Posted: January 3, 2004
Columbus, OH – Lehigh started the Buckeye Duals off on the right foot, dominating the University of Buffalo to win their seventh straight dual by a final of 32-6.
The Mountain Hawks All-Americans got the day off to a great beginning, as the match started at 157. Derek Zinck recorded his first pin of the season, taking just to pin Casey Burchfield. Top-ranked Troy Letters then attained the team’s second straight pin in over Nick Rausenberger. At 174, No. 2 Brad Dillon got a stiff challenge from Ed Pawlak, but prevailed 6-2.
At 184, Travis Frick dominated throughout to take a major decision 14-6 over Garrett Hicks. At 197, Kyle Cerminara upset No. Matt Cassidy, using a second period takedown to hold him off 4-3 for Buffalo’s first win of the day. At heavyweight, Paul Weibel continued his recent surge with his first major decision on the year, besting Greg Thomas 15-3.
Things were much closer at 125, as No. 13 Mario Stuart needed riding time to defeat Mark McKnight 3-2. In another exciting contest at 133, Matt Ciasulli allowed Cliff Smith to tie the match up late in the third period, before executing a reversal at the buzzer plus riding time gave Ciasulli the 8-5 decision. At 141, Mike Trotta gained Buffalo’s only other win, beating Taylor Graham 8-1. Graham was substituting for Cory Cooperman, who was out for the day with the flu.
Finally, at 149, Matt Anderson used a first period takedown and three-point near fall to take the advantage, but a late escape by Patrick Lloyd kept Anderson from gaining the major decision, as Anderson closed out the match with the 8-1 victory.
Lehigh will wrestle No. 15 Ohio State in the next dual at .
Weight matchup result score
157 Derek Zinck (LU) over Casey Burchfield (UB) WBF,
165 Troy Letters (LU) over Nick Rausenberger (UB) WBF,
174 Brad Dillon (LU) over Ed Pawlak (UB) 6-2
184 Travis Frick (LU) over Garrett Hicks (UB) MD, 14-6
197 Kyle Cerminara (UB) over Matt Cassidy (LU) 4-3
HWT Paul Weibel (LU) over Greg Thomas (UB) MD, 15-3
125 Mario Stuart (LU) over Mark McKnight (U) 3-2 (RT)
133 Matt Ciasulli (LU) over Cliff Smith (UB) 8-5
141 Mike Trotta (UB) over Taylor Graham (LU) 8-1
149 Matt Anderson (LU) over Patrick Lloyd (UB) 8-1