Cornell Wrestling Earns Top Spot In EIWA Preseason Rankings

The No. 3 nationally ranked Cornell wrestling team has earned the top spot in EIWA Preseason rankings it was released this weekend. The Big Red has won the EIWA team title the past three seasons and will contend for its fourth-straight win in March. Seven Big Red wrestlers are ranked in the top six of their individual weight classes with four ranked first. Freshmen are not eligible to be ranked.

cornellbigredITHACA, N.Y.—The No. 3 nationally ranked Cornell wrestling team has earned the top spot in EIWA Preseason rankings it was released this weekend. The Big Red has won the EIWA team title the past three seasons and will contend for its fourth-straight win in March. Seven Big Red wrestlers are ranked in the top six of their individual weight classes with four ranked first. Freshmen are not eligible to be ranked.

At 125 pounds, returning NCAA champion Troy Nickerson ranks first. Nickerson completed his third season with the Big Red with a perfect 25-0 record. Last year, he ranked second on the team with 12 falls and won 16 matches with bonus points.

Junior Mike Grey holds the top spot at 133 pounds. Grey qualified for his second NCAA tournament last season after placing second at the EIWA championships. As a sophomore he finished with a 24-10 overall record.

Moving up a weight class, junior DJ Meagher ranks sixth at 157 pounds. Meagher went 15-12 last season and qualified for the NCAA tournament with an at-large bid to the 149 weight class.

Moving down to 165 pounds, junior Justin Kerber sits in second. With a 29-11 record, Kerber placed second at the EIWAs to qualify for his first NCAA tournament.

Junior All-American Mack Lewnes holds the top spot at 174 pounds. Lewnes had a 35-2 mark last season at 165 pounds and led the team with 13 falls. As a sophomore, Lewnes won his second-straight individual EIWA title.

Returning EIWA champion, Cam Simaz, ranks first at 197 pounds. As a freshman, Simaz tied for the team lead in wins with 35. At the NCAA tournament, he placed eighth to earn All-America honors.

At heavyweight, Josh Arnone ranks third after moving up from 197 pounds. Arnone earned All-America status in 2007 after placing eighth at the NCAA tournament at 184 pounds.

The Big Red will open its 2009 season on Nov. 20 when it will play host to Maryland.

EIWA PRESEASON Team RANKINGS

1. Cornell
2. Lehigh
3.  Bucknell
4.  Navy
T5. Penn
T5. Rutgers
7. American
8. Army

EIWA Individual Rankings (Freshmen not eligible)

125

  1. Troy Nickerson, Cornell
  2. Derek Reber, Bucknell
  3. Jasen Borshoff, American
  4. Greg Einfrank, Brown
  5. Tony Comunale, Princeton
  6. John McDonald, Lehigh

133

  1. Mike Grey, Cornell
  2. Matt Fisk, Lehigh
  3. David Marble, Bucknell
  4. Bryan Ortenzio, Penn
  5. Billy Ashnault,Rutgers
  6. Thomas Williams, American

141

  1. Seth Ciasulli, Lehigh
  2. Trevor Melde, Rutgers
  3. Matt Marariacher, American
  4. Casey Thome, Army
  5. Zack Kemmerer, Penn
  6. Stephen DeLorenzo, Brown

149

  1. Matt Kyler, Army
  2. Kyle Borshoff, American
  3. Cesar Grajales, Penn
  4. Kevin LeValley, Bucknell
  5. Walter Peppelman, Harvard
  6. Glenn Shober, Navy

157

  1. J. P. O’Connor, Harvard
  2. Bryce Saddoris, Navy
  3. Matt Dragon, Penn
  4. Daryl Cocozzo, Rutgers
  5. Steve Fittery, American
  6. D. J. Meagher, Cornell

165

  1. Andy Rendos, Bucknell
  2. Justin Kerber, Cornell
  3. Mike Galante, Lehigh
  4. Greg Zannetti, Rutgers
  5. Eren Civan, Columbia
  6. Robby Neill, Navy

174

  1. Mack Lewnes, Cornell
  2. Shane Riccio, Bucknell
  3. Alex Caruso, Lehigh
  4. Luke Rebertus, Navy
  5. Scott Giffin, Penn
  6. Ryan Mergen, Army

184

  1. Louis Caputo, Harvard
  2. David Craig, Lehigh
  3. Mike Cannon, American
  4. David Thompson, Bucknell
  5.  Thomas Shovlin, Penn
  6. Matt DeMichiel, Navy

197

  1. Cam Simaz, Cornell
  2. Richard Starks, Army
  3. Lamar Brown, Rutgers
  4. Lou Miller, Columbia
  5. Joe Kennedy, Lehigh
  6. James Carafano, Navy

285

  1. Zach Rey, Lehigh
  2. Scott Steele, Navy
  3. Josh Arnone, Cornell
  4. D. J. Russo, Rutgers
  5. Kevin Lester, Columbia
  6. Tyler Blakely, Penn

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