Mountain Hawks Drop Florida Finale To No. 10 Missouri

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NICEVILLE, Fla. – In his final match in the Collegiate Wrestling Duals, No. 17 Lehigh dropped to No. 10 in Missouri on Tuesday at Northwest Florida State College. Junior Josh Humphreys scored a third bonus point win in three bouts in Florida against a Ranked opponent, but the Tigers won eight bouts that day, winning the majority of the narrow ones.

Lehigh finishes the 2021 portion of his schedule at 4-4.

“Our fight was really good,” said Lehigh head coach Pat Santoro. “With such a young team, effort is the most important thing. Today we fell short. We lost three really close games and that had a lot to do with driving time. We have to improve downwards.” We worked on it, but today it threw us a bit off track: We did without a six-point deficit in one game, we just lost three and a half minutes of driving time, we lose in overtime. We win these three, it’s a completely different game. “

Humphreys gave the Mountain Hawks the brightest moment of the day. After Lehigh trailed 12-0 after four fights, Humphreys brought the Mountain Hawks onto the board with a second third pin from Jarrett Jacques. After a goalless first third, Jacques started the second as bottom light and Humphreys was able to lock a cradle, put the tiger in the back and secure the fall with 3:31.

Victory came a day after taking key decisive wins over No. 19 Johnny Lovett of Central Michigan and No. 8 Kaleb Young of Iowa.

“He did a great job,” Santoro said of Humphreys. “After his knee injury, all he had to do was get back on the mat and compete. Every week he seems to be getting a little better and better. He’s had two great days and is now having to draw from that momentum.”

Lehigh’s other win came from senior Jordan Wood, who beat Zach Elam 2-1 at 285, with a 1:02 time advantage being the deciding factor.

In the other eight fights, a Lehigh wrestler took the first takedown in four fights just to win a Missouri wrestler rally.

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In a bout of the top 15 opponents at 125, Junior Jaret Lane scored the first takedown and led 4-3 after a reversal after two periods, but Noah Surtin reversed marginally in the third and added four points on fall to win 10-4 in the dual’s opening bout.

In the first year, Sheldon Seymour tried to make up a 4-0 deficit with two takedowns in the third period, but fell 7-4 against Connor Brown with 133.

At 141, Connor McGonagle scored the first goal against Allan Hart in the first year, but Hart scored takedowns in the first two periods and used a strong ride in the third to win 8-3.

In a fierce battle at 149, Manzona freshman Bryant IV and Josh Edmond of Missouri exchanged takedowns awarded with video review challenges after torso throws. An action-packed first half ended 3: 3. The match eventually turned to a sudden victory when Edmond took Bryant in the back on another shot and made the decision to put Missouri 12-0 ahead.

In the first year, Jake Logan scored the first takedown against Peyton Mocco at 174, but ultimately fell back 6-4. Jeremiah Kent followed with a 6-2 decision over AJ Burkhart in the second year with 184.

Missouri (6-2) took two bonus point wins when third-placed Keegan O’Toole won a 13-5 major decision over Brian Meyer in his sophomore year with 165 and 4th place, Rocky Elam, a 12-3 major in his first year JT Davis at 197.

“Missouri suffered a really bad loss yesterday where they lost a lot of them,” said Santoro. “They were just a little ready. We had that big defeat today. If we had another match we’d be wrestling a lot better, but we have to wait a couple of weeks. You have to be ready every time you leave.” We ran into a team that was really hungry and bitter from yesterday and they came out wrestling. “

Lehigh ranks fourth in the red pool in the Collegiate Wrestling Duals with 1-2. Individually, seven of Lehigh’s 12 wins came over the three duals against opponents ranked nationwide, including four wins over the ten best opponents.

“The ability to beat high-profile people is really important because that’s what you have to do in the end,” said Santoro. “When you lose to people who aren’t in the top 10 it’s a little easier to fix, but when you show that you can beat the top 10 it goes a long way in a man’s confidence. It shows that they can match anyone in the country.

Santoro concluded, “We got out of here wrestling two top 10 teams, including the country’s No. 1. It’s about getting better every week and preparing for March.”

The Mountain Hawks will be back in action from January 7th to 8th with two home EIWA duals. Lehigh will see Binghamton on Friday January 7th at 7pm and then see Cornell on January 8th at 2pm on Pinning Cancer Day presented by Red Robin in partnership with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Lehigh has seven Home Duals in 2022 and tickets for all of these Duals can be purchased on LehighTickets.com or by calling 610-7LU-GAME during business hours.

The 2021-22 wrestling season is presented by the Historic Hotel Bethlehem.

No. 10 Missouri 26, No. 17 Lehigh 9
125 – Noah Surtin, Missouri Dec. Jaret Lane (Lehigh) 10-4
133 – Connor Brown (Missouri) Dec. Sheldon Seymour (Lehigh) 7-4
141- Allan Hart (Missouri) Dec. Connor McGonagle (Lehigh) 8-3
149 – Josh Edmond (Missouri) dez Manzona Bryant IV (Lehigh) 6-4, sv
157 – Josh Humphreys (Lehigh) Fall Jarrett Jacques (Missouri) 3:31
165 – Keegan O’Toole (Missouri) Major Dec. Brian Meyer (Lehigh) 13-5
174 – Peyton Mocco (Missouri) Dec. Jake Logan (Lehigh) 6-4
184 – Jeremiah Kent (Missouri) Dec. AJ Burkhart (Lehigh) 6-2
197 – Rocky Elam, Missouri Major Dec. JT Davis (Lehigh) 12-3
285 – Jordan Wood (Lehigh) Dec. Zach Elam (Missouri) 2-1

Additional games
133 – Satoshi Abe (Lehigh) Dec. Ja’Kerion Merritt (CMU) 6-4
141 – Drew Munch (Lehigh) Dec. Drew Marten (CMU) 11-5
157 – Derek Holschlag (UNI) Dec. Luca Frinzi (Lehigh) 7-5
285 – Seth Nitzel (Missouri) Dec. TJ Moore (Lehigh) 2-0

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