Sophomore Drew Longo wrestles American Univeristy senior John Boyle on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at Grace Hall. Lehigh wrestling will go into the EIWA Championships with a 13-3 record. (Toni Isreal/B&W photo).

Lehigh wrestling falls to Penn State, 30-10


The Lehigh wrestling team saw its winning streak snapped in single team bouts against No. 2 Penn State University, falling 30-10 on Sunday.

The Mountain Hawks (3-1, 1-0 EIWA) took an early lead, winning two of the first three bouts but only managed to finish with three of the 10 total bouts. Senior Randy Cruz and juniors Ryan Preisch and Scott Parker won their respective bouts in their weight classes, which helped to close the point gap against the Nittany Lions. Both Cruz and Preisch improved their individual records to 7-0 while Parker improved his season record to 4-1.

Parker won the first dual for the Mountain Hawks in a major decision winning 12-4, Cruz won his dual 2-0, and Lehigh’s third win came from Preisch, who won 6-3. Between Lehigh and Penn State there were 16 nationally ranked wrestlers, half of whom wrestled each other in the first four duals. Lehigh won in the 133, 141 and 174 weight classes while losing in the 125, 149, 157, 165, 184, 197 and 285 weight classes. The duals were settled by five decisions, two of which were in favor of Lehigh. There were two major decisions, one of which was in favor of Lehigh, two falls and one technical fall.

The Mountain Hawks will close out the semester at home with two duals at Grace Hall against Princeton University (Dec. 9) and Drexel University (Dec. 11). Neither Princeton nor Drexel are ranked.

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