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The #2 Nittany Lions look to bounce back after their first dual meet loss in almost five years. #14 Lehigh will be looking to make it loss number two as they host Penn State in the 108th all-time matchup in a sold-out Stabler Arena. Follow along in real-time as we provide live updates to this intra-Keystone State battle.
Update: we will now be getting started 30 minutes later than scheduled. New start time set for 7:30 pm EST.
New update: lineups are being announced, wrestlers are shaking hands, and I believe we will be starting shortly.
BIG NEWS: Penn State announces Aaron Brooks is coming out of redshirt and will be starting!
#12 Brandon Paetzell, LU vs Brandon Meredith, PSU
1st period: And we're underway! Meredith getting the start for the Nittany Lions. Paetzell gets a go behind, but Meredith leg passes. Paetzell gains control. Meredith stands up and escapes. Paetzell quickly hits an outside carry and is able to pick up the takedown plus two swipes. Now 6-2 Paetzell. And Paetzell is able to ride out Meredith for the last 45 seconds. He's up 6-1.
2nd period: Meredith chooses down, and Paetzell just lets him go. Quickly gets a single and secures the takedown. Cuts Meredith. Paetzell is going to be looking for bonus here. Meredith dives in on a shot and Paetzell picks up the go behind. Paetzell riding tough. Meredith isn't doing much and he's going to get hit for stalling. Paetzell rides him out.
3rd period: Paetzell single leg and immediately cuts Meredith. He's up 14-5 now. Meredith gets in on a single, but Paetzell wizzers hard. And that's it, Paetzell wins it by a dominating 15-5 decision. Meredith's dual debut for PSU does not go well.
Jaret Lane, LU vs #3 Roman Bravo-Young, PSU
1st period: 1 minute into the match now and still no score. Couple half shots from each guy. RBY in on a low shot. Lane looks to scramble and passes a leg and is able to work his way to a stalemate. RBY in on a pull single. Lane wizzers hard. RBY is able to hook his leg in, but Lane hold on to the wizzer and the ref calls potentially dangerous. Still 0-0 at the end of the first.
2nd period: Lane chooses down. RBY riding tough. One minute in Lane has only been able to get to his feet once. And a big 2 minute rideout for RBY. Locked onto the spiral and didn't let Lane escape.
3rd period: RBY chooses neutral. Lane takes a shot, but RBY hits an explosive reattack, Lane is able to stop the first one, but RBY immediately shoots again he gets this one. RBY cuts Lane. Go behind to cradle RBY. He puts Lane on his back for a second, but Lane is able to get to his belly. RBY cuts him again. RBY goes back to the cradle, but once again Lane is able to roll to his stomach and the match will end. 7-2 Bravo-Young.
Before we get into 141, Lehigh dance team intermission.
Joe Lobeck, LU vs #3 Nick Lee, PSU
1st period: Lehigh going with the senior Joe Lobeck. Shot from Lobeck, Lee sprawls and easily goes behind. He cuts Lobeck. Lee in on a single and gets the takedown. Lee choosing to ride now and look for turns now. Lee locks up a couple of bar arms, but isn't able to get any turns. 4-1 Lee.
2nd period: Lee goes down and sits out. Lobeck tries to hold on, but gives up the reversal and a stall call in the process for holding on below the knee. Lee going back to work on top, but isn't able to get a turn. Lobeck escapes. Lee fakes a single, hits a double. Up 8-2 now and he'll cut Lobeck. Lee gets Lobeck to the edge and the ref hits Lobeck for stalling. Lee easily snaps Lobeck to the mat and walks behind him. He's starting to pile it on. 11-3 Lee.
3rd period: Lobeck chooses neutral. takedown Lee. Lee cuts him. Lobeck dives in on a shot, Lee goes behind, cuts him again, snaps him, goes behind, cuts him. This is getting ugly. Another takedown Lee and he cuts him again trying to pick up the tech. With 15 seconds left, if he rides him out he'll get the tech fall with riding time. And that's exactly what he does. 22-7 tech fall for Nick Lee.
Team score update: Penn State 8 Lehigh 4
Jimmy Hoffman, LU vs Luke Gardner or Jarod Verkleeren, PSU
1st period: Not much happening in period one. Not even a half shot. Now Verkleeren fires off a shot, but good defense from Hoffman. Deep shot from Hoffman, but Verkleeren gives him some hips and Gardner backs off. Verkleeren gets hit for stalling for pushing Hoffman out. Single leg for Hoffman, Verkleeren squares up and hold on for a stalemate with 5 seconds left. 0-0 first period.
2nd period: Verkleeren chooses down. Immediate standup and standing switch attempt. Hoffman doesn't attempt to follow and let Verkleeren go. Not much happening on their feet again. 30 seconds left no legit attempt. Shot attempt from Verkleeren, HOffman fends it off. Hoffman gets in a shot of his own, but time expires. 1-0 Verkleeren.
3rd period: Hoffman goes down. Switch off the whistle, gets close to a reversal, but only escapes. 30 seconds left, still no score. And that's how regulation will end. We're headed to OT tied at 1.
OT: 30 seconds into overtime, still no score. Verkleeren locks up double overs. Verkleeren snaps him down gets in front head and attempts a head pinch (and not a great attempt). Hoffman able to pop his head out and picks up the takedown! He wins 3-1.
#13 Josh Humphreys, LU vs Brady Berge PSU
1st period: Brady Berge is back and he is rocking the Stephan Monk LDR headgear with the forehead plate. Two minutes in and no score. Shot from Humpreys, go behind Berge. Humphreys immediately escapes. 2-1 Berge end of first.
2nd period: Humphreys goes down. Quick sit and is able to escape. Berge shoots a double, but Humphreys is able to hold it off and get a stalemate. Shot from Humphreys, Berge sprawls. Stalemate called while from front head. Not much happens in the last minuted of the second and we'll go into the third tied at 2.
3rd period: Berge goes down. Berge stand up off a restart 15 seconds in and is able to escape. Single from Humphreys, but Berge squares up and fends it off. Now Berge in a a sweep single and he is able to finish. Humphreys escapes with 30 seconds left. Humphreys in a shot, but time expires. Berge wins 5-3.
And we'll be taking a short halftime intermission. Penn State leads 11-7.
And we're back!
Brian Meyer, LU vs #1 Vincenzo Joseph, PSU
1st period: 1 minute in and still no score, each guy has fired off one half shot. 2 minutes in and Vincenzo is finally able to get to a single leg, easy finish.Vincenzo basically keeps Meyer on his belly for the remainder of the period and will go into the second up 2-0.
2nd period: Meyer stands up and escapes 15 seconds into the period. Vincenzo didn't work very hard to keep him down. Meyer gets warned for stalling 1:15 into the period. Vincenzo shoots a high crotch, but Meyer moves and is able to counter by lifting hipping in HARD and putting Vincenzo down. Vincenzo escapes immediately. 3-3 going into the 3rd.
3rd: Vincenzo stands up off the whistle and escapes with ease. Sloppy shot from Meyer/heavy snap from Vincenzo and he'll get an easy go behind with 45 seconds left. Joseph cuts him and takes him back down quickly. Meyer gets an escape with 15 seconds left. Vincenzo picks up a 7-4 victory.
Jordan Kutler, LU vs #1 Mark Hall, PSU
1st period: Here we go! Premier match of the dual! #1 vs #2! Beautiful slide by from Hall 25 seconds in. Textbook. Hall riding tough now. Hall gets a 1 count on a tilt, but that's it. And the first ends with Hall up 2-0. Kulter never came close to escaping.
2nd period: Hall goes down. He sits and escapes 10 seconds in. Kutler shoots and gets behind Hall on their feet. Hall attempts to roll underneath, but Kutler comes out on top. They restart and Hall quickly stands up and escapes. 4-2 Hall now, but he's got a whole lot of riding time.
3rd: Kulter chooses neutral. Kutler in on a single and comes close to scrambling, but good defense from Hall and he is able to work to a stalemate. Hall gets in on a shot with 35 seconds left. Kutler fights it for a while, but is able to score with 18 seconds left. Hall wins the match 7-2 with riding time.
PSU leads 17-7.
Chris Weiler, LU vs Aaron Brooks, PSU
1st period: And the freshman gets things early with a good takedown 15 seconds in. Weiler escapes and Brooks is back in on a low level double to an easy finish. He leads 4-1 one minute in. Another escape from Weiler. Weiler in a shot of his own now. Brooks fights if off and then hits a jonesy! He gets the takedown, but only got a one count. Brooks rides out Weiler for the last 30 seconds and he'll go into the second up 6-2.
2nd period: Brooks goes down. Brooks almost gets out, but Weiler drops to a leg and passes it. Stall call Weiler and they'll restart. Brooks stand up, ref calls stalemate. Now 1 minute into the second and Brooks is still down. Brook stand up, Weiler drops down again, and gets called for stalling again. This time it's a point, so it's 7-2 now. Brooks stands up again, this time he's able to hit a granby and pick up a quick escape call before getting behind Weiler for a takedown. 10-2 Brooks.
3rd period: Weiler goes down. Stands up and escapes 15 seconds in. Deep shot from Brooks but Weiler sits the position and scores. Weiler rides him out, but Brooks wins it 10-5. Brooks looked solid in official debut, just faded a little late.
PSU 20 Lehigh 7
Jake Jakobsen, LU vs Kyle Conel, PSU
1st period: 1 minute in and no score. Neither wrestler has really committed to a shot. Conel in on a single 2 minutes in. Jakobsen sits to crackdown where they stalemate. And the first will end 0-0.
2nd period: Jakobsen goes down and quickly stands up and escapes. Conel in on a left sided single. Jakobsen sits to crackdown and it's stalemated. Same sequence as the first period. Couple of half shots from each guy in the last minute, but nothing major. 1-0 Jakobsen.
3rd period: Conel goes down. He stand up off the whistle, but Jakobsen returns him. Jakobsen gets both legs in, but Conel is able to get to his feet and escape 30 seconds in. Tied at 1, riding time not a factor. Conel shoots a single with 45 seconds left, but Jakobsen sprawls. Conel keeps his hands locked and flattens out to his belly. Jakobsen secures the go behind and Conel sits in his base for the last 30 seconds. Jakobsen wins 3-1.
PSU 20 Lehigh 10
#10 Jordan Wood, LU vs #1 Anthony Cassar, PSU
1st period: Cassar hits a nice single 55 seconds in, but Wood kicks out. Cassar back in on the same single, but Wood kicks out again. Same sequence just 20 seconds apart. Just when I think the period is going to end scoreless, Cassar hits a single to the other side and is able to score this time. He rides Wood out for the last 15 seconds to go into the 2nd up 2-0.
2nd period. Cassar takes down, stands up off the whistle and escapes. Wood shoot in on a single, Cassar sprawls, Woods gets extended to his belly, but holds on for a stalemate. Cassar hist a single. It takes Wood about 10 tries, but he eventually kicks out. Not much happens for the last minute. Cassar leads 3-0.
3rd period: Wood partially stand up and quickly sits, Cassar drives Wood flat and in comes a challenge brick from Lehigh. They want a locked hands call. Didn't look like locked hands to me, but Lehigh's corner had a great view. The challenge is not successful still 3-0 Cassar. Wood stands up off the restart and is right on a shot. He finishes and Cassar immediately stands up and escapes. Now Cassar quickly gets a takedown of his own. He's back on top 6-3 and the match is stopped for blood. 47 seconds left. Wood escapes with 30 seconds left. He shoots across Cassar's body and Cassar easily feeds him some hips and goes behind. Cassar rides Wood out to win 9-4. That's the match and the dual.
FINAL: Penn State 23 Lehigh 10