Cornell Defeats Columbia and Hofstra; Wins 10th Straight Ivy Title

ITHACA, N.Y.—The No. 4 Big Red wrestling team won its 10th– straight Ivy League title on Saturday afternoon after defeating Columbia 30-9. Cornell then moved to 10-0 overall this season after handing Hofstra its first loss of the season, 22-12 at the Friedman Wrestling Center.  Senior Frank Perrelli notched his 100th career victory with a win over Robert Dyar by a 13-0 major decision. Before the Hofstra dual, Cornell honored its eight seniors including: Lexy Cook, Quin LeithMaciej JochymFrank PerrelliWarner PhippsDerek SchreinerCam Simaz and Phillip Smith.

Perrelli opened the day off for the Big Red at 125 pounds taking on Dyar of Columbia. Perrelli held a 6-0 lead after the first period with a takedown and two two-point nearfalls. Perrelli increased his advantage to 8-0 with a reversal from his starting down position in the second. Dyar chose to start the third on top and Perrelli reversed him once again. With two more back points and riding time, Perrelli won a 13-0 major decision to earn his 100th career victory.

At 133 pounds, Nick Arujau and Kyle Gilchrist were scoreless after the first period. Arujau escaped from his opening down position in the second for the only point of the period. Gilchrist chose neutral for the third. Arujau took him down 15 seconds into the period and with 1:25 in riding time, won a 4-0 decision.

No. 17 ranked Mike Nevinger faced off against Matt Bystol at 141 pounds. Nevinger held a 6-0 advantage after the first period with a takedown and two two-point nearfalls. Bystol chose neutral for the second. Nevinger took him down once again and added three more back points before the period was over. Nevinger escaped from his opening down position to start the third. With another takedown and 4:16 in riding time, Nevinger won by a 15-0 technical fall.

At 149 pounds, No. 20 Chris Villalonga faced Steve Santos. After a scoreless first period, Villalonga chose down to start the second but was unable to escape. Santos escaped to open the third and with 1:44 in riding time won a 2-0 decision.

No. 1 Kyle Dake took on Jake O’Hara at 157 pounds. With eight seconds left in the first, Dake took a 2-0 lead with a takedown.  O’Hara chose neutral to start the second, but Dake would take him down once again to grab a 4-0 lead. Dake chose top to start the third period. The Big Red junior earned two three-point nearfalls and added 2:53 in riding time to win by an 11-0 major decision.

At 165 pounds, Craig Eifert faced Adam Fondale. After a scoreless first period, Eifert reversed his opponent from his opening down position. Fondale would escape, but Eifert took him down once again. Fondale escaped from his opening down position to start the third period. Fondale took down Eifert to tie the bout, but Eifert escaped to win a 5-4 decision.

Freshman Billy George squared off against Stephen West at 174 pounds. With 22 seconds left in the first, West took a 2-0 lead with a takedown. George was unable to score from his starting down position in the second period. West quickly escaped to start the third period. With a takedown and riding time, West won a 6-0 decision.

At 184 pounds, Michael Alexander took on Shane Hughes. With 10 seconds left in the first period, Hughes took Alexander down right to his back to take a 5-0 lead. Alexander escaped to open the second and with four seconds left on the clock grabbed a takedown to come within two points. Alexander chose to let Hughes up from his opening down position to start the third. With less than a minute left in the bout, Hughes notched another takedown to win an 8-3 decision.

No. 1 ranked Simaz faced Nick Mills at 197 pounds. Simaz notched four takedowns and added three back points to hold an 11-3 advantage after the first period. Mills escaped from his opening down position to start the second. Simaz grabbed two more takedowns and three back points to increase his advantage to 18-5 after two periods. Simaz chose top to start the third period. With a two point nearfall with 1:24 left in the bout, Simaz won by a 20-5 technical fall.

Senior Maciej Jochym hit the mat at heavyweight against Kevin Lester. Midway through the first, Jochym hit a double leg to takedown Lester at the edge of the mat. Lester reversed him 20 seconds later, but Jochym would escape to hold a one point advantage.  Lester escaped to open the second period, but Jochym would take him down once again with less than 30 seconds left in the period. Jochym escaped to open the third period and grabbed a takedown 30 seconds later. Jochym turned Lester to his back to win by fall in 6:00.

After the senior presentations, Perrelli faced No. 14 Steve Bonanno at 125 pounds. Perrelli had a 2-1 advantage after the first period with a takedown from which Bonanno escaped. Bonanno escaped from his opening down position for the only point of the second period. Perrelli escaped to start the third to win a 3-2 decision.

At 133 pounds, Arujau took on Jamie Franco. Franco had a takedown midway through the first period to take a 2-0 lead. Franco chose down to start the second period but was unable to escape. Arujau chose neutral in the third, but was unable to score and Franco won a 2-0 decision.

No. 17 Nevinger was scoreless after the first period at 141 pounds against Luke Vaith. Nevinger escaped to open the second for the only point of the period. Vaith chose neutral to start the third. With three seconds left on the clock, Nevinger scored a takedown to win by a 3-0 decision.

At 149 pounds, No. 20 Villalonga was scoreless against Justin Accordino after the first period. Neither wrestler was able to score from their starting down positions in the second and third periods, sending the match into overtime. Accordino scored a takedown 30 seconds into sudden victory to win a 2-0 decision.

Dake grabbed a takedown midway through the first period at 157 pounds against Tyler Banks. Dake immediately reversed Banks from his starting down position in the second period. He would let Banks up back to neutral, but Dake took him down once again to hold a 6-1 advantage after two periods. Dake let Banks up from his starting down position to open the third period looking to increase his lead.  Dake added two more takedowns and with 4:29 in riding time, the Big Red junior won an 11-3 major decision.

After a 10 minute halftime break, Eifert took on No. 19 PJ Gillespie. Gillespie took Eifert down midway through the period, but Eifert escaped to come within a point. Gillespie escaped from his opening down position in the second for the only point of the period. Eifert escaped to start the third, but with five seconds left on the clock Gillespie added a takedown to win a 5-2 decision.

George was awarded a point early in his bout against Jermaine John at 174 pounds for unnecessary roughness. The Big Red freshman escaped to open the second for the only point of the period. John escaped from his opening down position in the third, but George held strong to come away with a 2-1 decision.

At 184 pounds, No. 3 Steve Bosak took on No. 11 Ben Clymer of Hofstra. After a scoreless first period, Clymer was unable to escape his starting down position in the second. Bosak chose down to start the third, but halfway through the period Clymer caught him and earned two quick back points. Bosak would escape but was unable to score a takedown and Clymer snuck away with a 2-1 decision. With Clymer’s win, Hofstra came within one point of the Big Red with a 13-12 team score.

At 197 pounds, Simaz notched a takedown 20 seconds into the first period against Tim Murphy. Simaz totaled four takedowns to hold an 8-3 lead after the first period. Murphy chose down to start the second period, but Simaz turned him to his back to win by fall in 3:24. With the six team points, Simaz secured the win for the Big Red.

At heavyweight, Jochym and Paul Snyder were scoreless after the first period. Jochym escaped to start the second and added a takedown with 20 seconds left on the clock to take a 3-0 lead. Snyder escaped from his opening down position in the third, but Jochym held strong for a 3-1 decision.

The Big Red will play host to the first round of the NWCA/Cliff Keen Division I Dual Meet Championships on Sunday, Feb. 12. Cornell will welcome Central Michigan, No. 18 Oklahoma, Purdue, No. 21 Illinois and No. 11 American to Newman Arena for duals at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and the finals at 2 p.m.

No . 4 Cornell 30, Columbia 9
125: No. 5 Frank Perrelli (Cornell) maj. dec  Robert Dyar, 13-0 (Cornell, 4-0)
133: Nick Arujau (Cornell) dec. Kyle Gilchrist, 4-0 (Cornell, 7-0)
141: No. 17 Mike Nevinger (Cornell) tech fall Matt Bystol, 15-0 (Cornell, 12-0)
149: Steve Santos (Columbia) dec. No. 20 Chris Villalonga, 2-0 SV (Cornell, 12-3)
157: No. 1 Kyle Dake (Cornell) maj. dec. Jake O’Hara, 11-0 (Cornell, 16-3)
165: Craig Eifert (Cornell) dec. Adam Fondale, 5-4 (Cornell, 19-3)
174: Stephen West (Columbia) dec. Billy George, 6-0 (Cornell, 19-6)
184: Shane Hughes (Columbia) dec. Michael Alexander, 8-3 (Cornell, 19-9)
197: No. 1 Cam Simaz (Cornell) tech fall Nick Mills, 20-5 (Cornell, 24-9)
HWT: Maciej Jochym (Cornell) win by fall Kevin Lester, 6:00 (Cornell, 30-9)

No. 4 Cornell 22, Hofstra 12
125: No. 5 Frank Perrelli (Cornell) dec. No. 14 Steve Bonanno, 3-2 (Cornell, 3-0)
133: Jamie Franco (Hofstra) dec. Nick Arujau, 2-0 (Tied, 3-3)
141: No. 17 Mike Nevinger (Cornell) dec. Luke Vaith, 3-0 (Cornell, 6-3)
149: Justin Accordino (Hofstra) dec. No. 20 Chris Villalonga, 2-0 (Tied, 6-6)
157: No. 1 Kyle Dake (Cornell) maj. dec. Jake O’Hara, 11-3 (Cornell, 10-6)
165: No. 19 PJ Gillespie (Hofstra) dec. Craig Eifert, 5-2 (Cornell, 10-9)
174: Billy George (Cornell) dec. Jermaine John, 2-1 (Cornell, 13-9)
184: No. 11 Ben Clymer (Hofstra) dec. No. 3 Steve Bosak, 2-1 (Cornell, 13-12)
197: No. 1 Cam Simaz (Cornell) win by fall Tim Murphy, 3:24 (Cornell, 19-12)
HWT: Maciej Jochym (Cornell) dec. Paul Snyder, 3-1 (Cornell, 22-12)

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