Lehigh downs Duke, Missouri to cap 3-0 showing at South Beach Duals

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- No. 14 Lehigh completed a 3-0 trip to the South Beach Duals with two victories Monday at the Broward County Convention Center. The Mountain Hawks began the day with a dominant 47-4 win over Duke, then broke a 9-9 tie by claiming the final four bouts in a 22-9 defeat of No. 19 Missouri.

Six Mountain Hawks posted 2-0 records on the day, with five of the six going 3-0 over the two day event as Lehigh enters the second half of the dual season with a 4-3 mark.

"It's good to see the hard work paying off," Lehigh head coach Pat Santoro said. "We've done a lot of little things right. Wrestling the full seven minutes. Attacking a lot more. It makes a big difference."

In the day's first match against Duke, Lehigh benefitted from a pair of forfeits, but was dominant in the bouts that were contested. Six of Lehigh's seven non-forfeit wins produced bonus points, including four technical falls and then back-to-back pins by juniors Jake Jakobsen (197) and Jordan Wood (285) to close out the dual.

Sophomore Dan Moran made his first season dual appearance at 141, earning a 22-7 technical fall over Ty Mill. Freshman Brian Meyer recorded his first career dual victory with an 8-7 decision over Ben Anderson at 165.

"He's right there and you can see it," Santoro said of Meyer. "If he starts winning some matches in the next month its not going to be a surprise, because he's knocking on the door. He's in every match and he's doing a great job."

Sophomore Josh Humphreys and junior Chris Weiler both won 16-0 technical falls that were decided in the first period.

Duke (0-4) won its only about at 174 where Mason Eaglin defeated senior Kent Lane, subbing for Jordan Kutler, 10-2.

Things were much tighter in the second match of the day against Missouri. Just one of the 10 bouts produced bonus points.

Juniors Brandon Paetzell (125) and Nick Farro (133) grinded out decisions to stake Lehigh to a 6-0 lead but ranked wrestlers at 141 and 149 pulled the Tigers (5-4) even.

"Brandon and Nick have been great spark plugs for our lineup," Santoro said. "They're getting better each week. That's really important because they want to place high at the national tournament. They both have goals of being national champions. You have to be consistent. The more consistent you are, the better your chances are in March."

Humphreys put Lehigh back in front with a 3-0 win over Jarrett Jacques, avenging a loss at the South Beach Duals last season. The sophomore outscored his opponents 30-0 in three victories at the South Beach Duals.

Meyer came up a point short in a 3-2 decision against Peyton Mocco as the dual was tied 9-9 with four bouts remaining.

Kutler put the Mountain Hawks in front for good, scoring takedowns in each of the first two periods to defeat Jeremiah Kent 4-0. Kent chose top in the third and was able to ride out the period, but was unable to turn Kutler or put any points on the board.

A 13-6 win for Weiler over Dylan Wisman put Lehigh up six with two bouts remaining, before Jakobsen clinched the dual for the Mountain Hawks with the only bonus win of the match, a 12-2 major decision over Wyatt Koelling.

Wood closed out the dual with a 6-2 decision over Jacob Bohlken.

"We knew there were a lot of swing matches going in," Santoro said. "Missouri is one of the best-coached teams in the country. To come out with the win and take those swing matches was really important."

The Mountain Hawks will send a contingent of wrestlers to the Southern Scuffle, Jan. 1-2 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Lehigh's next dual action will come during a trip to central New York as the Mountain Hawks will face Binghamton Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. and Cornell Jan. 11 at 1 p.m.

The 2019-20 Lehigh wrestling season is presented by the Historic Hotel Bethlehem.

No. 14 Lehigh 47, Duke 4
125 - Brandon Paetzell (Lehigh) won by forfeit
133 - Nick Farro (Lehigh) tech fall Harrison Campbell (Duke) 21-6, 6:03
141 - Dan Moran (Lehigh) tech fall Ty Mill (Duke) 22-7, 7:00
149 - Luke Karam (Lehigh) won by forfeit
157 - Josh Humphreys (Lehigh) tech fall Eric Carter (Duke) 16-0, 1:30
165 - Brian Meyer (Lehigh) dec. Ben Anderson (Duke) 8-7
174 - Mason Eaglin (Duke) major dec. Kent Lane (Lehigh) 10-2
184 - Chris Weiler (Lehigh) tech fall Kai Blake (Duke) 16-0, 2:28
197 - Jake Jakobsen (Lehigh) Fall Vincent Baker (Duke) 3:50
285 - Jordan Wood (Lehigh) Fall Jonah Niesenbaum (Duke) 5:44

No. 14 Lehigh 22, No. 19 Missouri 9
125 - Brandon Paetzell (Lehigh) dec. Dack Punke (Missouri) 5-2
133 - Nick Farro (Lehigh) dec. Allan Hart (Missouri) 6-3
141 - Grant Leeth (Missouri) dec. Ryan Pomrinca (Lehigh) 5-3
149 - Brock Mauller (Missouri) dec. Luke Karam (Lehigh) 8-2
157 - Josh Humphreys (Lehigh) dec. Jarrett Jacques (Missouri) 3-0
165 - Peyton Mocco (Missouri) dec. Brian Meyer (Lehigh) 3-2
174 - Jordan Kutler (Lehigh) dec. Jeremiah Kent (Missouri) 4-0
184 - Chris Weiler (Lehigh) dec. Dylan Wisman (Missouri) 13-6
197 - Jake Jakobsen (Lehigh) dec. Wyatt Koelling (Missouri) 12-2
285 - Jordan Wood (Lehigh) dec. Jacob Bohlken (Missouri) 6-2


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