Howard built a 25-12 lead against visiting Marriotts Ridge Thursday night, but it wasn't enough to keep the Mustangs at bay.
Marriotts Ridge won five of the last six matches — including wins by Lyle Fugate (170), Cody Bannar (182, pin), Scott Desautelle (220, pin), plus two more by forfeit — to win the match.
Howard's Nick Williams (120, pin), Bryan Crumback (132, major), Robert Bruffey (138, pin), Colin Hawes (152) and Will Connely (160, pin) scored early victories to keep the Lions alive.
Howard's Jared Rodriguez won a big match at 195, defeating 2012 regional champion Chris Park, 10-7.
Marriotts Ridge 39, Howard 28