No. 24 Penn Stopped by No. 4 Lehigh, 37-6

Bethlehem, Pa. – The 24th-ranked University of Pennsylvania wrestling team ended the regular season on a down note as its five-match winning streak was snapped by No. 4 Lehigh, 37-6, this afternoon in front of a sold-out crowd at Leeman-Turner Arena.

The Quakers’ (9-4, 5-2 EIWA) lone points on the day came at 125 lbs. as Mason Lenhard picked up the win after a Mountain Hawks’ (21-4, 7-0 EIWA) forfeit.

Senior Marcus Schontube (20-12, 6-6 dual) battled with No. Jon Trenge at 197 but was edged, 8-5. Trenge posted a takedown 37 seconds into the bout and extended his lead to 4-1 with 50 seconds remaining in the first period. After a reset, Schontube escaped to cut the deficit in half. Schontube again escaped to open the second period, but Trenge countered with a takedown. Schontube earned two escapes in the last 30 seconds of the period to pull within 6-5. But it would be Trenge’s escape opening the third period that would make the difference in the match.

Junior Dustin Wiles (21-9, 8-3 dual) kept things close against defending EIWA champion and sixth-ranked Travis Frick, but could not hang on for the win, dropping the hard-fought contest, 7-3. Frick struck first with a takedown midway through the first period but Wiles got on the board seconds later by escaping. Frick extended the lead to 4-1 to close out the first period. Wiles battled, but Frick would go onto outscore him 3-2 over the remaining two periods for the win.

At 149, senior Kyle Bernholz (10-14, 4-6 dual) wrestled tough against Matt Anderson but could not pull out the victory, falling 3-0. After two scoreless periods, Anderson broke the stalemate with an escape to open the final frame. Anderson pulled ahead 3-0 by taking Bernholz down with 1:02 remaining in the meet.

At 184, sophomore Dan Gallagher put forth a solid effort against David Helfrich put was edged, 5-4. Trailing 4-0 into the final period, Gallagher scored two points on a takedown as the pair went tumbling out of the circle. Helfrich escaped moments later to pull ahead 5-2. Gallagher posted a second takedown as time expired but it was not enough.

Penn will be back in action on March 4 and March 5 as it heads to Annapolis, Md. for the 101st EIWA Championships. Tickets are still available for the event, please contact the Penn Ticket Office at 215.898.6151 for more information.

No. 4 Lehigh 37, No. 24 Penn 6
125: Mason Lenhard (Penn) won by forfeit

133: #5 Matt Ciasulli (L) pinned Jeff Eveleth (P), 0:57
141: #5 Cory Cooperman (L) maj. #15 Doug McGraw (P), 14-5

*149: Matt Anderson (L) dec. Kyle Bernholz (P), 3-0
157: #9 Derek Zinck (L) tech. fall Brock Wittmeyer (P), 20-4 (5:13)

165: #1 Troy Letters (L) tech. fall Rich Ferguson (P), 21-4 (7:00)

174: #6 Travis Frick (L) dec. Dustin Wiles (Penn), 7-3

184: David Helfrich (L) dec. Dan Gallagher (P), 5-4

197: #1 Jon Trenge (L) dec. Marcus Schontube (P), 8-5
285: No. 20 Paul Weibel (L) tech. fall Matt Smith (P), 18-1 (3:49)

*Indicates starting weight class

-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant