It’s the typical quiet affair – no one is cheering against or for a teammate. Wrestlers sitting in the corners and coaches sitting in the stands with their families convey a casual atmosphere everywhere but on the mat. Just eye balling the crowd, the average age fan seems a bit younger than in previous years. Early season crowd was in a social mood often the crowds murmur over took the match noise.
Like most wrestle-offs, this is a great event; fans can mingle with wrestlers and coaches easily, World Team member Zach Rey was also on hand.
A few things worth noting: this is the first time we saw new NCAA rules in effect including new out of bounds changes and the 4 point near fall. I like the changes but they don’t go far enough. If you want more of something incentivize it. More team points for a pin, eliminate riding time and implement some type of going out of bounds rule or for God’s sake call stalling once in a while. The fans will be happy when the rest of the starters are out on the mat. Lehigh is should be a very good team with better depth than than the last few years.
133lbs Ryan Pomrinca over Dean Somers 9-5.
141 lbs Camden Fischer over David Pipa 6-2.
141lbs Cortland Schuyler over Kent Lane 3-2. These guys had some nice furies and chain wrestling.
149lbs Laike Gardner over Drew Longo 5-3. This was the lone match with loud cheering
149lbs Will Switzer major decision over Brandon Diaz 18-7 with a takedown clinic.
157lbs Ian Brown Cole Walter With a throw/foot sweep to Walter’s back for a quick fall.
165lbs Charlie Sell over Paul Dunn 4-2.
174lbs Andrew Price over Chase Callik (very under sized wrestler for this weight, weighed in at 160) 10-3
174lbs Ben Hass over Elliot Riddick 3-2. Take nothing away from Hass but the weight cut left Riddick flat with a low energy performance. Was this from the weight cut? Will he adjust?
197lbs John Bolich over Thomas Murray 7-1.
285lbs Max Wessell over Christian Colucci tech fall