LOCK HAVEN -- It was a long, tough day for the Bloomsburg University wrestlers Saturday at Lock Haven University's Thomas Field House, but in the end, the efforts of the Huskies paid off with a number of NCAA qualifiers.

In the opening round, a pair of Huskie wrestlers made their way to the championship finals as George Hickman (149) and Matt Moley (157) put themselves into a position to win a gold medal.

"I am real happy for George, "said Bloomsburg coach John Stutzman. "He has been in the program for five years and it hasn't always been easy for him. He has had a great year and to make the finals in a tough weight class is a real good accomplishment for him. To get to the finals and qualify for the national tournament automatically is a real nice way for him to go out."

In the final Eastern Wrestling League team standings, the Huskies wound up in third place with 88.5 points. Edinboro captured the team crown with 126.5 points.

As for Moley, Stutzman has been accustomed to seeing his accomplishments.

"Matt did what he always does and that is win," said Stutzman. "We always have big expectations for him and he always seems to come through. I am real happy for those two guys."

In the finals, Moley finally got the best of former NCAA champion Gregor Gillespie for an 8-5 win and an EWL crown. For Moley, it was his

first-ever win over Gillespie.

"It could have been my last chance to wrestle him so I really wanted to beat him," said Moley. "I am just glad to finally get the win."

As for his strategy going into the match, Moley had a game plan that worked to perfection.

"I really focused on pushing the pace tonight," said Moley. "Normally I just waited around for him to shoot and then try and catch him in a shot. I just wanted to put it all out there on the line. It might be my last time to wrestle him, so I just went right after him and it worked."

For his outstanding tournament, Moley was chosen as the Eastern Wrestling League's Most Outstanding Wrestler for 2009.

While Moley picked up a piece of gold, Hickman had to settle for a silver medal as a result of a 4-2 loss to Lock Haven's Matt Fittery.

In addition to Moley and Hickman, Stutzman also had praises for Jason Guffey, a Warrior Run High School graduate, and Ricky Donald.

"I thought Jason and Ricky really wrestled well," said Stutzman. "They gave it all they had, but they just fell short in the semis."

Also earning a trip was Ian Moser, who lost in the championship semifinals before battling back to major Lock Haven's Nick Hyatt 18-8 for third place at 125.

"I have never been there so I am real excited about making it to nationals," said Moser.

Having to wrestle behind former Huskie standout Mike Sees, a Shikellamy High graduate, for a couple of years, Moser was glad to finally get his opportunity.

Selinsgrove High School graduate Aaron Ernest finished sixth for at 165 pounds for Bloomsburg.

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