Le­high ready for an­other big test

The Morning Call - - SPORTS - By Morn­ing Call Staff

The No. 16 Le­high wrestling team will face an­other stern test this week­end as they travel to Carver-Hawk­eye Arena to bat­tle No. 4 Iowa.

The Moun­tain Hawks are win­less in their first three matches of the sea­son for the first time since 2007, hav­ing lost to top-seeded Penn State, No. 5 Michi­gan, and Prince­ton.

Le­high will be aim­ing for bet­ter per­for­mances all around on Satur­day af­ter get­ting shut out, 42-0, last Sun­day against Penn State. It was the club’s first shutout since fall­ing, 33-0, to PSU back in De­cem­ber 2007.

Fresh­man Josh Humphries made his Le­high de­but at the 157-pound weight class, beat­ing Prince­ton’s Quincy Mon­day be­fore be­ing pinned by Penn State’s Ja­son Nolf in his last bout.

Humphries, a four-time West Vir­ginia state champ, be­came the first true fresh­man to com­pete in duals for the Moun­tian Hawks since 2016-17.

He is 5-1 this sea­son and is ex­pected to start at 157 against the Hawkeyes.

Other prob­a­ble starters in­clude fresh­man Luke Res­nick at 125, sopho­more Bran­don Paet­zell at 133, ju­nior Ryan Pom­rinca and fresh­man Dan Mo­ran at 141, fresh­man Jimmy Hoff­man at 149, sopho­more Trey Cor­nish at 165, ju­nior Jor­dan Kut­ler at 174, se­nior Ryan Preisch and ju­nior An­drew Price at 184, sopho­more Jake Jakob­sen at 197, and sopho­more Jor­dan Wood at 285.

The Moun­tain Hawks have won just twice in 19 road matches in the state of Iowa, in­clud­ing tilts against Iowa, Iowa State, North­ern Iowa, and Cor­nell Col­lege.

Le­high last wres­tled Iowa in Iowa in De­cem­ber 2012 and has dropped its last 25 duals against the Hawkeyes, in­clud­ing all 13 con­tests in Iowa.

The Hawkeyes have won 23 na­tional cham­pi­onships and 35 Big Ten ti­tles, and are 5-0 to start the sea­son, in­clud­ing a 19-18 win over Iowa State on Dec. 1.

In ad­di­tion to knock­ing off in­trastate ri­vals Iowa State, Iowa has beaten Cal State Bak­ers­field, Kent State, Prince­ton, and Pur­due this sea­son and it’s pro­jected lineup fea­tures a pair of top-ranked wrestlers.

Sopho­more Spencer Lee is the de­fend­ing NCAA cham­pion in the 125-pound weight class, while heavy­weight Sam Stoll is also a top-ranked grap­pler.

MORN­ING CALL FILE PHOTO

Le­high se­nior Ryan Preisch (top) and his team­mates will be aim­ing for bet­ter per­for­mances all around Satur­day af­ter get­ting shut out, 42-0, last Sun­day against Penn State.

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