Lehigh made sure his inaugural season wrestling road trip wasn’t in vain.
After the Mountain Hawks, ranked 24th in the first NWCA coach survey, Campbell dropped a 22-11 decision in the start of a double dual, rallied to host Oregon State 21-12 at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis , Oregon, treat. on Saturday night in a game that ended at 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time.
Lehigh won six of the 10 fights against the Beavers, who previously defeated the Camels 23-12, but scored only one bonus point.
Those came to 157 pounds where Junior Josh Humphreys showed the form that made him a first-team NWCA All-American in 2020 before missing the entire 2021 season with injuries, Hunter Willits in 2:08 with the kind of flamboyant move that would have blown up the roof of Grace Hall if the Mountain Hawks had been home.
Expect the Humphreys to be warmly welcomed by Lehigh fans when the Mountain Hawks open the home season against Pittsburgh on November 21st.
The most exciting win over Oregon State came, perhaps predictably, from Junior Jaret Lane in the opening bout at 125. He was 5-3 behind Brandon Kaylor in the third period before a six-point move secured a 9-5 win. Lane’s aggressiveness and dynamism can make him give up points, but it also allows him to get them back quickly.
Lehigh ended the duel with triumphs coming from behind. At the age of 285, Jordan Wood was defeated by Gary Traub in the third third in the fifth year and was 3-1 behind. Wood escaped calmly and then, late in the fight, went deep with a high single, bringing Traub to the mat to take a 4-3 lead which he made up for with a short but intense ride. It was an achievement that did not dominate, but offered fine technique, a feeling of awareness and, above all, an extremely calm, collected competence.
Lehigh got a similar performance from Brian Meyer, a graduate from Phillipsburg, at 165 in a 4-2 win over Matthew Olguin. Meyer led 3-1 into third place when Olguin went down, and Meyer rode him just long enough to secure the driving time for a comfortable 4-2 decision.
AJ Burkhart, who had risen from 157 to 184 that season, seemed very comfortable with his new weight beating Mason Reiniche 10-4, and JT Davis showed strength at 197 in a 6-1 decision the top and intense physicality.
The Mountain Hawks’ three losses to the Beavers all came in sequence. With 133 Malyke Hines managed to catch up in the third period, but was beaten three times in the first period in a 10-8 defeat. At 141 years old, Northampton graduate Dan Moran failed to get on his offensive in a 3-0 defeat and at 149 Manzona Bryant wrestled well enough to win but made some costly mistakes and dropped 4-6.
All in all, an encouraging performance for Lehigh, especially after the opening defeat to Campbell, in which only Hines, Humphreys and Wood could triumph. Humphreys’ major gave him two bonus points that evening.
The Mountain Hawks will return on Sunday at the Journeyman Collegiate Classic at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, the venue for the EIWA 2021 championships.
Campbell 22, No. 24 Lehigh 11
125 – Anthony Molton, C, d. Sheldon Seymour, 3-2
133 – Malyke Hines, L, d. Domenick Zaccone, 8-4
141 – Shannon Hanna, C, d. Dan Moran, 7-4
149 – Josh Heil, C, d. Jimmy Hoffmann, 3-2
157 – Josh Humphreys, L, md. Matt Dallara, 8-0
165 – Nation of Troy, C, d. Brian Meyer, 8-6 SV
174 – Austin Murphy, C, d. Jake Logan, 3-2
184 – Caleb Hopkins, C, d. AJ Burkhart ,. 4-2 SV
197 – Chris Kober, C, md. JT Davis., 12-2
285 – Jordan Wood, L. md. Chad Nix, 12-4
No. 24 Lehigh 21, Oregon State 12
125 – Jaret Lane, L. d. Brandon Kaylor, 9-5
133 – Jason Shaner, OSU, d. Hines, 10-8
141 – Grant Willits, OSU, d. Moran, 3-0
149 – Cory Crooks, OSU, d. Manzona Bryant IV, 6-4
157 – Humphreys, L. p. Hunter Willits, 2:08
165 – Meyer, L. d. Matthew Olguin, 4-2
174 – Aaron Olmos, OSU, d. Logan, 4-1
184 – Burkhart, L, d. Mason Reiniche, 10-4
197 – Davis, L, d. JJ Dixon, 6-1
285 – wood, L, d. Gary Traub (OSU) 4-3
125 – Seymour, L, d. Korbin Meink, Campbell, 3-2
133 – Devan Turner, OSU, d. Satoshi Abe, L, 12-7
149 – Bryant, L, d. Lane Stigall, OSU, 11-9
174 – Tyler Sung, L., S. Riley Augustine, Campbell, 4:04
184 – Brad Kata, OSU, d. Caden Wright, L, 6-4
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