This Saturday night, Lehigh travels to Iowa City to take on the third ranked Hawkeyes. Iowa has never lost to the Mountain Hawks, and given the health of the two teams, this weekend may not be their best chance at picking up that first win.
Sat. Dec. 8th | 7:30 PM Central
There were many questions after Iowa's tight win over Iowa State, but it appears like the Hawkeyes have (relatively) weathered the storm of injuries and illness that came their way. Based on projected lineups, we'll definitely see Spencer Lee, Pat Lugo, and Jacob Warner wrestle tomorrow night in Carver-Hawkeye.
But even though those big guns are returning, there are still two questions about the lineup. For the first time this season, 133 has an "or" with both Austin DeSanto and Paul Glynn listed as options. The shoulder brace on DeSanto's arm, plus Lehigh not being at full strength, means that Glynn is a real possibility.
With Mitch Bowman still supposedly on his way down to 174, and Myles Wilson out for now with an injury sustained against ISU, the Hawkeyes don't actually have someone listed at that weight. What they do have is both Alex Marinelli and Jeremiah Moody listed as options at 165, so theoretically one of them will bump up to wrestle Jordan Kutler.
Iowa Probable Starters
125: #1 Spencer Lee, SO
133: #12 Austin DeSanto, SO/Paul Glynn, JR
141: #20 Max Murin, FR
149: #10 Pat Lugo, JR
157: #7 Kaleb Young, SO
165: #4 Alex Marinelli, SO/Jeremiah Moody, JR
174: #4 Alex Marinelli, SO/Jeremiah Moody, JR
184: #17 Case Wilcke, JR/Mitch Bowman, SR
197: #6 Jacob Warner, FR
285: #1 Sam Stoll, SR/Aaron Costello, FR
At the beginning of this season, Lehigh looked to be very strong at the lightweights with All-American Connor Schram at 125 and two-time AA Scotty Parker at 133. That would have set up a meeting Austin DeSanto and Parker that didn't happen when Lehigh dualed Drexel last year, but neither may end up wrestling this weekend.
At 141, Ryna Pomrinca has started all three duals but has just one win on the year. Coming off a loss, Max Murin may be looking to put up bonus points for the CHA crowd. One of the night's most intriguing matchups could be Kaleb Young, now all the way up to #7, taking on true freshman Josh Humphreys, who has been a pleasant surprise for Lehigh with Ian Brown out.
We haven't seen Gordon Wolf yet, so it looks like it will be Trey Cornish trying to fight off Alex Marinelli's chin and arm for seven minutes. There's no reason for Iowa to do this, but I'm 100% all in on Moody going 165 and Marinelli bumping up to face Jordan Kutler!
We haven't see Ryan Preisch since Journeymen. Jake Jakobsen will be another good challenge for Jacob Warner coming off his win over Willie Miklus. Fingers crossed we get to see #1 Sam Stoll against #6 Jordan Wood, but Iowa might go with Costello if the dual is secured.
Lehigh Probable Starters
125: Luke Resnick, FR
133: Brandon Paetzell, SO
141: Ryan Pomrinca, JR/Dan Moran, FR
149: Jimmy Hoffman, FR
157: #19 Josh Humphreys, FR
165: Trey Cornish, SO
174: #6 Jordan Kutler, JR
184: #8 Ryan Preisch, SR/Andrew Price, JR
197: #14 Jake Jakobsen, SO
285: #6 Jordan Wood, SO
A few notes:
- Iowa is 25-0 all time against Lehigh.
- The last meeting was a 31-6 win for the Hawkeyes on February 14, 2014.
- The last meeting in Carver-Hawkeye was a 26-9 win for Iowa on December 6, 2012.
- There could be as many as four ranked matchups.
- None of the projected starters have faced each other in college.