No. 4 Cornell Beats No. 14 Iowa State, 28-11

AMES, Iowa—The No. 4 Big Red wrestling team won seven out of 10 bouts on its way to a 28-11 victory over No.14 Iowa State at the Hilton Coliseum on Sunday afternoon. No. 1 Cam Simaz (197) and No. 3 Steve Bosak (184) pinned their opponents in their respective weight classes, while Mike Nevinger upset No. 14 Luke Goettl at 141 pounds. Also picking up wins for the Big Red were Frank Perrelli (125), Nick Arujau (133), Chris Villalonga (149) and Kyle Dake (157).

With Simaz’s pin at 197 pounds, the Big Red senior breaks the Cornell career record for wins by bonus points with 92. He takes over the top spot from Mack Lewnes ’11 who totaled 91 during his stellar career for Cornell. Bosak is tied for ninth in career bonus wins with 60.

The dual started at 174 pounds with Billy George facing off against Mikey England. England scored the only points of the first period with a takedown. England quickly escaped from his opening down position in the second and notched another takedown before the period was over. George escaped to open the third, but with 2:43 in riding time, England won a 6-1 decision.

At 184 pounds, No. 3 ranked Bosak quickly attacked Boaz Beard off the whistle. Bosak muscled his way to a takedown with less than 30 seconds off the clock. The Big Red wrestler immediately started to work to turn his opponent and won by fall in 1:07.

No. 1 Simaz took on Trevor Voelker at 197 pounds. Simaz grabbed his first takedown with only five seconds off the clock. He would add three more along with two three-point nearfalls to take a 14-3 lead after the first period. Voelker chose neutral to start the second. With only seven seconds off the clock, Simaz took him down once again and turned him to win by fall in 3:37. Cornell held a 12-3 advantage after three bouts.

At heavyweight, Maciej Jochym faced No. 14 Matt Gibson. Gibson held a 2-1 lead after the first period with a takedown from which Jochym escaped. Gibson grabbed two more points to start the second after reversing Jochym from his opening down position. Gibson led 12-1 after the second after adding eight back points. Jochym chose to start the third at neutral. Midway through the period, Gibson grabbed another takedown, but Jochym would escape. With 2:46 in riding time, Gibson won a 15-2 major decision.

No. 6 ranked Perrelli took on No. 11 Ryak Finch at 125 pounds. Perrelli worked his way to a takedown with 1:17 left in the first period and added three points with a nearfall before the three minutes were over. Perrelli chose down to start the second and escaped 55 seconds into the period. With 14 seconds left on the clock, Perrelli grabbed another takedown to take an 8-0 advantage. Finch chose to start the third period on top and after a minute Perrelli escaped to win a 9-0 major decision.

At 133 pounds, Nick Arujau made his debut in a Cornell singlet after transferring from American University. The Big Red sophomore took on Shayden Terukina and led 5-0 after the first period with a takedown and three back points. Arujau chose neutral to start the second period and increased his advantage to 7-0 with another takedown. Terukina chose to start the third period at neutral. With only two seconds left in the bout, Terukina notched a takedown to keep Arujau from the major. With 4:01 in riding time, Arujau won an 8-2 decision.

Nevinger took on No. 14 Luke Goettl at 141 pounds. With 42 seconds left in the first, Nevinger notched a takedown immediately flipping his opponent on to his back. Nevinger was looking for the fall, when Goettl flipped out for a reversal. With one second left in the period, Nevinger would escape to hold a 5-2 advantage after the first. Goettl chose to start the second at neutral but neither wrestler was able to score. Nevinger escaped from his opening down position to start the third. Goettl would notch his first takedown midway through the third. Nevinger escaped and sealed the win with a takedown with 23 seconds left on the clock to win a 9-4 decision.

At 149 pounds, No. 19 Villalonga and Joey Cozart were scoreless after the first period. Cozart scored the only point of the second with a takedown from his opening down position. Villalonga tied the bout at 1-1 with an escape of his own to start the third. With 37 seconds left on the clock, Villalonga took down his opponent and added three back points before time ran out to win a 6-1 decision.

No. 1 ranked Kyle Dake faced Mike Moreno at 157 pounds. Moreno made various shot attempts at the Big Red wrestler, but Dake countered each one to keep the bout scoreless. With 14 seconds left in the period, Dake countered again for a takedown to take a 2-0 lead. Moreno chose to start the second at neutral but neither wrestler was able to score. Dake reversed Moreno from his opening down position to start the third. Moreno would escape, but Dake took him down once again to win a 6-1 decision.

In the last bout of the day, Marshall Peppelman faced No. 4 Andrew Sorenson. The Cyclone senior led 3-1 after the first period. Sorenson reversed Peppelman from his opening down position to start the second and the Big Red sophomore was hit with his third stalling call to give Sorenson another point. Sorenson added six more takedowns in the third period to win 21-6 with riding time. Sorenson only added four points for his team because he did not earn any nearfall points.

Cornell will return home next weekend to wrap up its Ivy League slate. The Big Red will face Columbia at 1 p.m. on Saturday before taking on Hofstra at 3 p.m. All action will take place at the Friedman Wrestling Center.

No. 4 Cornell 28, No. 14 Iowa State 11
174: Mikey England (ISU) dec. Billy George (CU), 6-1 (Iowa State, 3-0)
184: #3 Steve Bosak (CU) pinned #16 Boaz Beard (ISU), 1:07 (Cornell, 6-3)
197: #1 Cam Simaz (CU) pinned Trevor Voelker (ISU), 3:37 (Cornell, 12-3)
285: #14 Matt Gibson (ISU) Mdec. Maciej Jochym (CU), 15-2 (Cornell , 12-7)
125: #6 Frank Perrelli (CU) Mdec. #11 Ryak Finch (ISU), 9-0 (Cornell, 16-7)
133: Nick Arujua (CU) dec. Shayden Terukina (ISU), 8-2 (Cornell, 19-7)
141: Mike Nevinger (CU) dec. #14 Luke Goettl (ISU), 9-4 (Cornell, 22-7)
149: #19 Chris Villalonga (CU) dec. Joe Cozart (ISU), 6-1 (Cornell, 25-7)
157: #1 Kyle Dake (CU) dec. Michael Moreno (ISU), 6-1 (Cornell, 28-7)
165: #4 Andrew Sorenson (ISU) tech fall. (4pts) Marshall Peppelman (CU), 21-6* (Cornell, 28-11)
Sorenson was only awarded four team points because he did not have any nearfall points

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