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Luther comes from behind to defeat Cornell (Iowa)

12/14/2013
Luther College Sports Information

In a battle between two nationally ranked teams, No. 3 Luther posted an 18-17 come-from-behind victory over No. 25 Cornell College.

The Norse trailed the Rams until the final match, when No 3 ranked Jayden DeVilbiss posted a 14-4 major decision over Aburough Abegesha to secure the one-point victory.

Cornell jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but wins by No. 7 Evan Obert (133) and Dakota Gray (141) pulled the Norse to within four points (6-10) after five bouts . Following a major decision by the Rams No. 9 Trevor Engle, Luther posted four consecutive wins, that included three major decisions to secure the victory. Blake Letney (157) and No. 5 Garrett Bonte (165) both posted major decisions to level the score 14-14. The Rams Brett Hamm defeated Eric Moreno 4-2 in overtime, setting up the last match heroics by DeVilbiss.

The win gives Luther a dual meet record of 2-1, while Cornell is now 5-2.

The Norse will return to action following finals next week when they will host the Gator "Boots" Duals in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Results:
197 Alex Coolidge - C Maj. Dec. 15 - 5 Tyler Walls - L 0 4
285 Carl Gaul - C Dec. 5 - 3 Nick Pearch - L 0 7
125 Ben Rosen - C Dec. 3 - 1 Nick Scheffert - L 0 10
133 #7 Evan Obert - L Dec. 7 - 1 Phillip Opelt - C 3 10
141 Dakota Gray - L Dec. 11 - 9 Samuel Chalkley - C 6 10
149 #9 Trevor Engle - C Maj. Dec. 18 - 4 Tristan Zurfluh - L 6 14
157 Blake Letney - L Maj. Dec. 9 - 0 Danny Klema - C 10 14
165 #5 Garrett Bonte - L Maj. Dec. 10 - 2 Michael Maksimovic - C 14 14
174 Brett Hamm - C Dec. 4-2 OT Eric Moreno - L 14 17
184 #3 Jayden DeVilbiss - L Maj. Dec. 14 - 4 Aburough Abegesah - C 18 17

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