Now that we have wrestled through the most rigorous portion of the season it is nice to have a few “lighter” matches leading up the EIWA tournament. Out of twenty matches wrestled, we had only one wrestler lose a match. Unfortunately that same wrestler, John Basting, not only lost a match but suffered an injury in his final bout. I am not sure when he will return to the mats.
There are not too many things to complain about so I will focus on a few of the highlights that I deem worthy of special mention.
141 In the past, Corey Manson has wrestled his best at the end the season and it appears this year is no exception. He hit quick and explosive attacks and finally managed to finish on a quality opponent. He was much better off bottom and stayed offensive throughout both matches.
165 Justin Kerber is slowing but continually improving. He defeated one of Columbia’s and Hofstra’s best wrestlers. He took both matches into overtime before scoring. Although I am disappointed he isn’t more offensive I am also pleased with the victories. I still believe Justin will continue to show significant improvement over the next month. He is not attacking as much as I would like but when he does, he is finally penetrating through his opponent. He had stopped doing this after he hurt his knee. Even though the knee has healed, he has developed a bad habit of not bringing his hips with him or hitting his knee on any attacks. Now we just have to get him to do it more often!
174 Mack Lewnes scored two falls and tied Cornell’s all-time pin record. I expect for Mack to break the tie, that he currently holds with Steve Anceravage, this weekend when we wrestle Penn and Princeton. He has 37 career falls.
285 Josh Arnone not only won two matches but did so in convincing fashion. Josh wrestled aggressively and looked good on top, bottom and on his feet. Josh is gaining confidence every time he steps on the mat.
Pin Pool Update:
So far we have 71 friends who have made pledges amounting to $1,812 per pin. We currently have 6 pins so unfortunately we are not putting anyone in the poorhouse. Hopefully the next two weekends will change this and we will see many for sale signs in the yards of our most generous friends!
Total to date: $10,872
We will be wrestling both matches on Saturday. We face Penn at 1:00 and then drive over to Princeton and wrestle at 6:00.
All the best, Rob
Cornell 37, Columbia 3
125: No. 2 Troy Nickerson (Cornell) dec. Kyle Gilchrist (Columbia), 3-0 (Cornell 3, Columbia 0)
133: No. 11 Mike Grey (Cornell) tech fall Andrew Grabfelder (Columbia), 17-2 (Cornell 8, Columbia 0)
141: No. 1 Kyle Dake (Cornell) Win by Fall (0:33) Ryan Doyle (Columbia) (Cornell 14, Columbia 0)
149: Corey Manson (Cornell) dec. Steve Santos (Columbia), 5-2 (Cornell 17, Columbia 0)
157: Matt Dunn (Columbia) dec. John Basting (Cornell), 6-3 (Cornell 17, Columbia 3)
165: Justin Kerber (Cornell) dec. Eren Civan (Columbia), 6-4 (Cornell 20, Columbia 3)
174: No. 1 Mack Lewnes (Cornell) Win by Fall (4:54), Stephen West (Columbia) (Cornell 26, Columbia 3)
184: No. 17 Steve Bosak (Cornell) Maj. dec Cary Aldrich (Columbia), 9-0 (Cornell 30, Columbia 3)
197: No. 5 Cam Simaz (Cornell) Maj. dec Lou Miller (Columbia), 12-3 (Cornell 34, Columbia 3)
HWT: Josh Arnone (Cornell) dec. Kevin Lester (Columbia), 9-5 (Cornell 37, Columbia 3)
Cornell 37, Hofstra 6
125: No. 2 Troy Nickerson (Cornell) dec. Jamie Franco (Hofstra), 6-0 (Cornell 3, Hofstra 0)
133: No. 11 Mike Grey (Cornell) Maj.dec. Luke Vaith (Hofstra), 18-7 (Cornell 7, Hofstra 0)
141: No. 1 Kyle Dake (Cornell)tech fall (6:18) Tyler Banks (Hofstra) (Cornell 12, Hofstra 0)
149: Corey Manson (Cornell) Maj.dec. Ryan Colmer/Jeff Rotella (Hofstra), 14-5 (Cornell 16, Hofstra 0)
157: No. 16 Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (Hofstra) inj. def.John Basting (Cornell) (Cornell 16, Hofstra 0)
165: Justin Kerber (Cornell) dec. No. 17 P.J. Gillespie (Hofstra), 3-1 (SV) (Cornell 19, Hofsra 6)
174: No. 1 Mack Lewnes (Cornell) Win by Fall (1:01) Jon Rothman (Hofstra) (Cornell 25, Hofstra 6)
184: No. 17 Steve Bosak (Cornell) dec. Ben Clymer (Hofstra), 4-1 (Cornell 28, Hofstra 6)
197: No. 5 Cam Simaz (Cornell) Win by Fall (6:47) Anthony Tortora (Hofstra) (Cornell 34, Hofstra 6)
HWT: Josh Arnone (Cornell) dec. Paul Snyder, 6-0 (Cornell 37, Hofstra 6)