The Mountain Hawks made the best of their trip to the tropics, racking up three pins and three major decisions on their way to a 36-7 pasting of Oregon State.
Mario Stuart lost his first match on the season at 125, falling in a major decision 10-2 to Oregon State’s Eric Stevenson. Stuart had won four straight to start the year. Then, the Mountain Hawks got rolling.
Easton native Matt Ciasulli picked up his team-leading second pin of the season, dropping Tim Norman in only 1:27 at 133. Following that, Cory Cooperman gained his first pin at 141, besting Mike Unger at 4:01 of the second period, giving Lehigh an early 12-4 lead.
Tony Hook got the Beavers back in contention at 149, defeating Matt Anderson 13-6 to close the gap to 12-7. But that would be all for Oregon State. At 157, Derek Zinck started a run of three straight major decisions with a 20-7 shellacking of Brian Duhrkoop. Zinck executed nine takedowns in the match. No. 1 Troy Letters had two three-point near falls in the first period en route to a 12-3 win at 165. At 174, senior Brad Dillon scored early and often in an 18-8 rout over Jed Pennell.
Oregon State made a bit of a comeback at 184, as Travis Frick needed a reversal in the third plus riding time to take a 7-4 victory. At 197, Matt Cassidy finally wrestled a lopsided affair, beating Jed Lowe 8-2. It was the first match of the season for Cassidy not decided by a single point.
Finally, at heavyweight, freshman Paul Weibel finished the afternoon with his first win by fall at Lehigh, pinning Ty Watterson in just 2:29.
Lehigh head coach Greg Strobel was happy with the win, even if it did come against his alma mater.
“I told our guys Oregon State would be in shape and attack and they did,” Strobel said. “They scored even when they were well behind. I thought both teams put on a good exhibition, and we had to wrestle well to beat a good team.”
The Mountain Hawks returned to the mainland on Sunday, and will have a week to rest up before hosting American, Rider, and Rutgers in the Sheridan Duals on Saturday.