#10 Lehigh squeezes past #5 Oklahoma State 21-20 Criteria .Highlights & Interviews

The video is in processes and should be posted later today.

Lehigh squeezed past Oklahoma State last night in Stabler Arena in front of nearly 3,000 fans.  Lehigh looked competitive and tough for the first 5 matches, even when they lost.  The teams split the first two matches. Then Josh Humphreys thumped Wyatt Sheets to avenge a sudden Victory loss from last season. Humphreys wrestled a physically brutal style falling one point short of a tech fall. Travis Wittlake capped of a nice little east coast trip with a close win less than 12 hours after knocking off Jarrell of Drexel. The fans didn’t get to see the seniors Jordan Kutler and Joe Smith face off. Kutler dominated Shomers and like Humphreys missed a tech fall by one point. Lehigh was up 11-6 at the break

After the break the intensity and energy seemed to change for the Lehigh squad.

At 184 Chris Weiler suffered an early season lung injury and after leading Anthony Montalvo for most of the match was pinned in the third period. Weiler lost a few seemingly tight cradles. Then at 197 Dakota Geer extended the Cowboys’ lead to 16-11 with a major decision over Jake Jakobsen.  Geer smelling cardio problems broke the match open with five takedowns in the final frame. The Cowboy wrestlers knew that they needed bonus points if they were going to win. In the last match Nicky Picc knew that he needed a tech for OSU to win and was perhaps not in mid-season form only getting a major.

The damage was done to the home town fans watching their grapplers get gassed and then pushed around. Even though Wood and Paetzell wrestled well and Lehigh won the dual on criteria, there wasn’t much celebrating having knocked off a top 5 team. Lehigh under performed and nearly let this one get away from them.

If Lehigh wasn’t celebrating the win Oklahoma State and coach Smith weren’t happy with his team’s performance. One more team point at 197 or 125 and they head back to Stillwater feeling pretty good about the early season road trip.

This was a tough match for OSU, they crushed Drexel the night before and were back at it a 1PM the next day.

OSU introduced Wilson and Witcraft at 133. Witcraft  failed a skin check but why forfeit? I couldn’t get a weigh in sheet. Connor Wilson was there. They also needed Gfeller in the lineup but he wasn’t.

Also I was told that Joe Smith weighed in at 184 but that he also didn’t make the weight and that it wasn’t close. Smith ended the season last year at 165. How can 74/84 be such trouble?

Lehigh is back in action versus two ranked foes next weekend, starting with a trip to #16 Princeton on Saturday at 5 p.m..  Sunday, Lehigh will host #17 Pittsburgh at Grace Hall at 2 p.m.

The Cowboys will return to Stillwater to face Minnesota on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2PM.

Oklahoma and Lehigh take the Mat. Introductions. Post match with Coach Pat Santoro, Josh Humphreys and Jordan Kutler. Coach Smith wasn;t doing any interviews.
141lbs: Ryan Pomrinca (Lehigh) dec. Dusty Hone (OSU) 3-2
149lbs:  Boo Lewallen (OSU) dec. Jimmy Hoffman (Lehigh) 4-0
157lbs: Josh Humphreys (Lehigh) major dec. Wyatt Sheets (OSU) 16-2
165 lbs: Travis Wittlake (OSU) def. Brian Meyer (Lehigh) 3-2
174lbs: Jordan Kutler (Lehigh) major dec. Andrew Shomers (OSU) 20-6
184lbs: Anthony Montalvo (OSU) Fall Chris Weiler (Lehigh) 6:26
197lbs: Dakota Geer (OSU) major dec. Jake Jakobsen (Lehigh) 15-5
285lbs: Jordan Wood (Lehigh) dec. Austin Harris (OSU) 9-4
125lbs: Nick Piccininni (OSU) major dec. Brandon Paetzell (Lehigh) 11-3
133lbs:  Nick Farro (Lehigh) won by forfeit (failed Skin check)
* – Lehigh won on the third criteria – total match points (58-48)