No. 17 Mountain Hawks Take Down No. 8 Cornell 18-15 For Rivalry Win
BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – Encouraged by two early wins by unrated wrestlers over the top 15 opponents, # 17 beat Lehigh on Saturday at Leeman-Turner Arena in Grace Hall on Pinning Cancer Day presented by Red Robin, No. 8 Cornell 18-15 onwards in partnership with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
First grader (eligibility) Jake Logan (174) and second grader AJ Burkhart (184) delivered these victories as the Mountain Hawks won a total of six fights. Another first year, Connor McGonagle finished the dual with one bout remaining with a win at 141 to place Lehigh at eight before the final bout.
Lehigh improved 3-0 at home this season and 6-4 overall. Saturday’s duel was the 99th meeting between Lehigh and Cornell and the Mountain Hawks have now won three straight wins to take a 63-33-3 lead in the series.
“Our boys were really excited to be playing at Grace Hall because we haven’t had a game like this in two years,” said Lehigh head coach Pat Santoro. “Today was a great opportunity against a great team at Cornell. We knew it was going to be a fight. We knew we’d need some surprises on paper, but our guys came out and wrestled really well.”
The dual began at the age of 157 when junior Josh Humphreys recorded his eighth straight win. He scored a takedown in each period, plus a second period escape, a stall point, and driving time to beat Hunter Richard 9-2.
Cornell (3-2) even pulled when Julian Ramirez drove a takedown in the first third to a 3-2 decision over the second Brian Meyer with 165.
Logan took on Chris Foca in 10th place (174) and was the aggressor with three quality shots in a goalless first third. He scored a takedown in the second period and was tied 2-2 after two. In the third, Logan escaped and added another takedown by holding Foca to make the 5-2 decision.
“Jake has been at war every time,” said Santoro. “He’s right there in every match. He’s starting to assert himself. Foca is really strong, that was a really good win for Jake. When Jake is offensive, he can be really good. When he’s three or four times in a match.” gets in the legs. ” he will find out and earn more points. “
Burkhart followed with a 7-6 decision on No. 13 Jonathan Loew with 184. He scored the first takedown of the fight and after being defeated himself he turned back late in the first third and led 4-3 after one. Burkhart added a second takedown in the second period and went 6: 5 into the third period. Foca used a strong ride in the third third to gain a time advantage, but let Burkhart loose. Burkhart kept his position late to secure the one-point win that put Lehigh 9-3 ahead.
“AJ has moved up three weight classes and is showing some power now,” said Santoro. “He did a really good job. He wrestled with a really tough kid and had a great fight.”
The Big Red picked up the first of their two bonus wins at 197 when Jacob Cardenas won a 19-5 key decision over Eli Jones in their sophomore when Lehigh was leading 9-7 at break.
The second half of the dual began with a matchup of the ranked heavyweights. Senior Jordan Wood scored takedowns in the first and third sections, adding 1:01 to the driving time advantage to defeat # 18 Lewis Fernandez and improve Lehigh by five.
The runner-up Vito Arujau brought Cornell with a 9-3 decision over No. 11 Jaret Lane returned to 125 within 12-10 but Lehigh responded with wins on 133 and 141 to win the doubles.
At the age of 133, Malyke Hines gave up the first takedown on Dom LaJoie in the first year, but scored late in the first and led 3-2 after one. Then he rode out the second period and added two takedowns in the third period in a 10-4 decision.
McGonagle faced Cole Handlovic at 141, who needed a win to secure doubles for Lehigh. After a goalless first round, McGonagle escaped early in the second and endured a long tussle with no points towards the end of the period. Then he rode out the third third and added a point for 1:48 driving time advantage to win 2-0.
“Connor, being a freshman with the dual meeting on the line trying to seal it off, that was great,” said Santoro. “We knew it was going to be a really turbulent match. Connor was every day this week, but he did a good job. He wasn’t quite ready yesterday, but today he was ready and showed up. “
Cornell won the last fight of the duel at 149 when first-placed Yianni Diakomihalis won against Steven Storm in the first year due to the technical fall in the third period.
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Both Storm and Jones made their first dual-meet appearances for Lehigh.
The Mountain Hawks are back home for two more duels next weekend, as Lehigh welcomes Columbia at 7 p.m. on Friday and the Navy at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Navy Match is the annual Sheridan Dual and Salute to Service Day. Tickets for both duals are available at LehighTickets.com or by calling 610-7LU-GAME during business hours.
The 2021-22 wrestling season is presented by the Historic Hotel Bethlehem.
No. 17 Lehigh 18, No. 8 Cornell 15
157 – Josh Humphreys (Lehigh) Dec. Hunter Richard (Cornell) 9-2
165- Julian Ramirez (Cornell) Dec. Brian Meyer (Lehigh) 3-2
174 – Jake Logan (Lehigh) Dec. Chris Foca (Cornell) 5-2
184 – AJ Burkhart (Lehigh) Dec. Jonathan Loew (Cornell) 7-6
197 – Jacob Cardenas (Cornell) Major Dec. Eli Jones (Lehigh) 19-4
285 – Jordan Wood (Lehigh) Dec. Lewis Fernandes (Cornell) 9-3
125 – Vito Arujau (Cornell) Dec. Jaret Lane (Lehigh) 9-3
133 – Malyke Hines (Lehigh) Dec. Dom LaJoie (Cornell) 10-4
141- Connor McGonagle (Lehigh) Dec. Cole Handlovic (Cornell) 3-2
149 – Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) technical crash Steven Storm (Lehigh) 21-6, 5:35
Number of participants – 1,593
141 – JJ Wilson (Cornell) Dec. Drew Munch (Lehigh) 3-2
285 – Brendan Furman (Cornell) Dec. TJ Moore (Lehigh) 4-3
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