BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Competing in Staber Arena for the first time since 2016, No. 10 Lehigh went down to the wire with No. 4 Oklahoma State. A Cowboy forfeit in the final bout at 133 left the dual tied at 20-20, and on the third criteria, total match points, a 58-48 advantage gave the Mountain Hawks the 21-20 victory Saturday afternoon.
Lehigh won three of the first five bouts, with a pair of major decisions, to build an 11-6 led at intermission. Oklahoma State got back in the dual with a fall at 184 and a major decision at 197 but the Cowboys did not have a 133 pounder available. When junior Brandon Paetzell kept fourth-ranked Nick Piccininni to a regular decision at 125, the forfeit allowed the Mountain Hawks to tie the dual and ultimately, win their dual opener on criteria.
The win is just the second in program history over the Cowboys, who had won 10 of the previous 11 and are now 1-1 on the dual season. It is also Lehigh's fourth dual win over a top five-ranked team in 11-plus years under Pat Santoro.
The dual began at 141 with senior Ryan Pomrinca taking on Dusty Hone. A late first period takedown was the difference as Pomrinca posted a 3-2 victory.
Sixth-ranked Boo Lewallen put Oklahoma State on the board with a 4-0 decision over sophomore Jimmy Hoffman at 149.
Sophomore Josh Humphreys got the Mountain Hawks, and the crowd going with a 16-2 major decision over Wyatt Sheets at 157. Humphreys scored two takedowns and added a pair of four point near falls to lead 12-1 after one period as he avenged a sudden victory loss to Sheets last February.
Freshman Brian Meyer came up just short in his dual debut at 165, as he gave up a second period takedown that proved to be the difference in 3-2 decision for Travis Wittlake.
Senior Jordan Kutler capped the first half of the dual with an impressive 20-6 major decision over Andrew Shomers at 174. Kutler racked up eight takedowns and came up just short of the technical fall. He had four takedowns in the first period and added one in the second and three more in the third.
A wild bout at 184 turned momentum back in the Cowboys' favor as Anthony Montalvo pinned junior Chris Weiler in the third period. A late reversal and two point near fall had Weiler up 8-4 after one period, but Montalvo broke an 8-8 tie with a couple of takedowns in the final period before securing the fall.
Dakota Geer extended the Cowboys' lead to 16-11 with a 15-5 major decision over Jake Jakobsen at 197. Geer led 3-0 after two periods and broke the match open with five takedowns in the final frame.
Junior Jordan Wood put Lehigh back on track with a 9-4 decision over Austin Harris at 285.
In the final contested bout, Piccininni built a 4-1 lead after two and was able to secure the 11-3 major decision with his takedown in the final seconds.
Junior Nick Farro got his hand raised at 133, with Lehigh earning the extra team point on criteria.
The Mountain Hawks will face two ranked foes next weekend, beginning with a trip to No. 16 Princeton on Saturday for a 5 p.m. match. On Sunday, Lehigh will host No. 15 Pittsburgh at Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall. Match time is set for 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at LehighTickets.com or by calling 610-7LU-GAME during business hours.
The 2019-20 Lehigh Wrestling season is presented by the Historic Hotel Bethlehem.
141 - Ryan Pomrinca (Lehigh) dec. Dusty Hone (OSU) 3-2
149 - Boo Lewallen (OSU) dec. Jimmy Hoffman (Lehigh) 4-0
157 - Josh Humphreys (Lehigh) major dec. Wyatt Sheets (OSU) 16-2
165 - Travis Wittlake (OSU) def. Brian Meyer (Lehigh) 3-2
174 - Jordan Kutler (Lehigh) major dec. Andrew Shomers (OSU) 20-6
184 - Anthony Montalvo (OSU) Fall Chris Weiler (Lehigh) 6:26
197 - Dakota Geer (OSU) major dec. Jake Jakobsen (Lehigh) 15-5
285 - Jordan Wood (Lehigh) dec. Austin Harris (OSU) 9-4
125 - Nick Piccininni (OSU) major dec. Brandon Paetzell (Lehigh) 11-3
133 - Nick Farro (Lehigh) won by forfeit
Attendance - 2,930
* - Lehigh wins on third criteria - total match points (58-48)