This Week At Cornell with Rob Koll 10-09

The EIWA tournament is finally upon us. I hope to see a large and boisterous pack of Cornell fans on Saturday and Sunday. Here is complete schedule of the weekend’s events.

cornellbigredThe EIWA tournament is finally upon us. I hope to see a large and boisterous pack of Cornell fans on Saturday and Sunday. Here is complete schedule of the weekend’s events.

Saturday, March. 7
Session I (Preliminaries): 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Session I (Quarterfinals and Consolation Round 1): 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Session I (Consolation Round 2): 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
*7:00-9:00 Cornell Wrestling Social at the Sheraton University City in the Fairmont Room. There will be food and a cash bar. The Sheraton is a short walk from the Palestra on 36th and Chestnut Streets.

Sunday, March 8
Session II (Semifinals and Consolation Round 3): 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Session II (Consolation Semifinals): 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Session II (Consolation Finals): 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
EIWA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: 6:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Session III (Championship Finals): 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

EIWA Championships in Philadelphia, Pa., The Palestra

Seeds are out.
Interestingly with no bonus points included, the final team score would be as follows, assuming all wrestlers score exactly what they are seeded.1. Cornell 110.9 , 2. Lehigh 108.8, 3. Penn 99.5 , 4. Navy 87.3, 5. American 65.1, 6. Bucknell 60.2, 7. Army 58.8, 8. Harvard 56.0, 9. Rutgers 42.3, 10. Columbia 32.0, 11. Brown 25.9, 12. ESU 21.2, 13. Princeton 15.5, 14. F&M 11.1.

I anticipate that Lehigh will give us the most competition. Although I do not believe they have a team that can challenge us at the NCAA tournament they do have a team that can score at virtually every weight at the EIWA tournament. I am confident we will score significant bonus points but we will also need to have production out of 141,149 and 285. Manson and Hammond have struggled on and off all year but have the ability to do well at any given time. Meagher has wrestled well all year but finds himself in a very deep weight class. He is only seeded seventh in the tournament. Because of their low seeds (Manson-8, Meagher-7, Hammond-6) there will be some very tough, exciting and crucial quarter-finals matches. I cannot guarantee wins but I do guarantee that these three wrestlers will wrestle well and that they expect to be wrestling in the semi-finals.

All Ivy Awards
ITHACA, N.Y.­Eight members of the Big Red wrestling team were named All-Ivy as was announced by the league offices on Thursday. Sophomore Mack Lewnes earned All-Ivy Wrestler of the Year, while freshman Cam Simaz was named Rookie of the Year. Lewnes and Simaz also joined Troy Nickerson, Mike Grey and Steve Anceravage as unanimous first-team All-Ivy selections.

With a perfect 5-0 league mark, including three wins by fall, Lewnes (Annapolis, Md.) earned Wrestler of the Year and his inaugural first-team honor. Lewnes ranks No. 1 in the country at 165 pounds with a perfect 31-0 record. This season the sophomore has won individual titles at the Brute Binghamton Open, Body Bar Invitational, Las Vegas Invitational and Southern Scuffle. Lewnes leads the team in pins with 11 and is tied for second in major decisions with seven. Last season he was named honorable mention at 165 pounds with a 1-0 league record after missing a small portion of his season due to injury. Lewnes was EIWA Champion as a freshman and is a returning All-American after taking fourth at the 2008 NCAA Championships.

Simaz (Allegan, Mich.) is the fifth-straight Big Red wrestler to be named Ivy League Rookie of the Year. At 197 pounds, he is the first Cornelian above 150 pounds to earn the honor. Simaz had a perfect 5-0 Ancient Eight record and is 29-9 overall this season. He ranks second only to Lewnes in wins this season, and he is third on the team in falls with seven. Simaz placed second at the Binghamton Open, third at the Body Bar Invitational, fourth at the Southern Scuffle, and fifth at the Las Vegas Invitational.

Going 5-0 against the Ivies, Nickerson (Chenango Forks, N.Y.) earns his third first-team All-Ivy honor at 125 pounds. The former Ivy League Rookie of the Year, he pinned three of his conference opponents and received one win by forfeit. He was named the 2006 Ivy League Wrestler of the Year as a freshman and is currently ranked No. 1 in the country by W.I.N. Magazine. A two-time All-American, Nickerson has seven pins this season.

At 133 pounds, sophomore Mike Grey (Rockaway, N.J.) earns his second first-team All-Ivy nod. Grey won by tech fall and added a major decision on his way to defeating all five of his league opponents. Grey is 19-7 overall for the season and is ranked No. 11 in the country. The All-American opened the season earning the title at the Brute Binghamton Open at 141 pounds. Grey moved back down to 133 to place third at the Southern Scuffle in December. Grey was Ivy League Rookie of the Year last season.

Senior Steve Anceravage (Bloomsburg, Pa.) received his fourth All-Ivy honor and it is the second year in a row that he has been named first-team at 174 pounds. Anceravage is 24-3 for the season and 11-3 in dual competition. For the second consecutive season, the All-American went 5-0 against the Ancient Eight and pinned two of his opponents. Anceravage ranks eighth on the Big Red’s all-time wins list with 110. This season he has won titles at the Binghamton Open, Body Bar Invitational and Southern Scuffle.

Returning NCAA Champion Jordan Leen (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) was named second-team at 157 pounds with a 3-0 Ivy record. Leen finishes his league career with an unblemished 17-0 mark. He ranks ninth on the Big Red’s all-time wins list with 109. Leen is a three-time first-team member and was named Rookie of the Year in 2005. He was perfect in dual matches this season with a 12-0 mark, and ranks third in the country in his weight class. Leen was a perfect 4-0 against some of the top teams in the country at the National Duals, winning all four matches by major decision, and he is 20-2 overall this season. The senior placed second at the Binghamton Open and Las Vegas Invitational. Leen also won by fall over Cyler Sanderson of Iowa State at the All-Star Classic to open the year.

At 149 pounds, sophomore DJ Meagher (Bow, N.H.) was named second-team All-Ivy after being honorable mention as a freshman. Meagher was 3-1 against Ancient Eight opponents and has a 13-8 overall record. The sophomore currently ranks 24th by the Wrestling Report. He placed sixth at the EIWA Tournament last season.

Rounding out the Big Red All-Ivy honorees is sophomore Justin Kerber (Emmetsburg, Iowa), a second-team honoree at 184 pounds. Last season, Kerber was named first-team at 197 pounds. With a 4-0 league record, he is 26-8 overall. Kerber is second on the team in major decisions with seven, and notched two against the Ancient Eight. Ranked 14th in the country, he placed third at the Southern Scuffle and Body Bar Invitational.

Cornell finished the season with a 5-0 Ancient Eight record to earn its seventh-straight Ivy League title. Ranked No. 2 in the country, the Big Red notched a 12-2 overall dual record. The Big Red will next wrestle at the EIWA Championships in Philadelphia, Pa. March 7-8. Cornell will look to win its third-straight team championship.

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