Late wins propel No. 15 Lehigh
Samuels, Rey post major decisions to secure another EIWA win
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Wrestling its second meet in less than 24 hours, No. 15 Lehigh picked up its third consecutive dual win against an EIWA opponent, downing Bucknell 25-15 Saturday inside Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall. The Mountain Hawks won five bouts plus a forfeit, and posted four wins by major decision. With the victory, they improved to 8-4 overall and 4-1 against EIWA opponents.
The Bison (2-11, 2-1 EIWA) won three consecutive bouts from 157 to 174 pounds to take a 15-11 lead. Lehigh then captured the last three weight classes with Hamlin’s forfeit win and major decisions by seniors Kadeem Samuels and Zach Rey.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 5 Cornell 36, Brown 6|
|No. 15 Lehigh 25, Bucknell 15|
|No. 20 Binghamton 20, Rider 12|
|No. 20 Binghamton 36, Drexel 6|
|No. 20 Binghamton 32, Boston U. 12|
|No. 22 Virginia 24, North Carolina 10|
|No. 23 Virginia Tech 30, Duke 6|
“Everybody went out and wrestled the full time and that’s what won this for us,” Lehigh head coach Pat Santoro said. “You want to see seven minutes of wrestling and we did that. Those back-to-back weigh-ins can be tough but they responded well to that.”
Junior Alex Abreu dropped the opening bout 7-3 to Bucknell’s Austin Miller. But just like Friday night’s win against Rutgers, freshman Mason Beckman responded with a major decision, this time taking a 16-8 win against Shawn Armato at 133 pounds. Beckman was efficient in totaling eight takedowns en route to his eighth consecutive victory.
At 141 pounds, sophomore Steve Dutton yielded the first takedown against Derrik Russell but responded with 10 unanswered points in a 10-2 major decision. Dutton scored a first-period takedown to take a 3-2 lead after one period and took command of the match with a three-point near fall in the second period.
Freshman Anthony Salupo completed the three-bout Lehigh run with a 5-3 win against Alex Pellicciotti at 149 pounds. Salupo scored a takedown in the first period, but was reversed in the second after building up a riding time advantage. Salupo scored the decisive takedown in the third period and added riding time to account for the 5-3 score.
Bucknell cut Lehigh’s lead to 11-6 at the intermission when John Regan bested Brian Tanen 4-1 at 157 pounds. In the first bout following the break, Sean Bilodeau and Corey Lear were scoreless in the first period when Bilodeau initiated a shot that nearly put Lear on his back. The Bison wrestler was able to turn the tables in the scramble and put Bilodeau on his back before recording the fall at 2:23.
Stephen McPeek made it three consecutive wins for the visitors with a 7-6 win against junior Kevin Bailey, who earned the spot-start at 174 pounds. McPeek scored the winning takedown with nine seconds remaining.
"The swing matches were the ones we thought they would be,” Santoro said. “We knew 141, 149 and 157 would be battles. We gave Kevin Bailey a shot and it just didn’t work out for him today. Giving up six at 165, that was a toss-up match that went the other way. You don’t plan on those but sometimes they happen.”
The forfeit to Hamlin allowed Lehigh to regain the lead 17-15. Kadeem Samuels then used a late-period reversal to clinch the match for Lehigh with his major decision against Joe McMullan at 197 pounds. Rey closed the dual with a dominant 12-4 major decision of Tyler Lyster. Rey totaled five takedowns to earn the bonus win despite failing to turn the undersized Lyster.