Mountain Hawks edged 17-15 by Rider
BETHLEHEM, PA. Another heavyweight double went to the last fight, but this time the result was against the Mountain Hawks. After Lehigh was 15-14 in the lead after nine fights, fifth senior Jordan Wood dropped an 8-5 decision on Ethan Laird # 14, giving Rider a 17:15 win over the Mountain Hawks in 25th place .
The Mountain Hawks won four fights, including another fall from Junior Jaret Lane at 125, but lost two sudden victory decisions and dropped a third fight on a takedown in the final five seconds, allowing Rider to stay within striking distance until the end.
Lehigh’s loss drops to 3-4 in the season while Rider improves to 3-1.
The doubles started with Lane’s fifth straight win early in the season and his third fall in five bouts. Lane led 5-4 after a highly active first phase, escaped to open the second and headlocked Jonathan Tropea on his back to secure the 3:49 fall and give Lehigh 6-0 lead .
The driver took his first win at 133 when Richie Koehler won a 6-4 decision against the second Mitch Polito. It was Polito who scored first, but Koehler scored a takedown and added a penalty point in the second period to make up for a reversal from the third period.
Newcomer Connor McGonagle took his first career win with a 6-1 win over McKenzie Bell (141) to give the Mountain Hawks a 9-3 lead. McGonagle scored a takedown in the first phase and took a penalty point for a headbutt, then rode out the second and turned back to open the third when it took more than five minutes to drive.
The Broncs’ first of two overtime bouts took place at 149 when Wyatt McCarthy defeated senior Joe Lobeck by 13 seconds and suddenly won 3-1.
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A wild 7-6 decision for the second AJ Burkhart against Cole McComas with 157 brought the Mountain Hawks to 12-6 at halftime. Burkhart scored takedowns in the first two periods and ended with 1:34 driving time, but was in the last Seconds almost defeated. The time of travel turned out to be the difference in the game.
The Broncs opened the second half of the dual with three straight wins and took the lead 14-12. Jake Silverstein took a takedown of 14 seconds after the sudden win, beating second Brian Meyer 3-1 at 165. Jake Logan led Angel Garcia 3-2 against 174 in the third half, but Garcia took a takedown with less than Convert five seconds lead to win 4-3. Driver’s George Walton finished the run 6-3 against newcomer Caden Wright with 184.
Senior Jake Jakobsen brought Lehigh back into the lead after nine fights with a 2-0 decision over Matt Correnti (197) after an escape in the second and a third round.
The doubles came on the only two nationally ranked wrestlers who swayed. After a goalless first period, Laird escaped to open the second and Wood immediately scored a takedown to take the lead. Wood had an opportunity to turn around but his attempt was ruled illegal and the penalty point ended the fight 2-2. Laird escaped to take the lead and scored a takedown in the final seconds of the period to take the 5-2 lead after two minutes. In the third round, Wood escaped early and scored another takedown to end the fight 5-5. Wood failed to hit the one-minute barrier and gave Laird an escape, but Laird countered a late Wood shot attempt to win 8-5 and gave the visiting Broncs the double.
Two additional games followed, with newcomer Sheldon Seymour winning with 125 against Tyler Klinsky with 5: 3 and Rider’s Shane Reitsma with 184 against the second Andrew Shedleski.
The Mountain Hawks’ planned February 13 double with American has been postponed due to a break in sporting activities at American University. Lehigh will end the regular season against Bucknell on Sunday February 14th at 2pm. The game will be broadcast on Service Electric Network and streamed at Lehighsports.com/watch. The audio broadcast will be available on Fox Sports Radio 1230/1320 AM and 94.7 FM Allentown and LVFoxSports.com.
Driver 17, No. 25 Lehigh 15
125 – Jaret Lane (Lehigh) case Jonathan Tropea (driver) 3:49
133 – Richie Koehler (driver) dec. Mitch Polito (Lehigh) 6-4
141 – Connor McGonagle (Lehigh) dec. McKenzie Bell (driver) 6-1
149 – Wyatt McCarthy (driver) dec. Joe Lobeck (Lehigh) 3-1, sv
157 – AJ Burkhart (Lehigh) dec. Cole McComas (driver) 7-6
165 – Jake Silverstein (driver) dec. Brian Meyer (Lehigh) 3-1, sv
174 – Angel Garcia (rider) dec. Jake Logan (Lehigh) 4-3 *
184 – George Walton (rider) dec. Caden Wright (Lehigh) 6-3
197 – Jake Jakobsen (Lehigh) dec. Matt Currents (driver) 2-0
285 – Ethan Laird (rider) dec. Jordan Wood (Lehigh) 8-5
125 – Sheldon Seymour (Lehigh) dec. Tyler Klinsky (driver) 5-3
184 – Shane Reitsma (rider) dec. Andrew Shedleski (Lehigh) 4-3
* The driver deducted a team point after 174
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