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Cornell’s Rob Koll Wins 200th Career Match, Big Red Defeat Iowa State
ITHACA, N.Y. — Cornell wrestling head coach Rob Koll notched his 200th career win on Sunday afternoon with a 30-16 victory over No. 15 Iowa State. The Big Red collected bonus points in all six of its wins, with Kyle Dake (149) and Steve Bosak (184) pinning their opponents in their respective weight classes. In front of a crowd of 4,419 in Newman Arena, Cornell inducted four new members into its Hall of Distinguished Wrestling Alumni. The match also served as the Big Red’s annual fundraiser for the Adam Frey Foundation.
At 149 pounds, No. 2 Dake faced Max Mayfield. Dake got on the board a minute into the bout with a takedown, and earned two back points as time ran out in the first period. Mayfield chose to start the second period at neutral. Dake took down the Iowa State wrestler once again and turned him to win by fall in 4:44.
No. 9 DJ Meagher faced Trent Weatherman at 157 pounds. Weatherman countered a shot by Meagher midway through the first period and caught the Big Red wrestler for a takedown immediately earning back points. Weatherman was looking for the fall, but Meagher worked relentlessly to return to his stomach. With 15 seconds left in the period, Meagher reversed Weatherman and almost had back points but time ran out. Meagher escaped from his opening down position in the second period and with 30 seconds off the clock grabbed a takedown. Weatherman escaped, and countered a shot by Meagher once again turning him to his back. Weatherman won by fall in 4:36.
Freshman Craig Eifert moved up a weight class from Friday night to wrestle for Cornell at 165 pounds against No. 9 Andrew Sorenson. Sorenson took down Eifert 45 seconds into the period and rode him out for the remainder. The Cyclone escaped from his bottom position in the second period. Eifert scored to come within a point with a takedown against the ranked junior. Eifert escaped from his down position to start the third period, but Sorenson would take him down two more times. The Big Red rookie fought hard throughout the entire match always looking to score, but Sorenson won the 9-4 decision.
In the highly anticipated bout at 174 pounds, No. 3 Mack Lewnes squared off against No. 1 Jon Reader. Reader grabbed a takedown early in the first period. Lewnes would escape, but the Iowa State wrestler took him down once again. Reader chose to start the second period down and quickly reversed Lewnes. Lewnes escaped to head into the third period down, 6-3. Lewnes immediately escaped from his opening down position in the third and 10 seconds later took down Reader to tie the bout at 6-6. Over 30 seconds ticked off the clock before Reader was able to escape. Reader was hit with a stalling warning late in the period, but evaded Lewnes long enough to secure a 7-6 decision. The Big Red and Iowa State was tied 12-12.
No. 7 ranked Bosak followed at 184 pounds taking on Cole Shafer. Bosak quickly took down his opponent, but when he worked to tilt, Shafer reversed him. Bosak escaped, but the Iowa State wrestler scored again with a takedown. With 20 seconds left on the clock, Bosak fought to neutral to tie the bout at 4-4. Shafer chose to start the second period down, and Bosak took advantage turning him to win by fall in 3:34.
During a 10 minute halftime break, the Big Red inducted Dr. Richard Fox, John Murray, Donald New and Dick Vincent into the Hall of Distinguished Wrestling Alumni. Koll, along with assistant coach Damion Hahn also presented a check as a donation to the Adam Frey Foundation.
After the break, No. 1 Cam Simaz faced No. 16 Jerome Ward. Simaz got on the board first with a takedown, but Ward reversed him to tie the bout. Ward received his first stall warning when he failed to quickly return to the center of the mat after the action went out of bounds. Simaz earned his escape with 13 seconds left in the period. Ward escaped from his opening down position in the second period, and Simaz took him down once again. Simaz quickly let him up looking to score. The Big Red wrestler earned two more points when Ward was hit with two more stalling calls. Simaz grabbed another takedown before the end of the period. Simaz chose to start the third down and immediately escaped. Ward was taken down once again, but worked to neutral. The Big Red junior earned two points when Ward was called for stalling for the fourth time. Simaz won a 14-6 major decision.
At heavyweight, Stryker Lane wrestled against Kyle Simonson. Simonson held a 4-0 lead after the first with a takedown and two back points. The Cyclone notched two more points in the second with a reversal from his starting down position. Lane chose neutral to start the third period, and Simonson took him down with 24 seconds left in the match. Lane escaped with two seconds left on the clock, but with 1:54 in riding time, Simonson won a 9-1 major decision.
The dual continued with No. 10 Frank Perrelli facing Brandon Jones at 125 pounds. The Big Red wrestler notched two takedowns in the opening period. Perrelli escaped from his starting down position in the second period, and with a takedown and two back points held a 9-1 lead. Jones chose to start the third down, and Perrelli racked up riding time until with 18 seconds left in the match, Jones escaped. With 3:13 in riding time, Perrelli won a 10-2 major decision.
In the last bout of the day, senior No. 7 Mike Grey took on Ben Cash at 133 pounds. The crowd was electric in showing its support for the Big Red wrestler, who returned to the mats for the first time this season against Binghamton on Friday after fighting back from an injury. For the second time in as many matches, Grey looked to be back at full strength easily taking down Cash twice in the first period. Grey quickly escaped from his opening down position in the third and took down his opponent three more times. Cash escaped to start the third period, and grabbed his only two offensive points with a takedown with a little more than a minute left in the bout. Grey quickly escaped. The Big Red veteran notched two more takedowns and added two back points for good measure as time ran out. With 3:30 in riding time, Grey won an impressive 19-8 major decision.
The Big Red will open its Ivy League slate next weekend as it travels to Columbia on Saturday for a 6 p.m. bout. Cornell will wrestle at Hofstra earlier in the day at 1 p.m.
141: Mike Nevinger (Cornell) win by forfeit (CU, 6-0)
149: No. 2 Kyle Dake (Cornell) win by fall Max Mayfield (Iowa State), 4:44 (CU, 12-0)
157: Trent Weatherman (Iowa State) win by fall No. 9 DJ Meagher (Cornell), 4:36 (CU, 12-6)
165: No. 9 Andrew Sorenson (Iowa State) dec. Craig Eifert (Cornell), 9-4 (CU, 12-9)
174: No. 1 Jon Reader (Iowa State) dec. No. 3 Mack Lewnes (Cornell), 7-6 (Tied, 12-12)
184: No. 7 Steve Bosak (Cornell) win by fall Cole Shafer (Iowa State), 3:34 (CU, 18-12)
197: No. 1 Cam Simaz (Cornell) maj. dec. No. 16 Jerome Ward (Iowa State), 14-6 (CU, 22-12)
HWT: Kyle Simonson (Iowa State) maj. dec. Stryker Lane (Cornell), 9-1 (CU, 22-16)
125: No. 10 Frank Perelli (Cornell) maj. dec. Brandon Jones (Iowa State), 10-2 (CU, 26-16)
133: No. 7 Mike Grey (Cornell) maj. dec. Ben Cash (Iowa State), 19-8 (CU, 30-16)