No. 25 Lehigh Rallies For 18-16 Win Over Army, Highlighting Saturday Split
BETHLEHEM, PA. – For the second week in a row Lehigh needed a late rally and for the second week in a row Seniors Jake Jakobsen and Jordan Wood delivered in the fifth year. This time it was a decision to turn a 16:12 deficit into an 18:16 win over Army West Point for the Mountain Hawks in 25th place in the first of two duals on Saturday at the Leeman-Turner Arena in Grace Hall.
Lehigh’s three-doubles winning streak was captured in his second double of the day when No. 14 North Carolina won the middle eight bouts to beat the Mountain Hawks 26-6.
Wood and Junior Jaret Lane both recorded 2-0 days for the Mountain Hawks, who are now 3-3 in the doubles season.
Lane and sophomore Mitch Polito put the Mountain Hawks 9-0 against Army with two wins at 125 and 133. The doubles began with Lane building a 6-1 lead before throwing Ryan Chauvin on his back for a fall at the 2:19 mark. Polito followed with two losses in the first period to Mark Montgomery and two escapes in the third period which made the difference in a 6-5 decision.
Army West Point (2-2) fought back to win the doubles 9-9 at halftime, with wins by decision at 141, 149 and 157.
Sophomore Brian Meyer brought Lehigh back into the lead with a solid 6-3 win over Will Lucie (165), but the Black Knights had an important decision from Ben Pasiuck (174) and a 4-0 win by Taylor Brown over the newcomer Caden Wright (184) went 16-12 with two bouts remaining.
Jakobsen kept the Mountain Hawks within striking distance with a 7-1 decision against JT Brown in 15th place in 197 and thus avenged a defeat against the Cadet in last year’s EIWA quarter-finals. After a goalless first period, Jakobsen scored a takedown in the second and added a penalty point for an illegal mat return, escape and takedown in the second, along with a time advantage.
Just like his Binghamton game last Saturday, Lehigh needed a Wood win to complete the comeback, but this time only one decision would be enough. Wood answered. The first stage against Bobby Heald was goalless, but Wood drove out the second, scoring an escape, a stalling point, and loss in the third to win 5-0. Lehigh won for the sixth time in a row.
Lane gave the Mountain Hawks a strong start against North Carolina, scoring two losses in the first period and one reversal in the second period in a 7-4 decision over Wil Guida.
Polito scored the first goal against Joe Heilmann with 133, but a takedown for Heilmann at the end of the first half and a strong run in the second drove him to a 5-2 decision that tied the double 3-3.
Senior Brandon Paetzell made his season debut, wrestling with 141 against Zach Sherman in 11th place. The only point of the fight came over a second period of Sherman’s escape. Paetzell went neutral to open the third half and had a good shot attempt in the last minute that he couldn’t stop when Sherman scored a 1-0 win.
North Carolina (4-2) won eight fights in a row from 133 to 197, including a key decision from senior Austin O’Connor (149) and a key decision of ninth Kennedy Monday (165). Meyer met in the third period on Monday and rode him out for most of the verse, but fell 10-2.
Wood gave up the first loss in the last fight of the day against Brandon Whitman but scored the last eight to win 8-2 for Lehigh’s second win against the Tar Heels.
There were 13 additional games played, seven against Army West Point and six against North Carolina. Freshman Manzona Bryant IV took a fall against Army while sophomore Eli Jones won the heavyweight division at tiebreakers. Junior Satoshi Abe and newcomer Drew Munch took wins against North Carolina.
The Mountain Hawks end their weekend with a match against Rider Sunday at 1pm at the Leeman-Turner Arena in Grace Hall. The game will be broadcast on Service Electric Network and streamed at Lehighsports.com/watch. The audio broadcast will be available on Fox Sports Radio 1230/1320 AM and 94.7 FM Allentown and LVFoxSports.com.
No. 25 Lehigh 18, Army West Point 16
125 – Jaret Lane (Lehigh) Ryan Chauvin (Army) case 2:19
133 – Mitch Polito (Lehigh) dec. Mark Montgomery (Army) 6-5
141 – Lane Peters (Army) dec. Connor McGonagle (Lehigh) 4-2
149 – PJ Ogunsanya (Army) dec. Jimmy Hoffman (Lehigh) 4-1
157 – Markus Hartman (Army) dec. AJ Burkhart (Lehigh) 5-0
165 – Brian Meyer (Lehigh) dec. Will Lucie (Army) 5-3
174 – Ben Pasiuck (army) main dec. Jake Logan 20-11
184 – Taylor Brown (Army) dec. Caden Wright (Lehigh) 4-0
197 – Jake Jakobsen (Lehigh) dec. JT Brown (Army) 7-1
285 – Jordan Wood (Lehigh) dec. Bobby Heald (Army) 5-0
141 – Julian Sanchez (Army) dec. Drew Munch (Lehigh) 7-6
149 – Nate Lukez (Army) main dec. Paul Watkins (Lehigh) 11-2
157 – Manzona Bryant IV (Lehigh) Tanner Craig (Army) case 2:34
157 – Christian Hunt (Army) dec. Nathan Haubert (Lehigh) 3-1
174 – Brad Laughlin (Army) dec. Connor Herceg (Lehigh) 2-0
184 – Sahm Abdulrazzaq (Army) Hauptdez. Andrew Shedleski (Lehigh) 14-6
285 – Eli Jones (Lehigh) dec. Ben Sullivan (Army) 3-1, tb
No. 14 North Carolina 26, No. 25 Lehigh 6
125 – Jaret Lane (Lehigh) dec. Wil Guida (UNC) 7-4
133 – Joe Heilmann (UNC) dec. Mitch Polito (Lehigh) 5-2
141 – Zach Sherman (UNC) dec. Brandon Paetzell (Lehigh) 1-0
149 – Austin O’Connor (UNC) main dec. Jimmy Hoffman (Lehigh) 16-4
157 – Josh McClure (UNC) dec. Luca Frinzi (Lehigh) 5-1
165 – Kennedy Monday (UNC) main dec. Brian Meyer (Lehigh) 10-2
174 – Clay Lautt (UNC) dec. Jake Logan (Lehigh) 5-3, sv
184 – Devin Kane (UNC) dec. Caden Wright (Lehigh) 6-1
197 – Max Shaw (UNC) dec. Jake Jakobsen (Lehigh) 5-3
285 – Jordan Wood (Lehigh) dec. Brandon Whitman (UNC) 8-2
133 – Satoshi Abe (Lehigh) dec. Timothy Decatur (UNC) 7-3
141 – Drew Munch (Lehigh) dec. Connor Alexander (UNC) 5-2
149 – Nicholas Lirette (UNC) dec. Paul Watkins (Lehigh) 7-4
157 – Sonny Santiago (UNC) main dec. Tyler Sung (Lehigh) 18-8
165 – Sawyer Davidson (UNC) dec. Sean Kilrain (Lehigh) 6-2
174 – Gavin Kane (UNC) W by DQ Trey Cornish (Lehigh)
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