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Princeton tops Lehigh for second straight year

Different venue, different year, same result for the Princeton wrestling team in its series with Lehigh.

A year after the Tigers got their first win over Lehigh since 1968 in a match in Bethlehem, Princeton gave the home fans the treat of seeing a win over the Mountain Hawks, 18-14 Saturday night in Jadwin Gym.

The back-to-back wins are the first over Lehigh for Princeton since the 1934-35 and 1936-37 seasons.

In a battle of nationally-ranked wrestlers, Princeton's fifth-ranked Patrick Glory won in sudden victory overtime over 17th-ranked Brandon Paetzell at 125 to open the evening before the crowd of 886.

Lehigh was able to answer and square the match at 3-3 with a decision win by 19th-ranked Nick Farro over Princeton's Sean Pierson, but Princeton won each of the next four bouts by decision to run up a 15-3 lead. At 165, Grant Cuomo had the last of those over Lehigh's Bryan Meyer to provide what became the clinching win.

The lead weathered consecutive Lehigh wins, by major decision for second-ranked Jordan Keller at 174 over Kevin Parker and by decision for Chris Weiler at 184 over Travis Stefanik, to make it 15-10, but second-ranked Patrick Brucki's win by decision over 16th-ranked Jake Jakobsen at 197 put the match out of reach for Lehigh by pushing Princeton's lead to 18-10 with just the heavyweight match to go.

Princeton will have the Thanksgiving holiday weekend away from competition before making the trip to Stillwater, Okla., to face current No. 7 Oklahoma State. On Nov. 16, the Mountain Hawks opened their dual season with a 21-20 win over Oklahoma State that came down to third criteria.

Results:
125: #5 Patrick Glory (Princeton) wins by decision over #17 Brandon Paetzell (Lehigh), 5-3, sv-1
133: #19 Nick Farro (Lehigh) wins by decision over Sean Pierson (Princeton), 11-5
141: Marshall Keller (Princeton) wins by decision over Ryan Pomrinca (Lehigh), 2-1
149: #12 Mike D'Angelo (Princeton) wins by decision over Jimmy Hoffman (Lehigh), 6-5
157: #9 Quincy Monday (Princeton) wins by decision over #10 Josh Humphreys (Lehigh), 8-6
165: Grant Cuomo (Princeton) wins by decision over Brian Meyer (Lehigh), 4-2
174: #2 Jordan Keller (Lehigh) wins by major decision over Kevin Parker (Princeton), 16-6
184: Chris Weiler (Lehigh) wins by decision over Travis Stefanik (Princeton), 11-4
197: #2 Patrick Brucki (Princeton) wins by decision over #16 Jake Jakobsen (Lehigh), 7-4
285: #6 Jordan Wood (Lehigh) wins by major decision over Aidan Conner (Princeton), 13-2

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