InterMat Wrestling – Lehigh picks up strong 28-6 win over Army West Point

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Following a weekend off from competition, No. 21 Lehigh returned to Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall with a convincing 28-6 win over No. 25 Army West Point Saturday afternoon. The Mountain Hawks won eight of the 10 bouts and picked up for wins by major decision to snap Army’s five-dual winning streak.

The win moves Lehigh’s record to 8-9 with just one dual remaining in the regular season. Army, which was missing several top 33-ranked regulars, falls to 7-3.

“Overall it was a good performance,” Lehigh head coach Pat Santoro said. “There were a couple matches that we’d like to have back, but that’s every match. We just need to keep getting better and get ready for that postseason.”

The Mountain Hawks opened the dual with four consecutive wins to take a 14-0 lead. The dual began at 133 where sophomore Brandon Paetzell used a second period escape and takedown plus strong work on top in the second and third periods to blank Lane Peters 4-0.

Freshman Dan Moran made his first Grace Hall dual appearance and made it a memorable one, using his pace and solid offense to defeat Cole Wyman 17-6. Moran racked up six takedowns and added a four point near fall early in the second period to pick up his first career dual win.

“Danny is a goer,” Santoro said of Moran. “He was sick there for a while and just got back but over the last couple of weeks he’s looked really good. He took advantage of an opportunity to get into the lineup and did a nice job.”

Senior Cortlandt Schuyler followed with a major decision win of his own at 149. Schuyler threw P.J. Ogunsanya to his back for six points early in the first period but could not secure the fall. He added three more takedowns over the final two periods to claim a 14-3 major decision.

The Mountain Hawks’ streak reached four as freshman Josh Humphreys topped Lucas Weiland 6-0 at 157. Humphreys scored takedowns in the first and third periods, plus a second period escape and riding time.

Army West Point picked up its first win at 165 as Cael McCormick won a 7-4 decision over senior Gordon Wolf. McCormick benefitted from a quick two point near fall early in the second and a quick takedown later in the period, while clinching the match with a third period score.

Junior Jordan Kutler kicked off the second half of the dual with an impressive 13-3 major decision over Ben Harvey at 174. Harvey is ranked 17th in the latest NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings, but the fifth-ranked Kutler took him down five times and added two escapes plus riding time.

“Harvey’s really good and Jordan did a really nice job,” Santoro said. “He kept the pressure on and got to his offense which was really nice to see. That was a really good win for him.”

Senior Ryan Preisch followed with a 10-1 major decision over Noah Stewart at 184 to give Lehigh a 22-3 lead after seven bouts. Preisch scored a first period takedown and turned Stewart for four near fall points to lead 6-0 after one and never looked back.

At 197, sophomore Chris Weiler won a 5-2 decision over Alex Hopkins, who was subbing for sixth-ranked Rocco Caywood. Weiler scored takedowns in each of the first two periods and locked up riding time advantage after two periods.

Sophomore heavyweight Jordan Wood narrowly missed another bonus win, settling for a 10-4 decision over Ben Sullivan. Wood totaled four takedowns but needed one more late in the third to secure the bonus point, but could not grab it.

The final bout of the dual went to Army’s Ryan Hetrick, who rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat freshman Luke Resnick at 125. Resnick had an apparent tying takedown in the third period waved off after video review.

“We picked up where we left off,” Santoro said about returning from an off weekend. “We’re still trying to get better. That’s been our message all year. We need to get better every time out. Some times you’re going to look flat and some times you’re not but you can still fight hard and we fought hard today.”

Lehigh has now won four straight duals over Army and leads the all-time series 55-9-3.

The Mountain Hawks will close out the regular season next Sunday when they host Penn on Senior Day, with match time set for 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at LehighTickets.com or by calling 610-7LU-GAME during business hours.

The 2018-19 Lehigh Wrestling season is presented by the Historic Hotel Bethlehem.

Results:

133 – Brandon Paetzell (Lehigh) dec. Lane Peters (Army) 4-0

141 – Dan Moran (Lehigh) major dec. Cole Wyman (Army) 17-6

149 – Cortlandt Schuyler (Lehigh) major dec. P.J. Ogunsanya (Army) 14-3

157 – Josh Humphreys (Lehigh) dec. Lucas Weiland (Army) 6-0

165 – Cael McCormick (Army) dec. Gordon Wolf (Lehigh) 7-4

174 – Jordan Kutler (Lehigh) major dec. Ben Harvey (Army) 13-3

184 – Ryan Preisch (Lehigh) major dec. Noah Stewart (Army) 10-1

197 – Chris Weiler (Lehigh) dec. Alex Hopkins (Army) 5-2

285 – Jordan Wood (Lehigh) dec. Ben Sullivan (Army) 10-4

125 – Ryan Hetrick (Army) dec. Luke Resnick (Lehigh) 4-2

Attendance – 1,440





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