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North Carolina State vs Lehigh Wrestling Collegiate Duals Preview


NC State will be taking on Lehigh in the final set of duals of day one at the Collegiate Duals. NC State matches up great against Lehigh but there are some matches that could swing the dual like crazy getting a win for Lehigh.

125- Jarrett Trombley vs Carter Bailey

Toss up match here to start the dual with Bailey coming in as a slight favorite. Bailey should be able to come out on top of a good scrap and put Lehigh on the board to start things off.

133- Kai Orine vs Connor McGonagle

Another toss up here at 133 this time I would go with Orine as the favorite to the take the win in another close bout and even up the score heading into 141 pounds.

141- Ryan Jack vs Malyke Hines

Jack should be able to pick up a win here to break the tie and get NC State a lead headed into some big matches moving forward.

149- Jackson Arrington vs Manzona Bryant

Arrington is a massive favorite here and maybe he can work his way to a bonus point win which would be big for NC State heading into the next match.

157- Ed Scott vs Josh Humphreys

This is the match to watch here in this dual meet, These guys have never met and have similar records as well as score lines vs common opponents. If we are going off of performance this season Humphreys has to be the guy but Scott has been looking better and better every match so this will be one to keep an eye on.

165- Donald Cates vs Brian Meyer

Another toss up in this dual meet, I would give this win to Meyer here solely based off of having the better wins throughout the course of his career. This could go either way though.

174- Alex Faison vs Jake Logan

Faison looks like a heavy favorite heading into this match but I will predict the upset here with Logan pulling it out. I have been impressed with him and think he has what it takes.

184- Trent Hidlay vs Tate Samuelson

Samuelson should be able to keep a respectable scoreline vs Hidlay here unless he gets off a big move like he did vs Keckeisen. If Hidlay gets the win here it pretty much locks up the dual for NC State looking at the next two bouts most likely being split.

197- Isaac Trumble vs Michael Beard

This is a fun one here and with the way that Beard has been wrestling he will have to be the favorite for me. Should be close but I think that Beard puts up a convincing win here.

285- Owen Trephan vs Nathan Taylor

Trephan looks like he will be the guy for NC State as they have been indecisive with heavyweights for a while. Trephan will be the favorite in this match against Taylor but this is winnable for Lehigh either way.

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Akil Murugan
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