Match Video in process. The rest will be posted after I murder a Christmas tree.
Penn State fresh off a disappointing win streak ending loss to Arizona State came into the Lehigh Valley last night. Kicking off a potential new start to a streak against a tough but uneven Lehigh squad, the PSU squad delivered in front of a record crowd of over 6,000 wrestling fans in Stabler Arena. The Mountain Hawks kept it close early but the Nittany Lions won 5 of the last 6 matches to close out the dual strong. As usual the Penn State fans showed up in force but didn’t really take over the atmosphere.
There were changes to both lineups. Penn State started off with PA native Brandon Meredith instead of Brody Teske. Brady Berge returned to the mat for the first time since suffering a head injury at U23’s. Also, Bluechip recruit Aaron Brooks made his first appearance in the PSU lineup. I’d guess that he’ll be 184 for the Nots for the season. Lehigh was missing Nick Farro and Ryan Pomrinca for unspecified reasons.
Coming into the match most fans had Penn State winning more than 3 or 4 bouts by bonus points. Each team had one bonus point win. One PSU coach indicted that Penn State is still figuring out who they are as a team with so many leadership departures and that “Lehigh always gives us a fight”. Lehigh won some close matches and showed that they can compete with anyone but needs to figure some details out to climb the ladder and/or close the gaps.
Penn State hosts the University of Pennsylvania Sunday Dec 8th at 2PM. Lehigh will be back in action at the South Beach Duals Dec 29-30.
You can hear my thoughts on this match and other matches of interest in a weekend update podcast on Monday, 12/9.
You can watch a highlight or interview by clicking on the hyperlinks below.
Post-match interview: Brandon Paetzell, Jimmy Hoffman, Mark Hall and Jake Jakobsen.
125lbs: Brandon Paetzell (Lehigh) major dec. Brandon Meredith (PSU) 15-5
133lbs: Roman Bravo-Young (PSU) dec. Jaret Lane (Lehigh) 7-2
141lbs: Nick Lee (PSU) tech fall Joe Lobeck (Lehigh) 22-7, 7:00
149lbs: Jimmy Hoffman (Lehigh) dec. Jarod Verkleeren (PSU) 3-1, sv
157lbs: Brady Berge (PSU) dec. Josh Humphreys (Lehigh) 5-3
165lbs: Vincenzo Joseph (PSU) dec. Brian Meyer (Lehigh) 7-4
174lbs: Mark Hall (PSU) dec. Jordan Kutler (Lehigh) 7-2
184lbs: Aaron Brooks (PSU) dec. Chris Weiler (Lehigh) 10-5
197lbs: Jake Jakobsen (Lehigh) dec. Kyle Conel (PSU) 3-1
285lbs: Anthony Cassar (PSU) dec. Jordan Wood (Lehigh) 9-4
On a sour note, I’m not sure how an organization with such prestige has such an unprofessional and disrespectful person employed. Seriously this sad person is an embarrassment to the school and team. Watching a person in a professional role make people turn red or (yes) cry for asking a basic question. I guess this person feels so small themselves that they can only feel better about themselves by making others feel small. Rant over.