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Cruz brothers win titles to lead Lehigh at Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open

By Lehigh Sports Information, 11/09/15, 1:15PM EST


VESTAL, N.Y. – Lehigh's Darian and Randy Cruz captured individual titles to lead a contingent of 23 Mountain Hawk wrestlers who competed at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open Sunday at Binghamton's Events Center. A marathon day of wrestling began at 9 a.m. and concluded after 10 p.m. In all, nine of Lehigh's 23 entrants, with some competing attached and others competing unattached placed in the top six of their respective weight classes.
Darian Cruz went 6-0 at 125 to place at the Bearcat Open for the second consecutive season. The 2014 All-American took third last season. Cruz's day began with three bonus wins, a technical fall, a pin and a major decision. He concluded the day with three straight wins by decision, including a 5-3 win over Sacred Heart's Gerard Daly in the finals.
Randy Cruz also went 6-0 with a fall, technical fall and major decision among his first three victories. In the semifinals, Cruz defeated Princeton's Jordan Laster 3-1 in sudden victory in a rematch of last season's EIWA finals. In his final match, Cruz defeated Jared Prince from Navy Prep 4-0, a match that will not count on Cruz's season record.
Also reaching the finals for Lehigh were junior Laike Gardner (149) and freshman Cole Walter (157) but both men had to settle for second place. Gardner won his first five matches including two major decisions but dropped a 7-4 decision to Penn's C.J. Cobb in the finals. Walter, who competed unattached, also won his first five bouts, including an 8-2 decision over Lehigh teammate Ian Brown in the semifinals, before dropping a 3-2 decision to Cornell's Chris Dowdy in the finals.
Lehigh's remaining five place winners all reached the consolation final.
At 133, sophomore Scott Parker had a first round bye and then lost his first match to Zach Valley of Bucknell 3-1 in sudden victory. Parker went on to win eight straight bouts, including an injury default win in the rematch with Valley to finish in third place.
Junior 174 pounders Ben Haas and Elliot Riddick both rebounded from quarterfinal losses to reach the consolation final, but a third place bout between the two was not contested. Haas posted two pins and two technical falls and defeated EIWA champion Jadaen Bernstein of Navy 9-4 in the consolation semifinals. Riddick won his first three bouts before dropping a 1-0 match to Cornell's Brian Realbuto in the quarters. He won his first consolation match and benefitted from a pair of medical forfeits to advance to the third place match.
Ian Brown enjoyed an impressive performance, going 6-1 at 157 with the lone loss coming to Lehigh teammate Walter in the semifinals. Brown pinned Binghamton's Vincent Deprez in 2:10 in one of the final bouts of the night to finish third.
Freshman Kent Lane was Lehigh's ninth place winner, taking fourth at 149. Lane rolled off seven straight wins after losing his first match before running into Cornell's Joseph Galasso in the third place match.
Four Mountain Hawks came up one win short of a top six placement. Fresh off his first period pin in the dual opener at Bucknell, freshman Cortlandt Schuylerwent 6-2 at 141. Sophomore Drew Longo reached the quarterfinals at 149 and finished 3-2. Freshman Paul Dunn also went 6-2 competing at 165 while classmate Christian Colucci went 4-2 at heavyweight with both losses coming at the hands of Princeton's Ray O'Donnell.
Seniors John Bolich (197) and Max Wessell (285) combined for three early victories before withdrawing from competition. Both wrestlers competed – and won – Friday night at Bucknell.
Others competing for Lehigh included deferred freshmen Camden FischerBrandon DiazGordon Wolf and Tom Murray and true freshmen Ryan PomrincaChase GallikCharlie Sell and Andrew Price.
Complete Lehigh results are listed below.
The Mountain Hawks will return to New York next weekend for the Journeymen/ASICS Northeast Duals, Sunday at Hudson Valley Community College. Lehigh will face No. 17 Minnesota at 11:15 a.m. and No. 10 Nebraska at 1:15 p.m.
125 – Darian Cruz – 1st place
W by tech fall Francesco Satriale (Bucknell) 23-6
W by Fall Bryan Damon (Hofstra) 4:41
W by major dec. Kyle Kelly (Binghamton) 20-6
W by dec. Joe Nelson (Binghamton) 13-11
W by dec. Pat D'Arcy (Princeton) 5-1
W by dec. Gerard Daly (Sacred Heart) 5-3
133 – Scott Parker (Unattached) – 3rd place
L by dec. Zach Valley (Bucknell) 3-1, sv
W by tech fall Tim Johnson (Sacred Heart) 18-2
W by dec. Paddy Quinlan (F&M) 16-9
W by dec. Nick Ottavino (Rutgers) 12-5
W by dec. Jimmy Overheiser (FLWC) 1-0*
W by dec. Joe Russ (Nassau CC) 8-4
W by inj. Default Zach Valley (Bucknell) 1:51
W by med forfeit Jeff Ott (Harvard)
W by dec. Zach Davis (Navy) 9-4
133 – Ryan Pomrinca (Unattached)
W by Fall Eric Valez (Brockport) 2:32
L by dec. Zach Davis (Navy) 6-3
L by dec. Emilio Saavedra (ODU) 14-10

141 – Randy Cruz – 1st place
W by Fall Adam Barrick (Bloomsburg) 3:52
W by major dec. Eric Friedman (Penn) 11-3
W by tech fall Sean O'Hagan (Brockport) 16-0
W by dec. Dan Neff (Lock Haven) 12-6
W by dec. Jordan Laster (Princeton) 3-1, sv
W by dec. Jared Prince (Navy Prep) 4-0*
141 – Cortlandt Schuyler
W by tech fall R.J. DeGeorge (Maryland) 16-0
L by dec. Mark Grey (Cornell) 4-2
W by Fall Alex Harnsberger (Sacred Heart) 5:52
W by dec. John Kenyon (Navy) 7-6
W by forfeit Sean O'Hagan (Brockport)
W by Fall Dylan Realbuto (Cornell) 1:11
W by Forfeit Baby J Bannister (Maryland)
L by dec. Will Koll (Cornell) 8-1
141 – Camden Fischer
W by dec. Tanner Stephens (ODU) 11-10
W by tech fall Jack Lucie (Army West Point) 16-0
L by tech fall Baby J Bannister (Maryland) 22-7
L by major dec. Jesse Dellavechhia (Binghamton) 16-5
149 – Laike Gardner – 2nd place
W by major dec. Jake Einbinder (Binghamton) 16-5
W by dec. Corey Wilding (Navy) 3-2
W by major dec. Mike D'Angelo (Princeton) 9-0
W by dec. Javier Rodriguez (Army West Point) 9-4
W by Fall Chris Perez (Princeton) 6-4
L by dec. C.J. Cobb (Penn) 7-4
149 – Kent Lane (Unattached) – 4th place
L by dec. Lincoln Malinger (Army West Point) 7-4
W by major dec. Alex Mariante (Hofstra) 15-4
W by major dec. Corey Wilding (Navy) 15-4
W by dec. Kyle Shoop (Lock Haven) 9-8
W by dec. Kyle Hammond (Lock Haven) 7-3
W by major dec. Taylor Simaz (Cornell) 11-3
W by Forfeit Javier Rodriguez (Army West Point)
W by Forfeit Ken Theobold (Rutgers)
L by dec. Joseph Galasso (Cornell) 6-4
149 – Drew Longo
W by dec. Joseph Galasso (Cornell) 7-2
W by dec. Matt Pente (Maryland) 9-3
L by dec. Ken Theobold (Rutgers) 8-4
W by dec. Jordan Velez (Sacred Heart) 9-6
L by dec. Joseph Galasso (Cornell) 7-5, sv
149 – Brandon Diaz
L by tech fall AJ Murabito (Penn) 18-0
L by dec. Luke Weiland (Army Prep) 4-0*
157 – Cole Walter (Unattached) – 2nd place
W by major dec. Nick Maselli (Princeton) 11-2
W by major dec. Andy Francos (F&M) 18-5
W by dec. Sean Connolly (Army West Point) 7-0
W by dec. Vincent Deprez (Binghamton) 5-4
W by dec. Ian Brown (Lehigh) 8-2
L by dec. Chris Dowdy (Cornell) 3-2
157 – Ian Brown – 3rd place
W by major dec. Brendan Dent (Cortland) 14-5
W by tech fall Terrell Forbes (ODU) 18-2
W by dec. May Bethea (Penn) 9-2
W by major dec. Nick Stager (Harvard) 12-4
L by dec. Cole Walter (Lehigh) 8-2
W by dec. Brendan Dent (Cortland) 8-3
W by Fall Vincent Deprez (Binghamton) 2:10
157 – Gordon Wolf
W by major dec. Zach Kelly (Bucknell) 9-1
W by major dec. Jahlani Callender (Hofstra) 13-3
L by dec. Bobby Diema (Cortland) 10-3
157 – Chase Gallik (Unattached)
L by dec. Isaiah Hokit (Drexel) 12-7
L by dec. Casey Mitchell (Sacred Heart) 7-2
165 – Charlie Sell (Unattached)
W by dec. Mikey Simmons (Rutgers) 3-2
L by dec. Rob King (F&M) 8-4
W by dec. Peter Bearse (Harvard) 12-5
W by Fall Anthony Bell (FLWC) 5:25*
L by dec. Cody Cordes (Lock Haven) 6-0
165 – Paul Dunn (Unattached)
W by Fall Teddy Fleming (Brockport) 2:14
L by dec. Anthony Deprez (Binghamton) 8-5
W by dec. Rrok Ndokaj (Buffalo) 11-8
W by dec. Francisco Bisono (Penn State) 5-2
W by Med Forfeit Ray Bethea (Penn)
W by Fall John Keck (Navy) 4:02
W by Med Forfeit Brendan Burnhan (Maryland)
L by dec. Anthony Deprez (Binghamton) 6-2
174 – Elliot Riddick – 3rd/4th place
W by major dec. Peter Hailer (Johnson & Wales) 18-5
W by dec. Anthony Cable (Navy) 5-3
W by major dec. Idris White (Maryland) 9-0
L by dec. Brian Realbuto (Cornell) 1-0
W by dec. Jack McKeever (Binghamton) 2-0
W by med forfeit Conan Schuster (Sacred Heart)
W by med forfeit Casey Kent (Penn)
174 – Ben Haas – 3rd/4th place
W by Fall Quinton Hiles (Penn) 1:17
W by major dec. Tyler Wood (Lock Haven) 13-2
W by tech fall Robert Winning (Navy) 20-0
L by dec. Casey Kent (Penn) 4-2
W by tech fall Graham Ratermann (Army West Point) 16-0
W by Fall Frank Affronti (Hofstra) 4:24
W by dec. Jadaen Bernstein (Navy) 9-4
174 – Andrew Price (Unattached)
W by Fall Paul Allesandrini (F&M) 8:23
L by dec. Frank Affronti (Hofstra) 8-1
W by dec.  Will Lang (Princeton) 14-7
L by dec. Austin Weigel (Buffalo) 6-1
197 – John Bolich
W by dec. Ian Baker (Princeton) 5-0
197 – Tom Murray
L by dec. Owen Scott (Cornell) 4-0
L by dec. Robert Ng (Penn) 2-1
285 – Max Wessell
W by dec. John Rizzo (Penn) 6-0
W by tech fall Duke Sherwood (Sacred Heart) 18-2
285 – Christian Colucci (Unattached)
L by Fall Ray O'Donnell (Princeton) 4:37
W by Fall John Hartnett (Sacred Heart) 0:07
W by forfeit Soslan Khamitcaev (AIC)
W by major dec. Brock Cvijancovich (Binghamton) 18-6
W by med forfeit Cole Tristram (unattached)*
L by dec. Ray O'Donnell (Princeton) 7-0