Freshman Scott Parker competes against freshman Ibrahim Bunduka from George Mason at Grace Hall on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2015. Parker won by a score of 8-1 and Lehigh was able to improve its overall record to 13-4. (Toni Isreal/B&W photo)

Hawks wrestling strikes with upset over Ohio State

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The No. 11 Lehigh Mountain Hawks wrestling team headed into the National Duals with a chance to prove that their program is at the top level.

This afternoon, the team inched one step closer to showing that they are a premier program after an exhilarating upset win.

They defeated third-ranked Ohio State University 21-18 in the quarterfinal round.

With the victory, Lehigh’s next step will be to face another tough competitor, second-ranked University of Missouri. The Tigers’ victory over the University of Illinois means that they and the Mountain Hawks will be competing at 4.

Two other teams are still in the hunt in Iowa City. The top-ranked team, hosts University of Iowa, is moving on. Along with them, the other EIWA representative besides Lehigh, fifth-ranked Cornell University, is still alive after a win against fourth-ranked University of Minnesota. Iowa and Cornell will also be squaring off at 3.

The four schools will wrestle, with the two winners of the matches at 4 competing again tomorrow at 12:30 in the National Duels finals.

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