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The Mountain Hawks finished a strong weekend dismantling two good local teams without so much as a hiccup. Drexel opted to draw for the starting weight. This allowed the fans to get a Devoy vs. Parker match to close things out. If you are new to my site, I’m not a fan of going through dual matches by weight class. I think that the highest ranked foes should go last in descending order. So non-ranked wrestlers go first then matches featuring only one ranked wrestler and so on till we get to the highest ranked pair.
I’ve seen more than a dozen matches this season and found the officiating today to be the most inconsistent. Non-counts for the drop down rule then drop down counts after a wild scramble. I wasn’t impressed. Jumping into legs when someone is already standing is also a stall tactic that wasn’t called today.
Drexel has had a nice run with wins over Army and Princeton but this dual shows how much higher they need to climb to get into the top 10-15.
By the same token Lehigh is clearly a top ten team at their best. However, the separation they found against Penn State shows the gap they need to close to get a trophy in March. Only a few Lehigh wrestlers appear to push themselves for bonus point wins when close. Bonus point pursuit is a great opportunity to grow as a wrestler and really helps with development but seems to be missing from some of the team leaders.
Back to the match: 1,111 fans got to see some good individual competitions. Randy Cruz bounced back from a tough loss Friday. I’m not sure Gardner is getting that much better or if Cimato just isn’t right. Maybe a combo, Cimato’s cardio didn’t appear in top shape. Did Laike push him that hard? Lane looks better almost every time has steps on the mat. I’m guessing that Kutler will be ready for the Scuffle (why rush him back from the flu). I thought that Elmer would provide a bit more of a challenge for Preisch. Nope. Preisch is a beast in the making. Tough, strong and a mental game plan to win. Gentile is getting better but has lapses. DeCiantis almost clawed his way back into the match. Goodhart was able to block the collar tie set up that Vollaro uses for his lefty shot and Vollaro’s inability to adjust his attack gave the Drexel wrestler the edge to win in dramatic style sudden victory. Cruz versus Fuentes is always fun. I’m glad that they opened it up for this match. I’ve seen a couple of these and they’ve been close affairs in the past. Cruz is better but Fuentes comes to compete, witch I really like. Parker and Devoy were close for a while but “stitches” opened it up on Devoy. If I had to pick Parker, Gardner and Preisch were my favorites over the weekend. They are getting better each match but they come to compete, have a plan and wrestle hard as long as it takes.
Both teams are back in action at the Southern Scuffle January 1st and 2nd. Have a great Christmas break folks.
141lbs – Randy Cruz (Lehigh) dec. David Pearce (Drexel) 6-0
149lbs – Laike Gardner (Lehigh) major dec. Matt Cimato (Drexel) 10-2
157lbs – Kent Lane (Lehigh) dec. Willie Davis (Drexel) 8-3
165lbs – Drew Longo (Lehigh) dec. Austin Rose (Drexel) 6-3
174lbs – Ryan Preisch (Lehigh) Fall Nick Elmer (Drexel) 1:03
184lbs – Kyle Gentile (Lehigh) dec. Alex DeCiantis (Drexel) 8-5
197lbs – Ben Haas (Lehigh) dec. Josh Murphy (Drexel) 4-1
285lbs – Joey Goodhart (Drexel) dec. Doug Vollaro (Lehigh) 3-1, sv
125lbs – Darian Cruz (Lehigh) dec. Zack Fuentes (Drexel) 10-5
133lbs – Scott Parker (Lehigh) dec. Kevin Devoy (Drexel) 11-5
Video highlights in progress.