#3 Iowa vs #16 Lehigh Wrestling: Preview + Open Thread

By RossWB on December 8, 2018 at 2:37 pm
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WHO: #16 Lehigh Mountain Hawks (0-3)
WHEN: Saturday, December 8, 2018
START TIME: 7:30 PM CT
WHERE: Carver Hawkeye Arena (Iowa City, IA)
TV: none
ONLINE: BTN Plus | Flowrestling 
RADIO: Hawkeye All-Access; AM 800 near Iowa City or iHeart Radio (online)

Just one more dual to go for Iowa wrestling before a much needed three-week break until the Midlands Championships in Evanston, IL at the end of the month. A week after their thrilling, back-and-forth dual with Iowa State, Iowa is back in action in Carver-Hawkeye Arena against Lehigh. Before the season began, I thought this might end up being one of Iowa's toughest duals of the season. Now? Not so much, mainly because Lehigh is even more banged up than Iowa at the moment. The Mountain Hawks are 0-3 on the season, although they've also faced a wickedly tough schedule -- they opened with a 21-13 loss at #5 Michigan and just lost 42-0 (oof) at #1 Penn State last weekend. In-between they suffered a narrow 21-19 loss to Princeton. 

The strength of Lehigh's team is at the upper weights, where they have ranked wrestlers from 174, 184, 197, and 285, including the #6 ranked wrestler at 174, 184, and 285. That said, a few of those ranked wrestlers appear questionable for this dual. It's also unclear who Iowa will be rolling out at those weights. 174 is actually empty on Iowa's match notes this week (though it does sound as if someone will be filling in there and Iowa isn't intending to forfeit that weight), with Brands indicating that they didn't get good news re: Myles Wilson's injury last week. Mitch Bowman still seems to be the long-term plan at that weight this season, but he's still cutting weight and won't be eligible to compete at 174 until the end of the month. Jacob Warner appeared to sprain his ankle last week, so he may or may not compete again this week, while Sam Stoll is still being eased back into competition. 

Fortunately, Iowa appears to have a significant edge at most of the weights lower than 174, so if the dual starts at 125, they ought to be able to build up a sizable lead before hitting Lehigh's stronger weights. Spencer Lee and Pat Lugo are the only wrestlers listed for Iowa at 125 and 149, respectively, which hopefully means that they're both fit and ready for this encounter. Iowa could really use another bonus point-heavy performance from Lee and Lugo just needs to get on the winning track after a rough start to the season. Iowa could also use bonus points from Alex Marinelli, fast emerging as a team leader

WEIGHT IOWA LEHIGH PREDICTION
125 #1 Spencer Lee (4-0, So) Luke Resnick (1-4, RS Fr) Lee via TF (IOWA 5-0)
133 #12 Austin DeSanto (4-1, So) / 
Paul Glynn (2-2, Jr)
Brandon Paetzell (3-3, So) DeSanto via DEC (IOWA 8-0)
141 #20 Max Murin (4-1, RS Fr) Ryan Pomrinca (Jr, 1-5) / 
Dan Moran (RS Fr, 5-3)
Murin via DEC (IOWA 11-0)
149 #10 Pat Lugo (1-3, Jr) Jimmy Hoffman (RS Fr, 2-4) Lugo via DEC (IOWA 14-0)
157 #8 Kaleb Young (5-0, So) Josh Humphreys (Fr, 5-1) Young via DEC (IOWA 17-0)
165 #4 Alex Marinelli (So, 5-0) / 
Jeremiah Moody (Jr, 6-3)
Cole Walter (Jr, 1-3)
Gordon Wolf (Sr, 0-0)
Trey Cornish (So, 0-5)
Marinelli via MAJ DEC (IOWA 21-0)
174 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ #6 Jordan Kutler (Jr, 4-2) Kutler via MAJ DEC (IOWA 21-4)
184 #14 Cash Wilcke (Jr, 4-1) / 
Mitch Bowman (Sr, 2-0)
#6 Ryan Preisch (Sr, 2-1) / 
Andrew Price (Jr, 7-4)
Preisch via DEC (IOWA 21-7)
197 #6 Jacob Warner (RS Fr, 1-0) #14 Jake Jakobsen (So, 4-2) / 
Kyle Gentile (So, 2-1)
Warner via DEC (IOWA 24-7)
285 #1 Sam Stoll (Sr, 1-0) / 
Aaron Costello (RS Fr, 3-1)
#6 Jordan Wood (So, 5-1) Wood via DEC (IOWA 24-10)

The dual gets underway at 7:30 PM CT tonight, with streaming coverage from BTN Plus and Flo (links above). 

Feel free to post results and updates in the comments; I won't be able to provide live results tonight. 

The usual rules apply. 

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