LEWISBURG, Pa. -- No. 11 Lehigh kicked off a stretch of three duals in eight days with a strong 32-8 win at Bucknell Friday night at Davis Gym. The Mountain Hawks won eight bouts, scored bonus points in four of those wins, and held a 19-2 edge in takedowns as Lehigh wins its ninth straight dual, improving to 10-3 overall and 6-1 against EIWA foes.
Bucknell actually finished the night with more reversals (three) than takedowns as the Bison fall to 9-5 overall and 8-2 in the EIWA.
"Bucknell always wrestles hard. They wrestle three periods. We knew that coming in," Lehigh head coach Pat Santoro said. "My biggest concern was having two of the last three weekends off, not really by design, but just the way things fell. Tonight was similar to the Army match. Once we got those first few out of the way, the jitters we're gone and we went out and wrestled pretty well."
Junior Brandon Paetzell started the dual with a 9-4 win over Brandon Seidman at 125. Paetzell scored a pair of first period takedowns to lead 4-1 but after giving up a second period takedown, needed a third period score to secure the victory.
Bucknell tied things at 133 as Darren Miller beat junior Nick Farro 6-4. Farro scored the first two takedowns but gave up a reversal late in the first period. A third period takedown and ride out by Miller broke a 4-4 tie.
A 10-5 decision by sophomore Dan Moran over David Campbell at 141 sparked a three match Lehigh winning streak. Moran racked up four takedowns in his victory.
Sophomore Jimmy Hoffman followed with a 10-1 major decision over Matthew Kolonia at 149. Leading 3-1 late in the third, Hoffman countered a Kolonia throw attempt for a takedown and four point near fall, which along with riding time advantage helped secure the major.
"That was a pretty tight match and that move opened it up," Santoro said. "That got us a bonus point. We'd like to see some more takedowns from Jimmy but he's working his way back. Every week he's getting a little bit better in the room. You can see it."
A 9-3 decision from sophomore Josh Humphreys over Jaden Fisher at 157 gave Lehigh a 13-3 lead at intermission.
Freshman Brian Meyer had an impressive upset bid against No. 14 Zach Hartman at 165. Meyer scored the bout's only takedown in the first period and led 2-1 into the third period, but Hartman reversed and rode out to rally for a 3-2 decision.
Hartman's win would be Bucknell's last of the evening. Senior Jordan Kutler answered with his second straight pin as he cradled Mitch Hartman to his back for the fall at 2:44.
"Jordan has picked up a lot of bonus points this year and he needs to continue to do that," Santoro said. "He needs to keep working for multiple takedowns, so when he gets into those big matches late in the year, he can go out and get a couple."
Santoro sent senior Chase Gallik out at 184 in place of junior Chris Weiler and Gallik responded with a pin in his first dual appearance of the season. Holding a 1-0 lead in the third, Gallik used an assassin to stick Kyle Inlander at 6:05 for his fourth fall of the season.
"I'm so happy for Chase," Santoro said. "I love watching him wrestle. He has been in some 20-19 matches. It's rare to see him in a 0-0 like he was after the first period, but you know what you're getting from Chase. He's going to wrestle the whole time and he can pin you at any time. He did that tonight."
Lehigh claimed the last two bouts as junior Jake Jakobsen rode a first period takedown to a 3-0 decision over Drew Phipps at 197 and junior heavyweight Jordan Wood scored 12 points over the final two periods in a 12-0 major decision over Brandon Stokes.
The Mountain Hawks will close out the regular season with two duals next week. Lehigh will visit Penn in EIWA action Thursday at 7 p.m. and will host No. 5 Arizona State at Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall Friday at 7 p.m. The Mountain Hawks will recognize their senior class prior to the Arizona State dual. A limited number of tickets are still available and can be purchased at LehighTickets.com or by calling 610-7LU-GAME during business hours.
125 - Brandon Paetzell (Lehigh) dec. Brandon Seidman (Bucknell) 9-4
133 - Darren Miller (Bucknell) dec. Nick Farro (Lehigh) 6-4
141 - Dan Moran (Lehigh) dec. David Campbell (Bucknell) 10-5
149 - Jimmy Hoffman (Lehigh) major dec. Matthew Kolonia (Bucknell) 10-1
157 - Josh Humphreys (Lehigh) dec. Jaden Fisher (Bucknell) 9-3
165 - Zach Hartman (Bucknell) dec. Brian Meyer (Lehigh) 3-2
174 - Jordan Kutler (Lehigh) Fall Mitch Hartman (Bucknell) 2:44
184 - Chase Gallik (Lehigh) Fall Kyle Inlander (Bucknell) 6:05
197 - Jake Jakobsen (Lehigh) dec. Drew Phipps (Bucknell) 3-0
285 - Jordan Wood (Lehigh) major dec. Brandon Stokes (Bucknell) 12-0