Ryan Crookham ’26 serving ice cream

Ryan Crookham ’26 serves up a a Brown & White Ice Cream Sundae at the Ice Cream Parlor at the Hotel Bethlehem.

Here's the Scoop on Ryan Crookham ’26

The Lehigh wrestler is Hotel Bethlehem's first "community ambassador."

Story by

Mary Ellen Alu

Photography by

Marcus Smith '25

Lehigh wrestler Ryan Crookham ’26 found a new way to spread the Lehigh spirit—a Brown & White Ice Cream Sundae.

The limited edition treat was featured at a meet-and-greet at the Ice Cream Parlor at the Hotel Bethlehem, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where Crookham serves as the hotel’s first “community ambassador.”

Crookham piled chocolate chunks on the creation, which included a brownie, whipped cream, and “Death by Chocolate” ice cream—all in honor of Lehigh’s colors.

Ryan Crookham ’26 showing ice cream he made

Ryan Crookham ’26

Over on the mat, Crookham is one of the top-ranked wrestlers in the country at 133 pounds. He started the season off strong, knocking off the No. 1 wrestler at the time, Cornell’s Vito Arujau, who is the defending NCAA champion and won gold at the 2023 World Wrestling Championship.

Last year, Crookham shared Deferred Eligibility Wrestler of the Year honors, going 8-1 at 133 pounds and winning the Wilkes Open. He is pursuing a financial engineering degree in Lehigh’s Integrated Business and Engineering Honors Program.

Story by

Mary Ellen Alu

Photography by

Marcus Smith '25

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