ITHACA, N.Y. Cornell won seven bouts four with bonus points as the No. 13 Big Red took out No. 16 Penn, 28-13, in front of a deafening capacity crowd at Niemand Arena Friday evening.
Senior Matt Valenti and sophomore Zack Shanaman provided the highlights of the night for the Quakers (7-6), with Valenti pinning No. 3 Adam Frey and Shanaman scoring an upset of No. 10 Steve Anceravage.
The meet was taped for airing on CSTV Monday evening at 9 p.m.
Valenti, who retook the No. 1 ranking at 133 lbs. earlier this week, made sure there was no doubt about who was the best in the nation with his fall over Frey. A minute and a half into the bout, Valenti shot and took down the Cornell freshman, immediately flipping him into the pin. It was the first loss of Frey’s collegiate career, while Valenti improves to 125-21 in his career, three wins short of the all-time program record.
The match started with an upset at 165 lbs. Shanaman beating Anceravage, 8-4. Shanaman scored first with an early takedown, but Anceravage escaped off an attempted lift. The Cornell grappler tied it at two with an escape midway through the second period. Shanaman went ahead on a penalty point in the third, then escaped and produced two late takedowns to secure the win.
Things quickly slid downhill for the Quakers, however. Joey Hooker took out No. 10 Matt Herrington with a late takedown and Josh Arnone caught No. 13 Lior Zamir and got a fall. Jack Sullivan suffered a major decision to No. 3 Jerry Rinaldi and Zach Hammond beat Ben Reiter at heavyweight, 10-3.
After the intermission, things didn’t get much better as No. 2 Troy Nickerson teched No. 17 Matt Eveleth.
Valenti’s pin brought some life back into the Quakers, but Rick Rappo still fell victim to No. 4 Jordan Leen with a major decision, 25-12, at 149 lbs.
Matt Dragon got Penn’s third and final win of the night, majoring Drake Hovis, 14-3. Dragon scored a takedown and got two three-point near-falls in the first period en route to the emphatic win.
Penn is back in action Saturday night with a trip to the Big Apple to face Columbia at 7 p.m.
No. 13 Cornell 28, No. 16 Penn 13
165 #17 Zack Shanaman (P) def. #10 Steve Anceravage; D, 8-4
174 Joey Hooker (C) def. #10 Matt Herrington; D, 9-7
184 Josh Arnone (C) def. #13 Lior Zamir; F, 4:59
197 #3 Jerry Rinaldi (C) def. Jack Sullivan; MD, 15-3
285 Zach Hammond (C) def. Ben Reiter; D, 10-3
125 #2 Troy Nickerson (C) def. #17 Matt Eveleth; TF, 6:24
133 #1 Matt Valenti (P) def. #3 Adam Frey; F, 1:30
141 Corey Manson (C) def. Brett McCurdy; D, 4-3
149 #4 Jordan Leen (C) def. Rick Rappo; MD, 25-12157 #20 Matt Dragon (P) def. Drake Hovis; MD, 14-3