be hosting the EWL Championships on March 3-4, 2007 in CSU's Woodling Gymnasium. The Vikings will be hoping their home turf will help them win their first EWL team championship since 1979.
UP NEXT: The Vikings travel to eighth-ranked and defending league champion Edinboro on Friday, Feb. 9 at 7:00 p.m. and host Clarion on Feb. 11 at 3:00 p.m.