No. 14 Lehigh to Battle Two Oklahoma Foes Saturday in Bethlehem

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – One day. one city Two duals. Two teams from Oklahoma. That’s what the Mountain Hawks are facing on the second weekend of the dual season. Lehigh will welcome No. 11 Oklahoma State to Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall Saturday at noon before heading over to nearby Liberty High School to face Oklahoma at 3 pm as part of Journeymen WrangleMania. The Mountain Hawks opened the dual season with wins over No. 19 Oregon State and Sacred Heart, which helped Lehigh jump three spots to No. 14 in the latest NWCA poll. Lehigh won six of 10 bouts against a tough Oregon State squad and then dominated Sacred Heart for its first shutout in nearly two years. The Mountain Hawks held a 37-0 edge in takedowns and did not allow an offensive point.

Lehigh Probable Starters

125 Carter Bailey (Fy., Livermore, Calif.)
133 no. 30 Connor McGonagle (Sun, Danville, NH)
141 no. 24 Malyke Hines (Sun., Kissimmee, Fla.)
149 Max Brignola (Sun., Rumson, NJ)
No. 20 Manzona Bryant IV (Sun., Columbus, Ohio)
157 no. 19 Josh Humphreys (Sr., Parkersburg, W.Va.)
165 no. 28 Brian Meyer (Jr., Phillipsburg, NJ)
174 no. 29 Jake Logan (Sun., New Rochelle, NY)
184 no. 13 Tate Samuelson (Gr., Castle Rock, Colo.)
197 no. 8 Michael Beard (Sun., Reading, Pa.)
285 no. 26 Nathan Taylor (Fy., Brookville, Pa.)

Lehigh secured a 2-0 opening weekend of dual action with a 44-0 shutout of Sacred Heart inside Leeman-Turner Arena or Grace Hall. The Mountain Hawks won all 10 bouts, securing bonus points in nine of the wins. Lehigh held a 37-0 edge in takedowns and did not allow an offensive point on the way to its first shutout since a 46-0 blanking of LIU on Jan. 31, 2021. Junior Elijah Jones delivered the only fall of the day, while sophomores Max Brignola and Michael Beard posted wins via technical fall. Connor McGonagle opened the dual with a win by decision, and the Mountain Hawks reeled off nine consecutive bonus wins after that to claim the first ever dual between the two programs.

Four Mountain Hawks made their dual debuts last weekend. Transfers Michael Beard and Tate Samuelson wrestled in both duals at 197 and 184, respectively while deferred first-years Carter Bailey (125) and Nathan Taylor (285) also wrestled their first official bouts for the Mountain Hawks. Taylor picked up a big win for Lehigh in the 20-13 victory over Oregon State, while Bailey wrestled in both duals, closing out the shutout of Sacred Heart with a technical fall victory. In their deferred years Bailey went 14-8 and won the Clarion Open, while Taylor posted a 27-10 mark in opens, with a win at the Edinboro Open. Taylor was recognized as Lehigh’s Deferred Eligibility Wrestler of the Year at the year-end Lewis Wrestling Dinner.

Many Lehigh wrestlers don’t have to venture far from home to wrestle for the Brown and White. Fourth-year sophomore Luca Frinzi wrestled for nearby Bethlehem Catholic High School, the same program that produced Lehigh head coach Pat Santoro. Third-year Mountain Hawks Karam Chakif (Dieruff), Connor Herceg (Nazareth) and Caden Wright (Emmaus) join Frinzi in wrestling for Lehigh Valley East Penn Conference programs. Senior Mike Sisselberger (Southern Lehigh) and first-year Ryan Crookham (Saucon Valley) are Lehigh Valley products that competed for Colonial League programs. Sophomore Steven Storm (Pocono Mountain East) hails from a program in the EPC’s Monroe County Division. Fifth-year junior Brian Meyer hails from Phillipsburg, NJ, just across the state line.

Lehigh has a wrestler ranked in all 10 weight classes in the latest national rankings from InterMat and WrestleStat, while six Mountain Hawks are ranked by FloWrestling and five by Amateur Wrestling News. Senior Josh Humphreys (157) and sophomore Michael Beard (197) appear in the top 10 in all four polls, with Beard the highest-ranked Mountain Hawk according to InterMat, FloWrestling and Amateur Wrestling News. InterMat and WrestleStat both rank wrestlers from 1-33, FloWrestling ranks 1-24 plus honorable mentions and Amateur Wrestling News ranks 1-20.

Oklahoma State opens its season Saturday in Bethlehem before heading to Bucknell for a Saturday evening dual. The Cowboys were 13-4 in duals last season and went on to finish fourth at the Big 12 Tournament and 14th at the NCAA Championships. Oklahoma State returns a pair of 2022 All-Americans in Daton Fix and Dustin Plott. Fix is ​​a three-time NCAA finalist who is the highest-ranked of the nine ranked Cowboys. Oklahoma State has won a NCAA-best 34 team national championships in wrestling and has a Division I-best 143 individual national champions and 482 All-Americans. American wrestling legend John Smith is in his 32nd season as head coach at his alma mater.

This will be the 14th all-time meeting between Lehigh and Oklahoma State with the Cowboys leading 11-2. Lehigh won Oklahoma State’s last visit to Bethlehem in 2019. The Mountain Hawks’ other victory came at the 2008 Northeast Duals in Pat Santoro’s first season. Lehigh is 2-3 against Oklahoma State under Santoro.

Oklahoma opens its dual season at Journeymen WrangleMania, where the Sooners will face Buffalo and Lehigh. The Sooners sent a large contingent to last weekend’s Michigan State Open and came away with nine top-five finishers. Josh Heindselman, Joey Prata and Mosha Schwartz all logged runner-up finishes to lead the way. Oklahoma has seven wrestlers in the latest InterMat rankings, led by Prata who is 14th at 125, Mitch Moore (No. 16 at 149) and Heindselman (No. 17 at 285). Lou Rosselli is in his seventh season as Oklahoma’s head coach.

Lehigh and Oklahoma will meet for the 22nd time. The Mountain Hawks are 6-1-1 over the last eight duals after dropping 12 of the first 13 meetings in the series. Saturday’s dual will be the first between Lehigh and Oklahoma in Bethlehem since 2018 and the first at a “neutral” site since the 2010 Virginia Duals.

Saturday’s Lehigh-Oklahoma State dual begins at noon from Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 610-7LU-GAME during business hours. Following the Oklahoma State match, Lehigh will make the short trek to Liberty High School to face Oklahoma at 3 pm The Oklahoma match will be streamed live on Rokfin with ticket information available at .

The 2022-23 Lehigh wrestling season is presented by the Historic Hotel Bethlehem.

dates: November 12, 2022
Opponent: No. 11 Oklahoma State Cowboys
First match: 12:05 p.m
Arena: Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall
Location: Bethlehem, Pa.
Lehigh’s record: 2-0 overall, 1-0 EIWA
Oklahoma State’s record: 0-0 overall, 0-0 Big 12
Series: Oklahoma State leads 11-2
Television: Service Electric Network 2/502
Radio: None
internet broadcast: Video at
dates: November 12, 2022
Opponent: Oklahoma Sooners
First match: 3 p.m
Arena: Liberty HS – Memorial High School
Location: Bethlehem, Pa.
Lehigh’s record: 2-0 overall, 1-0 EIWA
Oklahoma’s record: 0-0 overall, 0-0 Big 12
Series: Oklahoma leads 13-7-1
Television: None
Radio: None
internet broadcast: Steaming video on Rokfin (

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