Lehigh ready for another big test
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.
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.