Mountain Hawks take to dueling route at Lock Haven, Pennsylvania State # 2

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh was out of competition over the Thanksgiving vacation and the 22nd-ranked Mountain Hawks are set to return to the mats as Lehigh heads to central Pennsylvania for road duels against Lock Haven and the n Penn State # 2. The Mountain Hawks opened their home schedule with an impressive 26-9 victory over the then number one. 15 Pitt on November 21 and will face two more enemies in the state before stopping for final exams. Lehigh won seven fights against the Panthers and defeated a pair of top five-ranked wrestlers. The Mountain Hawks will travel to Lock Haven on Saturday at 1 p.m. for their first meeting with the Bald Eagles since November 2006. Lehigh will then travel to Penn State on Sunday at 2 p.m. for the 109th edition of their most contested double-game series. .

Lehigh’s Likely Starters

125 n ° 14 Jaret Street (Jr., Catawissa, Pennsylvania)
Sheldon seymour (Fy., Troy, PA)
133 n ° 22 Malyke hines (Fy., Kissimmee, Florida)
141 Dan Moran (Jr., Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)
Connor mcgonagle (Fy., Danville, NH)
149 Manzona bryant iv (Fy., Columbus, Ohio)
Jimmy hoffman (Jr., Drums, Pennsylvania)
Steven Storm (Fy., Stroudsburg, PA)
157 no.10 Josh humphreys (Jr., Parkersburg, West Virginia)
Luca Frinzi (Fy., Quakertown, PA)
165 n ° 27 Brian Meyer (So ​​Phillipsburg, NJ)
174 Jake logan (Fy., New Rochelle, NY)
184 AJ Burkhart (So ​​Athens, Pennsylvania)
Caden wright (Fy., Macungie, Pennsylvania)
197 Jt davis (Fy., Middletown, Del.)
285 n ° 10 Jordan Wood (Sr., Gilbertsville, PA)

The Mountain Hawks opened their home schedule with an impressive 26-9 victory over No.15 Pitt on Nov. 21 inside the Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall. Lehigh won seven fights, scoring bonus points in three, and knocked out a pair of top-five-ranked Panthers along the way. First year Malyke hines scored the biggest win of his young career with a late defensive pin from fifth-place Micky Phillippi at 133. Sophomore Brian Meyer won a 4-3 decision over NCAA finalist Jake Wentzel at 165. First year Jake logan capped Lehigh’s impressive four-fight run with two third-period strikeouts to secure a victory at 174.

When Lehigh meets the Penn State No.2 on Sunday, the Mountain Hawks will face a top-five ranked opponent for the first time since the 2019-20 season when Lehigh went 2-1 against the top five enemies, beating the No.1 4 Oklahoma State and No. 5 Arizona State and loss to No. 3 Penn State. The Mountain Hawks hold five double wins against the top five teams under Pat Santoro. Lehigh beat No.1 Cornell in 2010-11, No.3 Ohio State in 2014-15 and No.4 Michigan in 2017-18. All of Lehigh’s best five wins under Santoro have come at home, with the exception of the win over Ohio State, which came in the NWCA National Duals in Iowa City, Iowa.

First-year student Malyke hines went 8-3 in 2021 winning an EIWA title at 133 and 2-2 in his first NCAA Championship appearance. One of two freshmen to win an EIWA crown last year, Hines was named the EIWA Freshman of the Year last spring. Three-time state champion at Osceola High School in Florida, Hines joined Jordan Wood (2018) and Josh humphreys (2019) as recent first-year EIWA Champions for the Mountain Hawks.

Five Lehigh wrestlers appear in latest InterMat ranking, led by seniors Jordan Wood and junior Josh humphreys, which are ranked 10th at 285 and 157, respectively. The Mountain Hawks also have five wrestlers ranked by FloWrestling, led by Wood at No. 9. Four wrestlers from Lehigh are ranked by Amateur Wrestling News and three appear in The Open Mat’s latest ranking. Wood, Humphreys and junior Jaret Street (125) are classified in the four points of sale. Second year Brian Meyer is ranked by three, while the champion EIWA Malyke hines is classified by two. InterMat ranks wrestlers from 1 to 33. FloWrestling ranks from 1-25. AWN and the Open Mat both go from 1 to 20.

Lock Haven opens its dual season Thursday when the Bald Eagles host Michigan State, ahead of Lehigh’s tours on Saturday afternoon. The Bald Eagles spent the first month of the season on the tournament circuit, competing in the Clarion Invitational, Journeymen Collegiate Classic and November 20 Navy Classic. Senior Luke Werner won the Navy Classic at 125 and is one of two bald eagles ranked by InterMat with Ben Barton at 157. Barton finished fourth in the Navy Classic. Scott Moore is in his ninth season as Lock Haven head coach.

Lehigh and Lock Haven will meet for the 13th time and the first time since the 2006-07 season when the Mountain Hawks claimed a 33-9 victory in the Pennsylvania Duals. The Mountain Hawks have won the last two matches of the series, which began in December 1969.

Penn State brings a 3-0 double mark in a weekend that will begin with a trip to Penn before Lehigh visits Rec Hall on Sunday. The Nittany Lions defeated Sacred Heart and Oregon State at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex on November 13 and defeated the Army on November 18 in their home opener. Penn State has won eight of the last 10 NCAA tag team titles, but enjoyed a four-game winning streak at the hands of Iowa last March. The Nittany Lions won four individual NCAA titles last March with the return of the four champions and are currently ranked No.1 at their respective weight: Roman Bravo-Young (133), Nick Lee (141), Carter Starocci (174). ) and Aaron Brooks (184). Four other Penn State wrestlers are currently in the latest InterMat rankings. NCAA wrestling legend Cael Sanderson is in his 13th season as Penn State head coach.

Penn State is Lehigh’s most often wrestled opponent. Sunday’s duel marks the 109th meeting in Lehigh’s most contested series. Lehigh and Penn State met at least once in 87 straight seasons before the 2020-21 reunion was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nittany Lions have won the last 10 duels of the series. Lehigh won the first two duels with Penn State under Pat Santoro, but Santoro is now 2-10 against the Nittany Lions as Lehigh’s head coach. The Mountain Hawks’ last game against the Nittany Lions was Cael Sanderson’s first match as Penn State head coach in November 2009.

Saturday’s duel at Lock Haven kicks off at 1 p.m. from Thomas Fieldhouse. The duel will be broadcast on the PSAC digital network and audio coverage will be available on Fox Sports Radio 1230/1320 AM and 94.7 and LVFoxSports.com. Sunday’s Lehigh-Penn State duel begins at 2 p.m. at Rec Hall in University Park, PA. Streaming video will be available on B1G +. There will be no Lehigh audio coverage for the Penn State game.

After a break for final exams, Lehigh will close 2021 at Collegiate Wrestling Duals, December 20-21 at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla. then will face an opponent to be determined on December 21. Lehigh will open the 2022 part of his calendar with home matches against Binghamton and Cornell on January 7 and 8 inside the Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall.

Lehigh’s 2021-22 wrestling season is presented by Historic Hotel Bethlehem.

Dated: December 4, 2021
Opponent: Lock Haven Bald Eagle
First match: 1:00 p.m.
Arena: Thomas fieldhouse
Site: Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.
Lehigh’s record: 2-1 overall, 0-0 EIWA
Lock Haven’s record: 0-0 total, 0-0 MAC
Series: Lehigh leads 8-4
Television: Nothing
Radio: Fox Sports Radio 1230/1320 AM and 94.7 FM from 12:45 p.m.
Internet broadcast: Video on the PSAC digital network
Audio on LVFoxSports.com
Dated: December 5, 2021
Opponent: No.2 Penn State Nittany Lions
First match: 2:00 p.m.
Arena: Recreation room
Site: University Park, Pennsylvania.
Lehigh’s record: 2-1 overall, 0-0 EIWA
The Penn State Record: 3-0 overall, 0-0 Big Ten
Series: Penn State leads 71-34-3
Television: Nothing
Radio: Nothing
Internet broadcast: Video on B1G +

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