No. 24 Wrestling Downed by No. 8 Cornell, 24-9
ITHACA - In a dual which featured seven matches which could have been classified as "toss-ups" before the dual, No. 24 Penn could only manage wins in two of those as No. 8 Cornell won a crucial Ivy League dual, 24-9.
Only one match was decided with bonus points - a fall for three-time national champion No. 1 Kyle Dake at 165 over true freshman Casey Kent. Other than that bout, Penn's six losses came by a combined 20 points - and two were one-point losses in tiebreakers.
The Red and Blue held a lead at some point in seven of the ten bouts, and won the takedown battle, 7-5, in a tightly-wrestled dual.
In a meeting between two wrestlers inside the top 12, No. 11 C.J. Cobb scored his biggest win of the season via a 7-3 decision over returning All-American and No. 6 Mike Nevinger. Cobb had the only three takedowns of the match, scoring one in each period and adding 1:18 of riding time for the convincing win.
Two overtime matches did not go Penn's way, each decided by 2-1 scores in tiebreakers. The first was the first bout of the day, No. 20 Mark Rappo edged by No. 7 Nahshon Garrett. Rappo had the majority of the shots, but was unable to use his strategy to get through the defense of Garrett. After a scoreless first, Rappo escaped in the second - a point equaled by Garrett in the third. In tiebreakers, Rappo was unable to escape, followed by a Garrett escape early in the next period. Rappo was close to finding a winning takedown, but time ran out.
The second one-point tiebreaker loss came at 157, where Troy Hernandez was unable to knock off Jesse Shanaman. Again scoreless through one, Hernandez escaped in the second and Shanaman tied early in the third. In sudden victory, Hernandez had the only shot, but couldn't secure both legs in the ensuing scramble. Shanaman found neutral in the opening period of rideouts, and Hernandez was not able to granby through towards the end of his.
Penn had the lead in both the 133-pound and 149-pound match, but was unable to hold the advantage. Jeff Canfora had the opening takedown 1:16 into the 133-pound match, but Bricker Dixon countered with the final seven points of the match - including a takedown and three nearfall points in the second - for a 7-2 final score. At 149 pounds, Andrew Lenzi allowed an escape in the second, but scored a takedown near the end of the second frame for a 2-1 lead. In the third, No. 14 Chris Villalonga used top position for three backpoints and added riding time from the full ride for a 5-1 final score.
After halftime, Cornell pulled away for good with a fall from its three-time champ Dake. Kent went toe-to-toe with the top-ranked wrestler for most of the first period, but a late takedown from Dake opened the scoring. In the second, Dake again scored a takedown and turned Kent for the fall which put Penn down by 15 points with four bouts to go.
Ian Korb gave Penn faint hope with a 5-3 win over Duke Pickett at 174. Korb had takedowns in each of the first two periods, and defended in the final seconds for the win. At 184, Canaan Bethea was defeated by defending national champion No. 4 Steve Bosak, 5-0.
No. 10 Micah Burak scored his first win in 10 tries against a Cornell wrestler, defeating William George, 2-0. After matching wits with Cam Simaz for three years, Burak escaped in the second period and put together a full ride in the third period to score the shutout win.
At heavyweight, Steven Graziano was defeated by Jacob Aiken-Phillips, 4-0, after a late shot from Graziano led to a wild scramble which came out in Cornell's favor.
The Quakers are back in action quickly, taking on EIWA foe Bucknell Sunday afternoon in The Palestra at 1 p.m.
#8 Cornell def. #24 Penn, 24-9
125: #7 Nahshon Garrett (CU) def. #20 Mark Rappo (Penn), 2-1 (TB) Cornell leads, 3-0
133: Bricker Dixon (CU) def. Jeff Canfora (Penn), 7-2 Cornell leads, 6-0
141: #11 C.J. Cobb (Penn) def. #6 Mike Nevinger (CU), 7-3 Cornell leads, 6-3
149: #14 Chris Villalonga (CU) def. Andrew Lenzi (Penn), 5-1 Cornell leads, 9-3
157: Jesse Shanaman (CU) def. Troy Hernandez (Penn), 2-1 (TB) Cornell leads, 12-3
165: #1 Kyle Dake (CU) def. Casey Kent (Penn) FALL 4:32 Cornell leads, 18-3
174: Ian Korb (Penn) def. Duke Pickett (CU), 5-3 Cornell leads, 18-6
184: #4 Steve Bosak (CU) def. Canaan Bethea (Penn), 5-0 Cornell leads, 21-6
197: #10 Micah Burak (Penn) def. Billy George (CU), 2-0 Cornell leads, 21-9
285: Jacob Aiken-Phillips (CU) def. Steven Graziano (Penn), 4-0 Cornell leads, 24-9