Mat Side With Rob Koll – Doubleheader Weekend

It was a great weekend for the Big Red. We had a doubleheader on Saturday, starting with a 1 p.m. match at Hofstra, and then culminating in a 6 p.m. Ivy League faceoff at Columbia. Over the course of the day, our guys only gave up eight offensive points.

For those of you who have joined our Pin Pool, you will be “thrilled” to hear that we registered seven falls on the day! That brings our season dual meet pin total to 14. We currently have 98 pledges, amounting to $1,757 per fall.

At the beginning of the year, my goal was to get 100 pledges and $2,000 per fall. We will certainly hit the pledge number, but I think we will need a little help with the total. We are obviously going to make our goal, so you might as well e-mail me your pledge asap and get it over with!

Here are some of the weekend highlights:

Corey Manson

141 Pounds: Corey Manson defeated #21 Vincente Varela. Varela had previously defeated Cornell wrestlers Mike Nevinger and Chris Villalonga, so it was nice to finally knock him off. Corey and Mike Nevinger have been sharing time, but the two wrestled off last week and Corey will be our starting 141 pound wrestler going forward.

Craig Eifert

165 Pounds: Freshman Craig Eifert stepped in due to an injury to Justin Kerber. He defeated #14 PJ Gillespie of Hofstra by fall and then went on to dominate Columbia national qualifier Eren Civan by a score of 9-4. Whatmakes these performances even more impressive is the fact that Craig is a 149/157 pounder, wrestling up for the team.

Mack Lewnes

174 Pounds: Mack Lewnes registered two falls on the weekend, the more impressive coming at Hofstra against Ryan Patrovich. This victory was especially gratifying considering Patrovich is the same wrestler who defeated Mack two years ago at the NCAA tournament. This was Mack’s first opportunity to face him since the 2009 NCAAs.

Cam Simaz

197 Pounds: Cam Simaz pinned both of his opponents and registered his 99th and 100th career victories. He joins Lewnes, Kerber, and Mike Grey as current team members with at least 100 wins.

After the match we had a fantastic team meal before heading home, thanks to David Wagener. Thanks again David, and despite your Harvard background, you could pass as a Cornellian any day!

For the complete story of the weekend’s action, take a look at the following link:

All the Best, Rob

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