Wrestling Posts Several Big Highlights, But #5 Lehigh Rides Bonus Points To 25-13 Victory – GoPrincetonTigers.com

The fifth-ranked Lehigh Mountain Hawks saw a quartet of their nationally ranked standouts carry them to a 25-13 victory over Princeton Friday night in Jadwin Gym, but the Tigers put together enough spectacular moments in their season opener to show they could be headed for another special season.
Comeback wins for junior Mike D’Angelo and freshman Patrick Brucki ignited a strong Jadwin crowd, which saw the first dual match of the season for the Tigers against a Lehigh team that already dominated a Top-5 team in Michigan. Ultimately, the Mountain Hawks earned a 6-4 edge in overall wins, but Lehigh scored enough bonus points from its top starters to keep a comfortable margin throughout.
Reigning NCAA champion Darian Cruz and third-ranked 133-pounder Scott Parker gave Lehigh a 10-0 lead two matches in, but Tiger All-American Matthew Kolodzik got Princeton on the board with a 4-2 win at 149. Kolodzik got a takedown of Cortland Schuyler only seconds in, and he fended off his opponent the rest of the way for the 4-2 win.
Lehigh’s Ian Brown tried to take the energy out of the building quickly with a 6-0 lead in the ensuing match, but D’Angelo came back like a buzzsaw. He put Brown on his back late in the opening period to get rid of the deficit, and he rolled from there for a 17-7 major decision.

Senior Jon Schleifer carried that momentum into the second half of the match, dominating the early minutes of his showdown against Gordon Wolf in a 19-12 victory. At that point, Princeton had cut a 13-0 deficit to 13-10, but Lehigh had a couple more national standouts ready to take that momentum back.
Both Jordan Kutler (174) and Ryan Preisch (184) are ranked in the top five at their weights, and they scored a technical fall and a major decision to get the lead back to 22-10. Lehigh’s Chris Weiler opened up early on Tiger freshman Patrick Brucki at 197, but he wasn’t able to put the rookie away. Brucki made him pay; in the same building he won the Princeton Open in his collegiate debut, he rallied to draw even and then took Weiler down within the final 10 seconds for a thrilling 8-7 victory.

Lehigh closed with a win at heavyweight to take the 25-13 win. Princeton will return to the mat next Sunday when it heads to New York City to take on ninth-ranked Virginia Tech at 4 pm.
125 – Darian Cruz (L) md. Jonathan Gomez 18-6 (4-0)
133 – Scott Parker (L) WBF Trey Aslanian 4:30 (10-0)
141 – Luke Karem (L) d. Pat D’Arcy 7-0 (13-0)
149 – Matthew Kolodzik (P) d. Cortland Schuyler 4-2 (3-13)
157 – Mike D’Angelo (P) md. Ian Brown 17-7 (7-13)
165 – Jonathan Schleifer (P) d. Gordon Wolf 19-12 (10-13)
174 – Jordan Kutler (L) tf. Carlin Powell 16-1 (18-10)
184 – Ryan Preisch (L) md. Kendall Elfstrum 11-1 (22-10)
197 – Patrick Brucki (P) d. Chris Weiler 8-7 (13-22)
HWT – Christian Colucci (L) d. Michael Markulec 6-3 (25-13)

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