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Congrats to Matt Ciasulli and the Lady Hawks!

Yeah, it's way too late to be saying this, but big congratulations for Matt Ciasulli's EIWA title in the 141 lb weight class in East Stroudsburg this weekend. Although Lehigh's fourth-place finish was a bit of a disappointment, truth be told it's not too bad considering that most though this to be a "rebuilding year" for our grapplers. Next up: the NCAA championships where four other wrestlers will be joining Matt in Ann Arbor: Dave Nakasone (157), Matt Cassidy (197), David Craig (184), and Matt's brother Seth (133), who was a surprise fourth-place finisher. In addition, Matt Fisk (125) and Paul Weibel (Heavyweight) will be hoping to get wild-card spots for nationals as well.

As for the Lady Hawks, they gutted out a great game against the #2 seed and won a dandy, 57-53! Or maybe I should say senior F Adrienne Blount won the game, with an incredible 25 point performance! A see-saw affair, Blount iced the game with 2.2 seconds left with a clutch free-throw to win the game. A tremendous effort - and high praise from me! Congratulations!

With #8 seed Colgate pulling the first-ever upset up a #1 (the victim was Bucknell), all of a sudden every semifinal team will be sporting a losing record: #3 Holy Cross (12-17, 7-7), #4 Navy (12-16, 6-8), #7 Lehigh (10-18, 5-9) and #8 Colgate (5-24, 4-10). How big, though, is the Lady Hawks' win over Holy Cross at Stabler last Saturday? All of a sudden, it's one of those wide-open tournaments where anyone could win it. Two league wins separate every team.

Tomorrow afternoon Lehigh faces Holy Cross, and the winner makes the finals. You'll want to catch this one!

Comments

Anonymous said…
Matt and Paul both got Wild Card berths - Lehigh is sending 7 to nationals.
Ngineer said…
Yes, a little disappointed, but after winning 6 or the last 7 years and 5 in a row, you'll have years of transition like this. Still, sending 7 to the NCAA's is a very good accomplishment. realistically, I was going to be happy with 6 qualifiers. Hopefully, some guys get healed up and we surprise a few people in Detroit!

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