A deep Lehigh wrestling team with an unsolidified lineup dominated a dense Wolverine roster that was missing some of it’s firepower. It wasn’t just an upset it was how the Mountain Hawks did it winning by 19 points in front of a loud and passionate crowd. Darian Cruz was back in after missing Friday night’s Edinboro match. Unfortunately for UM Austin Assad was out of the lineup. Cruz looked OK but wasn’t able to get bonus points to open the dual. Parker got the Snake Pit jumping with a 3rd period fall. Again Michigan was missing highly ranked Micic at this weight. Karam kept the ball-rolling showing off his counter and mat wrestling skills in a solid win over the higher ranked Profaci. Schuyler got the gym buzzing again by knocking off the higher ranked Amine. Then to top of the first half Ian Brown hit a 6-point counter takedown in the first period to knock off another higher ranked foe in Pantaleo. The sell-out crowd was stunned at pitching a shut out in the opening 5 matches and was waiting for the other shoe to drop as the meat of the Michigan lineup would emerge in second half.
It looked like the momentum might change as Logan Massa dismantled and broke Cole Walter with stunning ease. But that was it as Kutler and Preisch wrestled tough, well thought out matches while knocking off higher ranked foes. The crowd went crazy when both Lehigh wrestlers secured winning takedowns in the 3rd period. Jake Jakobson got in on the action too. With the dual settled they held out Beazley and JJ scored the only two points of the match. Adam Coon won a needlessly close match over Wood. Coon missed several takedowns with a loose single leg grip and slow finishes. I’m a Coon fan but if he wants to compete with Kyle Snyder he’s got some work to do.
You can catch Lehigh at #19 Princeton December 1st and versus #1 Penn State December 3rd. Michigan will be at the Cliff Keen Dec. 1st.
I know that the season is just getting started but this is one of the bigger upsets I’ve seen. Even with Michigan missing 2 key guys and Lehigh shuffling its lineup not just the win but the margin of victory should be a wake up call for teams coming to Bethlehem this season.
Videos: Michigan and Lehigh enter. Introductions.
Post Match interviews: Scott Parker, Ian Brown, Jordan Kutler, Ryan Preisch and coach Brad Dillion.
125lbs – #3 Darian Cruz (Lehigh) over Drew Mattin (Michigan) 7-0. LU up 3-0
133lbs – #3 Scott Parker (Lehigh) Fall Michael Volyanyuk (Michigan) 5:33. LU up 9-0
141lbs – #25 Luke Karam (Lehigh) over #15 Sal Profaci (Michigan) 9-2. LU up 12-0
149lbs – Cortlandt Schuyler (Lehigh) over #18 Malik Amine (Michigan) 8-3. LU up 15-0
157lbs – #19 Ian Brown (Lehigh) over #8 Alec Pantaleo (Michigan) 7-5. LU up 18-0
165lbs – #3 Logan Massa (Michigan) tech fall #19 Cole Walter (Lehigh) 18-2, 4:56. LU up 18-5.
174lbs – #6 Jordan Kutler (Lehigh) over #4 Myles Amine (Michigan) 5-4. LU up 21-5
184lbs – #7 Ryan Preisch (Lehigh) over #4 Domenic Abounader (Michigan) 3-1. LU up 24-5
197lbs – Jake Jakobsen (Lehigh) over Jackson Striggow (Michigan) 2-0. LU up 27-5
285lbs – #2 Adam Coon (Michigan) over #11 Jordan Wood (Lehigh) 6-2. LU win 27-8.
Attendance – 1,755
Official – John Hnath