No. 17 Lehigh To Face Several Tough Tests At Collegiate Wrestling Duals

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BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – With final exams in the rearview mirror, No. 17 Lehigh travels to Niceville, Florida for the Collegiate Wrestling Duals held December 20-21 at Northwest Florida State College by Journeymen Wrestling. The Mountain Hawks will take on Central Michigan and No. 1 in pool action on December 20th. 1 Iowa and then on December 21st at Binghamton, No. 10 Missouri or No. 5 NC State went 1-1 on their trip to central Pennsylvania routing Lock Haven 37-3 before moving to No. 23-16 at No. 2 Penn State fell.

Lehigh Likely Starters

125 No. 11 Jaret Lane (Jr., Catawissa, Pennsylvania)
Sheldon Seymour (Fy., Troy, Pennsylvania)
133 No. 24 Malyke Hines (Fy., Kissimmee, Florida)
Satoshi Abe (Jr., Putnam Valley, NY)
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. 10 Josh Humphreys (Jr., Parkersburg, W. Virginia)
Luca Frinzi (Fy., Quakertown, Pennsylvania)
165 No. 27 Brian Meyer (Sun., Phillipsburg, NJ)
174 Jake Logan (Fy., New Rochelle, NY)
184 AJ Burkhart (Sun., Athens, PA)
Caden Wright (Fy., Macungie, Pennsylvania)
197 JT Davis (Fy., Middletown, Del.)
285 No. 8 Jordan Wood (Sr., Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania)
TJ Moore (Fy., Lebanon, Pennsylvania)

Last time, Lehigh won three of the first five bouts to take the half-way 10-7, but No. 2 Penn State won the first four bouts from break and took a 23-16 win in the 109th meeting longtime rivals in the Rec Hall. Junior Jaret Lane opened the duel with an important decisive win and first year Manzona Bryant IV and Junior Josh Humphreys added decisions but the top four Nittany Lions who fought went through 4-0 along with two important decisions and one fall. Lane opened the duel with an impressive 11-3 major decision over Jake Campbell at 125, highlighted by a takedown in the second period and four points near the fall. Two decisions with one point gave Lehigh a 10-7 lead at halftime. At 149, it took Bryant a third period rally to beat Beau Bartlett 6-5. Bryant was 5-4 behind in the third period when he defeated Bartlett and brought him down 6-5. After a restart from the middle with nine seconds to go, Bryant was able to avoid giving up the battle-defining escape as he captured the victory. Humphreys held Tony Negron 5-4 at 157 in a fight that saw three video reviews to give Lehigh the 10-7 lead at break. The Nittany Lions were also lost to Jordan Wood at 285.

Six Lehigh wrestlers appear in the latest InterMat and FloWrestling rankings, led by Senior Jordan Wood, who is eighth on InterMat and seventh on FloWrestling. The Mountain Hawks have three wrestlers rated by both Amateur Wrestling News and The Open Mat, with juniors Jaret Lane and Josh Humphreys joining Wood. Humphreys ranks 10th while Lane ranks 11th. The returned EIWA champion Malyke Hines (133), the first grader Manzona Bryant IV (149) and the runner-up Brian Meyer are all only rated by InterMat and FloWrestling. InterMat ranked the wrestlers 1-33. FloWrestling ranks 1-25. AWN and the Open Mat both go 1-20.

Twelve Division I teams will compete in Niceville, Florida in 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.

Central Michigan puts a 1-0 double note in the Collegiate Wrestling Duals. The Chippewas’ only one-two that season was a 24-12 home win over Rider on December 3rd. Central Michigan has also sent wrestlers to the Michigan State and Cleveland State Opens and the Journeymen Collegiate Classic. Three Chippewas appear in the current InterMat ranking: Dresden Simon (No. 7 with 141), Matt Stencel (No. 9 with 285) and Johnny Lovett (No. 19 with 157). Tom Borrelli is in his 31st season as the head coach of the CMU.

Lehigh and Central Michigan meet for the seventh time and for the first time since November 2013. The Mountain Hawks lead the series 4-2 and have won three straight duels in the series. This is the fifth time out of seven sessions that the Lehigh-Central Michigan Dual is taking place in a neutral location.

The defending champion and top ranked Iowa is 3-0 in the season and carries a winning streak of 21 games in the Collegiate Wrestling Duals. That season, the Hawkeyes won their own home wins over Princeton and Army West Point, the last time winning on December 5th at 11:11 pm at rival Iowa State. Iowa has a wrestler rated by InterMat in all 10 weight classes, including one of the top eight wrestlers in nine out of 10 weights. The Hawkeyes boast Spencer Lee, 125, and Alex Marinelli, 165, with a pair of No. 1 at number one. Lee, the reigning national champion, has yet to compete this season. Austin DeSanto (133), Jaydin Eierman (141) and Michael Kemerer (174) are all in the top three. Like Lee, Kemerer has not yet competed this season. Tom Brands is in his 16th season as the head coach of Iowa.

Lehigh and Iowa are meeting for the 27th time and for the first time since December 2018. This will be the first neutral location dual between the two programs. Lehigh and Iowa met for 21 consecutive seasons from 1972 to 1992. Iowa is one of eight schools Lehigh has no wins against, but it is the only school in the group that Lehigh has wrestled with more than twice. Lehigh is 0-3 against Iowa under Pat Santoro.

Action for the Mountain Hawks at the Collegiate Wrestling Duals begins Monday at 5 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. CT when Lehigh meets Central Michigan. After Central Michigan faces Iowa at 7:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. CT, Lehigh and Iowa will meet at 9:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. CT. Opponents and playing times for the duel on Tuesday will be determined based on the results on Monday. Streaming coverage of the Collegiate Wrestling Duals will be available on Rokfin pay-per-view: https://rokfin.com/ppv/1/collegiate-wrestling-duals

Lehigh will open a quadruple EIWA home grandstand in the Leeman-Turner Arena in Grace Hall in 2022. The Mountain Hawks will meet Binghamton on January 7th at 7pm and then Cornell at the 99th meeting between the Powers of EIWA, January 8th at 2pm. The following weekend, Lehigh Columbia will receive the Navy welcome at the annual Sheridan Dual (and the 102nd meeting in the series) January 15 at 2:00 p.m. (Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.)

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

Date: December 20, 2021
Opponent: Central Michigan Chippewas
First game: 5 p.m. (ET)
Arena: Raider arena
Location: Niceville, Florida.
Lehigh’s balance sheet: 3-2 overall, 0-0 EIWA
CMU balance sheet: 1-0 overall, 1-0 MAC
Series: Lehigh leads 4-2
TV: None
Radio: None
Internet transmission: Rokfin Pay-per-View video
Date: December 20, 2021
Opponent: No. 1 Iowa Hawkeyes
First game: 9 p.m. (ET)
Arena: Raider arena
Location: Niceville, Florida.
Lehigh’s balance sheet: 3-2 overall, 0-0 EIWA
Iowa’s record 3-0 overall, 0-0 Big Ten
Series: Iowa leads 26-0
TV: None
Radio: None
Internet transmission: Rokfin Pay-per-View video

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