Cornell wins 11th straight Ivy League title

2/3/2013
Cornell University Sports Information

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The No. 7 Cornell wrestling team won its 11th straight Ivy League title on Saturday evening after defeating Columbia 29-12. The Big Red's victory was its second of the day, as Cornell defeated Hofstra, 30-15, on Long Island in the early afternoon. Kyle Dake and Steve Bosak both picked up two pins, as Dake moves to a career high 13 on the season. Cornell's 11 consecutive Ivy titles comprise the longest current streak of any Ivy team in any sport.

The dual against Hofstra began at 125 pounds with No. 6 Nahshon Garrett facing No. 16 Steve Bonanno. Garrett took lots of shots in the first period, but Bonanno defended against the Cornell wrestler. With 19 seconds left in the period, Garrett got on the board with a takedown. Bonanno escaped in the second for the only point of the period. Garrett escaped from his opening down position in the third to win a 3-1 decision.

At 133 pounds, sophomore Bricker Dixon faced NCAA qualifier Jamie Franco. After a scoreless first period, Franco escaped from his opening down position in the second. The bout was tied 1-1 after regulation with an escape by Dixon in the third. Neither wrestler scored in sudden victory. Franco quickly escaped in his choice tiebreaker period. Dixon was unable to escape from his choice, and Franco won a 2-1 decision.

Junior No. 10 Mike Nevinger took on No. 17 Luke Vaith at 141 pounds. With less than a minute left in the first, Vaith countered a shot by Nevinger and came out on top of a scramble to take a 2-0 lead after the first period. Nevinger was unable to escape from his starting down position in the second. Vaith chose to start the third at neutral. With 18 seconds left in the bout, Vaith sealed his win with a takedown. With 3:12 in riding time, Vaith won a 5-0 decision.

At 149 pounds, Ryan Dunphy faced Cody Ruggirello. Dunphy grabbed the first takedown of the match, but Ruggirello would escape and notch one of his own. Ruggirello chose down to start the second and quickly escaped. He immediately shot off the whistle and worked his way to takedown. The Pride wrestler grabbed two backpoints before Dunphy had to take injury time. Ruggirello escaped from his choice down position after injury time. He took down Dunphy and won by fall in 4:55.

At 157 pounds, Jesse Shanaman took the mat against Tyler Banks. Banks took a 2-0 lead with a takedown with a little under a minute left in the period. After 30 seconds in the second, Banks escaped from his opening down position. One minute later Shanaman took the Pride wrestler down and rode him out for the remainder of the period. Shanaman quickly escaped to open the third to tie the bout at 3-3. Neither wrestler scored again sending the match into overtime. After a scoreless sudden victory round, neither wrestler escaped from their choice positions in the first tiebreakers. The two wrestlers were scoreless is the second sudden victory as well. Shanaman was unable to escape from his choice in the second tiebreakers. Banks shook Shanaman loose for a reversal with one second left on the clock in his tiebreaker to win a 5-3 decision.
Top ranked Dake faced Nick Terdick at 165 pounds. Twenty seconds into the bout, Dake took down his opponent and immediately went to work turning him. Dake picked up his 12th pin of the season in 1:05.

Junior Marshall Peppelman took on Jermaine John. After a scoreless first period, Peppelman escaped from his starting down position in the second. With 11 seconds left in the period, John took a 2-1 lead with a takedown. John chose to start the third at neutral. Twenty-five seconds into the third, Peppelman grabbed a takedown, but John escaped to tie the bout at 3-3. With four seconds left in sudden victory, Peppelman took John down at the edge of the mat to win a 5-3 decision.

No. 4 Bosak took on Taras Luzhnyy at 184 pounds. Bosak took a 2-0 lead using a trip to a takedown. Luzhnyy was warned for stalling after laying flat to the mat, trying to keep Bosak from turning him. With 27 seconds left, Bosak notched three back points before he won by fall in 2:55.

At 197 pounds, Jace Bennett took the mat against Victor Pozsonyi. Bennett shot right off the whistle for a takedown and quickly added two back points. Bennett earned a second nearfall before winning by fall in 1:58.

At heavyweight, Jacob Aiken-Phillips faced Paul Snyder. Snyder notched a takedown midway through the period, and after racking up 1:04 in riding time Aiken-Phillips escaped. Snyder chose down to start the second. Aiken-Phillips depleted the riding time, but Snyder had to call injury time using his entire allotted time. The Pride wrestler continued the match. Aiken-Phillips chose to start down after injury time and quickly reversed Snyder. The Big Red sophomore quickly escaped from his opening down position in the third, but Snyder medically forfeited out of the match at 5:15.

Cornell vs. Columbia

At 125 pounds, Garrett faced Penn Gottfried. With 30 seconds off the clock, Garrett took Gottfried down with a fast double leg. Garrett held a 5-0 advantage after the first with a three-point nearfall. Garrett immediately sprang to his feet from his starting down position in the second, and followed with a throw by takedown to increase his advantage to 8-0. Gottfried chose down for the third period, and Garrett let him up midway through the period looking to score. With a double leg take down and almost five minutes and riding time, Garrett won an 11-1 major decision.

Dixon wrestled Matt Bystol at 133 pounds. After a scoreless first period, Dixon escaped from his opening down position in the second, but Bystol took him down to hold a 2-1 advantage. Bystol escaped to start the third to win a 3-1 decision.

Tenth ranked Nevinger took on Alec Mooradian at 141 pounds. Nevinger held a 2-0 lead with a takedown and racked up 2:08 in riding time in the first period. Mooradian chose neutral to start the second period, but neither wrestler scored. Nevinger quickly escaped to open the third. The Big Red junior added another takedown and with over two minutes in riding time won a 6-0 decision.

At 149 pounds, No. 14 Chris Villalonga took on Ryan Ponte. Villalonga finished a leg sweep for a takedown in the first period and racked up 2:22 in riding time. The Big Red junior reversed his opponent from his starting down position, but Ponte escaped bringing the score to 4-1. Ponte was hit with his second stalling call in the third period, and with 3:59 in riding time, Villalonga won a 6-1 decision.

Shanaman squared off against No. 17 Jake O'Hara at 157 pounds. The two were scoreless after the first period. Shanaman escaped from his bottom choice to open the second, but O'Hara notched a double leg takedown to take a 2-1 lead. O'Hara chose neutral to start the third and midway through the period grabbed a takedown at the edge of the mat. With 1:27 in riding time, the Columbia wrestler won a 5-2 decision.

At 165 pounds, Dake took down Josh Houldworth 13 seconds into the bout. Dake was looking to turn his opponent throughout the period, but the Columbia wrestler stayed flat to the mat. Dake chose down in the second and immediately sprang to his feet for an escape. The three-time NCAA champion notched three takedowns in the second to hold a 9-2 advantage. Dake continued to look for a way to pin his opponent in the third. The Big Red wrestler was leading 11-4 before he won by fall in 6:02 for his second pin of the day.

Freshman Duke Pickett faced Stephen West at 174 pounds. Pickett grabbed a throw by takedown in the first from which West escaped. Pickett escaped from his opening down position in the second for the only point of the period. West chose down in the third and was awarded a penalty point to bring the match to 3-2. West escaped to tie the bout, and caught Pickett and threw him right to his back to win by fall in 6:28.

Returning NCAA champion Bosak squared off against Drew Rebling at 184. Bosak had his first takedown 20 seconds into the first and muscled his way to two three-point nearfalls. Bosak chose top to start the second and won by fall in 3:48. The Big Red senior has five falls this season.

Sophomore Jace Bennett took on Nick Mills at 197. With a low double, Bennett held a 2-1 lead after the first. Mills chose down to open the second, but Bennett took advantage notching three back points. Bennett reversed Mills to open the third and with stalling and riding time, won a 9-1 major decision.

Aiken-Phillips wrestled Chris Manna at heavyweight. The Big Red sophomore countered a shot by Manna in the first to take a 2-0 lead and rack up 2:17 in riding time. Manna chose neutral in the second and took down the Cornell wrestler to tie the bout at 2-2. Manna let up Aiken-Phillips and took him down once again. The Big Red grappler escaped and grabbed a takedown of his own to hold a 6-4 lead. Aiken-Phillips increased his advantage to 7-4 in the third, when Manna chose an optional start from the Big Red's choice down position. Manna took him down with 38 seconds left in the bout. Aiken-Phillips escaped and with 1:53 in riding time, won a 9-6 decision.

The Big Red will play host to Bucknell on Sunday, Feb. 10 for a 2 p.m. dual at the Friedman Wrestling Center. Cornell will honor its eight seniors at the match.

No. 7 Cornell 30, Hofstra 15
125: No. 6 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) dec. No. 16 Steve Bonanno (Hofstra), 3-1 (Cornell, 3-0)
133: Jamie Franco (Hofstra) dec. Bricker Dixon (Cornell), 2-1 (Tied, 3-3)
141: No. 17 Luke Vaith (Hofstra) dec. No. 10 Mike Nevinger (Cornell), 5-0 (Hofstra, 6-3)
149: Cody Ruggirello (Hofstra) win by fall Ryan Dunphy (Cornell), 4:55 (Hofstra, 12-3)
157: Tyler Banks (Hofstra) dec. Jesse Shanaman (Cornell),
165: No. 1 Kyle Dake (Cornell) win by fall Nick Terdick (Hofstra), 1:05 (Hofstra, 15-9)
174: Marshall Peppelman (Cornell) dec. Jermaine John (Hofstra)
184: No. 4 Steve Bosak (Cornell) win by fall Taras Luzhnyy (Hofstra), 2:55
197: Jace Bennett (Cornell) win by fall Victor Pozsonyi (Hofstra), 1:58
HWT: Jacob Aiken-Phillips (Cornell) inj. Def. Paul Snyder (Hofstra) 5:15 (Cornell, 30-15)

No. 7 Cornell 29 vs. Columbia 12
125: No. 6 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) maj. dec. Penn Gottfried, 11-1 (Cornell, 4-0)
133: Matt Bystol dec. Bricker Dixon (Cornell), 3-1 (Cornell, 4-3)
141: No. 10 Mike Nevinger (Cornell) dec. Alec Mooradian, 6-0 (Cornell, 7-3)
149: No. 14 Chris Villalonga (Cornell) dec. Ryan Ponte, 6-1 (Cornell, 10-3)
157: No. 17 Jake O'Hara dec. Jesse Shanaman (Cornell), 5-2 (Cornell, 10-6)
165: No. 1 Kyle Dake (Cornell) win by fall Josh Houldsworth, 6:02 (16-6)
174: Stephen West win by fall Duke Pickett (Cornell), 6:28 (Cornell, 16-12)
184: No. 4 Steve Bosak (Cornell) win by fall Drew Rebling, 3:48 (Cornell, 22-12)
197: Jace Bennett (Cornell) maj. dec. Nick Mills, 9-1 (Cornell, 26-12)
HWT: Jacob Aiken-Phillips (Cornell) dec. Chris Manna, 9-6 (Cornell, 29-12)

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