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November 28, 2012

Wrestling Kicks Off Duals Action with Tough Competition

NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll as of Nov. 27

Photo courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Cornell wrestling opened its duals slate with a 30-7 win over Binghamton on Nov. 16, and over the weekend, three other Ivy League teams kicked off the second part of their seasons with tough opponents, several of which were ranked among the top-25 in the nation.

Columbia, the eighth-ranked Big Red and Princeton competed in the Journeymen Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y., facing a plethora of ranked teams.

Cornell went 3-0 on the day with wins over No. 9 Central Michigan (17-15), No. 11 Oklahoma (25-13) and Drexel (40-0). Four Cornell wrestlers won each of their three bouts, including No. 9 Nahshon Garrett (125-points), No. 9 Mike Nevinger (141), No. 1 Kyle Dake (165) and Jace Bennett (197). Senior heavyweight Stryker Lane finished 2-1 with his lone defeat coming at the hands of No. 4 Jared Trice of Central Michigan, 2-1 in overtime.

Columbia went 1-2 at the event, beating Drexel, 26-9, but falling to No. 16 Maryland, 27-10, and Rutgers, 30-6. The Scarlet Knights came into the match in the receiving votes category in the latest USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll.

Lions senior Steve Santos, ranked No. 10 at 149, went 3-0 on the day with a pin to remain undefeated on the season (11-0). Fellow classmate Jake O'Hara, ranked No. 11 at 157, improved to 10-1 on the year with a 2-1 performance, including a major decision against the Terrapins. O'Hara's loss came against Rutgers' Scott Winston, ranked No. 9 at 157.

Princeton dropped all three of its matches, 46-0 to No. 5 Illinois, 31-10 to Bloomsburg and 37-6 to No. 23 Purdue. Junior 174-pounder Ryan Callahan made his season debut and led the Tigers with two wins on the day.

Penn traveled out west to face No. 3 Oklahoma State, falling, 35-10. The Quakers held a 10-4 lead after four bouts before the Cowboys won the final six, all with bonus points, to come away with the victory. Senior Mark Rappo, ranked No. 17 at 125, and junior 149-pounder Andrew Lenzi gave their team three points apiece with decisions, while sophomore 141-pound wrestler C.J. Cobb won by major decision over his opponent, 10-2.

Brown and Harvard open their dual slates with Franklin & Marshall and Rider on Dec. 8 and Jan. 5, respectively.