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Lehigh Rasslers Cruise into Semifinals of Virginia Duals

Lehigh cruised into the semifinals of the Virginia Duals this Friday, after first destroying Ohio 34-8 and then managing to secure a 21-15 victory over No. 24 Kent State.

Junior 165 lb Matt Galante was the biggest star on Friday, securing two falls and getting bonus points against the two MAC schools. Against Ohio, junior 133 lb Matt Fisk and junior 184 lb David Craig also secured falls.

Saturday will be a really busy day for Lehigh fans. At 2 p.m., take your pick: listen to the wrestling semifinals against Edinboro, or listen to the 10-4 men's Basketball team travelling to Washington, DC to take on American. At 7 p.m., the 11-3 women's basketball team host American at Stabler, and at 8:30 p.m. the wrestlers will either be wrestling to take the Virginia Duals or wrestling for third place. (All coverage can be found on Lehighsports.com.)

And, of course, there's that Eagles/Giants thing at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

My Day at Jadwin Gym

Of all the days to be at an Ivy League basketball game, and I pick the wrong one.

Yes, I really would have liked to have traveled up to Boston to see Harvard pull off a historic 82-70 pummeling of Boston College (yes, that isn't a typo). Instead, I packed up the family thinking of another team with a great shot at a road win - my Mountain Hawks, of course.

I've been outside Jadwin Gym before, but I've never been in the modern, yet intimate, setting for college basketball. My wife, my five year old son and I got there late and had dinner at the "bistro" area - a cordoned area where you can eat your food and still catch the game action while you eat - a really nice touch.

Unfortunately Lehigh fell behind right at the end of the first half and never got closer to four points the rest of the way in a 73-64 defeat, breaking a five game Lehigh win streak.

The win for Princeton was as ugly as the Harvard win was beautiful. The Tigers won by hitting their shots (to the t…

Honors Pour In for Mountain Hawks

With the release this week of the big All-American lists, several Mountain Hawks have showed up with honorable mentions. Of course, the biggest honor remains for these 2008 Mountain Hawks - no, I'm not talking about the trophies at the annual awards dinner, but the coveted LFN Hawks of the Year unveiled on this site.

Here's the list of the honorees. Congratulations to all the winners!

FCSADA Academic All-Star Team: Senior DB Brendan VanAckeren (3.48 GPA)

College Sporting News "Fabulous Fifty" Honorable Mention: Senior DB Quadir Carter

The Sports Network All-American Team Honorable Mention: Senior DL Brian Jackson, Senior LB Tim Diamond, Senior P/K Jason Leo

Lehigh Rasslers Are An Amazing 12-0

There was an awful lot more than just the Eagles' win over the Vikings to watch this past weekend. For Lehigh, the hits just keep on coming.

If there was any doubt about it in 2008, the first two duals of 2009 erased those thoughts. No. 9 Lehigh is firmly on the national stage in wrestling again after prevailing against perennial power No. 16 Penn State in a 17-16 thriller that couldn't have been closer.

Lehigh picked a fine day to be on national television on FCS Pacific. After mauling West Virginia 35-3 on Friday, Lehigh started out strong at Rec Hall in State College, PA with two major decisions that gave Lehigh bonus points - one by junior 184 lb David Craig (12-2 over Jack Decker) and another by freshman 197 lb Joe Kennedy (15-3 over Clay Steadman).

I'll let the release do the rest of the talking:

The dual began at 174 with a wild battle between 14th ranked sophomore 174 lb Alex Caruso and No. 15 Quentin Wright. Caruso scored the opening takedown in the first period b…