Mountain Hawks pick off Pride
Posted: September 25, 2003
Hempstead, NY – No. 7 Lehigh (9-3) cruised past No. 18 Hostra (6-4) by a 29-9 score on Sunday afternoon. The Mountain Hawks won 8 of the match's ten bouts on their way to their fifth straight dual victory.
Freshman Cory Cooperman, No. 8 at 133, started the match off on the right foot for Lehigh, winning by fall at 5:34. The Mountain Hawks would fall behind 9-6 before No. 7 Derek Zinck knotted the score with an 8-6 win at 157 over nationally ranked Mike Patrovich. No. 3 Troy Letters scored a major decision over No. 6 Noel Thompson to put the Mountain Hawks ahead to stay 13-9. No. 10 Brad Dillon and No. 14 Travis Frick stretched it to four straight bouts for Lehigh going into the match up at 197. In the battle of the nation’s No. 2 and 4 wrestlers, it was the Mountain Hawks’ Jon Trenge who came away with the 6-4 victory over the lesser-ranked Chris Skretkowicz. Junior Joe Sahl needed extra time win his heavyweight bout, before classmate Mario Stuart closed the match with a 6-4 decision at 125.
"Never seen Letters wrestle as well as he did today," head coach Greg Strobel said. "Letters major was a great bout. Trenge did very well against the nation’s No. 4 ranked wrestler, picking up a big win."
None of the five consecutive wins have come at home. Lehigh has defeated Pittsburgh and Hofstra on the road, while handling Edinboro, Penn State, and Nebraska on a neutral mat at the Virginia Duals.
The Mountain Hawks will return to action on Friday, January 24, when they travel to Navy for a dual match. The following day, Lehigh hosts a pair of duals at the Stabler Arena as Brown comes to town for a 1:00 match, with Harvard following at 3:00. Both the Navy and Harvard duals will air on the Lehigh website and on 1230 AM, The Sports Monster. Additionally, Service Electric Cable TV-2 will televise the Harvard dual live.
Cory Cooperman, Lehigh fall Nick Garuccio, Hofstra
Matt Homenick, Hofstra dec. Tristan Boyd, Lehigh
Jon Massa, Hofstra fall Tommy Rohn, Lehigh
Derek Zinck, Lehigh dec. Mike Patrovich, Hofstra
Troy Letters, Lehigh maj. dec. Noel Thompson, Hofstra
Brad Dillon, Lehigh dec. Ralph Everett, Hofstra
Travis Frick, Lehigh maj. dec. Brad Christie, Hofstra
Jon Trenge, Lehigh dec. Chris Skretkowicz, Hofstra
Joe Sahl, Lehigh dec. Dan Garay, Hofstra
Mario Stuart, Lehigh dec. Pat Flynn, Hofstra
Final Score – Lehigh 29 – Hofstra 9
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For more information, please contact Geoff Goyne, Lehigh Sports Media Relations.
Posted Sunday, January 19, 2003