EDINBORO, Pa. - The No. 11 Lehigh wrestling team concluded its two-day western Pennsylvania road trip with gritty 20-13 victory at snowy Edinboro on Saturday afternoon. The Mountain Hawks claimed victories in six bouts, including the first three, and earned bonus points in three of those six victories.
Lehigh is now 3-0 in duals this season and Edinboro is now 0-3.
"I knew on paper this was going to be a really tight dual and turned out that it was," said head coach Pat Santoro. "There were a couple of close bouts that we wish we could have won, but they wanted to win them also and they did. Any time you can come up here and leave with a win it is a good thing."
Two bouts on the day needed extra time to decide a winner, including the opening bout at 125 between junior Darian Cruz and Sean Russell. Cruz scored a first period takedown, but Russell countered with and escape in the second and then racked up 1:21 riding time to force the bout into overtime. After a scoreless sudden victory period, Cruz scored a reversal and tacked on two near fall points as he claimed the 6-3 victory.
The Mountain Hawks stuck with an aggressive mindset as sophomore Scott Parker scored the first points of his 133-pound bout with a first period takedown over Korbin Myers. Parker tacked on another point with an escape and received an addition point with 1:32 riding time en route to a 4-1 decision.
Senior Randy Cruz earned the first team bonus point of the dual with his 8-0 major decision over Ozzy Lugo at 141. Controlled the match the whole way and racked up 3:08 in riding time to secure necessary eight points for the major.
After falling behind 10-0 through the first three bouts, the Fighting Scots finally got on the board in the 149 bout as Patricio Lugo edged out senior Laike Gardner for a 4-0 decision. Lugo scored all his points in the second period as he put Gardner on his back for four near fall points.
Lehigh got back in the win column at 157 when freshman Jordan Kutler scored the team's second major decision of the dual win an 8-0 victory over Chase Delande. Kutler notched takedowns in the first and third periods to go along with two escapes and point awarded for a second stall warning on Delande.
Edinboro earned a major decision at 165 to keep within striking distance as Austin Matthews defeated junior Drew Longo by a score of 11-3. Matthews was the aggressor early with two first period takedowns and a 1:25of riding time. Matthews had the potential for technical fall, but two challenges by coach Santoro reversed the calls on the mat and took away two takedowns for Matthews.
Sophomore Ryan Preisch and Ty Schoffstall traded blows throughout most of their 174-pound bout. Preisch broke the bout open late as he scored a takedown with four near fall points in the third period. He gained an additional point with his 1:51 in riding time to post a 12-5 victory
In the 184-pound bout, Dakota Geer scored a takedown in the closing minute of the first period, but freshman Kyle Gentile managed to escape. Gentile scored another escape in the second, but an escape for Geer to start the third period proved to be the difference-maker in the 3-2 victory for Geer.
After being taken down in the first period at 197 by Dylan Reynolds, senior Ben Haas scored an escape and racked up over two minutes in riding time to finish the first period. Haas would go on to score another escape and finished with 2:02 in riding time to earn the 4-2 victory.
The dual ended in similar fashion as it started with another overtime bout to close things out at 285. Doug Vollaro and William Miller both conceded escapes during regulation to head into overtime tied 1-1. Miller would go on to claim the 4-2 victory with a takedown in the second sudden victory period.
The Mountain Hawks have a break from competition before returning to the mat in a nationally-ranked battle at Penn State on Sunday December 4. Lehigh will square off the Nittany Lions the Bryce Jordan Center starting at noon, in a match that will be nationally televised on Big Ten Network. The Brown and White will return home to Leeman-Turner Arena on December 9 for a dual against Princeton starting at 7 p.m.
125: Darian Cruz (Lehigh) decision Sean Russell (Edinboro) 6-3 (TB-1)
133: Scott Parker (Lehigh) decision Korbin Myers (Edinboro) 4-1
141: Randy Cruz (Lehigh) major dec. Ozzy Lugo (Edinboro) 8-0
149: Patricio Lugo (Edinboro) dec Laike Gardner (Lehigh) 4-0
157: Jordan Kutler (Lehigh) major dec. Chase Delande (Edinboro) 8-0
165: Austin Matthews (Edinboro) major dec. Drew Longo (Lehigh) 11-3
174: Ryan Preisch decision Ty Schoffstall (Edinboro) 12-5
184: Dakota Geer (Edinboro) decision Kyle Gentile (Lehigh) 3-2
197: Ben Haas (Lehigh) decision Dylan Reynolds (Edinboro) 4-2
285: William Miller (Edinboro) decision Doug Vollaro (Lehigh) 4-2 (SV-2)