Cornell beats Harvard 38-7

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ITHACA, N.Y.—The No. 5 Big Red wrestling team won eight matches on its way to a 38-7 victory over No. 24 Harvard on Friday evening in Newman Arena. Cornell picked up bonus points in five bouts withSteve Bosak (184) and Cam Simaz(197) winning by fall in their respective weight classes. At 149 pounds, Chris Villalonga brought the crowd of 1,956 to its feet by defeating No. 7 Corey Jantzen, 1-0. The Big Red has won 51-straight Ivy League matches and is 6-0 overall in duals this season.

The night began with two exhibition bouts where Phillip Smith won by technical fall, 16-0, against Alexis Wagener at 141 pounds. Michael Alexander also picked up a win at 174 pounds, where he won a 7-2 decision over Bryan Panzano.

No. 6 Frank Perrelli earned six quick points for the Big Red when he won by forfeit at 125 pounds.

At 133 pounds, Nick Pena and Ryan Osleeb were scoreless after the first period. Pena chose down to start the second period. The two wrestlers traded reversals to keep the score tied at 2-2. With 26 seconds left in the period, Pena escaped to take a 3-2 advantage. Osleeb escaped from his opening down position to start the third period, and with a takedown took a 5-3 lead. Pena escaped to come within a point, but with 18 seconds left on the clock could not score again. Osleeb won a 5-4 decision.

Mike Nevinger faced Patrick Hogan at 141 pounds. Nevinger held a 5-0 lead after the first period with a takedown and three back points. Nevinger chose to start the second period on top and added two more three-point nearfalls for an 11-0 advantage. Hogan chose to start the third at neutral. With a takedown and three back points, Nevinger won by a 16-0 technical fall.

At 149 pounds, Villalonga took on No. 7 Jantzen. After two scoreless periods, Jantzen chose to start the third period down. Villalonga held strong in the top position and won a 1-0 decision with two minutes of riding time.

Ryan Dunphy competed in his first career dual for the Big Red at 157 pounds against No. 5 Walter Peppelman. Peppelman notched three takedowns to win an 8-0 major decision to give Harvard four team points.

At 165 pounds, Craig Eifertwrestled in his third weight class of the semester against Paul Liquori. Eifert held a 3-1 lead in the second period before winning by injury default.

Freshman Billy George squared off against Josh Popple at 174 pounds. George took a 4-1 lead after the first period with two takedowns. George chose to start the second period down on the mat, but Popple took advantage and earned three back points. Popple chose to start the third period at neutral. George notched two more takedowns to win an 8-5 decision.

At 184 pounds, No. 3 Steve Bosaktook on Cameron Croy. Bosak quickly took the lead with a takedown 15 seconds into the bout. Bosak would immediately go to work trying to turn his opponent. The Big Red junior won by fall in 2:42.

No. 1 ranked Cam Simaz quickly took down James Fox at 197 pounds. Fox would escape, but Simaz tossed him to the mat and immediately put him on his back to win by fall in 1:13.

In the final bout of the night,Maciej Jochym faced David Ng at heavyweight. Midway through the period, Jochym took a 2-0 lead with a takedown. Jochym increased his advantage to 5-1 after the second with an opening escape and a takedown. Ng chose to start the third period down and after a little over 30 seconds escaped. Jochym would take him down once again, and with 2:19 in riding time, won an 8-3 decision.

The Big Red will play host to the New York State Collegiate championships on Saturday and Sunday in Newman Arena. Wrestling will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday morning. Cornell will also play host to Brown for an Ivy League dual at 1 p.m. in Newman Arena.

No. 5 Cornell 38, No. 24 Harvard 7 Final
Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 ~ 6:30 p.m.
Attendance 1956

Exhibition: 141: Phillip Smith(Cornell) tech fall Alexis Wagener (Harvard), 16-0
Exhibition: 174: Michael Alexander(Cornell) dec. Bryan Panzano (Harvard), 7-2

125: No. 6 Frank Perrelli (Cornell) Win by Forfeit (Cornell, 6-0)
133: Ryan Osleeb (Harvard) dec.Nick Pena, 5-4 (Cornell, 6-3)
141: Mike Nevinger (Cornell) tech fall Patrick Hogan (Harvard), 16-0 (Cornell, 11-3)
149: Chris Villalonga (Cornell) dec. No. 7 Corey Jantzen (Harvard), 1-0 (Cornell, 14-3)
157: No. 5 Walter Peppelman maj. dec. Ryan Dunphy (Cornell), 8-0 (Cornell, 14-7)
165: Craig Eifert (Cornell) inj. Def. Paul Liquori (Harvard), (Cornell, 20-7)
174: Billy George (Cornell) dec. Josh Popple (Harvard), 8-5 (Cornell, 23-7)
184: No. 3 Steve Bosak (Cornell) win by fall Cameron Croy (Harvard), 2:42 (Cornell 29-7)
197: No. 1 Cam Simaz (Cornell) win by fall James Fox (Harvard), 1:13 (Cornell, 35-7)
HWT: Maciej Jochym (Cornell) dec. David Ng (Harvard), 8-3 (Cornell, 38-7)


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