Mountain Hawks are perfect at Sheridans
Posted: December 6, 2003
Bethlehem, PA – Fifth-ranked Lehigh defeated Rider 23-10 in its second match of the day at the Sheridan Duals. The Mountain Hawks and Broncs battled early, but Lehigh was able to eventually pull away for the big win. The Mountain Hawks improve their record to 6-1 on the season, while Rider leaves Bethlehem with a 1-1 record in 2003.
Senior Mario Stuart began the match by picking up his second win of the day with a 5-3 win over Jim DiCisco in a match that was tight throughout. Don Fisch of Rider than controlled the next match as he defeated Matt Ciasulli of Lehigh by a score of 7-1, to tie the team scores at three. Ninth ranked Cory Cooperman helped the Mountain Hawks regain the lead with a 12-6 victory over Mike Molosky of the Broncs, in a match that Cooperman controlled throughout.
Freshman Matt Anderson then dueled with Labe Black in a bout that was close throughout, but Anderson was able to prevail as he came out on top with a 5-4 victory at 149. At 157, Derek Zinch engaged in a very close and entertaining battle with Dave Miller, as both wrestlers tried to gain control of the bout, but neither able to pull away. In the end, Zinck prevailed with a 3-1 victory and the Mountain Hawks led 12-3.
Mike Macerolli then got on the mat for the first time this season, after winning a decision by forfeit earlier in the day against American. Macerolli had a tough time against Ryan Cunningham, who came out fired up early and took control of the bout. Cunningham won the 165 pound by major decision with a score of 15-7, as the Broncs closed to within 12-7 overall. But, senior All-American Brad Dillon quickly put an end to that with a win by technical fall, as he defeated Chris Marold 20-5, and put the Mountain Hawks back up by ten, 17-7.
Travis Frick scored a tough 3-2 victory over Nick Catone to put Lehigh ahead 20-7, which put the match out of reach. Freshman Matt Cassidy then went up against Jeff Black in a very intense match at 197, which was interrupted midway through, when Black spit on the mat, which turned into a technical point being awarded to Cassidy. Cassidy then countered Black’s outburst with a balanced attack of his own, which turned into a 6-2 victory. In the final bout of the day, Carmelo Marrero of Rider defeated Paul Weibel by a score of 11-6, but it did not matter at that point, as Lehigh was already in control.
Lehigh returns to the mat on January 3, when the Mountain Hawks travel to Columbus, Ohio to compete in the Buckeye Duals. Lehigh will take on three opponents, in host Ohio State, Buffalo and Eastern Illinois.
Weight Matchup Result
125 Mario Stuart (LU) over Jim DiCisco(RU) 5-3
133 Don Fisch (RU) over Matt Ciasulli (LU) 7-1
141 Cory Cooperman (LU) over Mike Molosky (RU) 12-6
149 Matt Anderson (LU) over Labe Black (RU) 5-4
157 Derek Zinck (LU) over Dave Miller (RU) 3-1
165 Ryan Cunningham(RU) over Mike Macerolli (LU) MD, 15-7
174 Brad Dillon (LU) over Chris Marold (RU) WTF, 20-5
184 Travis Frick (LU) over Nick Catone (RU) 3-2
197 Matt Cassidy (LU) over Jeff Black (RU) 6-2
HWT Paul Weibel (LU) over Carmelo Marrero (RU) 11-6