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Lehigh rolls to 28-3 win at Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. -- No. 22 Lehigh opened up its Oklahoma trip with a convincing 28-3 win over the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday night at McCasland Field House. The Mountain Hawks won the first nine bouts and only scored bonus points in one, but continued to find ways to win matches, as Lehigh fell one bout short of its first shutout win since 2016.

With the win, Lehigh moves to 7-8 in duals and has now won seven of its last eight.

"We won all the swing matches, which was good because this could have easily gone the other way tonight," Lehigh head coach Pat Santoro said. "We had to win those, so that was important. We still need to score more points. We're going into a hostile environment tomorrow so we'll have to be ready."

Freshman Luke Resnick gave the Mountain Hawks an early boost with a 4-2 decision over Christian Moody in the opening bout at 125. Resnick used his dump move to score takedowns in each of the first two periods to earn his third win of the season.

"He just keeps getting better," Santoro said of Resnick. "He's getting better every week. He works really hard. I'm really happy for him to go out there and get that win tonight."

Sophomore Brandon Paetzell followed with a 7-2 decision over Alex Madrigal at 133. Madrigal scored the first takedown but Paetzell was in control after that, adding a takedown of his own and riding out the second period, before escaping and icing the match with a late third period takedown that also clinched riding time.

Perhaps Lehigh's most impressive win came at 141 where Ryan Pomrinca used a late score to stun No. 13 Dom Demas 5-2. Pomrinca gave up a stalling point in the first period and an escape in the second and trailed 2-1 after an escape in the third. With time winding down, Pomrinca grabbed Demas' leg and dropped him for the go-ahead takedown, adding two late near fall points for the final margin, which gave Lehigh a 9-0 lead.

"Ryan really has some good stuff when he opens up," Santoro said. "He was forced to open up and he got that takedown and the backs for a really good win."

Senior Cortlandt Schuyler and Davion Jeffries engaged in a back-and-forth bout for the second straight year at 149. Both wrestlers scored two takedowns in regulation with Schuyler scoring first in the first and Jefferies scoring first in the third. Tied 7-7 after seven minutes, Schuyler got to Jeffries' leg in sudden victory and picked up the takedown to win 9-7.

Lehigh led 15-0 at intermission after freshman Josh Humphreys rode out the second period and escaped in the third to defeat Justin Thomas 2-0 at 157.

Senior Gordon Wolf delivered the lone bonus win of the dual, topping Hayden Hansen 14-5 at 165. Wolf scored three takedowns and added two reversals to offset a pair of Hansen reversals. Wolf also turned Hansen for two points early in the second period.

The Lehigh lead grew to 22-0 after 174 as junior Jordan Kutler made a first period takedown and strong ride stand in a 4-2 decision over Anthony Mantanona, Kutler's second win over the Sooner this season.

Senior Ryan Preisch racked up three takedowns and more than three minutes of riding time, but could not secure the third period takedown he needed for a major as he settled for a 7-1 decision over Kayne MacCallum at 184.

Sophomore Chris Weiler delivered Lehigh's ninth straight win, scoring a late takedown to beat Jake Woodley 6-4 at 197. Woodley scored takedowns in the first and third periods, but a second period ride out kept Weiler in the mix. Trailing 4-3 late, Weiler was able to come up with the go-ahead takedown and added the riding time point for the two point decision.

"We made some mistakes tonight, but I'll take that because we were being aggressive," Santoro said. "Last week we weren't aggressive at all. We showed you can give up a takedown and come back. You just have to trust that if you get down you can still come back."

With the dual in hand, freshman Victor Lacombe made his dual debut in place of sophomore Jordan Wood and took on Jake Boyd at 285. Boyd scored a first period takedown and led 4-2 in the third after a stalling point, but Lacombe came back with an impressive double leg takedown to tie the match at 4-4. Lacombe granted Boyd the escape and pursued the go-ahead score but couldn't get it as Boyd held on for a 5-4 win for Oklahoma's lone win of the night.

Lehigh finished with a 17-5 edge in takedowns and secured the riding time point in six of its nine wins. Oklahoma falls to 5-6 with the setback.

The Mountain Hawks will be back in action on Sunday when they visit No. 2 Oklahoma State, with match time set for 1:30 p.m. (CT) from Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla. Video for the dual will be available on FloWrestling.org (subscription required). Audio coverage will be available on Fox Sports Radio 1230 and 1320 and LVFoxSports.com.

The 2018-19 Lehigh wrestling season is presented by the Historic Hotel Bethlehem.

Results:
125 - Luke Resnick (Lehigh) dec. Christian Moody (OU) 4-2
133 - Brandon Paetzell (Lehigh) dec. Alex Madrigal (OU) 7-2
141 - Ryan Pomrinca (Lehigh) dec. Dom Demas (OU) 5-2
149 - Cortlandt Schuyler (Lehigh) dec. Davion Jeffries (OU) 9-7, sv
157 - Josh Humphreys (Lehigh) dec. Justin Thomas (OU) 2-0
165 - Gordon Wolf (Lehigh) major dec. Hayden Hansen (OU) 14-5
174 - Jordan Kutler (Lehigh) dec. Anthony Mantanona (OU) 4-2
184 - Ryan Preisch (Lehigh) dec. Kayne MacCallum (OU) 7-1
197 - Chris Weiler (Lehigh) dec. Jake Woodley (OU) 6-4
285 - Jake Boyd (OU) dec. Victor Lacombe (Lehigh) 5-4

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