We have made it through the first half of the season with our record unblemished and I am excited for what awaits us in the second semester. Considering our wrestlers are getting ready for finals, I feel it is an appropriate time to give them performance evaluations as well.
Junior Frank Perrelli hit a few early season hurdles, but he has quickly turned his season around. His recent 5th place Las Vegas finish, in a very deep field, demonstrates how much potential we have at this weight class. In order for Frank to reach his goal of placing at the NCAAs, he will need to address his top and bottom wrestling. Frank is so tough in neutral that he often lets his opponents up whenever he is on top because he prefers to wrestle on his feet. This is not an acceptable style, especially for someone who works as tirelessly as Frank does. From this point on, expect Frank to spend a disproportionate percentage of his time on bottom work.
Joe Stanzione has wrestled well in the absence of Mike Grey. So far, Joe has won the Binghamton Open and placed 2nd at the Body Bar. Un-fortunately, Joe slipped up in Vegas and stopped wrestling for a couple of seconds in his last consolation match. This cost him a three point lead and a very good shot at placing. I expect this will be the last time Joe makes this type of mental error. On a more positive note, Joe has made significant improvements since joining the team in January of 2010. I had serious concerns that we would not be competitive at this weight class next year. There is no reason that Joe cannot continue to improve to where he is vying for All-American honors by next season.
Mike Grey is expected to be back by National Duals.
This weight class has seen three very different Cornell wrestlers challenge for the starting position. 5th year senior Corey Manson is big and strong and has a great gas tank, fresh-man Chris Villalonga is slick on his feet and good on top and rookie Mike Nevinger is funky on his feet and outstanding on top. My goal is to ask a friend of mine who works in Cornell’s Genetic Engineering department to morph these three into one ultimate wrestling machine. In the event that this does not occur, I will allow their performances at the Southern Scuffle to dictate who will represent the Big Red throughout the remainder of the year.
Kyle Dake has quickly adjusted to his new and heavier weight class. He injured his ribs in the Binghamton Open and hasn’t competed since the Central Michigan dual meet. He is close to full strength and will return to action at the Southern Scuffle.
DJ Meagher has surprised everyone who has not seen him compete on a regular basis. DJ’s only loss came in a very tough bout against #2 Adam Hall of Boise State. DJ has always had the talent to com-pete for All-American status but is finally wrestling up to his potential. In the past, DJ has shown fatigue late in matches. I believe the difference this year is he is much more confident and carries much less stress into each match.
My main concern going forward is keeping DJ healthy. For this reason I will likely hold him out of the Southern Scuffle and bring him back for the National Duals.
Justin Kerber has only one loss on his record; that coming in the Vegas finals against #1 Andrew Howe of Wisconsin. Justin made it to the All-American round last year and will stand high on the podium in March. The difference this year is that Justin is much more aggressive on offense and much more confident in his defense when someone attacks his legs. The key to Justin’s continued success is for him to stay aggressive on his feet and to continue to use a punishing and physical style of ride while on top. Justin is one of the keys to our national championship quest. He is consistent, a hard worker and a great leader.
Mack Lewnes looked great in Vegas and there really isn’t much I need to say about a wrestler who has only been offensively scored upon in one match in over a year and a half. That is, other than the multiple takedowns and back points I score on him regularly in practice!
I was hoping Steve would figure out how good he is before he graduated and it appears my wish has become a reality.
After losing a tough one point match in the Body Bar finals, Cam Simaz bounced back to claim his first Vegas Invite championship. Cam works so hard that my only concern going forward is keeping him healthy and keeping weight on his body. I plan to give him a little time off the mats and get him into the weight room over the break.
Oney Snyder and Stryker Lane have wrestled well thus far for first year starters, but not so well that I am satisfied with their results. I am confident that we will continue to improve at this weight and by the end of the year we should qualify for the NCAAs. Not unlike 141, we may have to use some genetic splicing. Oney is strong on his feet and weak on the mat while Stryker is strong on the mat and weak on his feet. These two are ultimately going to be very good; we just need to hurry up the maturation process.
2010-2011 Season at A Glance
Weight, Name, Record, Notable Results
125 Frank Perrelli , 11-6, 5th CK Las Vegas, 2nd Body Bar, 4th Binghamton Open
125 Tyler Biscaha, 5-0, 1st Binghamton Open
133 Joe Stanzione, 9-4, 1st Binghamton Open, 2nd Body Bar
141 Chris Villalonga, 9-5, 8th CK Las Vegas, 2nd Body Bar
141 Mike Nevinger, 15-4, 3rd Mat Town, 5th Body Bar, 6th Binghamton Open
141/149 Corey Manson, 11-6, 2nd Binghamton Open, 2nd Mat Town
149 Kyle Dake, 6-0, 1st Binghamton Open
157 DJ Meagher, 11-1, 6th CK Las Vegas, 1st Binghamton Open
157 Craig Eifert, 7-3, 4th Body Bar, 5th Binghamton Open
157 Jesse Shanaman, 10-3, 1st Mat Town, 3rd Binghamton Open
165 Justin Kerber, 15-1, 2nd CK Las Vegas, 1st Body Bar, 1st Binghamton Open
165 Marshall Peppelman, 9-3, 5th Binghamton Open, 6th Body Bar
174 Mack Lewnes, 15-0, 1st CK Las Vegas, 1st Body Bar, 1st Binghamton Open
174 Colin McDonald, 9-4, 3rd Body Bar, 3rd Mat Town
184 Steve Bosak, 14-0, 1st CK Las Vegas, 1st Body Bar, 1st Binghamton Open
197 Cam Simaz, 13-1, 1st CK Las Vegas, 1st Binghamton Open, 2nd Body Bar
285 Oney Snyder, 11-6, 1st Mat Town, 3rd Binghamton Open, 4th Body Bar
285 Stryker Lane, 10-3, 2nd Mat Town, 5th Body Bar, 5th Binghamton Open