No. 17 Lehigh Concludes Home Stand As Columbia, Navy Visit This Weekend

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BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – The Mountain Hawks opened the 2022 portion of their schedule with two home wins last weekend and the No. 17 Lehigh will make their home stand this weekend with four games of duels against Columbia Friday night (7 p.m.) and Navy (2). complete o’clock) Saturday afternoon in the Leeman-Turner Arena in the Grace Hall.

The Navy Match is the annual Sheridan Dual and Lehigh’s Salute to Service Dual. Lehigh improved to 3-0 this season with wins last weekend at home. The Mountain Hawks got three bonus wins and a total of six fight wins in their 24:14 win against Binghamton last Friday. The following day Lehigh won six fights against Cornell, underlined by victories by Jake Logan (174) and AJ Burkhart (184) against Big Red’s top 15 ranked opponents. Burkhart became EIWA after his 2-0 last weekend Wrestler of the Week voted.

Updated viewer policy: Announced January 12th and effective Friday January 14th, the Leeman-Turner Arena in Grace Hall will operate at 67% capacity. Tickets will continue to be sold in advance on LehighTickets.com and on event days up to 67% occupancy. Tickets for the Columbia Dual on Friday will still be available, but no additional tickets will be sold for the Navy Match.

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. 15 Jaret Lane (Jr., Catawissa, Pennsylvania)
133 No. 19 Malyke Hines (Fy., Kissimmee, Florida)
141 Connor McGonagle (Fy., Danville, NH)
149 No. 29 Manzona Bryant IV (Fy., Columbus, Ohio)
Jimmy Hoffman (Jr., drums, PA)
Steven Storm (Fy., Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania)
157 No. 8 Josh Humphreys (Jr., Parkersburg, W. Virginia)
165 No. 25 Brian Meyer (Sun., Phillipsburg, NJ)
174 No. 33 Jake Logan (Fy., New Rochelle, NY)
184 AJ Burkhart (Sun., Athens, PA)
197 JT Davis (Fy., Middletown, Del.)
Elijah Jones (Sun., Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania)
285 No. 7 Jordan Wood (Sr., Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania)

Last time, Lehigh opened a home stand for four games with a 2-0 win against New York-based EIWA opponents. The Mountain Hawks defeated Binghamton by 24-14 on Friday night before beating # 8 Cornell at 18-15 on Saturday afternoon. Lehigh won six out of ten fights in both doubles. The win at Binghamton was highlighted by bonus point wins from juniors Jaret Lane (fall) and Josh Humphreys (technical fall) and second AJ Burkhart (important decision). The Mountain Hawks didn’t win bonus wins against Cornell, but in their first year Jake Logan and Burkhart caused a sensation with wins against Big Red’s top 15 ranked opponents. Logan defeated # 10 Chris Foca 5-2 with 174 while Burkhart # 13 defeated Jonathan Loew 7-6 with 184. In the first year, Connor McGonagle took Lehigh’s third straight win over Cornell after beating the third third to defeat Cole Handlovic 2. 0 at 141.

Eight Lehigh wrestlers appear in the latest FloWrestling leaderboard, while seven appear in the latest InterMat leaderboard. The Mountain Hawks also have five wrestlers rated by Amateur Wrestling News and four by The Open Mat. Senior Jordan Wood leads the way as he is placed in the top 7 by all four outlets. Jake Logan’s win over tenth-placed Cornell’s Chris Foca got him into the InterMat and FloWrestling rankings. Juniors Jaret Lane and Josh Humphreys join Wood as Lehigh wrestlers rated by all four outlets. Malyke Hines and Manzona Bryant IV are rated by three of the four branches, while Connor McGonagle, Brian Meyer and Logan all appear in two rankings.

It’s not uncommon for wrestlers to move up or down a weight class from one season to the next, but the second AJ Burkhart took a giant leap, climbing three weight classes to 184 after starting at 157 last season. Burkhart defeated Oregon’s Mason Reiniche 10-4 to score a 9-0 run to complete Lehigh’s first win of the season in November. Last weekend, Burkhart went 2-0 with an important decisive win over Binghamton’s Sam DePrez and then a 7-6 win over Cornell’s 13th-placed Jonathan Loew. The two victories last week helped Burkhart win the EIWA Wrestler of the Week awards. Burkhart drove 12-10 with 157 in the last two seasons and started three duals with 157 last season.

Columbia is visiting Grace Hall for the first time since January 1997 for dual training on Friday nights. The Lions have competed sparingly this season, going 1-1 in doubles with a home loss to Michigan in November and a 46-0 knockout from LIU last weekend. The Lions started at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in December, where Joshua Ogunsanya finished seventh with 165. Four Lions: Angelo Rini (133), Zack Witmer (133), Matt Kazimir (141) and Nick Fine (174) were the last David H. Lehman F&M Open of the week. Columbia has four wrestlers who are rated by InterMat. Joe Manchio (125) and Kyle Mosher (157) join Ogunsanya and Kazimir. Zach Tanelli is in his sixth season as the head coach of Columbia.

Lehigh and Columbia meet for the 20th time, with Lehigh leading by 18-1. The Mountain Hawks have won 12 straight duels since Columbia took their only win on February 18, 1922, 17-8 ahead. Lehigh and Columbia met 13 times between 1913 and 1931 and only met three times this century. Friday’s duel marks the Lions’ first visit to Bethlehem for a duel since 1997. Pat Santoro is 2-0 against Columbia as Lehigh’s head coach.

Saturday’s game with Navy marks the 17th season in which Lehigh’s legendary former coach Billy Sheridan will be honored with a single duel against a high-profile opponent. This year marks the eleventh season in a row that the single Sheridan Dual Lehigh competes against an EIWA rival and that rival is Navy for the fifth time. Five of the first eight Sheridan Duals in the current format were held in the Stabler Arena. From 2000 to 2003 Lehigh hosted the Sheridan Duals, a series of duals in which the Mountain Hawks competed against three opponents on the first or second Saturday in December in the Stabler Arena. Lehigh previously hosted the Sheridan Tournament, which began in 1979.

Navy is wrestling in Lehigh on Saturday for the second time of the season. The midshipmen have been busy in the tournament circuit as they have participated in the Clarion Open, Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open, Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, and David H. Lehman F&M Open. The Mids also hosted the Navy Classic in December, finishing third out of 12 teams. To date, the Navy’s only one-two victory was an 18-16 setback in Maryland on December 11th. Three Mids appear in the latest InterMat ranking, led by Andrew Cerniglia, who is in 20th place. Josh Koderhandt (133) and Jacob Koser (197) are also in the top 33. Koderhandt, Cerniglia and Jacob Allen (125) all placed in Las Vegas. Allen and Cerniglia placed in F&M last week along with heavyweight Ryan Catka. Cary Kolat is in his sophomore season as the Navy head coach.

Navy is Lehigh’s second biggest rival, behind Penn State. The Navy win last year in Annapolis brought the Mountain Hawks a nine-time streak of victories in the series. Navy was Lehigh’s second opponent in Lehigh’s first season in 1910. Lehigh now leads the all-time 53-48 series. Pat Santoro is 11-2 against the Midshipmen.

Lehigh is back on the streets next weekend to face Oklahoma State No. 4 at Stabler Arena on November 16, 2019 at the historic Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla. The game in Oklahoma State takes place on Sunday, November 16, 2019 Held Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. CT.

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

Date: January 14, 2022
Opponent: Columbia Lions
First game: 7:05 pm
Arena: Leeman Turner Arena at Grace Hall
Location: Bethlehem, Pa.
Lehigh’s balance sheet: 6-4 overall, 2-0 EIWA
Colombia’s record: 1: 1 overall, 1: 0 EIWA
Series: Lehigh leads 18-1
TV: Service power grid 2/502
Radio: Fox Sports Radio 94.7 FM and 1230 AM in Easton from 6:45 p.m.
Internet transmission: Video on FloWrestling.org
Audio at LVFoxSports.com
Date: January 15, 2022
Opponent: Navy midshipmen
First game: 2:05 pm
Arena: Leeman Turner Arena at Grace Hall
Location: Bethlehem, Pa.
Lehigh’s balance sheet: 6-4 overall, 2-0 EIWA
Navy record “ 0-1 overall, 0-0 EIWA
Series: Lehigh leads 53-48
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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