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Wrestling [2017-18]

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Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: ugarte (---.177.169.163.IPYX-102276-ZYO.zip.zayo.com)
Date: September 29, 2017 12:42PM

A lot of changes for the season and I'm not ready to write a preview yet. We lost a lot of great wrestlers - All-Americans and conference champions and long-time starters - to graduation, so the usual conference domination is likely not in the offing. That said, there is a lot to look forward to, and I'll get to it some time before the season starts in mid-November.

But, while we're waiting, some of our guys are competing to qualify for the U23 National Greco-Roman Team at next week's World Team Trials. 2x NCAA champ and recent graduate Gabe Dean '17 (85kg); Jon Jay Chavez '19 (75kg); and Will Koll '19 (71kg).

Dean has decided to shift from freestyle to Greco to take a shot at the Olympics; he won bronze at the 2017 Pan-Am Games.

Chavez has not seen much action for Cornell, choosing instead to focus on Greco for international competition. He's a past national junior greco champ.

Koll was the starter for Cornell at 141 as a frosh before getting his knee wrecked on the mat. He came back and reclaimed his starting spot for his sophomore year in 16-17. He's also a past junior greco national champ. Since he's wrestling at 156 for Greco I am curious where he fits into Cornell's plans for the season.

 
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Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: October 28, 2017 12:19PM

With apologies to ugarte, I settled a case that was headed to trial next week and was in the mood to do a little writing for fun and not work. So, here is my preview and ugarte is welcome to offer corrections as needed:

125: Noah Baughman (So.) was pressed into service last year when returning starter Dalton Macri (who has since transferred to UNC) suffered an injury in his first bout of the season. Noah had a roller coaster of a season. He started 13-3, then lost 8 of his next 10, but closed on an 11-1 run where his only loss was to the eventual NCAA champ. Noah finished 3rd in the EIWA and, IMHO, should have gone to the NCAA's last season. I can see Noah earning a national rank and staying in the top 20 most of the season. Sophomore Mike Russo will back Noah up.

133: Mike Grey has graduated, so there will be a new name at this weight. If healthy, it should be Chaz Tucker (Jr.). Chaz was an elite recruit, two-time prep national champ, but has struggled with staying healthy. The optimist in me says Chaz earns a national rank and makes the NCAAs. Depth at this weight is an issue, so the Big Red really needs a healthy Tucker.

141: Will Koll is a returning starter, but the story at his weight is the debut of Yianni Diakomihalis. Yianni D is the bluest of blue-chips, arguably the best high-school wrestler in the country last year and a two time cadet world champion. Coach Koll has already said he has "Kyle Dake expectations." It's not fair to expect anyone to repeat what Kyle did, but Yianni really is that good. I hope it isn't needed, but there is solid depth at this weight: Koll, Trence Gillem (So.), and Max Pickett (Fr.) all could see action.

149: Last year's pre-season starter was Joey Galasso (Jr.), but he struggled with injuries and is up to 157. Jon Furnas (Jr.) took over and put up a respectable 17-11 season with a sixth place finish at Easterns. Furnas is a battler, but coach Koll's newsletter hints that Freshman Hunter Richard could earn the starting gig at this weight. This weight will be evolving over the season.

157: The unpredictable Dylan Palacio graduated, as did top sub Taylor Simaz, so 157 is wide open. Galasso is moving up and is the presumed starter. He's capable of being very good, but last year was a lost season for him. Minnesota transfer Fredy Stroker should join the team (I think) for the second semester. Fredy was 25-4 as a red-shirting freshman at Minny, was a three-time Iowa state champ and a top 20 overall recruit.

165: Brandon "Bama" Womack was the surprise of last season and was an All-American at this weight. But he's moving up to 174, which leaves the team's most wide-open weight. It could be Drew Garcia (Jr.), who is 25-11 at Cornell and a three time Michigan state champ. It could be Milik Dawkins (So.) who was 13-6 last year and is really still learning to wrestle at an elite level. It could be JJ Chavez (Jr.) who is a nationally-ranked Greco wrestler. It could be someone else. Early tournaments will be fascinating.

174: Bama replaces Brian Realbuto. Womack was 35-11 last season with 11 pins and an 8th place finish at the NCAAs. He's fun to watch, but it will be interesting to see if he has the power necessary to AA at 174. Koll called him a natural 174 pounder last year, so that's a good sign. He's technically a junior, but he probably could gain a year of eligibility due to missing his freshman year with an injury.

184: From (Gabe) Dean to (Max) Dean, as the Coach has basically said Max takes over for his big brother. Max looked good wrestling for the Finger Lakes Prep, but Gabe is a tough act to follow. Of course, four years ago no one knew the Bear would be four time national semi-finalist and two time champ. Jake Taylor (Jr.) will be back in the second semester, he was 11-8 as a part-time starter at 197 two seasons ago.

197: This is returning starter Ben Honis (Jr.) versus Freshman Ben Darmstadt. Ben won 30 matches last year and finished 3rd at the EIWAs. He probably doesn't have the brute strength to beat the very best at this weight, but he's capable of holding his own with anyone from around #10 on down. He starts out ranked #20 by Intermat. Ben was a top 50 recruit and won the National Collegiate Open (the wresting NIT) last year. Ben is long and lean and got punished some last year as moves that worked in high school did not work against collegiate wrestlers. I expect this to go on all season.

Hvy: Jeramy Sweany (Jr.) spent last season transitioning from an undersized, but very quick, heavy to a more traditional sized heavy. Unfortunately, that transition meant he was still not big enough to out-strength folks, but had lost some of his quickness. The result was a disappointing 12-11 campaign and Craig Scott taking over at Easterns. I hope the transition is completed, because the senior back-ups were 0-4 last year and never wrestled after November. In other words, it pretty much has to be Jeramy.

There is a plausible, and frankly likely, scenario that has Cornell sending 8 new wrestlers to the EIWA's compared to last year, and with only Baughman repeating at the same weight. Which is to say, it's a transition year for the program. The gap between Cornell and Princeton is narrow and the Big Red's Ivy win streak will be tested by the Tigers. The EIWA title string of 11 is in real jeopardy; Lehigh really should win the conference this year.

If the Hawkineers don't win this year, the drought may never end. Not only does Cornell not have a senior starter, most of the juniors have a case to make for an extra year of eligibility. And, the rest of the #1 recruiting class will enroll after a year at Finger Lakes, which will include unanimous top 5 recruit Vito Arujua.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/01/2017 08:58AM by mountainred.
 
Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: ugarte (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: October 28, 2017 02:18PM

mountainred
With apologies to ugarte, I settled a case that was headed to trial next week and was in the mood to do a little writing for fun and not work. So, here is my preview and ugarte is welcome to offer corrections as needed:
To be honest, I don't mind not doing this. I'd have done it eventually but it's better that it got done. I have some notes.


125: Noah Baughman (So.) was pressed into service last year when returning starter Dalton Macri (who has since transferred to UNC) suffered an injury in his first bout of the season. Noah had a roller coaster of a season. He started 13-3, then lost 8 of his next 10, but closed on an 11-1 run where his only loss was to the eventual NCAA champ. Noah finished 3rd in the EIWA and, IMHO, should have gone to the NCAA's last season. I can see Noah earning a national rank and staying in the top 20 most of the season. Sophomore Mike Russo will back Noah up.
The Macri transfer was interesting - he's ranked to start the year and Baughman is not. There are rumors that Baughman may have won this in the room but I don't think the public really knows why he decided to leave. Baughman had one really good win - a pin of Oklahoma's Piccinini, who was a top 10 guy - but was dominated by Lehigh's Cruz in their two matches (a 17-1 TF and a fairly quick pin). There's obviously no shame in losing to the national champ but if he is going to get himself in the conversation he has to be more competitive than that. I think he will be.


133: Mike Grey has graduated, so there will be a new name at this weight. If healthy, it should be Chaz Tucker (Jr.). Chaz was an elite recruit, two-time prep national champ, but has struggled with staying healthy. The optimist in me says Chaz earns a national rank and makes the NCAAs. Depth at this weight is an issue, so the Big Red really needs a healthy Tucker.
There is no depth at this weight unless someone comes up or down. I'm sure Jacob Lehr is a nice, smart, hardworking kid but I saw him sub at Columbia and he was just not strong enough to be competitive in Division I. He was 0-8 at 133, with 4 losses by first period fall, two by TF and two by MD. As far as I can tell, he didn't get a takedown and he lost to two guys from D-III Brockport and someone from Niagara CC. I don't mean this as a diss but I think he got into Cornell *primarily as a student* and wanted to stay involved in wrestling past high school.


141: Will Koll is a returning starter, but the story at his weight is the debut of Yianni Diakomihalis. Yianni D is the bluest of blue-chips, arguably the best high-school wrestler in the country last year and a two time cadet world champion. Coach Koll has already said he has "Kyle Dake expectations." It's not fair to expect anyone to repeat what Kyle did, but Yianni really is that good. I hope it isn't needed, but there is solid depth at this weight: Koll, Trence Gillem (So.), and Max Pickett (Fr.) all could see action.
I can't wait to see Yianni wrestle for us. This is so exciting.


149: Last year's pre-season starter was Joey Galasso (Jr.), but he struggled with injuries and is up to 157. Jon Furnas (Jr.) took over and put up a respectable 17-11 season with a sixth place finish at Easterns. Furnas is a battler, but coach Koll's newsletter hints that Freshman Hunter Richard could earn the starting gig at this weight. This weight will be evolving over the season.
Richard was one of the top NY recruits last year. I'd be surprised if he doesn't win the starting job.


157: The unpredictable Dylan Palacio graduated, as did top sub Taylor Simaz, so 157 is wide open. Galasso is moving up and is the presumed starter. He's capable of being very good, but last year was a lost season for him. Minnesota transfer Fredy Stroker should join the team (I think) for the second semester. Fredy was 25-4 as a red-shirting freshman at Minny, was a three-time Iowa state champ and a top 20 overall recruit.
Stroker does join the team in January. Galasso was a major recruit too but I'd be surprised if Stroker left Minnesota expecting to be a backup and I don't think we brought him in for depth. Galasso had problems getting outmuscled at 149 and I'm not sure it was because of weakness from sucking down.


165: Brandon "Bama" Womack was the surprise of last season and was an All-American at this weight. But he's moving up to 174, which leaves the team's most wide-open weight. It could be Drew Garcia (Jr.), who is 25-11 at Cornell and a three time Michigan state champ. It could be Milik Dawkins (So.) who was 13-6 last year and is really still learning to wrestle at an elite level. It could be JJ Chavez (Jr.) who is a nationally-ranked Greco wrestler. It could be someone else. Early tournaments will be fascinating.
Chavez is on the team but I don't think he really "does" freestyle anymore. He's training to make the national team for Worlds and eventually the Olympics in Greco. The big disappointment here is that Dillon Artigliere - one of the school's biggest recruits - will hardly see the mat in Red. Last year Womack beat him out for the starting spot and he's since sustained what is apparently a career-ending injury.


174: Bama replaces Brian Realbuto. Womack was 35-11 last season with 11 pins and an 8th place finish at the NCAAs. He's fun to watch, but it will be interesting to see if he has the power necessary to AA at 174. Koll called him a natural 174 pounder last year, so that's a good sign. He's technically a junior, but he probably could gain a year of eligibility due to missing his freshman year with a injury.
I'm hoping his strength and aggressiveness plays up; he had a tough time at 174 last year but I don't ascribe any meaning to it because he was subbing in and keeping himself certified at 165, so he was wrestling small. He lost 7 times at 165 last year: to 3 All-Americans, a top 10 guy who dropped down to 157 then borked the tournament and two guys that he kept off the podium himself by avenging his losses at NCAAs. I think he's going to be in the mix for AA again.


184: From (Gabe) Dean to (Max) Dean, as the Coach has basically said Max takes over for his big brother. Max looked good wrestling for the Finger Lakes Prep, but Gabe is a tough act to follow. Of course, four years ago no one knew the Bear would be four time national semi-finalist and two time champ. Jake Taylor (Jr.) will be back in the second semester, he was 11-8 as a part-time starter at 197 two seasons ago.
Max may not be Gabe but there was no way to expect Gabe's results from his greyshirt year at Finger Lakes. Hoping for a great season.


197: This is returning starter Ben Honis (Jr.) versus Freshman Ben Darmstadt. Ben won 30 matches last year and finished 3rd at the EIWAs. He probably doesn't have the brute strength to beat the very best at this weight, but he's capable of holding his own with anyone from around #10 on down. He starts out ranked #20 by Intermat. Ben was a top 50 recruit and won the National Collegiate Open (the wresting NIT) last year. Ben is long and lean and got punished some last year as moves that worked in high school did not work against collegiate wrestlers. I expect this to go on all season.
Honis got the better of Darmstadt when they faced each other last year, and the rumor is that was true in practice too. It's hard to tell if he's just a bad matchup for Darmstadt because on paper Darmstadt is the guy to beat. Honis turned himself into a fringe All-American candidate so this is probably our deepest competitive weight.


Hvy: Jeramy Sweany (Jr.) spent last season transitioning from an undersized, but very quick, heavy to a more traditional sized heavy. Unfortunately, that transition meant he was still not big enough to out-strength folks, but had lost some of his quickness. The result was a disappointing 12-11 campaign and Craig Scott taking over at Easterns. I hope the transition is completed, because the senior back-ups were 0-4 last year and never wrestled after November. In other words, it pretty much has to be Jeramy.
Heavyweight has long been a struggle for our program and I'm really hoping Sweany can break through this year. We have a big recruit coming in next year so this is his chance to make his mark and show the world that he's going to fight for his place in the lineup next fall too.


There is a plausible, and frankly likely, scenario that has Cornell sending 8 new wrestlers to the EIWA's compared to last year, and with only Baughman repeating at the same weight. Which is to say, it's a transition year for the program. The gap between Cornell and Princeton is narrow and the Big Red's Ivy win streak will be tested by the Tigers. The EIWA title string of 11 is in real jeopardy; Lehigh really should win the conference this year.
All true. I have nothing to add other than confidence that Koll will have us ready for Princeton. Lehigh is probably out of reach but I'm not ready to see the Ivy streak broken, especially not with ...


If the Hawkineers don't win this year, the drought may never end. Not only does Cornell not have a senior starter, most of the juniors have a case to make for an extra year of eligibility. And, the rest of the #1 recruiting class will enroll after a year at Finger Lakes, which will include unanimous top 5 recruit Vito Arujua.
... the amazing class we have coming in next year in addition to the experience this years' starters will carry forward. 2017-18 is going to be an interesting year but 2018-19 already has the potential to be a great one.

 
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Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 10/29/2017 11:06AM by ugarte.
 
Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: October 29, 2017 10:43AM

Thanks for the color commentary ugarte!

Don't forget that Noah also avenged two ugly early season losses to nationally-ranked Jose Rodriguez (OSU) and a very good Tanner Shoap (Drexel) in his late season run. As one of the rare freshman who didn't take a year at Finger Lakes, we got to see a fair amount of maturation on the mat. I have a really good feeling about him this year.

At 157, does Fredy have to wait until January, or can he wrestle after first semester exams end? First dual after Christmas this year is Minnesota at the South Beach Duals.

I'm not really expecting anything from JJ Chavez for the reason you mentioned, but Rob called him the "the wild card at this weight [165]." So, who knows?
 
Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: scoop85 (---.nyc.biz.rr.com)
Date: October 29, 2017 10:52AM

Thanks to you both for your insights and expectations for the new season. Certainly more uncertainty than we're used to, but lots of intrigue for sure.
 
Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: ugarte (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: October 29, 2017 11:14AM

mountainred

Don't forget that Noah also avenged two ugly early season losses to nationally-ranked Jose Rodriguez (OSU) and a very good Tanner Shoap (Drexel) in his late season run. As one of the rare freshman who didn't take a year at Finger Lakes, we got to see a fair amount of maturation on the mat. I have a really good feeling about him this year.

At 157, does Fredy have to wait until January, or can he wrestle after first semester exams end? First dual after Christmas this year is Minnesota at the South Beach Duals.

Agreed on Baughman - I just consider Baughman/Macri/Rodriguez/Shoap at roughly the same level. An impressive win to be sure but Piccinini was the real shocker. To be honest I think Piccinini still thinks that pin call was bullshit.

As for Stroker, you may be right that he is eligible as soon as finals are over for the Fall semester. Someone (you, because I don't want to lol) should look into when other Spring-only guys made their debuts.

 
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Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: dag14 (---.twcny.res.rr.com)
Date: October 29, 2017 12:28PM

I am guessing, but don't you have to be a "matriculated student" to be eligible? And wouldn't a transfer not "matriculate" until spring term -- at least the start of orientation, move-in day or whatever? I am pretty sure that athletes who return from a leave are eligible immediately after exams in the term they were on leave but I don't think that is true of new transfers.
 
Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: ugarte (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: October 29, 2017 08:13PM

dag14
I am guessing, but don't you have to be a "matriculated student" to be eligible? And wouldn't a transfer not "matriculate" until spring term -- at least the start of orientation, move-in day or whatever? I am pretty sure that athletes who return from a leave are eligible immediately after exams in the term they were on leave but I don't think that is true of new transfers.
I think he's already on campus as a student for the fall semester. I'm not sure why he isn't wrestling in the fall.

 
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Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: November 01, 2017 09:05AM

ugarte

Someone (you, because I don't want to lol) should look into when other Spring-only guys made their debuts.

Thanks for the assignment! ;-) The only similar wrestler I could remember (transferring in and expecting to see immediate action) was Nick Arujua. He apparently didn't wrestle for the Big Red until late January of his first year with the team. Not sure if the ultimate small sample size tells us anything concrete. Of course, I'm sure I'm forgetting someone.
 
Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: November 05, 2017 11:23AM

The season unofficially began Saturday in Brockport. Cornell sent six reserve wrestlers, and most of the Finger Lakes Prep team, to an open tournament against mostly D3 competition. You'd hope the Big Red would do well, and they did. Four of the six won their weight (Gillem - 149, Santoro - 157, Dawkins - 165, and Richards - Hvy). Gillem, Dawkins and Richards won all of their matches by fall or tech fall.

As for the Finger Lakes guys, Arujua dominated on the way to the 133 title (a first period fall and two TFs). Andrew Berreyesa took the 174 title with a pair of tech falls. Jaron Chavez (who doesn't seem to be a Cornell recruit officially, but is likely headed to Cornell) had a couple of first period pins before losing to Dawkins in the finals. And the two heavies (Janney and Furman) had a bunch of first period pins, but McZiggy Richards schooled Furman in the Heavy final.

More unofficial wrestling next week as pretty much the entire team will go to Binghamton for another open tournament.
 
Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: ugarte (---.177.169.163.ipyx-102276-zyo.zip.zayo.com)
Date: November 08, 2017 03:24PM

Another Brockport-like tournament this weekend, as the Big Red are sending 33 wrestlers ("unattached", so it doesn't count as the start of the season) to Binghamton for the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open. Finger Lakes Wrestling Club is sending another 14 wrestlers - many (all?) of them Cornell recruits taking a greyshirt year.

 
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Re: Wrestling [2017-18] - schedule
Posted by: billhoward (---.nwrknj.fios.verizon.net)
Date: November 08, 2017 08:44PM

[www.cornellbigred.com] Is this correct, Cornell wrestles Saturday 2/10/18 at Penn at noon and then same day at Princeton 6 p.m.? After wrestling at Drexel the day before.
 
Re: Wrestling [2017-18] - schedule
Posted by: Al DeFlorio (98.159.212.---)
Date: November 08, 2017 09:06PM

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[www.cornellbigred.com] Is this correct, Cornell wrestles Saturday 2/10/18 at Penn at noon and then same day at Princeton 6 p.m.? After wrestling at Drexel the day before.
Sure. NCAA rules say a wrestler can only wrestle six matches in a day. Three over two days is a piece of cake. Cornell wrestles at Harvard and Brown on the same day in even years.

 
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Re: Wrestling [2017-18] - schedule
Posted by: ugarte (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: November 09, 2017 12:13AM

Al DeFlorio
billhoward
[www.cornellbigred.com] Is this correct, Cornell wrestles Saturday 2/10/18 at Penn at noon and then same day at Princeton 6 p.m.? After wrestling at Drexel the day before.
Sure. NCAA rules say a wrestler can only wrestle six matches in a day. Three over two days is a piece of cake. Cornell wrestles at Harvard and Brown on the same day in even years.
The NYS Championships is a one day tournament where some guys could wrestle 6 times, for example And not everyone will wrestle all the dual meets in those two days. We have credible-to-solid backups at many weights and Koll may give some guys a breather unless the dual is in doubt. That's probably only an issue against Princeton, who has a real chance to be the first Ivy team to beat us since the 2001-02 season.

 
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Re: Wrestling [2017-18] - schedule
Posted by: nshapiro (192.148.195.---)
Date: November 09, 2017 11:49AM

Wow, If I can get there, it would be three straight Saturday nights in Princeton - Football, Hockey, Wrestling!
 
Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: November 09, 2017 01:38PM

ugarte
Another Brockport-like tournament this weekend, as the Big Red are sending 33 wrestlers ("unattached", so it doesn't count as the start of the season) to Binghamton for the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open. Finger Lakes Wrestling Club is sending another 14 wrestlers - many (all?) of them Cornell recruits taking a greyshirt year.

Looks like Penn State is sending a contingent to Binghamton, including their stud 141 recruit Nick Lee. That could lead to quite the showdown with Yianni D.
 
Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: ugarte (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: November 12, 2017 09:53PM

Solid day at Binghamton.

125: A surprise as Noah Baughman didn't wrestle at 125, and was instead wrestling at 133. I didn't watch and haven't checked other forums so I don't know how long term this plan is. No matter for Cornell, as soph Mike Russo won the tournament in fairly dominating fashion culminating in a pin in 58 seconds in the finals over a guy from Harvard.

133: Baughman and Chaz Tucker both lost in the consolation semifinal. They might have wrestled each other for 7th but I don't think they did. The real news at this weight is that Vito Arujau, who will be a frosh next year, won the tournament with a pin, a tech, a major decision, a win over Tucker in OT and a win over the guy who beat Baughman in the final. (EDIT: Apparently the scoring in this match was a mess and Arujau actually lost this match.)

141: Yianni Diakomihalis blew through the field, with only Nick Lee - a stud frosh from Penn State in his own right - putting up much of a fight.

149: Jonathan Furnas finished in third, emerging from a crowded weight class for the Big Red. In a surprise (to me) Schoenherr finished the best out of the rest of the guys, ahead of Realbuto, Gillem and Richard.

157: Joey Galasso finished a disappointing 4th, with losses to wrestlers from Brown and Buffalo. (EDIT: Still, that was better than Fredy Stroker, who will be joining the team in the Spring and apparently needs to work on his conditioning according to people who watched.)

165: Here I was thinking that JJ Chavez was done with freestyle and not only does he wrestle at Binghamton, he wins the tournament. Milik Dawkins finished in 4th, losing to a pair of wrestlers who later lost to Chavez. I think most expected Dawkins to be the starter but this is a good start from Chavez.

174: Brandon Womack wins; none of the matches were particularly close and he got a pin.

184: Max Dean wins his first tournament in a Cornell singlet. Rolls into the finals and then wins a close one.

197: Ben Darmstadt finishes in second; Ben Honis finishes in third. This is the most important fight for a starting spot on the roster because it's the only one where the winner is an All-American contender and the other guy is a contender who just loses a year of eligibility. The spots on the podium don't figure to matter because both wrestlers only lost once, and both lost to the same guy. Honis actually wrestled him closer.

Hwt: Still not a good weight for us until Sweany comes back. Neither the guys on the roster or the FLWC greyshirts did well at all.

 
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Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: ugarte (---.177.169.163.ipyx-102276-zyo.zip.zayo.com)
Date: November 17, 2017 12:15PM

Dual meet season starts tonight against University of Northern Iowa - we're a modest underdog here but could pull an upset depending on how the kids perform.

Sunday is the NYS Championships, and we'll run away with that unless we rest most of our starters (we're apparently resting at least some). It is a tournament that, like Binghamton and Brockport, allow multiple entries in a weight class, so our backups and the guys who are basically workout fodder get an opportunity to wrestle in school colors so that's kind of cool. I would really like to see Jacob Lehr win a match...

 
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Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: November 17, 2017 05:12PM

ugarte
I would really like to see Jacob Lehr win a match...

Jacob won two last year in this same event (and by MD and fall too).
 
Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: mountainred (50.110.9.---)
Date: November 17, 2017 08:18PM

ugarte
Dual meet season starts tonight against University of Northern Iowa - we're a modest underdog here but could pull an upset depending on how the kids perform.

They performed pretty f'ing well. Cornell wins 30-10 thanks to three wins by fall: Tucker (133), Chavez (165) and Darmstadt (197). Chavez' pin came at 2:00.1 of the second period, but he was leading and looking good. Max Dean knocks off a top ten guy at 184. Yianni D gets a regular decision over a top 15 guy, but was in control.

The only disappointments were Bama dropping a close one in a battle of top 10 ranked wrestlers, and Joey Galasso looking, to be blunt, meh.

Huge, huge win.
 
Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: ugarte (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: November 17, 2017 09:52PM

mountainred
ugarte
Dual meet season starts tonight against University of Northern Iowa - we're a modest underdog here but could pull an upset depending on how the kids perform.

They performed pretty f'ing well. Cornell wins 30-10 thanks to three wins by fall: Tucker (133), Chavez (165) and Darmstadt (197). Chavez' pin came at 2:00.1 of the second period, but he was leading and looking good. Max Dean knocks off a top ten guy at 184. Yianni D gets a regular decision over a top 15 guy, but was in control.

The only disappointments were Bama dropping a close one in a battle of top 10 ranked wrestlers, and Joey Galasso looking, to be blunt, meh.

Huge, huge win.
And that doesn't even cover that Ben Honis, who had been wrestling at 197, stepped up and handled the heavyweight match, winning 8-4 and Matt Russo continued to surprise at 125, knocking off a top 20 wrestler 10-4!

Jonathan Furnas lost a MD but he was wrestling the #3 wrestler in the country so there's no shame in it.

Bama is going to have to adjust to the new weight I guess but Galasso is going to have to step up if he has any hope of keeping the starting job when Stroker joins the team in the spring.

Really proud of the team for coming out strong.

 
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Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: mountainred (50.110.9.---)
Date: November 19, 2017 05:18PM

ugarte

Sunday is the NYS Championships, and we'll run away with that unless we rest most of our starters (we're apparently resting at least some). It is a tournament that, like Binghamton and Brockport, allow multiple entries in a weight class, so our backups and the guys who are basically workout fodder get an opportunity to wrestle in school colors so that's kind of cool. I would really like to see Jacob Lehr win a match...

You weren't kidding. Virtually no D1 rivals sent their starters, so the Big Red won going away while resting four/five starters (depending on who you think is the heavyweight starter). Of note to me:

Tucker and Baughman met in the 133 final and Tucker won 5-3 with the only offense of the match. Noah is going to have earn his starting spot back.
The kids (Yianni, Dean and Darmstadt) dominated. 3 titles, 6 pins, 4 techs. Only Dean was tested, as he beat a really good Bingo freshman in the finals.
Adam Santoro won at 157 to enter his name into the drawing of the starter at that weight. (Fredy Stroker looked good for two bouts, and not so good for his last two.)
Recruit Andrew Berreyesa crushed it. 5-0 with 4 wins by fall.
 
Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: ugarte (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: November 19, 2017 08:29PM

mountainred
ugarte

Sunday is the NYS Championships, and we'll run away with that unless we rest most of our starters (we're apparently resting at least some). It is a tournament that, like Binghamton and Brockport, allow multiple entries in a weight class, so our backups and the guys who are basically workout fodder get an opportunity to wrestle in school colors so that's kind of cool. I would really like to see Jacob Lehr win a match...

You weren't kidding. Virtually no D1 rivals sent their starters, so the Big Red won going away while resting four/five starters (depending on who you think is the heavyweight starter). Of note to me:

Tucker and Baughman met in the 133 final and Tucker won 5-3 with the only offense of the match. Noah is going to have earn his starting spot back.
The kids (Yianni, Dean and Darmstadt) dominated. 3 titles, 6 pins, 4 techs. Only Dean was tested, as he beat a really good Bingo freshman in the finals.
Adam Santoro won at 157 to enter his name into the drawing of the starter at that weight. (Fredy Stroker looked good for two bouts, and not so good for his last two.)
Recruit Andrew Berreyesa crushed it. 5-0 with 4 wins by fall.
We're going to have some trouble weights. Galasso hasn't looked good at 157 and Stroker - who was supposed to challenge for the starting spot - is either not in game shape or not too good. After losing to Simaz, he lost in the consolation bracket to RIT. (!) ... and then Simaz lost in the semis to someone from IC (!!) and then NYU (!!!).

Glad Tucker is asserting himself at 133 but Brockport wasn't great. Glad he turned it around with a win against UNI.

Russo may be a surprise at 125, Furnas is game but not a great 149, Honis is going to have trouble with better heavyweights if that's really the answer and Sweany has been very uneven regardless of his injury (and frustratingly the greyshirts are still having trouble).

Our good weights are 141 (Yianni!), 165 (Chavez), 174 (Womack), 184 (Dean) and 197 (Darmstadt) and hopefully some more will solidify as the year goes on.

 
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Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: November 20, 2017 11:37AM

I may be more optimistic about than you about Tucker. He's shaking off two years of rust and is 8-2. Those losses were to Vito and a Penn State Kid (backup, but Penn State) both in OT. Maybe I'm kidding myself, but Chaz can qualify for the NCAA's.

EDIT: Koll's newsletter is out. It looks like Adam Santoro is headed to Vegas as the next man up at 157 and Ben Honis may be going as our heavyweight at least until Sweany is healthy. Ben apparently weighed in at 203 Friday night, 40+ pounds below his opponent. He won anyway.
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Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: ugarte (---.177.169.163.IPYX-102276-ZYO.zip.zayo.com)
Date: November 20, 2017 02:36PM

mountainred
Ben Honis may be going as our heavyweight at least until Sweany is healthy. Ben apparently weighed in at 203 Friday night, 40+ pounds below his opponent. He won anyway.
Koll also said that 197 was a tough cut for Honis, so he may have grown out of 197 and has to adjust to a new reality. Beating a ranked wrestler while giving up so much beef is a good start.

 
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Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: ugarte (---.177.169.163.ipyx-102276-zyo.zip.zayo.com)
Date: November 22, 2017 09:41AM

The early success has gotten the team some pop in the rankings. Womack, understandably took a slight fall for losing to a guy just below him in the rankings but Russo, Chavez and Darmstadt are starting to show up, while Yianni and Dean are climbing the rankings. WIN hasn't received the memo about Honis and still has him ranked ahead of Darmstadt at 197. The various rankings are not in any particular order other than "the order I thought of them in." I hope that in the coming weeks I can add (in order of likelihood) Honis (as a Hwt), Tucker, Santoro and Furnas to the chart.

                   Flo    IM      TOM     AWN     WIN

125: Russo          U      U      15(20)  20(U)    U
141: Diakomihalis  11(20) 12(13)   8(20)  11(18)   9(10)
165: Chavez         U     18(U)   15(20)   U       U
174: Womack         8(7)   9(6)   10(6)    9(8)    9(6)
184: Dean          13(17) 10(17)   5(15)  10(17)  14(U)
197: Darmstadt      U     19(U)    U      16(15)  17(UR)
197: Honis                                        14(15)
EDIT: I've been told that someone already does this for the whole EIWA, so ... here you go. [static.psbin.com]

 
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Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: ugarte (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: December 02, 2017 09:47PM

An interesting weekend as Cornell took a team out to Las Vegas to compete in the Cliff Keen Open. It is a tournament that draws a lot of the top teams and the competition is steep.

125: Russo (unseeded) started his tournament by knocking off the 7 seed (#15) guy. He followed it up with a MD before falling in a revenge match to the 10 seed, who he knocked out of the top 20 last week.* He then got pinned to end his tournament. Kind of up-and-down, and he fell far short of the podium, but he showed he's not a pushover and he's putting together a resume.

* He'll be back in the rankings after finishing in 5th.

133: Tucker started his day by beating a 2017 NCAA qualifier before losing a close match to the 5 seed (#7). In the consolation bracket he beat the #16 wrestler before falling to #12 by a single point. Again, he established himself as someone who can hang with the second tier and it's something to build on.

141: Yianni Diakomihalis, superstar recruit, planted his flag. He entered the tournament as the 5 seed, ranked #12 before he blazed through the tournament. He didn't rack up points but he also didn't allow a single offensive point to be scored against him, He had 2 MDs against unranked wrestlers before facing #3 Bryce Meredith of Wyoming - a former national finalist and two-time All-American. After a takedown that would have given him the win in regulation was waved off, he finally got the points he needed early in the Sudden Victory OT period. The final was a dominant 8-2 win over #13 Alber to take the title. Great start. He's undefeated to start the year and I'd be shocked if he were any lower than #4 in the next poll (and probably #3).

149: Jonathan Furnas had a tough start against the #9 wrestler, passively scored the team some points when he won a match by MFF and then dropped a close match to a wrestler from Binghamton that he should expect to see again. He's a grinder who will be more competitive in Ivy play than at major national events.

157: Adam Santoro opened the tournament with a quick Tech Fall before falling to the #18 wrestler. He had the misfortune to immediately meet up with the #15 guy in the consolation bracket. That said, he was absolutely dominated by #15 earlier this year and kept the match closer this weekend.

165: Jon Jay Chavez came into the tournament #18 and opened with 2 pins in his firsst three matches before falling in the QF to the #5 wrestler 6-2. In the consolation bracket he won his first match to get on the podium before losing 6-5 to #11 and 16-7 to #8. I think his readjustment back to freestyle is going pretty well.

174: #9 Brandon Womack had a tough tournament. From people who watched he was plagued by a combination of sloppy leg defense on his feet (something that kind of served him well as a counterattacking guy at 165) and a penchant for looking for high-scoring reversal moves from the bottom rather than just escaping, running out the clock on himself and allowing his opponents to pile up riding time. After winning his first match, he lost 9-8 to #16 despite having a 7-1 lead halfway through the match (with a RT point to his opponent the decisive point). He followed that up with a 7-6 loss that again came down to allowing a RT point to an opponent who shouldn't have been able to keep him down. Hopefully this is a learning experience at a new weight after he was so much stronger than most of his opponents at 165 last year.

184: #10 Max Dean won his first match in a 17-0 TF, and then a second match over #17 before falling to #6 Zavatsky* in the QF. An unfortunate draw had him facing #7 Foster for a spot on the podium. While Dean beat Foster in the UNI dual, he couldn't repeat the performance. Dean is positioning himself as a potential All-American in his freshman year. Very nice.

* Probably nice for Zavatsky, who was handed a vicious 19-4 TF by Max's brother Gabe in the finals of this tournament last year.

197: Kind of a surprise to see Honis here over Darmstadt; either he won the job in a wrestle-off or Koll is trying to keep two 197s in shape with the return of Sweany as our starting Heavy. In any event, Honis won his first match before dropping a close 5-3 decision to the #1 wrestler in the country. In the consolation bracket, Honis decisively beat the #15 guy before falling in rideouts to a guy from Army that he split a pair of 4-3 decisions with last year. Some good matches but he's gotta figure out how to beat this guy!

285: Jeramy Sweany came back for his first matches of the year. He started with a tough draw, facing #6 right off the bat but he kept it close and lost without allowing any offensive points. He then won 5 straight matches - including to MDs and a pin - to get into the medal rounds. In the medal rounds he dropped a pair to the #8 guy and VT's heavyweight to finish in 8th. No wins over ranked guys but some admirably close losses and a great start to his season.

The team finished in 8th overall with a title for Yianni! and a pair of 8th place finishes for Chavez and Sweany. Not *great* but a solid performance and our odds of preserving our EIWA title streak are looking better than I'd expected.

 
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Re: Wrestling [2017-18]
Posted by: mountainred (69.43.54.---)
Date: December 03, 2017 11:35AM

Cornell has been going to this Vegas tournament for years, but this was the deepest I've ever seen the field. Tucker's draw was insane; three guys ranked in the top 16 plus someone who was 2-2 at last year's NCAAs.

It will be interesting to see if Santoro did enough to hang on to the starting gig at 157. And how 197 plays out; Ben D. will be heard from before this season ends.

This is the last big tournament for the guys until Easterns. Rob has changed his New Year's event from the Southern Scuffle to four dual matches in Florida.
 

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