Cornell Finishes Seventh, Five Ivies Crowned All-American at NCAA Wrestling Championships
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Cornell wrestling team finished seventh overall and five Ivies were crowned All-Americans at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, held March 20-22 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
After the three-day event, the Big Red totaled 53 points to finish in seventh-place out of 72 teams. It marks the seventh-straight year that Cornell has placed in the top 10 as a team at NCAAs.
Of the five Ivy League All-Americans, three were Big Red. Sophomore Nahshon Garrett was the runner-up at 125 pounds, one spot better than his third-place finish a season ago. Freshman Brian Realbuto, who reached the semifinals at 157 thanks to wins over the 10th-seed and second-seed, was forced to medically forfeit out to sixth-place after suffering an injury in his semifinal loss on Friday evening.
Cornell freshman Gabe Dean, meanwhile, was one of three Ivies at 184-pounds to finish among the top-eight and receive All-America honors. In wrestlebacks, Dean defeated Penn junior Lorenzo Thomas to reach the third-place bout, where he won to become the second-best finisher in Big Red history.
Thomas went on to place sixth, becoming Penn's 27th All-American and first at 184 pounds. Brown junior Ophir Bernstein was two spots behind, finishing eighth at 184 to became the fourth All-American in Bears wrestling history and the first since Tivon Abel in 1998.
The honors for Dean, Thomas and Bernsetein mark the first time in Ivy League history that three wrestlers earned All-America in the same weight class.