Mountain Hawks Set For Home Weekend Duals Against Binghamton, No. 8 Cornell

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BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – The Mountain Hawks will usher in 2022 with four consecutive home duals, starting this weekend as Lehigh hosted Binghamton on Friday and then No. 8 Cornell on Saturday at the Leeman-Turner Arena in Grace Hall. The Cornell match is Pinning Cancer Day, presented by Red Robin in partnership with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Lehigh starts the weekend at 4-4 after a 1-2 show and a fourth place in the pool at the Collegiate Wrestling Duals from 20-21. December in Niceville, Florida. Junior Josh Humphreys went 3-0 on 157 with three bonus wins over ranked opponents to show the Mountain Hawks the way. Both of Lehigh’s opponents were also in the Collegiate Wrestling Duals that weekend. Binghamton finished sixth in the red pool and Cornell came third in the blue pool.

Tickets are still available for both duals, and there are only a limited number of seats left for the Cornell match on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased on LehighTickets.com or by calling 610-7LU-GAME during business hours.

COVID-19 logs: According to university guidelines, Lehigh continues to require masks for both unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals in indoor public spaces. Masking will be enforced for all spectators at both games this weekend. Failure to comply could result in removal from Grace Hall and the ineligible for all spectators to play future games this season. Sections 103 (for 100-level ticket holders) and 203 & 207 (for 200-level ticket holders) will be physically distant sections for spectators who wish to do so. Ask an usher for help.

Lehigh Likely Starters

125 No. 11 Jaret Lane (Jr., Catawissa, Pennsylvania)
Sheldon Seymour (Fy., Troy, Pennsylvania)
133 No. 20 Malyke Hines (Fy., Kissimmee, Florida)
141 Connor McGonagle (Fy., Danville, NH)
Drew Munch (Fy., East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania)
149 No. 30 Manzona Bryant IV (Fy., Columbus, Ohio)
Jimmy Hoffman (Jr., drums, PA)
157 No. 9 Josh Humphreys (Jr., Parkersburg, W. Virginia)
165 No. 25 Brian Meyer (Sun., Phillipsburg, NJ)
174 Jake Logan (Fy., New Rochelle, NY)
184 AJ Burkhart (Sun., Athens, PA)
197 JT Davis (Fy., Middletown, Del.)
285 No. 8 Jordan Wood (Sr., Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania)

Last time, No. 17 Lehigh went 1-2 at the Collegiate Wrestling Duals December 20-21 in Niceville, Florida, and finished fourth in the Red Pool. The Mountain Hawks opened the action with a 25-6 win over Central Michigan before falling 28-7 to # 1 in Iowa and then 26-9 to 10th in Missouri. Seven of Lehigh’s 12 fight wins in the three doubles came against nationwide opponents, including four wins over the top 10 wrestlers. Junior Josh Humphreys led 3-0 with three bonus wins against the ranked opponents in 157th place. He made important decisions about Johnny Lovett of Central Michigan and Kaleb Young of Iowa before stucking Missouri’s Jarrett Jacques in the second period. Senior Jordan Wood took rankings wins over Matt Stencel from CMU and Zach Elam from Missouri. Lehigh’s other top 10 wins came from first year Connor McGonagle, who defeated Central Michigan No. 7 Dresden-based Simon and first year Manzona Bryant IV, who defeated No. 8 Iowa’s Max Murin in a sudden victory.

With the cancellation of the traditional Midlands Championships, Lehigh adjusted his vacation plans and sent seven wrestlers to the Illinois Matmen Open May 29-30. December in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Four of Lehigh’s contestants finished in the top eight, led by Sheldon Seymour (125th). ) and Nathan Taylor (285), both of whom took fourth place. Max Brignola (149) finished fifth and Carter Bailey (133) finished sixth in their weight classes, with Bailey reaching the semi-finals of the championship. Other participants from Lehigh were Drew Munch (141), Connor Herceg (165) and Jack Wilt (184). All Lehigh participants except Seymour and Munch competed unbound.

Seven Lehigh wrestlers appear in the latest FloWrestling rankings while six appear in the latest InterMat rankings. The Mountain Hawks also have four wrestlers rated by both Amateur Wrestling News and The Open Mat. Senior Jordan Wood leads the way as it is ranked in the top 8 by all four outlets. A victory over the seventh-placed Dresdner Simon from Central Michigan in the Collegiate Wrestling Duals brought Connor McGonagle into two places in the first year with 141st place. Juniors Jaret Lane and Josh Humphreys join Wood as Lehigh wrestlers, rated by all four outlets. Malyke Hines and Brian Meyer are only rated by InterMat and FloWrestling, while Manzona Bryant IV is also rated by The Open Mat. McGonagle was eliminated from the InterMat rankings but remains ranked by FloWrestling and AWN.

Twelve Division I teams compete in Niceville, Florida at the Collegiate Wrestling Duals hosted by Journeymen Wrestling. The 12 teams were split into red and blue pools, with all teams wrestling two duels in their respective pools on Monday, December 20th, followed by a crossover dual on Tuesday, December 21st. Lehigh is in a red pool with Central Michigan and No 1 Iowa. His Tuesday match will be against one of the No. 5 NC State, No. 10 Missouri or Binghamton. One blue pool includes No. 6 Arizona State, No. 8 Virginia Tech, and Hofstra, while the other includes No. 2 Penn State, No. 11 Cornell, and No. 22 Northern Iowa.

Binghamton goes into Friday’s dual with a 3-8 record. The Bearcats last played at the Collegiate Wrestling Duals in Niceville, Florida, where they finished sixth in the red pool and suffered losses against Missouri, NC State and Central Michigan. Binghamton’s three wins are over New Jersey City University, Edinboro and Sacred Heart. The Bearcats are led by senior All-American Lou DePrez, who rose to 197 and switched places on the line-up with his brother Sam. Lou DePrez is ranked 12th by InterMat. Also in the ranking are heavyweight Joe Doyle and 133-pounder Anthony Sobotker. Kyle Borshoff is in his fifth season as the head coach of Binghamton.

Lehigh has won all five previous meetings with Binghamton, most recently a 19-16 triumph at Grace Hall in January last year. The first two duals in the series took place at the Journeymen Collegiate Duals in Troy, NY. Pat Santoro owns four of Lehigh’s five wins against Binghamton.

Cornell brings a 3-1 record in Saturday’s duel. The Big Red opened their double season with a home win over Stanford and, like Lehigh, competed in the Collegiate Wrestling Duals from December 20 to 21, where Cornell finished third in the blue pool with a 2-1. Cornell defeated Northern Iowa and Virginia Tech while losing to Penn State. The Big Red have also participated in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and the Southern Scuffle. Cornell currently has nine wrestlers currently rated by InterMat, led by No. 1 Yianni Diakomihalis to 149. Diakomihalis moves up from 141 where he won two NCAA titles. Jonathan Loew (184) and Lewis Fernandes (285) finished second in the Southern Scuffle. Mike Gray is in his first season as head coach at his alma mater.

Cornell is Lehigh’s oldest double opponent when the Browns and Whites fought their first double fight against the Big Red in 1910. 99 in the series. Lehigh leads 62-33-3 and has won two in a row in the series. Cornell has won seven of the last 10 duels.

Lehigh will close its inaugural home grandstand with four games this coming weekend in 2022 with two more duels. The Mountain Hawks will greet Columbia on January 14th at 7 p.m. for the Lions’ first visit to the Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall since 1997, and then meet the Navy in the 102nd edition of their second most competitive series on January 15th 2:00 p.m. The Navy Dual will also serve as the Sheridan Dual 2021-22 and Lehigh’s Salute-to-Service Dual.

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

Date: January 7, 2022
Opponent: Binghamton Bearcats
First game: 7:05 pm
Arena: Leeman Turner Arena at Grace Hall
Location: Bethlehem, Pa.
Lehigh’s balance sheet: 4-4 overall, 0-0 EIWA
Binghamton’s record: 3-8 overall, 1-0 EIWA
Series: Lehigh leads 5-0
TV: Service power grid 50/550
Radio: Fox Sports Radio 94.7 FM and 1230 AM in Easton immediately after the Lords of Lehigh basketball at Army West Point.
Internet transmission: Video on FloWrestling.org
Audio at LVFoxSports.com
Date: January 8, 2022
Opponent: # 8 Cornell Big Red
First game: 2:05 pm
Arena: Leeman Turner Arena at Grace Hall
Location: Bethlehem, Pa.
Lehigh’s balance sheet: 4-4 overall, 0-0 EIWA
Cornell’s record: 3-1 overall, 0-0 EIWA
Series: Lehigh leads 62-33-3
TV: Service power grid 2/502
Radio: Fox Sports Radio 94.7 FM and 1230 AM in Easton, starting at 1:45 p.m.
Internet transmission: Video on FloWrestling.org
Audio at LVFoxSports.com

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