PHILADELPHIA -- In its next-to-last action of the dual season, No. 11 Lehigh posted a convincing 35-9 victory over Penn Thursday night at the Palestra. The Mountain Hawks won six of the eight contested bouts, with four bonus point wins on the way to their 10th consecutive dual win.
Junior Chris Weiler won by technical fall in his return to action, while sophomore Josh Humphreys freshman Brian Meyer and junior Jordan Wood posted wins by major decision, for the Mountain Hawks, who are now 11-3 on the dual season and 7-1 against EIWA foes.
The dual began at 141, where Doug Zapf, the only ranked Quaker to compete Thursday, held off sophomore Dan Moran 3-1 behind a second period takedown.
From there, Lehigh rolled off five consecutive victories to take control by a 19-3 margin.
Sophomore Jimmy Hoffman gutted out a 2-1 decision over Lucas Revano at 149. Hoffman had to take an injury timeout after tweaking his knee on and Revano second period escape. Revano took bottom after the timeout and Hoffman rode out to build a large riding time advantage. Hoffman escaped early in the third and with strong defense prevailed 2-1 behind 1:50 of riding time.
"You have to be good in all three positions and top is one of those," Lehigh head coach Pat Santoro said. "There are so many aspects to this sport that you better be good in all of them because you never know when you're going to need one of them."
Humphreys put Lehigh in front for good with a 9-1 major decision over Jon Errico at 157. Humphreys had three takedowns and a reversal, and accumulated more than five minutes of riding time working to turn Errico.
Meyer made it back-to-back major decisions with a 10-2 victory over Jack Conway at 165. Needing a takedown late with secure the major, Meyer scored a takedown with eight seconds remaining, his fourth takedown of the bout, to extend Lehigh's lead.
"It was fun to see Brian go out and execute and get a lot of takedowns tonight," Santoro said. "I'm really happy for him. He is getting better every week and he has wrestled some studs this year.
Senior Jordan Kutler put the Mountain Hawks up 14-3 at intermission with a 10-4 decision of Neil Antrassian at 174.
After sitting out the Bucknell dual, Weiler came back with a vengeance, building a 9-0 lead after one period on the way to a 16-0 technical fall over John Stout at 184. Weiler scored a takedown and had a two point near fall, a four point near fall and a stalling point in the first period. He opened the second with an escape and then scored a takedown and four point near fall to end the bout at 4:16.
"He did what he was supposed to do," Santoro said of Weiler. "It's great having Chris back in our lineup. We miss him when we don't have him. When he's in there he makes us a lot better."
Penn's only other points came at 197 where Cole Urbas was a winner by injury default over junior Jake Jakobsen. Scoreless in the second period, Urbas returned Jakobsen to the mat and turned him for four near fall before action was stopped due to a Jakobsen injury. While Jakobsen attempted to talk his way into continuing, the Lehigh coaches erred on the side of caution with the 19-9 lead in the dual.
Wood closed the evening out with a 14-3 major decision over Nate Hoagland at 285. Penn (6-9, 5-6 EIWA) then forfeited 125 and 133 to juniors Brandon Paetzell and Nick Farro, respectively.
The Mountain Hawks will close out the dual meet season tomorrow when they host No. 5 Arizona State on Senior Night inside Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall. Lehigh will recognize its eight member senior class prior to the dual, which begins at 7 p.m. A very limited number of tickets still remain and can be purchased at LehighTickets.com or by calling 610-7LU-GAME during business hours.
"You always want to be wrestling well at the end of the year," Santoro said. "Its that championship mindset right now. We're into that last stage so you have to be excited about tomorrow night and you have to be excited going into Easterns and NCAAs."
The 2019-20 Lehigh wrestling season is presented by the Historic Hotel Bethlehem.
141 - Doug Zapf (Penn) dec. Dan Moran (Lehigh) 3-1
149 - Jimmy Hoffman (Lehigh) dec. Lucas Revano (Penn) 2-1
157 - Josh Humphreys (Lehigh) major dec. Jon Errico (Penn) 9-1
165 - Brian Meyer (Lehigh) major dec. Jack Conway (Penn) 10-2
174 - Jordan Kutler (Lehigh) dec. Neil Antrassian (Penn) 10-4
184 - Chris Weiler (Lehigh) tech fall John Stout (Penn) 16-0, 4:16
197 - Cole Urbas (Penn) injury default Jake Jakobsen (Lehigh) 4:28
285 - Jordan Wood (Lehigh) major dec. Nate Hoagland (Penn) 14-3
125 - Brandon Paetzell (Lehigh) won by forfeit
133 - Nick Farro (Lehigh) won by forfeit